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10 June 2013 @ 05:50 pm
I have coughing fits from a sinus infection with post nasal drip. I coughed so hard lasat night I pulled a muscle in my diaphragm. Blinding pain followed by some sleep and it hurts to talk above a whisper else said diaphram tries to spasm (and that hurts). Body is still trying to get me to cough to get rid of the goop phlem though.
 
 
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20 May 2013 @ 02:03 pm
So right now I have three bounced checks. Two of them are about $20. Another is about %60. The bank charges a $25 fee for each. This means $75 in the hole at this moment. But it gets worse.

A few more checks are likely going to bounce as well. I don't know how many, so I can't properly tabulate what they will amount to. However, the money I saved up in the last couple of months for a new video card and later another SSD? Yeah, I'm forced to send that back. That's a hefty amount that would, I suspsect, only partially deal with the bank fees.

And my bank was the last one in the area to not charge any such fees. Their new owners insisted on instating those fees. So this means June is going to be really frigging crazy for my cash flow as I try to juggle crap and calm this stupid money problem.

It will be a long time before I get enough money to get that SSD or video card. So those plans are stalled for the forseeable future. But those don't matter right now and have to wait anyway. The first priority is acting as quickly as I can to counter as many of those fees as possible to minimize the damage.

There's 11 days before I know what the total damage is. And I'm not looking forward to it.
 
 
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16 March 2013 @ 02:12 am
In a few months it will be July 2nd. I shouldn't dwell on this, since dwelling on the past is not always a good thing. But July 2nd 2013 marks a year since my cat passed on.

It just randomly ocurred to me today that this was coming which got me nostalgic on those old memories of her sleeping in my lap, or climbing on my shoulders, or those winter days she would burrow under my blanket to cuddle up for warmth. These memories in turn got me crying for the first time in nearly a year. I might go outside this weekend to find her grave marker, leave something on it.

She may have been a cat but for me she was so much more. I'm sure many of you know that feeling. But since I dare not leave things for her like a turkey sandwhich (she liked filching bits of sandwhich from me when I wasn't looking) I don't know what would be fitting. Maybe catnip, I guess.

In the meantime a new cat showed up with a bummed rear leg what doesn't want to bend correctly. Its a female, but a bit of a runt, having been sick as a kitten so its growth is temporarily stunted. She stumbles a lot when we let her out to exercise, but she seems very affixed to me from the get-go, since unlike my sister, I'm not obsessive about cuddling the new cat (in the "hug you and squeeze you and call you george" way). It even likes burrowing under my shirt while I work to warm up.

People say that cats pick their owners though, not the other way around. And if what I already noticed about her behavior around me is an indication, I think she's claiming me as her "pet". This is something that my sister isn't too thrilled with, naturally. But its not in either of our control. The kitten likes who she likes and that's that.

And computer updates. Yeah. I've got an 8 gigabyte Kingston HyperX memory kit installed now. 2x4 config. And my Boot Config is set up to let me dual-boot both 32-bit and 64-bit windows, in turn allowing me to switch to 64-bit to render videos in Sony Vegas. And install some stuff Fox sent me a while back (thanks again). Just need some SSD's or really really large capacity hard drives to put my Steam games on and another to put videos on and I'll look to setting up the final updates: a new tower case and a new PSU and GPU.

For now I guess that about covers it. I haven't posted in forever, but I do mess with Twitter still. I am also planning to go to Anthrocon again, so there's that.

Yeah. That's all I can think of for now. Have a good night, people.
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16 January 2013 @ 03:59 pm
USPS website says my SSD drive was delivered to my very local Post Office yesterday at 9:15 AM. PO says there's no mail for me this afternoon. What is wrong with this picture? >_> No, seriously. My old lady tells me the folks at the PO up the road are HORRIBLE with sorting. But I find that hard to believe. And they close at 4 PM. Do I have to go over there my freaking self with a printout of the tracking page to get something out of them?

