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Journal Entry: Thu Jan 23, 2014, 8:26 AM

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If any of you are still using ImageShack, there are some bad news.

ImageShack is in the process of converting all of its existing accounts to a 30-day trial and image uploading will be discontinued after the free trial expires.

I've been a member of ImageShack since September 2005 and I've been using the site to mostly upload kiriban and other miscellaneous screenshots, reference poses and drawings that have been done for me that cannot be hosted on my dA account. Therefore, I will no longer have the ability to upload any images on ImageShack.

However, as for existing accounts and images, it will remain intact indefinitely; however, I strongly warn that in any event further changes are made, existing accounts and image will eventually not be kept in the foreseeable future.

ImageShack redesigned their website on 16 December 2013 and made plans to discontinue the free image uploading service in the new year. The conversion to a 30-day trial is expected to be completed on 1 February 2014 after which image uploading will be discontinued on 3 March 2014 at the very latest.

The biggest reason why the redesign and the change is the cost of keeping the service continues to increase and the revenues generated from advertising were not enough to keep pace with the growth of the site.

Until I find another imagehosting site, only the kiriban screenshots and reference poses created from Poser will be uploaded on

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Florida St. Seminoles: 2013 VIZIO BCS Champs!

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 7, 2014, 10:00 AM

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The Bowl Championship Series is history! For the third time in school history, the Florida State Seminoles are the champions of college football!

This after the #1 Seminoles defeated the #2 Auburn Tigers, by a score of 34 to 31. This is the Seminoles second and final BCS national championship. The game was won with Kelvin Benjamin's touchdown with just 13 seconds remaining in the game.

#5 Quarterback Jameis Winston was named offensive MVP of the game. He was credited for completing 20 of 35 attempts, going for 237 yards for 2 touchdowns. #26 Defensive Back P.J. Williams was named defensive MVP, because he made 7 tackles (including 5 solo and 2 assists) and went just 4 yards for a interception.

The game leader in the losing team, the Auburn Tigers was #21 Tre Mason. Out of 196 yards, he rushed 34, went for a touchdown and a reception. The Seminoles complete their perfect season with 14 wins and no losses. The Auburn Tigers who came up just short, finish the year with 12 wins and 2 losses.

Immediately after the 2014 Rose Bowl Game, a fresh field was placed on top of the existing field that was completed last Thursday. Painting of the field began on the next day and was completed on Saturday in time for it to rest the next day for the big game.

Time of the game lasted 3 hours and 32 minutes. 94,208 people attended the game with $23.9 million payout to each conference. The game was played at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California.

This was the 16th and final BCS game before the implementation of the four-team College Football Playoff. In its BCS history:

:bulletred: The Alabama Crimson Tide won 3 BCS National Championships.
:bulletred: The Ohio State Buckeyes made 10 appearances and won 6 BCS games
:bulletred: The USC Trojans won 7 BCS games out of the last 7 appearances.

The Bowl Championship Series over the last 16 years of its existence has come under a lot of controversy lately and has been subject to criticism, antitrust lawsuits, allegations of corruption and financial impropriety and even vacated wins. You can view more of that in this Wikipedia article:…

Now that the 2013 NCAA Division-1 FBS season has come to a close, the 2014 season will begin anew on Thursday, 28 August 2014...that's 232 days from now.

Congratulations to the Florida State Seminoles, the 2013 VIZIO BCS National Champions!

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Holiday Hangover

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 3, 2014, 1:29 PM

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Well, the holidays have come to a end and it won't be until this Monday when Winter break officially comes to a close and the second half of the 2013-2014 school/college semester begins for most people.

For the past couple of weeks, it has been a disappointing holiday hangover. I'm still waiting patiently on my new computer specs, even though they haven't been finalised yet, meaning that I will have to hang on with my Vista retail DVD for a while longer.

My dad still remains in the hospital recoding from a urinary infection/pneumonia that he contracted over the weekend.

I'll be glad when I see things finally turn to normal on Monday.

By the way, I posted a new poll on your New Year's resolutions for 2014. You can view it at this page and post your thoughts:…

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Journal Entry: Wed Jan 1, 2014, 12:33 AM

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Well...what do you know!

The year 2013 is finally behind us and we have now officially entered the new year of 2014! This is the very first journal of the new year!


As traditionally called out in my journal entry, the deviant Mazehunter, deviant ID is #29573186 was the last new deviant to join deviantART in the year 2013 at approximately 11:59:50 PM. That's just 10 seconds before we entered the year 2014. The last new submission in the year 2013 was Eshu by celladoore for which it has the submission number #423768415.

