Final Windows Vista thoughts

Too slow, too much eye candy glued on to make it look like OS X. Definitely features I don’t want on my dedicated gaming machine.

After running Vista Beta 2 for a week, I completely reformatted and reinstalled XP w/SP2 from scratch. With the SATA hard drive, it runs like a bat out of hell.

I’ve ordered a ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 motherboard, so I can move over all of my current components and then just upgrade to a PCI-E video card (I’m thinking of a 7600GS) later. This way I don’t have to upgrade the motherboard and video card at the same time, as the 939Dual has both AGP and PCI-E slots. After that, I don’t see a need for any upgrades for the next year or so; I’m already a year or two behind “bleeding edge” for the games I play (Far Cry, Half-Life 2, Battlefield 2, etc).

For my Real Work, I still have the Core Duo-based 20″ iMac in my office.

A thought on the Houston bum situation

It’s time to shave my head again.

I must have a look that screams “HARMLESS FRIENDLY FAT GUY” because I’ve been hit up no less than six times in the past month by people wanting money, donations, a ride, “gas money”, etc. This happens at Walgreens, CVS, the Chevron gas station on the corner, and even WHILE I’M WAITING IN THE DRIVE-THRU AT MCDONALDS.

Unfortunately, I was raised to be polite and just don’t have it in me to say “NO, GET THE FUCK AWAY FROM MY VEHICLE”, instead it’s “I’m sorry, I don’t have any money” or “I’m sorry, I don’t carry cash”.

I never got hit up by a pandhandler or bum when I had my head shaved.

Testing out a new weblog posting client

I’m testing out Qumana, a new weblog client for OSX and Windows.  It’s a Universal Binary, so I can use it natively on the Intel-based Mac at home.

So far, my main comment is "takes way too long to start up", compared to MarsEdit (on the 1.25Ghz G4) or even Ecto under Rosetta emulation on the Core Duo iMac at home.

It has a good user interface so far, so we’ll see how things go.