February 12th, 2008

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Weeee

I's back, bitches. It looks like it's going to end up costing me around $200, but I'm back and running again. $30 for a useless spyware hunter program that didn't fix the problem and $150 for tech support from Verizon which cleared everything up. On top of that, it turns out that the network adaptor is dead, or dying rather, and I'll have to replace that at some point. I can't imagine it'll be much more expensive given how much I payed out already. I just spent around 4 hours online with the tech support guy getting everything fixed and I really just want to go take a shower and go to bed. I'll be back online for good as soon as I buy a new adaptor and haul the computer back upstairs. Right now it's connected via an ethernet hardline downstairs.
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The great love affair is over

It's sort of odd, but I've weathered this stretch without internet access pretty well. Under normal circumstances, I probably would have been freaking out and twitchy as hell. I think it's just come down to the fact that I don't really do anything vital on here anymore. I don't follow many communities or forums or whatever on a daily basis. It's no longer vital that I'm always around and following along. Instead of an absolute necessity, I simply don't have as much of an investment online anymore. That's sort of sad when I think about it because what it really means is that I'm starting to lack real and meaningful connections to people online.

I mean, take LJ for instance. Even as the friendslist grows, I know less about each individual person. Hell, I can't even figure out if most of you are male or female. I sort of read along until someone mentions something that I can link back to a penis or a vagina. I sometimes feel like I should be keeping a spreadsheet somewhere just to keep information updated. Then I realize that it's probably not worth the effort anyway. I dunno why it is exactly, but it just seems that the most meaningful relationships I've had online are all in the past. Maybe I'm just not as invested as I used to be or people suck nowadays :).

So instead of being online, I've spent the past few days playing Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin on the DS. It's just another of the dozens of games I have in my play queue and after putting in some truly impressive hours into it, I'm just about finished. Since I have that gamer OCD, it's going to be completed with every single item collected and all the secrets explored. On one hand, it's sort of satisfying to know that when you've finished a game, you've really finished a game. Then you realize that mostly what that required was grinding and killing the same monster 300 times just so some incredibly rare drop would appear. In other words, insanity.
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National Pancake Day

It completely slipped my mind until now, but today is National Pancake Day. I'm sad to say that it looks like I'll be missing it again this year. While free pancakes are nice and all, I don't think it's worth treking out into the snow to get some. Pity really. Pancakes are one of those things that I never end up ordering but tend to enjoy when I run across them. The last time I had pancakes it was at Ubercon when Bernie offered up a few from her McDonald's breakfast whozit.

I've never really been an IHOP sort of person but it always reminds me of the times that friends and I would trek there back in Chicago. It was always lotsa fun and I would pour syrup into my water and make the equivalent of poor man's bug juice. Ah, the good old days. Just thinking back makes me want to go now. Oh well. Maybe next year.
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Oops I did it again

I pulled the trigger. It was another impulse buy that I couldn't quite help. Ironic, ecspecially given how much time, effort, and filthy lucre I spent recently trying to resurrect my clunky old desktop.

I just purchased a laptop.

I couldn't help it. I'll be the first to admit that I don't know much about computers anymore. The world has passed me by on that topic and I haven't payed all that much attention to it in years. That lack of attention means that I'm pretty freaking ignorant. So what would make me buy a laptop out of the blue when I usually suffer analysis paralysis about everything relating to my computer?

Well, it sort of helps that there are a buncha compu-nerds all freaking out about how good the deal was. Take a look for yourself. It's a Dell Vostro 1500. People were salavating at its $400 price tag and just to double check the value, I went over to ebay and ran a quick search. Seems the exact system is selling easily for $6-700 over there. That's a pretty good incentive to pick one up. At least I can be pretty sure I can offload it if I decide it's not what I really wanted.

The sad part is this laptop will probably run circles around my desktop.