Here's the album cover for Dream Theater's Train of Thought CD—which is going to be released in November.
Well, I got my LLC agreement back from the attorney yesterday. PengoWorks LLC is now an official corporation—instead of just my private consulting business. I'm still waiting on a few things to file with the state, but that stuff should arrive through the mail any day now.
Well, I got all my pieces for my new box yesterday (well the pieces that I mail ordered anyway.) I bought the wrong Coolermaster Aero Fan (I read the socket specs wrong on it,) but other than that I got everything I needed. I decided just to put the stock Intel fan on, but I did use the Artic Silver "Ceramique" that I bought. I got Windows XP loaded on it last night and got most of the patches installed before shutting the thing down for the night.
I did wrong in to one snag that I'm still trying to work through. When setting up a Serial ATA (SATA) drive, the system won't recognize it as a boot device unless you map it in the BIOS to one of the IDE channels. At least this is the way it's working on my Giga-byte GA-8KNXP motherboard at the moment. I bought two hard drives: a Western Digital WD) 36GB 10,000 RPM SATA drive (which I'm using as the master) and a WD 200GB 7,000RPM ATA/133 drive I'm planning on using as a storage/game drive.
Anyway, I'm still trying to figure out how to get the 200GB drive to recongnize while plugged in to the first ATA/133 port as IDE1, while the SATA drive is mapped to IDE0. It sounds like I'll have to plug the 200GB drive in the to the third IDE connector into the IDE5 slot.
I didn't know Colin Powell was a Ronnie James Dio fan. :)
I bought the components to buy a new PC yesterday—they should be here tomorrow! If I plan on doing consulting, then I want to make sure I have a machine which will really do what I want to do. I've decided I really needed a dual monitor system—that way I can have source code in one monitor and the application in the other. (Plus, Flash development is just a pain without dual monitors.)
I'll post specs and pictures of the boxes when I get everything done.
Well today was a pretty shitty day. For those of you who don't know, my employer has been planning to move office space locations. They still have the building I was in leased until February, but they decided to go ahead and move everyone today. The move has been in the planning stages for months, the actual move has been delayed several times over the past 8 weeks. Anyway, last Thursday evening we got a company wide e-mail letting us know we were going to move on the 24th.
I can't say I was enthusiastic with the idea of moving locations—especially since my last day is just several weeks away. It seems like a real waste of everyone's time. It also hasn't helped that they originally forget to assign me and my fellow soon-to-be-ex co-worker Joel office space (have they forgotten about us so quickly?!? :) ) but they also jammed us in to small little cubicles—well, I don't know that it fits the definition of cubicle; our desks only have two walls.
Anyway, after setting up my two work PCs—my desktop and my notebook—it pretty much takes up all my desktop space. They also didn't bother cleaning any of the desks. I opened my desk drawer only to find the words "Clean Me" written by some using their finger and dragging it through the dust. Since I'm only going to be there for a few weeks, I don't think I'm even go to bother cleaning up. I'm just going to throw what I have where ever. I'll probably get bored enough to actually clean it, but I sure don't feel like I should have to clean it. The building should have been cleaned up before we moved in.
Found this picture of the Hurricane Isabelle out at sea on another blog site. Thought it was a impressive image.
From the realms of the very bizarre:
We Like The Moon
Ok, I got this picture in a spam e-mail message today. I have to admit, this picture made me laugh, but you're sure do have to wonder about some people.
On the spam note, who in the world is actually responding to these damn e-mails? Don't people realize that if they stop responding them, eventually the spammers won't be making money from it. It's really disheartening to see the amount of spam I get. Thank god for Cloudmark's SpamNet.
I've been researching laptop computers lately. I'm in the market to buy a new laptop and have finally decided the specs on what I think I want, but unfortunately, I can't find a notebook that matches what I want. I'm looking for the following:
I've heard that HP/Compaq is coming out w/a new nc8000 model in the "Evo" case and from the spec sheet I download, it seems to match my requirements. Also, I heard that Voodoo PC was going to update their Envy m460 notebook to match those specs.
Well, Steve Nelson's said what I've been thinking for a long time: Macromedia should buy qForms. I really probably out to learn the Dreamweaver API so that I can build a qForms add-on for it. (PS - Thanks to Michael Brunt for passing on the link to me.)
Now, if I can only get my girlfriend to understand that I'm "wicked smart"... :)
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Trillian Pro v2.0 has been released. If you've ever used Trillian or Trillian Pro, go buy/download this update. Lots of new features—plus it works with the newer MSN and Yahoo protocols, so you won't get that annoying message that you need to update your Instant Messenger (IM) to the latest version of the software. I'm still playing with the new version, but at first glance it's much faster and the new features are really nice. I also like the fact that you can now add other IM client's, like Jabber, via it's plug-in model. Nice touch!
If you currently use more than one IM client and you're running Windows, do yourself a favor and spend the $25 (US) to buy Trillian Pro v2.0—it's well worth the money. The simple fact I only have to load one client really speeds up my machine and saves the memory for other real world tasks—plus having one nice interface is immensley more intutive to use. I can't imagine ever going back to the individual clients again.
Run Ronnie Run! comes out today. While it's Bob and David both agree that it's not their best work, it's still Mr. Show and I'm going to support them by buying a copy. Maybe then the New Line will remember how they messed up. Unfortunately, more likely or not they'll realize nothing other than they don't have to worry about the quality of a movie if it still sells. If you haven't bought it, go buy seasons 1 & 2 and/or season 3 of Mr. Show and treat yourself to some of the funniest TV you'll ever see. Season 3 is probably the best single season of any comedy show ever!
Ok, I haven't had much to say lately—haven't really been spending much time doing anything worthwhile on the 'net lately. Anyway, here's what's going on with me in a nutshell:
Ok, that's about it. I promise I'll try to get back to updating my blog more regularly!