ANNOUNCEMENTS 1… 2…, only 2!

ANNOUNCEMENT 1

Hey all,

Most of the snow in Nashua has finally melted! Yay! Greeley Park still has a little snow, but is extremely wet (read: mudtastic). Until things get a little nicer out, we’re starting back at the old Commuter Parking lot / Stellos Stadium Parking lot effectively immediately. So come on down and get some practice in before the eventing season hits us all full force. 🙂

Every Wednesday evening
Starts at 5:00 PM through 11:00 PM

Some basic rules:

-Please do not drive unsafely into the parking lot
-Please supervise your children closely (It is a parkinglot after all)
-DO NOT bring any type of illegal substance or alcohol into the lot!!
-If you are coming to socialize, thats fine by us; even encouraged but
please dont interfere with those there to practice
-Please don’t interfere with the patrons at the Conway Ice
Arena/Stellos Stadium
-Listen to the Pratice Marshalls, just like an event they are the referees
-Please do not yell the word **MEDIC** unless you are in need of
medical attention.
-We will be using the Omnibus to the Realms 2005 rules system + site
rule/allowances
-Dress and prepare accordingly to the weather, this is New England
after all….
– Like an event, please, make sure that anything that came with you leaves with you. (ie trash)

ps – This is only temporary until weather/ground conditions allow us to move back to Greeley Park.

See you all there!

ANNOUNCEMENT 2 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY delwin YOU OLD YOUNGIN! 😛

some points of interest in an otherwise un-interesting day…

This has got to be one of the funniest pages that I have seen in a while:

http://www.geek-boy.com/wmd/

Other things

  • Since, I installed Opera I’ve noticed a lot less adware/spyware being found on my computer.
    I’ve also come to love this browser. browser tabs are one of my favorite features!

    get it here = http://www.opera.com/

    Note: you can run this in sponsored mode it will display ads instead of buying it

  • Since, I installed Microsofts Antispyware (about 6 weeks ago now?) it has yet to detect a single
    piece of spy/adware on my machine. I officially denounce this as a piece of rubbish. At least it
    hasn’t really caused any issues.

    don’t get it here = http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=321cd7a2-6a57-4c57-a8bd-dbf62eda9671&displaylang=en

    Note: you will have to validate your copy of windoze. Which entails clicking a button. I have no idea what data it sends to MS, or MS sends to your PC as a result of this check.

  • Some how I missed Eudora 6.2.1 coming out. Some nifty new features for the lesser technically inclined folks. scamwatch – a feature that detects suspicious urls in an email openssl support, improved IMAP features, and emoticons… because every one needs to laden their email with smiley faces.

    get it here = http://www.eudora.com/

    Note: run it in sponsored mode to get all features it displays ads, but they do a decent job of making it unobtrusive.

  • I’ve completely rewritten my resume in a different format. This format means I can cram everything into a single page. Which I was beginning to think was just impossible. 🙂 The webby and doc versions are in the resume section of my web page. They are HTML 1 and MS .Doc 1 Feedback is very welcome.

    check it out here = http://www.tmib.net/resume.html

  • April 9th is my first real try at running a plot in a large group of people. (matronsinafay’s event). Depending on how it goes, will probably depend on if I continue doing all the other stuff that I have been working on / planning. Anyone that wants to NPC for me please let me know. I have a few people now for the key roles, but I need some more people that can fight.
  • Idaris now has the materials for some armor. We’ve been talking about it for a while now. Now its just the matter of picking a design(s) and banging out about 6 suits of armor before Creathorne. If anyone has any patterns (or working examples) of good smurf/barrel armor, please let me know. Or drop it off at the house.

    I was planning on writing more, but well it will have to wait til later. ciao.

  • I spent some time collating various different pieces of information on the Next Gen game consoles…

    Some up and coming video gaming stuffs;

    of Revoluion, PS3, XBox2 and Zelda

    Nintendo Revolution (expected in 2006) expected consumer price range: $200 – $300

  • graphics chip set from ATI code-named “Hollywood,”
  • a processing chip developed with IBM and code-named “Broadway,”
  • able to run games originally made for the GameCube.
  • will come with wi-fi connectivity built-in.

    Sources: http://www.nintendo.com

    Playstation3 (expected in 2006) expected consumer price range: $300 – $500

  • CPU: Cell Processor will have a 64-bit IBM Power processor and eight “synergistic processing
    units” capable of handling separate computing tasks (a 4.6 GHz clock speed for the processor.)

  • (rumor?) RamBus Technologies FlexIO, formerly codenamed Redwood. Running at a maximum of 8GHz data rate
  • able to run games originally made for PS2

    Sources: cube.ign.com , btconnect.com

    Xbox2 aka Xenon/360 (expected late 2005) expected consumer price range: $350 to $400.

