Husband Training…

Saw this the other day on, I actually like the idea of husband training.  For several reasons. One, I have always felt that nagging just annoys men and escalates a problem.  Repeatedly telling us stuff is not going to work.  After hearing it a few times, a guy is just going to close his mind when it is repeated the next time.  At that point, the guy will be thinking about other things.  Where as, if a woman does the least reward thing, he does something that annoys her, and she will react in a cool fashion.  Not bringing up the behavior.  Just not being as “in” to him as normal.. A guy gets the disinterested treatment, he will wonder why and respond more positively to the explaination, after he asks..

Of course, that is just my opinion, but it would sure beat the heck out of getting nagged.  I hate getting nagged, as I am sure most men do.  I think this method would work much better on me.  I want to make my girl happy, and have her interested in what I am doing and right there with me.  If I do something, and she shows no interest in what I am doing, I am going to be curious why. Of course, as a woman, you have to pick a man who is not so into himself that he will never notice you are not happy with him.. and it needs to be a healthy enough relationship and match to begin with that he is interested in you, and you are still “in” to him..  So I like the idea, but it has a whole lot of ifs..

Why do they think people are so far removed that the same basic things do not apply?  We all have basic emotions and instincts.. We are all programmed to react certain ways to certain things..  Why are most babies faces so cute, even to those that are not big on children?  We are programmed to react a certain way to certain things.. Babies included.  Many people will disagree, but instinct can be fought against, but the fact that it is something that has to be trained out of us says something.

Ah well.. Found the article interesting, hope someone else stops and thinks about it also.

Electric cars and renewable energy.

I was reading about Elon Mush, the co-founder of Paypal.  He has multiple startup businesses, and I have a ton of respect for the guy.  He is investing in renewable energy and Electric cars and in general trying to come up with solutions for Americas problems.  Not bad for a guy who left S. Africa at 17 huh?

I am sure many people have heard of Tesla Motors in the last several years? They have a high end electric roadster coming out this year for about $100k.  They will only be producing about 1800 per year to start. A bit steep for the average guy, but, it is a start as far as Elon Mush is concerned.  He hopes to be dropping the price and improving the cars over the next several years.  He is convinced that as they build up the mass production, that they can produce more affordable cars that everyone can drive.  I hope he is right.  I like the idea of having a solar panel on my house that powers my car.

Sold off..Sold out… Move along!

So for the last few years, the Linux Company I bought into early on, Lindows/Linspire/Freespire, sold out again.  Seems to be a pattern here.  First, they fight the good fight against the evil corporation Microsoft, getting users to invest in the companies lawsuit by selling lifetime memberships. Then, shortly aftwards, selling out to MS for 20million dollars.. I sort of understand, that is lots of money.. Good business.. but after promoting yourself as fighting the good fight, it felt like selling out..

Then later, they made a deal with MS that was basically blackmail money.  MS agreed to not sue them for supposed patent violations in the Linux Kernel, and Linspire agreed to pay for that protection.. Nice scam, huh?  We rattle our saber, and everyone must give us money not to draw it.. Pay the money, or we will come around to your place and have our thugs break things.. Pay us the money, or we will sick our lawyers on you for something that has not been proven.. All sounds like the same scam to me.. but again, Linspire sold out… (Hrm.. Reading over at Kevin Carmony’s blog, it looks like MS actually paid them… Odd.. Makes more sense that Linspire agreed to it now.)

Now, in their last act, Linspire sold out to who they touted as their competition, and spent so much time making sound inferior, Xandros.  Sad, annoying and frustrating.  I decided I had enough, and resigned from the forums that I have helped moderate for years.  I have been an Insider there, and was told at one point I had one of the earliest join dates they were aware of.  I even won the “contest” they had to come out there, see how Lindows worked, and come up with ideas how to improve communication with the Insiders. Had a great time, and met a lot of nice people.. Who have all lost their jobs (and their investments by the looks of it) in the last several years. 🙁  Although, they were all talented, so I suspect that they have all moved on to bigger and better things. Regardless, it is kind of an ending of an era for me.

