Archive for October, 2009

Mac Hurricane

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Running the WoW client with video recording at max resolution got my new iMac’s CPU fan to kick into overdrive.  At first I thought something had gone crazy with the Ventrilo client, and it was just generating static, but when I muted sound and it kept making noise, I realized what I was actually hearing.

On the plus side, it means this iMac won’t burn out essential parts like the last one did, cause it’s fan refuses to ever turn on, much less go into overdrive.  On the down side, once the new iMac’s fan turns on, the only way to get it to stop is to put the box to sleep.  Even when all the temp indicators had gone down to well below where it usually idles just fine, the fan just kept on screaming.

Yeah, apple hardware is so much better than the PC world.  [HAMBURGER]

Oh, and Comcast is being all flakey when I try to upload the 808MB video from stormwind, to youtube, so still waiting on that one.

Strawhat Pirates do For The Horde

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Strawhat Pirates hit Ironforge

and again in Darnassus

My internet conked out on uploading Stormwind, so it won’t be up until I get home tonight.

Magic Mouse and World of Warcraft

Monday, October 26th, 2009

It’s a match that sounds nice on paper, but turns out to be hell in practice.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all sorts of technically impressed with the ability to have two effective buttons, plus a multi-directional wheel, in a completely smooth surface.  The problem is that the mouse can never decide on doing just one of those magic things at a time, so every time I go to right-click (and about half the time I just want to move the mouse), I end up max-zoomed-in, because it interprets my finger positioning to make the right click, as a zoom-up request.

UPDATE:  After three days, it was still not getting any easier to use, so I gave up and went back to my Logitech wireless.  It’s not as sexy looking, but it always works.  Even at it’s fastest setting, the magic mouse is insanely slow on the huge desktop.  With the logitech, I can set the mouse speed down several notches, and still be faster than the Apple product.    I’m not wiping a raid just to have something cool on my desk.

UPDATE2:  This post is very popular, and I felt bad that it didn’t have any solutions to offer all the people stopping by, so I opened a support ticket at blizzard and asked if they had any official recommendations.  They had none, but the agent said, “personally, I use an Intellipoint mouse”, and suggested checking out the forums.   Sure enough, hidden in a thread about lack of a middle-button to trigger auto-run, was a pointer to a third-party app, free even, for the magic mouse that adds the ability to increase the maximum mouse speed by a extra 200%.  When I get home tonight, I’ll try it out and let you know if it helps.  Or you can try it out now and let me know, someone has to work around here. =p

UPDATE3:  There were hopes to be had, hopes to be shattered it seems.  The app does indeed power-charge the magic mouse, right up until you start world of warcraft, at which point Blizz-suck takes over and slows the mouse back down.  At least now I have a middle mouse button for outside of warcraft.

Oh Dell

Monday, October 26th, 2009

In PC repair news, despite Dell’s best efforts, I have managed to replace the power supply on the ‘gaming’ desktop machine.  They put the HD and the DVD as far apart in the case as physically possible, so the standard ATX SATA-power cables couldn’t reach both.  The video card blocked the HD into it’s original slot, and the super CPU fan blocked the best proper HD slot, so now, in familiar territory for one of my PCs, the HD is just wedged into place where a second optical drive would go.

How Odd

Monday, October 26th, 2009

I just found a dryer sheet under my desk, at work.

Now I’m used to finding them in a shirt as I’m putting it on in the morning, occasionally,  but I’m at a loss to figure out how I could have worn one all the way to work without noticing.

In other news, I turned down a job offer from a game company.  It sounded like it was going to be a lot of work that I wouldn’t enjoy half as much as what I do now, for less money upfront, and no way there’d be a payoff inducing buy-out/IPO for years to come.

The antibiotics the ENT prescribed have really helped.  The ears are mostly clear, the ringing is getting better, though annoyingly, neither is 100%.  Still a few days of pills left to take (and gag, what is it with over-sized, un-coated pills that taste like icky?  $0.02 in sugar coating was just too much?), but all signs point towards a positive outcome.

Cybill Shepherd as Martha

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Cybill did a great job as Martha Stewart, in the two Lifetime movies Tivo grabbed.  I could never stand the real Martha, or care about her problems, but the movies were actually worth watching.

Apartment Fire ‘luck’

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

The apartment next to mine caught on fire this evening.  I was worried at how long it took the fire department to start putting any water on it, but in the end, there’s no smoke or water damage to my place, so who am I to complain?

I had sat down to watch a little TV, feeling too icky from the sicky, to even play Warcraft.  I hear someone tapping at my door, right about the time the smoke alarm goes off.  I’m used to false alarms in this building, and figured it was a neighbor telling me they’d burnt some dinner, and sorry for the noise.  But no, it’s someone telling me there is a fire in the apartment next to mine.


So, I make a quick look for the cat carrier, but don’t remember where I put it, so grab the cat in my coat, call 911, and get out of the building.  By now, there is a small amount of smoke in the hallway.  If I’d thought to look out my window, I would have seen the fire on the next deck over.  I get out in such a hurry, once I’m down, I realize I don’t even have my phone or camera on me.  I put the cat in my car, pull it back from under the building, just in case, and go out to wait for the fire people, with everyone else.

By now, you can see the flames on the deck in question, but there’s a tree blocking the best view from the sidewalk, so I move over to the parking lot of the apartment building next door, where I can get a wonderful view of the flames.   When I mention that my apartment is the one next to me, all the neighbors start sympathizing, and joining me in wondering why there are 5 fire trucks out front by now, and still no water being sprayed anywhere.  By now, you can see the flames have moved inside my neighbors apartment.

The first visible firefighter comes out on the deck one floor down, and we yell him in the right direction.  Soon thereafter, water starts spraying out, and soon all the action bits are done with.  Now it’s just the waiting for the all-clear, wondering how much they had to spray, how much smoke got in my unit.

Eventually, we get the all clear, and I make a quick trip up, without the cat yet, to see how things are.  Amazingly, my place is still bone dry and smoke free.  There isn’t even a mess near my door in the hallway.  I thank the firemen I see, and go get my cat, and now we are here =p

I finally met the kids next door; they were sitting in the hall way waiting to see what happened in their unit itself.

I was very impressed with the quick and sincere sympathy from neighbors I’d never met, as we watched from the parking lot, and oddly grateful that this building doesn’t have sprinklers.  If they had gone off, my computers would be all sorts of unhappy.

Thank goodness I don’t have to use my renter’s insurance, or my offsite backup service =)

UPDATE2: Turns out the cause was a cigarette butt can left on a foam deck chair, with a smoldering butt.

dead xbox 360

Friday, October 9th, 2009

I went to watch Victor/Victoria tonight, and the xbox died before the title screen came up.

At first I thought it might just be the HD DVD drive, but no, it’s all dead =(

T-41 and counting

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

the big 4-oh is coming…


Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Nothing like having someone you though might ‘like’ like you, start telling you about their date plans for tonight, with someone else, to make you realize how deluded you are.