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I've decided to bring this discussion regarding the shutdown of Windows XP support in the Software & OS forums here in my journal and before I get on the FAQs, I've decided to make my point clear.

As you may have already noticed before, Windows XP (and its related components) completed the transition to a non-supported status, leaving an estimated 500 million users without any free or even paid support at all. Here's are some questions on why people should consider moving off Windows XP and the consequences if users continue to stay on Windows XP:

:bulletred: What does this mean that Microsoft has ended support for Windows XP?
This means that after 8 April 2014, completing the transition to a unsupported status means that any free or even paid assisted support, including security updates have ended. After this date, Microsoft no longer provides any support options nor security updates. In addition to this, there will be no further updates to online content associated with Windows XP.

The Online Support Content for Windows XP will continue to be available through the Microsoft Support Product Solution Center Websites until at least 7 April 2015 or until online demand no longer warrants keeping Windows XP articles online. You can read more about where can you get help regarding Windows XP on the bottom of this page.

Microsoft stopped selling retail copies of Windows XP on 30 June 2008 and ended Windows XP pre-installation sales on 22 October 2010.

In addition to this, Microsoft also ended support for Internet Explorer 6 and Office 2003.

:bulletred: What editions of Windows XP are affected by the end of support?
Products that are affected by the termination of Windows XP support are:

:bulletblue: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
:bulletblue: Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition
:bulletblue: Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
:bulletblue: Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition (2002, 2004 and 2005)
:bulletblue: Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
:bulletblue: Microsoft Windows XP Starter Edition

Support for Windows XP 64-bit Edition for Itanium Systems, Version 2002 and Windows XP 64-bit Edition, Version 2003 ended in July 2005 after the last distributor of Itanium-based workstations, Hewlett Packard stopped selling Itanium-based systems marketed as "workstations".

Extended Support for Windows XP Embedded will end on 12 January 2016 and licensing will be terminated on 30 January 2017. Extended Support for Windows Embedded Standard 2009 ends on 8 April 2019 and licensing will be terminated on 8 January 2024. Mainstream Support for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 ended on 8 April 2014 and Extended Support will continue until 9 April 2019. Licensing for Windows Embedded POSReady will end on 11 February 2024.

:bulletred: Why should people consider moving to newer versions of Windows?
Customers should strongly consider moving to more recent versions of Windows, such as Windows 8.1 for the following reasons:

1. Windows XP is a operating system that is no longer suitable for the security demands of today's internet environments. And further security related issues attributed to the unsupported OS will never again be addressed.

2. By moving to a newer, supported version of Windows, customers will benefit, stay secure and supported with many of its improved security and protection features.

3. Customers who do not wish to move to Windows 8.1 can still move to Windows 7; however, due to the release of Windows 8 on 26 October 2012 and because Windows 7 will lose Mainstream Support on 14 January 2015, Microsoft will no longer permit PC manufacturers and OEM system builders to pre-load Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate after 31 October 2014. Microsoft has not set a kill date for Windows 7 Professional pre-installation sales.

4. Microsoft is not offering a Custom Support Agreement (CSA) for consumers and businesses. Enterprise users who are unable to migrate off of Windows XP will be eligible for CSA support options that will last until 11 April 2017.

:bulletred: Is ending Windows XP support a way to force its customers to newer versions of Windows?
No. Windows XP has been on the market and supported by Microsoft for nearly 12½ years. Since the release of Windows Vista on 30 January 2007, the end of support date of 8 April 2014 was established. Today, because Windows XP is no longer a suitable operating system for today's security and application demands, Microsoft hopes that millions of customers who continue to delay moving to a secure and updated operating system like Windows 7 or Windows 8 to start planning their migrations.

:bulletred: Is this announcement so sudden?
This is not a last minute announcement. When the Lifecycle Support Policy was established on 15 October 2002, the original end-of-support date for Windows XP was October 2006 for consumers and October 2011 for businesses.