After watching these last few years how MR (former CEO and main investor of the company) does things, I feel like he is earning money through lawsuits.. He seems to like taking things to court.. and it seems to have worked out for him over the years.. but I kinda lose some respect for people who use our legal system as a club.  It also started to give me the feeling he is a professional sell out. 🙁  So I will be staying away from his future endeavors, and would recommend the same to others.  They are just going to be there long enough to cause a stir with someone and then they will lose momentum and be sold off after the settlement. 🙁

Personally, I have moved on to using Windows Vista 64 for Gaming, and Ubuntu Linux for most everything else.  Linspire has been so far behind for years, that it is just annoying.  CNR seems like a really, really cool idea, but they did not go big enough fast enough with the idea.  They also started out charging way to much for it on the frontend which made a lot of people have a bad attitude about it.  They have just in the last few years started adding other distros to CNR, and I think it took way to long.  As a result of all of these things, which are easy to see in 20/20 hindsight, my thoughts have basically proven correct.. Although, they even sold off CNR, which I did not expect.

I still highly recommend Simpy Mepis, but now, I recommend Ubuntu as well.  Both very good distros, with a different feel to both.  Mepis uses KDE for a front end, Ubuntu uses Gnome. Gives them a different feel from each other, but they are still, both, solid distros!

Age of Conan loses something at higher levels..

So I was very addicted to Age of Conan for a short time.. but I quickly started to feel like it was the same old thing around middle 30’s.  Turns out, there is a reason for this.  The starter area where you are at up till level 20 is the only area they let the Beta Testers into.. So it was very well balanced and tweaked, but the rest of it really had not been that well tested according to what Bleys has been reading on the forums.

Ah well.. I had bought Warhammer Online Collectors Edition, but after my disgust with Conan going to crap so quick, I decided to cancel it.  I guess they need to make some bigger leaps in MMORPGs for me to get interested in them again. 🙁  I really want a game that brings adventure.  Not just treadmill leveling and killing of monsters.  It gets old.  What did you do tonight?  Killed monsters and quested.  What for? So I could get bigger and get better equipment.  How come?  So I could kill more monsters and do more quests.  Huh, why do you wanna do that?  So I can get bigger, and get better equipment… Wait a minute… I see a pattern here.

I really want a game where there is true adventure.  Not just adventure for the sake of getting the best equipment in the game and getting bigger…..  I mean, true adventure.  I want it to be a challenge to cross a river through the strong current.  I want a piece of rope to be useful.  I want to be able to repell into caves, or to be able to climb a dangerous cliff.  I want to be able to do more then just kill monsters and click on an item.  I would like to be able to have a real profession, like Blacksmith, and be able to build a shop in a town and compete price wise against other player blacksmiths.  Or to be a miner, that does more then just walks around and hammer at piles of rock sticking out of the ground.. How about being able to build a real mine?  Or become an herb farmer?  How about magic that requires some components?  And make it so the components take some work to grow, not just make them impossible to find out in the wild so they become ungodly expensive?

Everytime I play a new MMORPG, I have such high hopes, then I play them, and quickly realize that they still fall way short of all my expectations. 🙁  Ah well. Maybe I will be lucky enough to see such a game in my lifetime?

Runs Ubuntu just fine!

Well, seems to anyways. I did not actually install it, just ran Ubuntu on the live cd and it runs just fine. I did not try to setup the video or anything, or even check it. I was just happy that it booted right up. Not that it really matters, I doubt I will be running Linux on my Game machine any time soon.

I was sort of disgusted. The prices of Video cards have dropped about $80 since I ordered my card.. rather annoying.  Not that it really matters, I am still thrilled with my system, I just think we could have used that money for other things.  Ah well.  This system is still awesome!

My new system again…



Ok, so I realized I have been posting about my new system, but I did not even bother to post pictures of it, which just some how seems wrong. So I thought I would post a couple pics that Emmy got right after I finished putting it together, and right on the first boot into Bios.

It was rather funny, Emmy was surprised at me for putting all the screws and everything in the case without even a test boot, but she was very impressed that it came right up and worked first boot. Which is probably why she took a picture!

