Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Battle Continues

Not much new to report lately.

Weight is holding steady.  No loss, but no gain.  Other stuff is okay.

Subnautica is still crashing on Agent.  No other games or programs do this.  I keep up on graphics drivers and updates to the game.  Only started in February. Got new video card in November, went from an ATI HD5770 1GB to a Gigabyte GTX 1060 3GB.  When the game runs, it looks fantastic.  But I'm having to run Subnautica on my Phenom 9550 because that machine doesn't crash.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

My Computers

A Short List of Computers

Keith (Jordan)
                DIY Antec
                Phenom 9550, Asus M3N78-VM motherboard (socket AM2/AM2+), 8GB RAM, WD Black 750GB, WD Green 1TB, HD5770-1024, Win7 HP 64bit

Allyson (Jordan)
                Toshiba L775D-S7108 17” laptop
                A6-3420M, 8GB RAM, Hitachi 500GB, 6420G, Win7 HP 64bit
Troy (Jordan)
                Gateway CX2610 Tablet PC
                Pentium-M 1733, 2GB RAM, 80GB HD, 945 video, XP Tablet PC 32bit

Jennifer (Jordan)
                Gateway CX210X Tablet PC
                Core Duo T2300, 4GB RAM, WD Scorpio 250GB, 945 video, Win7 Enterprise 32bit
Blair (Jordan)
                DIY Antec
                Celeron 1037U, Biostar NM70I - 1037U motherboard, 8GB RAM, WD Blue 1TB,
                eVGA GT430-1024, Win7 HP 64bit

The above computers are part of what I call "The Family."  They are named after my first RPG characters. I had laptops named after Keith's father (Howard) and Allyson's mother (Cecelia), those laptops where given to a couple who did missionary work in Thailand.

Agent
                Dell Studio XPS 8100
                Core i7-870, 12GB RAM, WD Black 1TB, Seagate 4TB, Gigabyte GTX 1060 3GB,
                Win7 HP 64bit
Named after Ralph Bond, who worked for Intel. When he appeared on the Computer America Show, I called him "Agent 00 - Core - i7," in homage to James Bond.

Sydney
                DIT Antec
                Pentium4 3000 HT, Asus P4P800-E motherboard,  4GB, Seagate 250GB, 6600GT-128,                        Win7 HP 32bit
Named after my dog, a Queensland Heeler / German Shepard. (Yes, I know, Sydney is not in Queensland.)

Annie (Jump Cannon)
                Gateway dx4870-UB2B
                Core i3-3240, 8GB, Seagate 500GB, HD7570-1024, Win8.1 Home 64bit
Named for an American astronomer from teh early 1900's who discovered the relationship between a star's brightness and temperature.

Emelie (du Chatalet)
                Dell Inspiron 1525
                Core Duo 1733, 4GB RAM, 120GB HD, Win HP 32bit
French scientist from the 1700's

StarStation8400
                Dell Dimension 8400
                Pentium4 540 3200 HT, 2GB RAM, Seagate 160GB, Radeon X300-128,
                Win XP Home 32bit
For old games that don't run on Windows 7.

Usra Major
                Acer Aspire E1-532P-4819 15.6” laptop
                Pentium 3556U, 8GB RAM, Intel 80GB SSD / Seagate 500GB HD, Intel HD Graphics,
    Win 8.1 Home 64bit
Named after the constellation.

Cassiopeia
                HP G62-DX435 15.6” laptop
                Turion II P540, 4GB RAM, 120GB HD, HD4200, Win10 Home 64bit
Named after the constellation.

Aurora
                HP Pavilion 23-b010 All-in-One
                E2-1800, 8GB RAM, 500GB HD, HD7340 video, Windows 8 Home 64bit
               (upgraded to 8.1)
Named after one of my cars, Olds Aurora.

MemoryDelta
                HP a6838f
                Core 2 Duo E2220, 6GB RAM, Seagate 250GB / Seagate 500GB, 8500GT video,
                Win7 HP 64bit
Named after Memory Alpha, from Star Trek.

TheDoctor
                Apple Power Mac
                Dual G5 2.0, 4GB RAM, Maxtor 160GB HD, ATI Radeon 9600 Pro-64, OSX 10.5.8
Named after Doctor Who.

SarahJane
                Apple MacBook
                Core 2 Duo T7300, 2GB RAM, WD Scorpio 250GB, OSX 10.6
Named after Sarah Jane Smith, a companion of The Doctor.