The very first deviant to join deviantART in the year 2014 was DenJinNoMago who joined deviantART at exactly midnight with the deviant ID number of #29573187! Looking at the front page, the very first submission of 2014 was Happy New Year by SnowpointArtist with the deviant number #423768094:

If you follow the first submission number of the new year by the deviation number, the deviation would be called Character Design For My incoming Novel by kurolucifer92 whose submission number is #423768416.

Please say hello to these deviants! :wave:

Welcome to 2014. Give everyone some love and hugs and the new deviants mentioned here! :love:


It won't be too much longer before Alaska and Hawaii will be the last areas to ring out 2013.

I will be posting another journal entry very soon regarding the final specs of what my new computer will finally look, watch for that! :D

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End of 2013

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 31, 2013, 5:42 PM

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Well...I would like to kindly thank everyone for all of the birthday wishes. I deeply appreciate it! :hug:

With that said, this is it. This is the final journal entry of 2013 with just hours of life left. 2013 hasn't been all that rough lately as since I had my tooth extracted back in mid-November, I lost quite a bit of weight.

I started 2013 at 203.2 and as the year started to age, I slowly gained weight and it wasn't until after Independence Day (Friday, 5 July 2013) that my weight peaked at 212 before slowly going down hill. When my tooth got extracted, I lost as much as 12 lbs in one week and the end result is this.

I bottomed on Friday, 20 December 2013 as low as 177.8 and finish out 2013 to settle at 181.2, a loss of 22 lbs. This is the lowest level that I've been in over two decades.

Now, moving on into 2014, I will need to start maintaining my weight more as I will start eating less once the holidays come to a end.

Now, within the final couple of minutes of 2013, I will announce the last new deviant and submission of 2013 and the first new deviant and submission of the year 2013.

To conclude this once and for all, I would like to sincerely wish everyone a very happy and prosperous 2014!

Good riddance to 2013.

I love you all and see ya in 2014!


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Journal Entry: Tue Dec 31, 2013, 9:25 AM

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Today, I turn 38 years old going into 2014.

This past year hasn't been has rough as it used to. A few days ago, I posted a forum thread regarding asking anyone, if available whatever or not they have the time to do one free commission as a gift of one of my Mechapuff characters.

Anyways, on a happy note, I would like to thank Amjara for giving me a three month Premium Membership. While I'm still writing this on my old computer, the computer itself will remain operational and functioning as-is through the first couple of weeks in 2014.

Even if people who celebrate their birthday can't always get what they want, it would hurt to never get anything.

I'll write up one more journal entry to ring out 2013 and that will be it.

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Now with Christmas behind us, it's now time to look forward.

In less than five days, I will be turning 38 years old. At the same time, this year will come to a close.

Sadly, I have been unable to do any new drawings this past year due to my worries over my weight and keeping it under control.

Barring any time constraints, you're welcome to do a drawing of any of my Mechapuff characters in your style:


If you want to, you can also donate points or even Premium Membership.

I also forgot to say that some of the kiribans that I caught earlier this year are long overdue, btw.

I sure hope that I don't get let down, ya know.
  • Mood: Joy
Well, folks. Christmas has come and gone for this year. The presents have been opened up and this leads to a question that everyone has been talking about.

What did you all get for Christmas this year?

For me, I got the Windows Vista Ultimate retail DVD (which includes both 32-bit and 64-bit DVDs) from a auction that I won on the 14th of this month. However, I will not be able to install Windows Vista on this computer as it is not capable of handling the OS. I will either need to have the motherboard and all of the components upgraded or end up with a new custom built computer with a motherboard that still supports Windows Vista.

Along with Windows Vista, I also got a manufacture refurbished Logitech G510 gaming keyboard. I was able to test the USB keyboard on another computer, however I will not be able to install the drivers for the keyboard at this time.

For the Compaq TC1000, I got a Kingston 32 GB 266x Compact Flash drive. The TC1000 and Windows XP recognise the CF drive without problems. I also got a Western Digital 1 TB Passport Elements portable USB hard drive also. While the device is compatible with USB 3.0, it is also compatible with USB 2.0 and as such, Windows XP recongised the device.

The only other component that I ordered is the 4-port USB PCMCIA adapter. I feel that I need to start cutting down on the clutter by getting rid of the Belkin USB hub once and for all. The product will not be unable until at least the 3rd of next month.

