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By riceowlguy (Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 05:42:01 AM EST) (all tags)
iPod, electric bills, XBox, home theatre, computer.


Whew, lots to talk about.  It's going to be one of those diaries.

I finally gave up and joined the collective.  I bought an iPod.  I bought a 60GB video in black, and a sports case, and a car charger/FM transmitter.  I don't like doing things half-assed.

Unfortunately, my home PC does not have USB 2.0 on the motherboard, and the USB 2.0 PCI card doesn't like the iPod, so it's a royal pain to work with at home.  So, now I can add that to the list of reasons for replacing my PC.  It's been four years, I've been a good boy, I might as well.  Now I just have to wait for Core 2 Duos and compatible motherboards to show up in stores.  Or I could just buy a Dell, as long as it has 120mm case fans.  I am rapidly losing geek cred.

Last diary I was all obsessed with the power draw of my computer.  I went back through all my old electric bills and see that compared with last year, I used only 2/3 as much KWh, so all the power-saving techniques I'm doing are working.  That being said, I'm still using more electricty to run my apartment than my parents use to run their whole house.  Poor insulation, 1960's construction, crappy A/C.  Casa de Winrock, where they paid the electric bill...now that was sweet, although we probably abused it by keeping it at 70 degrees all the time. 

So, I now have an XBox in exchange for having made pizza for people on Friday.  I also have about seven games, the titles of which I can't remember except for the two that look vaguely interesting to me (Midtown Madness 2 and Dead or Alive: Extreme Beach Volleyball).  Anyway, I know nothing about the XBox; can anybody recommend some classic titles I should check out?

I also have yet to hook it up because my amp is still out of comission.  I did confirm on Saturday that Audio Concepts will take it and send it off for repair, although they didn't say how much they were going to charge.  Anyway, I need to get it in one of these days.  I spent some time at Tweeter on Sunday looking at what was available in new HT recievers; of course, the whole thing is up in the air right now because of the big push to HD, and what format will win, and do I really want HDMI upscaling enough to pay twice as much, and omg I just want to get back to the way things were.

I am paying the price this morning for having both gone to the gym in the morning AND played tennis in the evening.  First time for tennis since Trial/Pinafore started, and first time with a new opponent, Nathan.  We are a reasonably good match and both like coming to the net a lot so games go pretty fast.  This is going to sound ridiculous but I think all the Pinafore calisthenics have helped my tennis because I expected to be sucking wind a lot more than I actually was, especially given how hot and humid it was.  I am reminded of the Mitch Hedberg I was listening to on Saturday: "No matter how good you get at tennis, you'll never be as good as a wall.  I played a wall once.  That fucker was relentless."

Oh, yeah, I went down to Galveston on Saturday to see The Lord Chancellor and some other people we know do 1776 with the Island East-End Theatre Company.  Very good.  I like that show a lot.  Unfortunately I was too tired to really enjoy myself, and I was also worried about this cut on my finger that I got right before I had to get into the car to pick people up for the drive down.  I was trying to stop a glass of iced coffee from spilling and smashing on my desk and failed, and cut my right index finger for fair.  Honestly, I probably should have gone to the hospital for stitches, but I'd just bought a ticket and had promised to drive people down.  Instead, I just bandaged and taped it really, really tightly and hoped that it would heal, which it did.

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Are you saying.... by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 07:37:51 AM EST
That you have no USB on the motherboard? My USB 1.1 ports work great with my iPod Shuffle.  Unless the full iPod works differently.

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Let's see... by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 07:50:33 AM EST
11 megabits per second, 60 gigabyte harddrive....

60*1000*1024*8/11 = 44 million seconds to fill.

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P.S. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 07:55:55 AM EST
That's a bit of a joke, and all. The real time is...

very, very, long

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Overnight, by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu Aug 10, 2006 at 03:22:54 AM EST
or maybe over two nights.

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doh by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 07:59:00 AM EST
I was not thinking about filling it all at once.  Point taken.

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I have 1.1 on the motherboard by riceowlguy (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 08:21:44 AM EST
Actually, I'm supposed to have 2.0 but it's a Tyan Tiger MPX which has a broken 2.0 root hub that they've never fixed in any kind of BIOS update.  Or maybe it's fundamentally a flaw of the AMD 760-MPX chipset (don't hold me to that being the correct name for the thing).

There's also the problem that when I plug the iPod in, my computer freezes for about two minutes before it wakes up and iTunes launches.

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aaaaaargh! pet peeve!! by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 08:11:23 AM EST
> I finally gave up and joined the collective

Mindlessly refusing to do something just because everyone else is doing it isn't cooler than mindlessly doing something just because everyone else is doing it.

oh, everyone says that by tps12 (4.00 / 1) #7 Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 08:53:25 AM EST
Don't be a sheeple.

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baaaaaaaaaaaaaaa -nt- by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 09:06:54 AM EST


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