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Two Monitors Means Twice the Replacement Cost

Filed under: General — 19day @ 22:03:06

So not very long ago I got dual monitors going on my system. And very shortly ago, one decided to die on me.

What it did was occasionally not wake up from sleep mode, and when I told it not to ever sleep again, that kept it going for a while, but I turned it off one morning, and when I came home, it wouldn’t turn on again. Alas, it was the first of the dual monitors, and maybe it was its time.

But now it appears the time has come again.

stupid monitor

This normally is a solid colour, but my monitor has decided to liven it up a bit

It first happened when I alt-tabbed out of Half Life, which I had just bought. I thought maybe my graphics card was starting to pooch itself. But the problem doesn’t show up in screenshots, and the second monitor wasn’t affected. Further, taking the DVI cable out of the affected monitor and putting it into the second and switching source shows no issue. So I’m willing to think, hopefully, for the moment, that it’s not my video card dying, but somehow the monitor.

Once bit of evidence against is that the OSD for the bad monitor looks fine, but it still could be an issue between the moment the DVI signal arrives, and when it gets turned into a picture.

After a while when I first saw this, it just went away. Then it happened again when I locked my computer, went to work, came home, still was happening, and then went away moments after taking the above picture.

I might just swap the monitors cables if it happens again, since I’m hoping whatever ails the DVI mode hasn’t affected the VGA. But if it is the monitor, then that’s the second time in as many months I’ve had to replace one.

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Filed under: General — 19day @ 19:34:37

Am I wrong for thinking this is hilarious? It appeals to my tech side like the ones where people processed a video a bunch of times on youtube, or an mp3 a bunch of times to see what the artifacts are. It also appeals to my sense of timing where it goes on longer than you think, and the hesitation between each round just makes it funnier.



Game memories #1

Filed under: General — 19day @ 04:02:55

In something I feel might be a series (hence the #1), here are some game memories I’ve dredged up recently, starting with a couple frustrating ones.

I watch a lot of let’s plays, which are basically videos of people playing games, not speedruns (though I watch those too), just people playing through the game, maybe showing off most of it, or sometimes 100% runs. Basically I like seeing the games I remember but no longer have or cannot contemplate running them on my current computer or consoles.

I was reminded recently of a game I used to play on a system I’ve later determined to be the Genesis. I had very very hazy memories of this game, so I wasn’t sure which system it was on at first, but I managed to search about it enough to find it. I don’t even know why we had it, I have a feeling it was something we borrowed or something, since I don’t recall my family having it the last time I saw the genesis, where ever it is now. (Turns out it is in my closet, next to the N64, where it has been resting undisturbed for over 4 years). The only games left are some of the sonics and the box to Ecco, but thankfully the cart is gone. Oh, and also a star trek game which probably deserves its own entry.

Anyway, I have memories of this game way back when I used to go into my brother’s room in the basement to play, because it was one of two games that were sort of left overs, games to play when I couldn’t be bothered to play any of the others. One of them was Herzog Zwei which I think was considered to be an alright real-time strategy game. I had huge difficulty with it, there was no manual, this is true, but the cart we had was in Japanese (or at least had a reminiscent character set). I must have been very bored to try to figure any part of it out. I got good enough to play it a bit, but I’d always lose against the computer.

But that wasn’t the game I was trying to find. Herzog Zwei was a name I had thought of over the years and had looked it up long ago. No, there was a game that, to me anyway, was much worse. A game that I now know would have been an RPG, and basically I’d start it, go out, and die, and then die again, and then again, and then that’s it. I also remembered it had decent music. Well, I think I found it. People say it was an alright game too, but to me, it was worse than nothing. Again, no manual, and I don’t think the save functionality worked on the cart. Anyway, I believe the thing was called Faery Tale Adventure, and it kicked my ass each and every time, mostly like this:

Pretty much my experience every time I played. At least the chase music was neat.


The Mind’s Eye

Filed under: General — 19day @ 22:43:11

Years and years ago, on YTV, they used to show these little 3d animated snippets between shows, most of which I found intriguing, being computer generated, computers being something I’m interested in. Anyway, they actually were assembled in that form for a series called The Mind’s Eye. The source material is from demo’s, commercials and what-not, edited into something approaching a story (sometimes) and set to kind of interesting music.

On YTV, you could never see the whole of any of them because they would constantly cut it when it was time for the next program, but lots of it has found its way to youtube.

Here’s one of my favorites.

More youtube movies, yes, I have little to talk about these days



Filed under: General — 19day @ 22:19:11

It is my 29th chronological year today.

But I’ve decided instead to measure by comparable life-progress year. In which case I am 12.

And have been 18 times now.

I want a lego castle.

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