  • CPU: three 3.0 GHz PowerPC cores. Each core is capable of two instructions per cycle and has an L1 cache with 32 KB for data and 32 KB for instructions. The three cores share 1 MB of L2 cache.
    Alpha 2 developer kits currently have two cores instead of three.

  • GPU: Xenon’s GPU is a generation beyond the ATI X800. Its clock speed is 500 MHz and it supports Shader 3.0. Developers are currently working with an alpha 2 GPU. Beta GPU units are expected by May and the final GPU is slated for a summer release. The final GPU will be more powerful than anything on the market today;
    in game terms, it would handle a game like Half-Life 2 with ease.

  • RAM: will have 256 MB of system RAM. Keep in mind that this number should not be equated to typical PC RAM. (rumor) RAM may be upped to 512 MB.
  • Optical Drive: dual-layer DVD-9 discs. While the media is the same as that of the current Xbox,
    the usable space on each disc is up to 7 GB. The drive is slated to run at 12X.

  • Memory Cards: will use 64 MB to 1,024 MB memory cards. 8 MB is reserved for system use, leaving a 56 MB to 1,016 MB for user data.
  • Hard Drive: optional. 2 GB of the drive will be used as game cache. The final drive size is still being determined.
  • will have a USB 2.0 camera. It’s capable of 1.2 megapixel still shots and VGA video. Photos can be used in-game and for gamer profiles. The camera can also be used for video chat. It’s unknown if the Xenon camera will allow for EyeToy-like gameplay. Developers are currently using a simulated camera driver.
  • does not have an audio chip in the traditional sense. Decompression is handled by hardware, while the rest of the chores are handled by software. DirectSound3D has been dropped in favor of X3DAudio.
  • Developers are being instructed to plan their games for high-definition. The baseline is 720p at 1280×720 for gameplay and video clips, 16:9 aspect ratio, 5.1 Surround Sound, and anti-aliasing. These features are the current minimum requirement.
  • All Xenon games can be played using custom soundtracks. Owners can also play their own music directly. Supported formats are MP3 and WMA. Files can be encoded up to 320Kbps CBR or VBR stereo. The system is branded a Music Player Service.
  • For gameplay movies, Xenon uses Xenon Motion Video (XMV). XMV is based on Windows Media 9 and uses the mandatory codec for HD-DVD. The goal for video is 720p running at 30 frames per second with 5.1 Surround Sound.
  • Whether the games are single player or multiplayer, all Xenon titles tie into a new gamer profile feature. Think of it as a universal profile for each gamer that uses the system; the gamer profiles are the player’s single identity across all Xenon games. Similar to how a single Windows XP machine can be set up for multiple users, each Xenon system will house profiles for every gamer it serves. This feature is fantastic for households with multiple gamers, since each player’s settings can be saved in his or her profile and selected when the system boots.
  • It has not been determined if it will be backwards compatible with XBox1 games
  • (rumor) will ship with wireless game controllers.

    Sources: gamespy.com

    Other stuffs

  • new Zelda trailer available here;
    zelda.com

    click on Legend of Zelda (tentative title)

    ps please note that I did not site all of the sources for the material contained herein, and I take no responsibility towards the validity or accuracy of said material.

  • Observations, poisons, quandaries, ramblings, and sashay

    As many of you have noticed by now, I haven’t had a lot of money recently. Some of you have helped out, some of you haven’t. I’m still doing very part time work for two different companies. Yes, I am still looking for something full time. I have been selling things on eBay, worked temp at the Post Office, helped friends move offices, etc.

    Some of the things that I haven’t done followed by simple observations;

  • borrow money from other people. (Although, some may argue this point since i currently owe my “landlords” a decent chunk of change.) There are quite a few people in this world that owe me money from over the years. You want to impress me? Pay me back, thanks. The amount(s) owed to me well exceed my current level of debt. Some of it boils down to I kept a roof over your heads. Some of it dates back to my house in Hollis. Some of it is as recent as my Apt in Nashua. You all know who you are, but it’s come down to keeping a roof over my head and eating.
  • buy books to read (I’ve borrowed quite a few from Marduath, and Sir_K), but I cannot remember the last time I bought a book. This actually bothers me for some reason. As recent as a few years ago I would probably buy a couple books a month and devour them. So as a result I found myself asking when the hell did paper backs start costing $7.50 or $8.99 or $9.95? I’m pretty sure that the last paperback I bought cost me $6.95 and I considered that pretty darn expensive at the time.
  • found a full time job. I’ve had many interviews, and sent out 1000s of resumes. Monster.com has become a nearly daily reading requirement. Many friends who work in my industry have accepted resumes and passed them around internally where they work, which has resulted in several interviews. To all those people saying the economy is getting better, I would candidly like to point out that your wrong. The IT industry unemployment rate is higher than the national average.