Update: The 4-port USB PCMCIA adapter came a week earlier than expected and I'm having a bit of trouble getting the unit to work on the Compaq TC1000. I may have to post a update in the Hardware Forums to see what can be done with it.

With all the five items, it cost me over $280, including shipping and handling.

Please post your thoughts on what you got for Christmas this year. I would love to hear it! :D
  • Mood: Christmas Spirited
A quick note is that I want to wish everyone who watches me and elsewhere on dA, a Merry Christmas and a happy and perposterous 2014.

After 26 days, Christmas shopping has officially come to a end. If you haven't done your Christmas shopping or you never got it done in time...sorry to say this, but I'm afraid that you're out of luck. Better luck next year. :aww:

As I write this, it's virtually Christmas around the world for the next hour. This after Santa traveled 388,708 kilometres and delivering 7,056,276,203 Christmas presents to all of the good boys and girls around the world.

It was fun doing Christmas shopping this year, wasn't it?

I will write another journal entry to see what I got for Christmas this year!

In the meantime, Seasons Greetings! :hug::heart:

  • Mood: Seasonal
As you may not have already noticed before, the days of running this old computer are numbered.

I am seriously planning to migrate back to Windows Vista on a significantly newer motherboard/computer as the software is due to arrive here sometime tomorrow.

But after the new year rolls around, I'm afraid that I'm not planning to run Windows 2000 as the main computer any longer.

Once I or someone else gets the go ahead and order the parts for the new custom built computer, barring any funding related issues, I will have to stop using this old computer, back up all of the data, zero-wipe the hard drive and put the old computer up for sale...and not in the garage where it once stood for more than two years.

In any even if the new computer or any of the components are dead on arrival, it's gonna be back to the drawing board.

In the meantime, as far as I know, Winamp might not eventually shutdown after all. TechCrunch is reporting that AOL might be finalising talks to sell Winamp and Shoutcast to another company. This is according to a source with the knowledge of the discussions. For more information, read the reason why:…

And on a happy note, today was officially the last day of school/college for virtually everyone as we're going into a two-week Winter break. The second half of the 2013-2014 semester year will eventually not resume until Monday, 6 January 2014.
  • Mood: Seasonal
Okay, yesterday...I posted a forum thread of what I want for a custom built computer and with the help of PR-Imagery here's what I'm deciding on:

1. NZXT Guardian 921 RB Black Mid-Tower Case w/blue LED, ATX
2. Fractal Design Integral R2 500W Power Supply, 80 PLUS® Bronze, 24-pin ATX12V v2.31 EPS12V, 1x 8/6-pin PCIe
3. ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0, AM3+, AMD® 970, DDR3-2133 (O.C.) 32GB /4, PCIe x16, SATA 6 Gb/s RAID 5 /6, USB 3.0 /2, HDA, GbLAN, ATX
4. AMD Phenom II X4, Socket AMD3 w/Phenom II X4 955 (4 x 3.2 GHz - 8 MB Cache)
5. Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler, Socket 2011/1155/1156/1366/775/FM1/AM3/AM2, 159mm Height, Copper/Aluminum
6. Cooler Master Thermal Compound, 1.0 g
7. Crucial 8 GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport XT PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
8. EVGA GeForce® GT 610 810MHz, 1 GB DDR3 1000MHz, PCIe x16, HDMI + DVI + VGA
9. 2 x Western Digital 1 TB WD Caviar® Blue (WD10EZEX), SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache
10. Lite-on iHAS124 Black 24x DVD±RW Dual-Layer Burner, SATA
11. Nippon Labs ICR-EE Black 1.44MB Floppy Drive + All-in-One Card Reader Combo Drive, 3.5" Bay
12. Encore ENEWI-1XN42 Wireless N510 PCI-e Adapter, 2dbi Antenna
13. StarTech 2 Port PCI IDE Controller Adapter Card, two dual channel IDE connectors, four IDE devices, 28-bit LBA

That's it. With the ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 motherboard, AMD Phenom II X4 and a EVGA GeForce® GT 610 graphics adapter, Windows Vista should run well with little or not problems! :D

Update: This is still not my final configuration as it costs way more than anyone can afford...this is even if I have to strip out all of the optional components to replace this aging computer. Due to a severe shortage of funding right now, I will have to eventually hold this off until at least after the new year.

Furthermore, even if I didn't spend less than $300 on other components that I bought from eBay, $300 simply even isn't going to be enough to replace this aging computer or at least upgrade the motherboard.

