Geek Alert: My Laptop :)

Alienware Quad-Core I7 3.5GHZ
16GB DDR3 RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5
17.3″ 1080p Screen
256GB Solid State Drive (M.2)
1TB 7200 Hard Drive
Wireless AC

if you need a geek to build you a desktop computer, check out my “star trek build” posts to see what we’re made of…then let us build a computer for you or your family!

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My Star Trek Computer Build

time for a new computer. it’s been over 4 years. my build will be epic. here’s a teaser pic 🙂
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Newegg.com Sucks

they have shitty products and even shittier service. once the story has its finale, i’ll post the whole ordeal here. fuck newegg.

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Stop Renting DVD’s And Stream Instead

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many of you out there are still just discovering “Netflix”, a popular streaming video company that allows people to “stream” (“video-on-demand”) tv shows and movies directly to your tv set that requires an external component, like an xbox or “Roku” device that makes it so your tv can stream from netflix.

once you are up and streaming, you can finally help save the planet, waiting time, gas, and more just by getting rid of DVD rentals.

personally, i prefer xbox. no…not because i can play games, but rather because it’s the most comprehensive home theater system there is. just add speakers and a tv! and yes…you can also play a bazillion different games on it. 🙂

most importantly about xbox is that they offer the most up-to-date movies and tv shows than any other device that i’ve seen to date. you can even stream some movies on xbox before it hits theaters, too. don’t want to pay microsoft prices on movies? then xbox also allows you to download about any movie company app that there is (like netflix and hulu plus).

btw…i don’t recommend amazon videos yet. more on that in another post.

so let’s get rid of the dvd’s, grab your roku or xbox, and start streaming instead!


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retro geek

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my camera died after 7 years: a haiku

goodbye camera of 7 years. here is a haiku in remembrance.

seven years of pics
memories last a lifetime
too bad you didn’t

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Bing Beginning To Kick Google’s Ass? If Not Now, It’s Coming. Unless…

bing will officially become a major threat to google very soon.  you read it here first, folks. searchers and webmasters have waved the google banner all of their google lives, but google MUST stop treating their good webmasters like crap….or these webmasters will drop them like a safe at the first opportunity.

"oh, how the might have fallen" comes to mind.  the company's been lucky that "google" has become a part of our vernacular as a verb to find information.  but….all it takes is for colbert, letterman, the daily show, etc. to start using "bing it" and the sheep will follow.  so now where are you, google?  a severe decline in users/searches and webmasters who have left you.  how will your advertisers and stock holders feel about that?

you've been in power a long time and it's beginning to show.  unfortunately, in a negative way.

i usually praise google/android's existence, but i think they need a little wake-me-up call.  be good people.  be ethical.  don't be machiavellian. then the people will follow you to the ends of the earth.

"i vent, therefore i am." — Allen McNulty



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A Private & Secure Search Engine Away From Big Brother’s Eyes?

a new, emerging search engine i'm liking…

"People are making major changes in their on-line habits and looking for ways to protect their private information from US government surveillance. Our fans especially appreciate the fact that we are a Dutch company, which means we are not directly subject to the US Patriot Act. And of course, we have never participated in any program like PRISM."

https://searchengineland.com/startpage-ixquick-passed-4-million-daily-searches-on-monday-165772

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Web Hosting

Many people ask me about web hosting, buying .com domain names, etc.  My suggestion is usually to go to GoDaddy.com because they are very user-friendly for newbies.

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Ha! (wireless network fun :)

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Do Not Buy Anything From CoffeeCup.com!

 

Coffee Cup Software

Years ago, this company asked me (and I accepted) to be an "Ambassador" to their company.  Little did I know what a fail that would end up being (fail being their company, not my mad skills).  The owner (or one of them) is a piece of shit bully who, instead of fixing problems, calls people out in public.  I asked that their software work and this piece of shit at coffeecup.com spends OVER a year telling everyone that it's the user not the software (it was the software).  His purpose on the forums seems to serve being a bully, a typical troll and, accordlingly, a piece of shit.  They are someone who will never, never, never admit any wrongdoing.  Ever.

Coffee Cup Software

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My New Beast (Specs For My Geek Friends)

Corsair 600T Case

Noiseblocker UltraSilent Fans

ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe – LGA 1155 – Z68 – SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0

Intel Core i7 2600k 3.4ghz LGA 1155 Quad-Core (8mb L3 cache)

Venomous X CPU Cooler

750watt Silverstone Power Supply

1GB GDDR5 Nvidia GTX 560 TI (where i needed less than elsewhere…i don't game)

16GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600mhz Dual Channel memory

RAID 0 – 240GB X 2, Vertex 3 Solid State Drives

Normal LG CD/DVD r/rw (double layer write capable)

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium

Windows 7, Home Premium 64-bit

OriginPC.com

Cool Crate Pic Here

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My New Beast (Teaser)

I finally got my new computer today.  It's a beast.  I'll post the sordid details after I set it up, make sure it works, etc. and then post some specs and thoughts on it.  It's an Origin PC (I believe they used to own Alienware before selling that to Dell?).

 

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Netflix – No More DVD’s

In addition to getting rid of cable, I'm also stopping DVD's from Netflix and only using their streaming.  New stuff takes too long and I can just rent it on the cheap, on the fly, from the numerous companies on my Xbox and PS3.  Now I'm down to $7.99/month for Netflix, $7.99/month for HuluPlus, and around $60.00 for cable internet (with turbo boost! :).  Not a huge saving, but I was finding myself trying to find DVD's that I haven't watched yet and most were available in streaming or some other venue.  I can always add back receiving DVD's at any time, if I change my mind.

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No More Cable. The End (?)

We have zero cable tv…only cable internet.  I pay for streaming and one dvd from Netflix and $7.99/month for Hulu Plus.  Right around a $100/month savings and I don't miss my cable tv or DVR one bit.

Others said their internet bill went up when they cancelled their cable  lost their "bundle deal" but mine only went up a couple of dollars (great deal, huh?)

I can't wait until someone comes here to compete with Time-Warner (I don't want DSL).  Hoping on lower costs, faster speeds, and/or both.  Time-Warner's monopoly here needs to end.  Now.

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Kitty Screensaver!

 

Kitty Screensaver!

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Part 4 of my “Getting Rid of Cable” Series Is Coming Soon

Xbox and Hulu announced today that Hulu is now on Xbox.  I will begin testing everything on my Xbox in my room but I need to learn a few things first:

1.  Does it work and how well?

2.  Do we have to pay for a second Hulu account to view on both Xbox's?  (You must "activate the device".  We did on the living room box and it shows it on our Hulu account as that Xbox gamer's account name.  Activating my separate Xbox and account in my room, might present issues.  Tune in.)

3.  Will turning in my remaining DVR increase the cost of my internet price?  (Since it's a "bundle" deal, I'm sure it will 🙁

4.  Depending on the above variables, what is my new cost compared to my old one after all of this?

 

I'll let you know….

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