However, due to the delay in the development of Windows Vista leading up to the release of the OS on 30 January 2007, support for Windows XP was extended to 8 April 2014 to give customers enough time to migrate to newer versions of Windows in order to continue receiving updates and most importantly, technical support.

Regrettably, the final wave of communication is a harsh reminder for those who have postponed or delayed migrating from Windows XP to put their plans into action.

:bulletred: Why will Microsoft no longer provide Windows XP support?
With every supported version of Windows, the importance of a secure computing platform has never been greater.

Over the past 15 years or so, security vulnerabilities that could not have been anticipated have emerged in the wild. Since Windows XP was released in October 2001, Microsoft has responded with new design methodologies, coding practices and testing procedures as these enhancements are included in newer and fully supported versions of Windows. These newer platforms offer Windows customers a far greater level of security than it is possible with Windows XP and older versions of Windows.

Like older, unsupported versions of Windows, Windows XP was an operating system developed before the era of sophisticated internet based attacks and has gradually reached the point of architectural obsolescence. It would be totally irresponsible and selfish to convey a false sense of security by further extending support for this outdated product.

:bulletred: How many customers are still using Windows XP today?
According to current worldwide figures, an estimated 300 million to 500 million customers are still using Windows XP when support came to a end and still the second most popular operating system in the world. While Net Applications have the Windows XP install base at 27.69%, that figure is much lower elsewhere with the number reported as low as 7.89% on Wikipedia.

As the next major release of Windows completes in the near future, the install base of Windows XP is expected to decline to 20% by the end of this year and then sharply decline to 8% by the end of 2015 and then as little as 3% by the end of 2016.

:bulletred: What are the consequences for staying on Windows XP?
As millions of users remain on Windows XP beyond the 8 April 2014 date, here are the consequences that users will be facing:

1. Microsoft Security Essentials: There will be no more new installations of Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows XP after 8 April 2014. If you have downloaded Microsoft Security Essentials 4.4 on Windows XP and tried to install it, it will not work. Microsoft Security Essentials and the Malicious Software Removal tool on Windows XP will continue to be updated on existing machines until 14 July 2015.

2. Lack of support: Many Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and hardware vendors have already discontinued or will soon discontinue Windows XP support in the near future. When this happens, any compatibility issues experienced on Windows XP will not be maintained any longer and any newer versions of existing products will most likely not work with the outdated operating system. In addition to hardware drivers, any existing customers running Windows XP will have the risk of no longer being supported by newer hardware in the market.

3. Lack of security: Any security flaws found in Windows XP after 8 April 2014 will never be addressed. After Microsoft halts updates for Windows XP in its next Patch Tuesday update on 13 May 2014, attackers worldwide will reverse-engineer any updates found on supported versions of Windows (Windows Server 2003 and up), find the vulnerabilities and vigorously test Windows XP to see if it shares those vulnerabilities. If Windows XP shares those vulnerabilities, attackers will attempt to develop exploit code that can take advantage of those vulnerabilities. And since a security update will never become available for Windows XP to address those vulnerabilities, customers on Windows XP are now faced with a "zero day" vulnerability forever.

Microsoft cannot comment on any legal issues regarding the liability if customers encounter any serious security threats if they remain on Windows XP. The 8 April 2014 termination of support date was established when Windows Vista was released on 30 January 2007. Microsoft began recommending that customers evaluate migrations from Windows XP beginning as early as September 2007, nearly five years after the adoption of milestones the public should expect within its Support Lifecycle Policy. The most important prospect is that taking advantage of newer, supported versions of Windows allows customers to stay secure with many of its improved security and protection features that were not available in previous versions of Windows.

4. Downtime: Because Windows XP support has ended, the risks of system failure and business disruption could gradually increase, especially because of the lack of supported software and aging hardware running Windows XP. Even a system running an updated anti-virus or modern browser is not safe from potential and uncorrectable issues that may cause significant downtime.

5. Lack of compliance: Businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations may find that they are have gradually fallen out of compliance requirements. In a recent report from earlier this year, 95% of ATM are still running Windows XP and now that support has ended, they're now out of compliance with industry standards.