Well...what I'm getting is what I'm getting, but that is gonna have to wait. Unfortunately, I'm $677.46 short in money right now and plans to replace this old computer is not going to happen until at least after the holidays.
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It certainly is finally going to be the end of a era for this desktop computer that I'm still using.

For the first time in more than 10 to 13 years, I'm finally getting a new custom built desktop computer! This is after I WON the auction for the Windows Vista Ultimate Retail DVD for $74 + $7.50 S&H!

For more information on the custom built computer that I'm considering, read this forum thread:…

The specs of my new computer are not final yet, but here are some things that I'm expecting when things are finalised:

:bulletred: Not be on a decade-old hardware as the main PC.
:bulletred: Significant improvement in speed. I expect the computer to be up to 12 times faster than my current one.
:bulletred: Use some of the hardware and software that requires modern hardware and operating systems designed for Windows XP or even Windows Vista.

Here are some other things that are worth noting:

:bulletred: Certain vendors continued to provide driver support under Windows Vista through at least June 2012 and for Windows XP through the end of December 2012. The motherboards that I absolutely want to avoid are the P8Z77, P8H77 and P8B75 motherboards due to the Intel chipset limitations. Additionally, driver support under Windows XP through the end of 2012 were provided "as-is" due to Microsoft discontinuing Windows XP support.
:bulletred: The custom built computer that I buy will not have a operating system pre-installed like my current computer. I will need to install the operating system that I purchased from eBay. I will also need to get the drivers that are designed for the OS as well.
:bulletred: By migrating to a new computer, I will no longer be able to re-install Windows 2000 or older versions of Windows. Doing the right move is a very difficult decision to make and with vendor support completely drying up, I'm afraid that I can no longer continue using this old computer.

Once the configuration is finalised, I will need to backup all of the data and get it off of this old hard drive and zero-wipe the contents on the hard disk as late as the end of this week. In order to cover the cost of running the new computer, I strongly expect that I will have sell the old computer as well as some of the stuff that I do not use anymore very shortly afterwords.

Update: I've been having a bit of trouble with a couple of components in the proposed new machine, including the Coolmax PSU and the AMD FX processor.

First of all, I heard that most Coolmax PSUs can present a fire hazard and can end up killing hardware most of the time. Next, it's the AMD FX processor. Released in late 2011, it has not been even tested under Windows Vista as far as I know and possible issues associated with the CPU that can adversely affect the operating system.

If I get the configuration right and if I'm satisfied, I'll post a final update of what my computer configuration will be that will work under Windows Vista.
  • Mood: Joy
I've been using Windows 2000 for almost four years now and I'm slowly starting to become fed-up with using the OS as the primary machine, in light of the fact that Windows XP will lose all support next year.

While I found a retail copy of Windows Vista Ultimate (x86 and x86-64) on eBay for under $80, I found some motherboards (16 GB and 32 GB versions) that will support it, but while some of the 16 GB motherboards are priced reasonably, they have only one IDE connector and one floppy drive while others don't have that at all.

I also found a manufacturer refurbished ASUS PSQL-EPU motherboard on eBay for $49.98 + $25 S&H and an 250 GB ATA/100 hard drive. And since it has one floppy connector, I'm considering getting a 3 1/2" floppy diskette drive too, an Intel Core 2 Quad processor and at least 8 GB DDR2 memory (for which the memory can be maxed out at 16 GB later).

The problem that I can work around is that I will need to use the USB DVD-ROM drive to install Windows Vista on this semi-new motherboard. If it is possible, I will need to migrate the Iomega ZIP drive as well as the Linksys network card and the PCMCIA to PCI card onto the new motherboard as well.

If I go ahead with this consideration, this will most likely be the last semi-new computer that will have limited legacy support, including IDE/floppy drives and PCI support.

I will need to look up at a inquiry on how much will all of this cost. I'll post my final configuration and timing regarding the fate of this 13 year old computer that is becoming increasingly not capable of handling modern technologies that it used to.

If for some reason that it can't be done, then...I will most likely have to scrap this consideration and probably continue using this computer until the motherboard dies.

  • Mood: Seasonal
Cross-posted in the Gaia C&T forums, the dA forums and doing this in my journal.

There are some sad news for those who still use Winamp. After more than 15 years, AOL made a difficult decision to shut down Winamp and any services associated with it in exactly one month from now (Friday, 20 December 2013). Winamp 5.66, for which it will be supported only until the shutdown date will the be the last release.