Age of Conan

Age of Conan is incredible now on my new computer!  I can not believe how much better it is!  I can actually play with my virus scanner and pretty much anything else I want running, and it does not even phase it.  This system is very impressive so far!  I am thrilled!

I am not sure what I am more impressed with, the system or the monitor.  Maybe it is just the entire system as a whole?  Heh! I am really loving it though.

My system is built!

Woo! My system is built, and it is awesome!  I love it!  We even took the time to make sure all the cables were out of the way inside. Air Flow is actually cool in the system, and to top it all off, it is quiet!  So I highly recommend this system.  I did update the bios and remove all but 2 gig of memory to get it setup, but as soon as I had the 64bit Vista installed, I dropped in the other 6gig of memory, and it all runs perfectly.  I would rather be running Linux, but this is my game system, so I will just set up my old system at my desk to continue to run Linux for me.  It can be my old reliable.

The system scores in the Windows System Experience are all 5.9 except one, which is 5.7, which makes my system score a 5.7.  Not bad, not great.  Of course, that is with everything on my system running during the test. I had the web browser open, the virus scanner working, and pretty much everything else happening just like usual.  So I am very happy with my system!

Got my new monitor.

So I got my new 24″ Monitor today.  Man, it is awesome!  I never dreamed this would be so good.  There is one pixel with a problem, but it is in the top edge, so not really a problem.  NewEgg seems to have a 9 dead pixel policy, so I could not return it even if I wanted to, which I don’t!

I played Conan a little bit in it, and it is just freaking awesome!  I can not wait until I have the faster system and faster and better Video Card.  This thing will be jaw dropping.  I can not wait!  Well, obviously I *have* to wait, but I do not want to. 😉  It really is impressive how different it is at a 1920×1200.  So much real estate in the game and out.  I can have two windows open at once side by side and it has plenty of room. Really cool!  I never really thought how much better it would be, but after seeing this, Emmy is thinking how nice it looks… We will have her one as soon as we can afford it probably, and I would not blame her a bit!  Knowing me, I will be encouraging her to start. Heh.

Ordered my new System!!!

So we decided we had a bit of spare money, so finally got around to updating my 6 year old computer system.. It was so old, we just replaced it. Although, it is still working well, so I am going to keep it around to run Linux on. The new system I will start out running mainly Vista 64 for gaming. Everything important will stay on my old system and Linux. Here is the new system.

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1 EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i FTW SLI ATX Intel MotherboardEVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813188026
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1 Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVDMicrosoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD
Item #:N82E16832116204
Return Policy: Software Return Policy

-$15.00 Instant $109.99
1 ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU CoolerARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
Item #:N82E16835186134
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$10.00 Instant $36.99
1 ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1TASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T
Item #:N82E16827135156
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$5.00 Instant $39.99
1 Microsoft Digital Media Pro BX1-00005 2-Tone USB + PS/2 Wired Standard KeyboardMicrosoft Digital Media Pro 2-Tone Wired Keyboard
Item #:N82E16823109137
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1 EVGA 512-P3-N875-AR GeForce 9800 GTX KO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video CardEVGA GeForce 9800 GTX KO 512-P3-N875-AR Video Card
Item #:N82E16814130348
Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy

-$15.00 Instant $299.99
1 Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard DriveSeagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB 3.5″ SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Item #:N82E16822148288
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1 OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR10664GKOCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820227289
Return Policy: Memory (Modules, USB) Return Policy

-$5.00 Instant
$25.00 Mail-in Rebate
1 Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Processor
Item #:N82E16819115037
Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy

1 KDS K-24MDWB Black 24KDS K-24MDWB Black 24″ 2ms(GtoG) Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support Built in Speakers
Item #:N82E16824155054
Return Policy: [LCD] Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy

-$30.00 Instant $369.99
1 Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer CaseAntec Nine Hundred Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811129021
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$10.00 Instant
$40.00 Mail-in Rebate
1 ZALMAN ZM850-HP  Continuous 850W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 Modular Heatpipe-Cooled SLI Power SupplyZALMAN ZM850-HP Continuous 850W Modular Heatpipe-Cooled SLI Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817379007
Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

-$35.00 Instant $214.99
Grand Total: $1,718.88
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