TheMaster
                Apple iMac 20”
                Core 2 Duo T8335, 4GB RAM, 320GB HD, OSX 10.11
Arch-enemy of The Doctor

OnyxMoon (previously known as BitSlayer 2.0)
                DIY (work in progress)
                Core i7-4790K, Asus ROG Maximus Hero VII, Samsung 256GB SSD, 2x WD Red 2TB,
                1x WD Red 1TB, GTX 970 4GB, Win 10
                Current HD: WD Black 1TB, Ubuntu 17.10 / SteamOS
Named in homage to the song "Amber Moons" by Meri Amber.
               
Zen
                Dell Inspiron 531
                Athlon Neo MV-26 2650LE, 4GB RAM, 80GB / 160GB HD, GT220-512 video,
                Win7 HP 64bit
Named after the main computer of Liberator from Blake's Seven.

Elvira (Mistress of the DOS)
                DIY
                K6-3/400@450mhz, Epox MVP-3G5 super socket 7 motherboard, 384MB RAM,
                GF2 GTS, 2x 20GB HD, Win 98SE
Named after Elvira, mistress of the dark, Cassandra Petersen)

Atlantis
                HP Compaq CQ60 15.6” laptop
                Celeron 585 2.16, 3GB RAM, 160GB HD, Intel Express 4 graphics, Win7 HP 64bit
Mythical land between North America and Europe.

Maxx
                DIY – workbench computer for diagnosing HDs
                Athlon64 3400+, PCChips socket 754 motherboard, 2GB RAM, GF4 MX graphics,
                30GB HD, XP Home


There’s more, but those are rarely used machines or ones that I’m not going to use much or don’t belong to me.

I also had a computer named after Katherine Johnson, now helping a client's grandkids do homework.  Hopefully, they'll be inspired to help get us to the stars.

Henrietta Leavitt-Smith also did astronomy at the same time as Miss Cannon.  That computer is an HP TouchSmart Laptop running an AMD A6-5200, 8GB of RAM, a 640GB hard drive and Windows 8.1, which was given to a good friend for Christmas.


Tablets
                Kate
                                Asus TF300T, Kate Botello, host of The Screen Savers
                Ada
                                iPhone4, Ada Lovelace, created first computer programming language
                Grace
                                iPhone4, Admiral Grace Hopper, US Navy, coined the term “bug”
                MissLamarr
                                LG V410, Hedy Lamarr, helped invent spread spectrum frequency hopping
                Hypatia
                                iPad 2, astronomer and mathematician who lived in Alexandria in 4th and 5th                                        centuries


                

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Haricut

  A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car.
His father said he'd make a deal with his son, "You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, get your haircut, then we'll talk about the car."
 The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for the offer and they agreed on it.

After about six weeks his father said, "Son, you've brought your grades up and I've observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I’m disappointed you haven't had your hair cut.”
 The boy said, “You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and I’ve noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair, and there's even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair.”

Love the Dad's reply!

"Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went!”

Friday, December 22, 2017

Falcon9 launch from Vandenberg AFB

Interesting how the smoke looks a bit like a dragon's head.....

Falcon9 launch carrying Iridium Sats with a synchronized launch of an HIIA from Japan.




Tuesday, December 19, 2017

How What Got WHERE....!

When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.
 
Then, Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.
 
He went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.
 
When he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.
 
Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a glass of cider and a shot of rum.
 
He went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the rum.
 
In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor.
 
He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.
 
Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
 
The angel said very cheerfully, “Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to put it?”
 
And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.
 
Not a lot of people know this.

Monday, November 20, 2017

How Adam Got Eve

Adam was hanging around the garden of Eden feeling very lonely..
So, God asked him, 'What's wrong with you?'

Adam said he didn't have anyone to talk to.

God said that He was going to make Adam a companion
and that it would be a woman.

 He said, 'This pretty lady will gather food for you, she will cook for you,and when you discover clothing, she will wash them for you.'
 She will always agree with every decision you make and she will not nag you,
and will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you've had a disagreement.
 She will praise you !
She will bear your children
 and never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them.

 'She will NEVER have a headache and will freely give you love and passion whenever you need it.'

 Adam asked God, 'What will a woman like this cost?'

'An arm and a leg.'

Then Adam asked, 'What can I get for a rib ?

Of course the rest is history..... ! !