All web services associated with Winamp, including skins and plugins will no longer be available after this date.

Former Winamp employees are blaming the AOL mismanagement and the high costs of keeping the service online for the shutdown.

Rest in peace, Winamp. :(
  • Mood: Sadness
As you may have already noticed, my tooth got extracted earlier approximately 10:21 AM.

The reason why the tooth (most specifically tooth 18) had to go was that:
1. The top left part of my tooth was broken.
2. My tooth was loose due to the fact that the bottom right part of the tooth eroded.

These reasons have rendered that tooth unhealthy. Back in late July, tooth 18 was hurting to a point where I was nearly unable to eat anything.

And because my tooth got extracted, the gums were bleeding pretty bad.

The damage to my mouth has been done and the consequences that I must face for the rest of my life is the tooth that recently got pulled will never grow back.

And if I fail to take care of my teeth properly, more teeth may get yanked in the near future.

I don't like having my teeth pulled, but due to the consequences of neglecting my teeth for more than 17 years, one of the teeth got loose and it had to be done.

It will take at least a week for the extracted tooth and the gums to heal, for at least the next several days, I'm gonna have to take it easy.

Have you ever had your tooth extracted? If so, please share your thoughts.
  • Mood: Sadness
The wait is finally over!

The Boston Red Sox have won the 2013 World Series after they defeated the National League champion, the St. Louis Cardinals, 6 to 1. The Red Sox eliminate the Cardinals, four games to two.

Since the introduction of the League Division Series at the close of the 1995 MLB season, both of the teams who made it all the way to the World Series, shared the best overall regular season records in each league only to win the World Series that season. This previously happened in 1998, 2007 and 2009.

This is also the fourth meeting between the Cardinals and Red Sox in the World Series (previous meetings were in 1946, 1967 and 2004) and also the first World Series since 1999 to pair the two teams with the best regular season records in their respective leagues and also the third time in history (following the 1949 and 1958 World Series) to feature two teams with identical regular season records.

The last time the Boston Red Sox won the World Series on home plate in Fenway was on 11 September 1918 when they took out the Chicago Cubs, four games to two.

#34 1st Base, David Ortiz was named the 2013 World Series Most Valuable Player. During the World Series, he was credited for scoring 7 runs, 11 hits and 2 home runs with 6 runs at base and struck out once.

Average time of the game in the series was 3 hours and 19 minutes and a average of 42,927 people attended the games in the 2013 World Series.

Once again, Boston strong! Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, champions of the baseball world! :D

Thoughts on the 2013 World Series, anyone?
  • Mood: Pride
Well...I don't know what I can say anymore. I've been struggling hard with my weight loss recently and this has put a dent on my ability to do other things...such as drawing. And now, I found myself so deeply frustrated to a point where I found myself digging into a huge hole.

Yes, I admit that I have been stalking the Projects Forum (on and off) and I'm one of the users who do free commissions for other artists. And not caring about what they draw for me is what make it a concern here. What makes things downright insulting is that if I ever asked someone to do a request...only that it can be removed from their gallery completely.

Doing illustrations (whatever they're free or not) takes hours, days, weeks...possibly up to a month which is a lot of hard work for a artist to do. Improving the artistic style takes years from the get go.

For me, I unfortunately have not done any of that and I have not found a good time nor have the capable to continue drawing. Infact, I haven't even been able to draw anything new...for almost two years now! :depressed:

And along with my struggles to lose weight, here are the reasons why this frustration has been haunting me:

1. I have been using this desktop computer for the last seven of ten years. I use a PS/2 mouse to navigate and the 17" CRT monitor lacks touch screen capabilities. It's unfortunate that I will not be able to replace this machine as I do not have the funds to buy a replacement PC.

The PC itself is running Windows 2000 and even though it has the latest version of UURollup extended kernel installed, the operating system, which is used by less than .04% of internet connected users, has not been supported by Microsoft in more than three years now. Almost all vendors have ceased compatibility with this OS.

This means that even if I have the extended kernel installed on this computer, some of the software that was designed for Windows XP and later will not operate 100% correctly, if not at all.

The 11-year old Compaq TC1000 is going to have the hard drive replaced with a 32 GB compact flash card that will connect to a 2.5" Compact Flash to IDE adapter that will act as a hard drive. The whole unit hasn't been working correctly, because the hard drive cable got loose. Even though the unit got fixed, the damage to the old hard drive has been done and it can't be reversed.