    Some other things that I’ve noticed in recent years/months/weeks/days:

  • There are a lot of internet sites the want you to pay for a service that any one can get for free. Some examples in recent years are wholesalers, drop shippers, and information sites. Any of these types of services can be gotten for free by practically anyone. Start a business and get a EIN, and thats all you need to contact wholesalers to place orders. Information sites are a great example of ingenious slackerdom. All the information you need about something can be found elsewhere for free. Why are there so many stupid consumers in this world? (Read: why are there so many stupid people in this world, that are so quick to part with their money?)
  • One of my few heroes in this world is utterly crazy, but complete genius. Robert Anton Wilson, is definitely off the deep end, but much of what he says makes sense. For those not familiar with him or his works rawilson.com. He’s a lot more then just a co-author of the Illuminatus!.
  • I start so many projects, and seem to get bored with them and never quite finish them. Recently, there has been my M:tG PHP/MySQL DB that I worked on religiously for about a week, and then got bored with. My Apache pulling its running cfg from MySQL Project that I figured out how to get it to work, and got bored with. Even online games long a staple of my computer diet have been boring the hell out of me. Its time for spring damn it. I’ve even setup and configured several different Desktop machines from old PC parts laying around. (Including but not limited to fixing Booka’s machine, determining whats wrong with Vcander’s PC and giving him recommendations, setting up a debian desktop PC out of sheer boredom, setting up a unstable dist of Debian for testing purposes.) I have several more items like this on the todo list: Solaris10, and Gentoo. I have both DLed already its just a matter of installing my burner and burning em to disk. (note: after having written this, I ended up putting the composition on hold, and installed the CD-RW on JangoFett and have started burning the disks.)
  • I have an incredibly hard time getting on and staying on a 1st shift schedule when not working full time. I’ve worked 2nd or 3rd shift most of my life, and my body just rejects 1st shift. For the past few months I have been desperately attempting to change back to 1st shift. Recently I have almost succeeded. I’ve been waking up around 10 or 1030am.
  • not that I’m surprised by this, but… MS AntiSpyware blows goats. It has yet to find a single piece of spyware on my computer. (Yet when i run AdAware and/or Spybot afterward they always find something. While these are mostly just tracking cookies, occasionally its more then that.) To test this application further, I of course went out and visited about 30 or so different web sites. (google: sex and hit the first couple pages) MS antispyware didn’t find crap. Both Spybot and AdAware both found a bunch of stuff. Yay MS! Great product you have there.

    Well I guess thats enough rambling. I added to this through out the day off and on.

  • craptastic microsloth annoyances (part 2) – More on SP2

    As a side note, IE now has a built in PopUp Blocker (yay?). Lots of people have reported that they are no longer capable of running windows update since installing SP2. Here’s how you fix it;

    1.In Internet Explorer, choose Tools -> Pop-up Blocker -> Pop-up Blocker Settings.

    2. In the box next to “Address of Web site to allow,” type http://v5.windowsupdate.microsoft.com and click on Add, as you can see in the figure below

    I didnt have to do this on Matronsinafay’s machine. But I did have to do it on my test box. Hopefully this will be the last annoying post of the day! (some how I doubt it.)

    craptastic microsloth annoyances (part 1)

    Have you installed craptastic Service Pack 2 (SP2) on your XP box? If you have you’ll note that microsoft once again has littered it with some (not so) useful new features. Having recently installed it on matronsinafay’s comp after a complete rebuild she was quickly annoyed by the pop up bubbles saying her computer was insecure. (Note: I also threw it on one of my test machines and found that she was right it is bloody annoying.) Here’s how you shut the damn notification off.

    1. Click Start and then click Control Panel.

    2. Double-click Security Center.

    3. In the Security Center, under Resources, click Change the way Security Center alerts me.

    4. In the Alert Settings dialog box, clear the Firewall, Automatic Updates, or Virus Protection check boxes, and then click OK.

    No more annoying pop-up bubbles saying my computer is insecure. We already know its insecure, its behind a firewall and all, but its running Windoze XP. So of course its insecure. We already knew that. Thanks again for yet another useless piece of information. Well at least they admitted it.

    ps – as a side note i would like to point out that their security center doesn’t have options for anti-spyware in it… what kind of morons designed this again? Oh yeah Micro$haft.

    pps – as another side note, it doesnt realize the status of norton antivirus. So you best bet is to shut off monitoring on it. To do this

    1. Click on Start and then click Control Panel.

    2. Double-click Security Center.

    3. Click on recommendations and click the check box for “I have an antivirus program that I’ll monitor myself.” You can do the same for Windows Firewall while your at it.