In short, the popularity of Windows XP is not a excuse for being on a now-unsupported operating system. As the market share for Windows XP shrink in the near future, there will be fewer and fewer users who will run the OS. If the marketshare falls low enough, you can expect ISVs to either no longer maintain or completely remove Windows XP compatibility.

:bulletred: Will Windows Product Activation still work?
Windows XP, released in October 2001 was the first operating system to require Windows Product Activation to reduce the risk of software piracy, however this attracted widespread controversy along with Microsoft Office XP. Now that Windows XP support has ended, users can still activate Windows XP over the internet.

In any event Microsoft ever decides to shut off the Windows Product Activation servers, Microsoft and/or its developers would release a patch to legally turn off Windows Product Activation so that users who installed Windows XP can no longer have to activate their unsupported product with Microsoft.

:bulletred: Will existing updates found on Windows Update be available for Windows XP?
Yes. All updates for Windows XP (and their related components) will be limited to those updates that currently appear on the Windows Update website. However, Microsoft will no longer create new Windows XP updates after 8 April 2014.

In any event Microsoft decides to decommission the Windows Update website in the near future, this would not be a limitation from existing up-to-date installations of Windows XP. The decommissioning of the Windows Update website would be a serious limitation affecting new or re-installation of Windows XP from original CDs.

:bulletred: Will there be third parties that can continue supporting my Windows XP installations in the near future?
There are and will still be multiple companies in the market today that are capable of providing for-fee configuration support. Companies do not and will never have access to the code base to be able to create hotfix and security fixes. The absence of the critical types of support components from their capabilities should encourage existing customers to migrate to newer versions of Windows.

:bulletred: What resources does Microsoft offer to companies or individuals who are still using Windows XP?
Existing customers who are able to access the internet and are still on Windows XP will be able to access the Microsoft Support Product Solution Center Websites via these pages:


The website pages mentioned above will continue to host a wealth a previous How-to, Troubleshooting and Configuration content for anyone who may need self-service access to this information. Again, these pages will remain available until at least 7 April 2015 or until online demand no longer warrants keeping Windows XP articles online.

fediaFedia has submitted a article on how well Windows XP was remembered over its 12½ year lifespan and you can view its history under the Remembering Windows XP submission.

Rest in peace, Windows XP! You will be deeply missed. :windows:

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One month has passed...

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 28, 2014, 10:04 PM

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It has been one month since I have been using this new computer and so far, things are still working so far, including the motherboard, RAM, graphics card and hard drive. However, things will have to be fixed soon.

As you may have already noticed, I remain stuck with a partially non-functioning card reader even if the USB port works. As far as I know, the card reader worked for almost a week and I will have to get it replaced soon.

Also, there are concerns that either the PCI network card or the router is causing this computer to lock up hard. Even though the network card is working now, it will most likely have to be upgraded in the near future.

I will have to get rid of a lot of stuff that I don't use anymore and put it up for sale in order to try to cover the cost of improving this new computer also.

On top of that, my Premium Membership is going to expire on Monday. If you have the money to get the subscription renewed, let me know. :hug:

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Are you still running Internet Explorer 8?

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 14, 2014, 1:25 PM

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Incase you have already noticed, deviantART dropped Internet Explorer 8 support after almost five years.

Users who are still running Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP are not going to be happy to hear this:…

Despite the fact that Internet Explorer 8 is the most widely used browser with nearly 22% of internet usage, it is not a exception for its age and most importantly support status. deviantART will stop accepting bug reports for Internet Explorer 8 now as it has became way too time consuming for developers and hinders the advancement of the entire site.

What had lead up to their final decision for ikazon and developers to drop IE8 support? Does anyone have any idea how many users still on IE8 made up a very small portion of traffic as a contribution to bug reports?

As far as I know, users still running Internet Explorer 8 on Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 can update to Internet Explorer 9 to experience full functionality of the entire site, while users on Windows 7 SP1 can update to either IE10 or IE11.