I remember that I purchased a CF-to-IDE drive for nearly $9 and found that the unit did not fit on the TC1000's hard drive caddy. So, I got a better one and it only costs $3.89 (including free shipping)!

2. I also have a working 16-year old Fujitsu Point 510 tablet computer. The unit does not have internet capability, because it's running MS-DOS with Windows 3.1 and the only way to transfer files is with a 2 GB (or smaller) compact flash adapter. Because I have been using this desktop computer more than the unit itself, I haven't had the time to use the Point 510 computer for the time being. :(

3. I have other portable computers that I no longer use or don't work correctly, if not at all anymore. The 17-year old Toshiba Tecra 720 CDT laptop for which it had its hard drive wiped twice now had been running Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 respectively. The laptop that I used was very slow and with the low specs, you can't browse deviantART on that unit at all. Plus, the laptop is heavy and works "as-is", but in any event that I revive it in the near future. it's not expected to operate forever.

On the other side of the coin, the 20-year old GRiD 2270 tablet computer is no longer functional, because the battery does not hold a charge anymore and it has to be connected to the back of the tablet computer in order for it to work. I have been very unlucky to find replacement parts for the unit and as far as I know, the unit was unreachably expensive and did not sell very well when it was new a long time ago.

Along with the GRiD 2270, if no one wants to use the Tecra 720 CDT laptop...I suspect that it will most likely go to a recycling center soon.

4. Speaking of lack of funds, PC sales have been in a slump. Consumers have been declining to buy a whole new computer due to glitches that were found in the Windows 8 operating system. What's worse is that smartphones and tablets are attempting to replace the personal computer.

But things are not expect to last forever as at some point, older PCs are gonna have to be replaced in any event motherboards and other critical components die and that there are no more replacement parts available.

I think that I will be listening to the 2013 World Series for the next several days and think what I'm going to do next...
  • Mood: Lazy
For those of you who already have Windows 8 installed, there are some good news: Windows 8.1 is available for download!

Windows 8.1 has brought back the Start Button (a feature that was missing in the original release) and also includes Internet Explorer 11...for which it has been ported to users running Windows 7 SP1.

The Verge has a review of Windows 8.1 and you can read it all here:…

If you still want Windows 7, it's not going to be too much longer before Microsoft stops selling Windows 7 to direct OEMs and terminate retail sales of the operating system.
  • Mood: Joy
Hey all.

As you may have already noticed. I was close to having to completely abandon this aging desktop computer that I've used for years, but now thanks to dad, I got another chance...this is especially after the 17" Sylvania PD-80A monitor had its LCD backlight burned out and stop working. :la:

I'm using a Dell M782 monitor manufactured in August 2001. It is a 17" CRT monitor capable of displaying resolutions of up to 1280 x 1024...which is a common standard for most legacy PCs. It seems that since I'm technically after a monitor that people don't want to use anymore, I want to use it now...that is until the motherboard on this computer finally dies and that there are no replacement parts available.

The monitor works perfectly, but it is "as is" as it has scratches and dirt around the monitor. :) (Smile)

I'm gonna have to uninstall the VNC client on my sisters laptop and give it back to my sister and I deeply apologise for all of the chaos that was caused. I had to use the laptop for over a week, because I couldn't find a replacement monitor to use for this PC and the eMachines CRT monitor no longer works.

You can all give me a hug now!

  • Mood: Joy
I've been offline for a while, because I have some not so good news as I am typing from a laptop belonging to my sister as what is going on right now.

The monitor attached to the graphics card stopped working properly. :no: I also tried to connect the eMachines monitor and it simply wouldn't turn on. I'm gonna need to get the monitor tested in the family room PC to make sure that it still works properly. I was forced to turn the computer off, because of thunderstorms in the area and when I tried to turn the computer on, the monitor wouldn't come on properly.

I will most likely need to get a different monitor to use for this computer and if it still doesn't work, then it has to be the graphics card going bad. I sure hope that is absolutely not the case as I've been using the NVIDIA GeForce MX400 graphics card for over a decade without any problems and it always worked without problems.

Sorry about that. :(

Update: The 11-year old graphics card is still working as is. Earlier this week, I found that while the monitor would turn on, the back-light on the 17" Sylvania LCD monitor stopped working.

Until I find a replacement LCD monitor online (if I can), I will have to use my sister's laptop and use a VNC client as this aging desktop computer does not even have a computer monitor now.
  • Mood: Sadness