Windows XP users will have to switch to another browser despite the fact that Microsoft will stop supporting the OS in not too many weeks from now. Google will only support Chrome on Windows XP until at least April 2015 and other browser makers have made no formal announcement regarding the fate of Windows XP support.

Moving forward, Internet Explorer 8 is a browser that was shipped with Windows 7. IE8 along with Windows 7 loses Mainstream Support on 13 January 2015.

Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Vista will slowly suffer the same fate along with Windows XP in not too many years from now.

Windows Vista loses all support and security updates in April 2017.

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Got a new computer!

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 2, 2014, 6:17 PM

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Well...what do you know. The wait is finally over!

For the first time in over 13 years, I'm finally on a new computer! I installed Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit and it went well without any major problems. I also installed the drivers that came with this motherboard and graphics card for the OS itself too.

The components on the new computer, including motherboard, CPU, graphics card, DVD/RW and hard drive all work properly without problems.

AVADirect took two weeks to assemble this machine and they did a lot of hard work on how they built it based on the information that I finalised in my journal.

While I'm ready to make improvements to my new computer in the future, I sadly have to get rid of the old one completely.


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Old computer is going bye-bye...

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 16, 2014, 11:14 AM

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After running this old computer for more than a decade, it's time to say goodbye to it. :(

Today is the last day that I will be running this old computer. Starting later tonight before I go to bed, all of the data will be backed up, the Linksys network card driver will be uninstalled. In the end, this computer will be powered off and unplugged.

After that, I will cease using this old computer and will most likely focus on other things.

The data on the hard drive will be kept until the new computer finally arrives. After that, all of the data will be wiped and it will NOT be possible to recover any of the data on the old hard drive.

Additionally, the old computer will either be sold or taken to a recycling centre. It will NOT be going back to the garage anymore. After weeks of planning and consideration, moving to a new computer was a difficult decision that was not taken likely.

Currently, less than 1/10th of a percent use a old version of Windows (Windows 2000 and below) and since almost all vendors stopped supporting it, you'll notice that some of the browsing functionality and features on deviantART will not work correctly.

Between now and until I get the new computer up and running, I will most likely be offline...and possibly doing a lot of catchup on drawings that I neglected to finish. Due to this, unless I use a working backup computer, I will be unable to reply to comments.

The new computer should arrive anywhere between the 24th of February to as late as the 10th of March, possibly later.

Thoughts, anyone?

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All things must come to a end...

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 10, 2014, 9:02 PM

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After two months of consideration, planning and even frustration, the wait is finally over!

I have ordered a brand new custom built computer from AVADirect. The specs of my new computer are now final and will not be changed anymore. Here they are:

:bulletred: ZALMAN, Z9 U3 Black mid-tower Case w/window, ATX, Steel/Plastic
:bulletred: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard with AM3+, AMD 970. Support for up to 32GB DDR3-2133 SDRAM, PCIe x16, SATA3, RAID support ATX
:bulletred: Quad-core AMD FX-4300 3.8 GHz - 4 GHz AM3+ 95 watt processor with 4MB L3 cache and support for up to DDR3-1866 SDRAM
:bulletred: Fractal Design Integra R2 500 watt power supply, 80 PLUS Bronze, 24-pin ATX12V v2.31 EPS12V, 1x 8/6-pin PCIe
:bulletred: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO copper/aluminum CPU cooler, Socket 2011/1155/1156/1366/775/FM1/AM3/AM2 w/1 gram of thermal compound
:bulletred: Western Digital 1 TB WD Black (WD1003FZEX) 7200 RPM SATA3 hard drive w/64MB Cache
:bulletred: Crucial 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) Ballistix Sport PC3-12800 DDR3 1.6 GHz CL9 1.5V Non-ECC SDRAM DIMM
:bulletred: EVGA GeForce 8400 GS 520 MHz w/1 GB GDDR3 1.2 GHz w/VGA+DVI+HDMI, PCIe x16
:bulletred: Lite-on, iHAS124 Black 24x SATA DVD±RW Dual-Layer Burner

Off of eBay, I order this item that has low stock on AVADirect, it is a Sabrent CRW-UINB USB 2.0 internal card reader. Another item that is still available, but has limited availability is the Fractal Design Integra R2 500 watt power supply.

The custom built PC that I ordered was $630.95. If you include $64.53 in ground shipping, the total will be up to $695.48. Since I'm including the card reader, the final total that I spent online is $706.47. The computer that I customised has a three year silver warranty package including parts and labor. If anything fails, the warranty can be exercised.

It will take AVADirect at least one to two weeks to assemble my new custom built computer. Components associated with the new computer will be thoroughly tested and burn-in for at least two to three days prior to shipping. In any event there are manufacturing defects or compatibility issues with the hardware, the processing order will eventually be delayed.

With that said, after more than 13 years...I'm afraid that all things are gonna have to come to a end. On Sunday night, I will back everything all of the data on this hard drive, unplug all of the USB ports, turn this computer off and stop using it. I will be unable to respond to anything until I get the new PC up and running.

When my new computer finally arrives, I will turn the computer back on use the hard disk wiping utility, turn the old computer off for the last time and unplug it. The end result is that the current computer that I'm using will be decommissioned!

It's been more than four years since I used this old computer again and I will NOT put this old computer back in the garage.

To close this, I strongly expect that this old computer (and the components associated with it) will highly likely be either sold or taken to a recycling center.

When I turn my new computer on for the first time, I will run MemTest86 for at least 24 hours to make sure that the newly installed memory is good. After that, I will try to install Windows Vista x64.

I would like to thank PR-Imagery for the help in customising this brand new computer and my friends for helping my do the research and homework regarding the new computer.

What are your thoughts about the finalisation of my new computer?

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Seattle Seahawks: Super Bowl XLVIII Champions!

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 2, 2014, 10:20 PM

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The wait is finally a remarkable landslide!

For the first time in franchise history, the NFC champion, Seattle Seahawks defeated the AFC champion Denver Broncos, 43 to 8 after overcoming more than eight years of frustration of their loss in Super Bowl XL against the Philadelphia Eagles. Seattle now has its first championship of any professional sport since the Seattle Supersonics won the 1979 NBA Finals.

This would have been the first Super Bowl shutout in history...however, the Broncos went on the board and scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion with just 22 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter. The 43-8 win was the largest point differential since Super Bowl XXVII.

#53 Linebacker Malcolm Smith was named the Super Bowl XLVIII Most Valuable Player. He was most importantly credited for scoring on a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown, recorded a fumble recover and 9 tackles (including 5 solo and 4 assist).

The top performing winning team in Super Bowl XLVIII was #3 Quarterback Russell Wilson who completed 18 of 26 attempts, rushed for 206 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. In the losers' top performance, it was #98 Wide Receiver Demaryius Thomas, who received 13 receptions, ran 118 yards and scored 1 touchdown.

The National Anthem was performed by Renee Fleming, who is the first opera soprano to perform. The coin toss prior to kickoff done by Joe Namath and Phil Simms. The Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show was performed by Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers. And the referee of tonight's game was Terry McAulay.

Super Bowl XLVIII was held at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. 82,529 people attended the game. The game (including the halftime show) lasted 3 hours and 23 minutes. The cost of a 30-second commercial for Super Bowl XLVIII was $4 million.

This was the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold-weather city and the first played outdoors on artificial turf (FieldTurf) since Super Bowl X (1976) at the Miami Orange Bowl. And it was also the first in which two states, New York and New Jersey shared hosting duties.

Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks, they're champions of the National Football League. And now, with Super Bowl XLVIII in the rear view mirror, the 93rd NFL season has come to a close.

And to close this, the league will be dormant until the start of the 94th NFL season, starting on Sunday, 3 August 2014, 181 days from today.

The schedule for the 2014 NFL season will be released on Thursday, 17 April 2014.

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ImageShack no longer free...

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 Gabby-Zones 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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.

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