Edit Okay so my Old Man gets back from grabbing my barely teenage (14) sister and he throws a box at me that looks a tad worn from being handled a lot. Perhaps poked and prodded, but still well sealed and intact. Sure enough, its got my SSD in it (I just opened it). So they aren't exactly misplacing things, just forgetting them for a moment. I think. And just as I type this in the last 10 minutes I have had this put in my hands and the USPS tracking site email me an update tagged "Delivered". Yay.
 
 
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13 January 2013 @ 11:13 am
About 10:30 Am. Playing Fallout:NV. My screen goes bonkers and I see a screen with an FBI logo claiming the use of my computer has been locked for one of three reasons. It shows the Greendot MoneyPak logo and a list of store brands and a small input box...and a demand for $350 within 72 hours. Well hey, guess what? The FBI would NEVER ask for money this way. They're more of the Show Up At Your Door type.

I can't alt-tab out of it, I can't alt+f4 it, I can't ctrl+alt+delete it, and I can't get at the Task Manager. Oooh, threatening. Well hello, I do believe this is the most obvious virus I've ever seen. FBI Moneypak its called. Or Ukash Virus. I'm stuck in Safe Mode just so I can do cleaning and it looks like it deleted my Restore Points so I have to do this cleanup job the hard way. >_>

So glad I'm reinstalling this week once that SSD shows up. Why didn't Avira detect this damned thing? Oh wait, it pre-emptively shuts off realtime protection and then the av software itself before it does this. Well fuuu >_<

Get. Off. My. COMPUTER! *grabs shotgun*

EDIT #1
Oh, and it disabled my antivirus's web protection and realtime protection to the point that, now that I got rid of the virus and its registry edit, my AV is effectively a cripple. The disabled features return errors when I try to turn them back on.

EDIT #2
Oh, it seems that cleaning this crap off my system has restored system restore, so I have my save points again. Totally going to need to scan those too if I can.
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09 January 2013 @ 10:10 pm
I have ordered my new boot drive. It should arrive by the 19th at the latest.

For the techies, the drive in question is an Intel 330 60GB SSD with a 500 MB Read/400 MB Write. This will serve to hold the OS and major programs like my browser and email applications.

So it looks like I'll get to reinstall Windows next week.

Oh, and be well Fox. Let the art flow~~
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21 December 2012 @ 07:00 am
Staring in early January I am gonna begin amassing money to upgrade my PC. This is not a "build a new rig" thing. I'm pretty content with the base hardware.

But this is what I plan to do:

  1. Get a 40 or 80 GB SSD to use as a boot drive.

  2. Reinstall Windows 7, this time moving from 32-bit (what I use now) to 64-bit.

  3. Add another SSD to hold my Steam games.

  4. Repurpose my internal 1 TB HDD to hold music, maybe videos too.

  5. Repurpose the external 1 TB drive for character art, comissions, and so on.

  6. Add a 2+ TB Drive to serve as a Backup/Recovery drive.

  7. Install brand new RAM modules. Since the motherboard only has 4 slots, this means a RAM cap of 16 GB most likely.

  8. MAYBE upgrade the video card. Mine's behaving well enough but its an XFX Radeon HD 6850, and that's outmoded now.

  9. Given the number of hard drives involved I may need a larger power supply. All the hard drives will have to be SATA of course. I might just limit myself to three hard drives instead of five to cut costs.



And that's about it. Need to do this a little at a time and not all at once. So it will stretch well beyond January.

EDIT: Oh. My mother has been talking to me about having me buy a fixer-upper somewhere in Norfolk VA to rent out to people. Use it to get a bit of actual income as a "landlord". It sounds nice, but I am a little leery due to Landlord laws.
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Current Music: REM - It's The End Of The World As We Know It
 
 
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30 November 2012 @ 06:03 pm
2006: My mom goes to the emergency room with a racing heart and high blood pressure that made her pass out. After a month or so of tests they discover the problem was a hyperactive adrenal gland. A prescription is administered to put of leash on said adrenals.

Today: This morning a letter from Carilion arrives. Thinking it was a note on a change in their practices, it was opened and crap hit the floor. It was a notice alright. But a legal notice to the tune of "due to an outstanding balance, on 07/25/06 we have been granted a default judgement by the General District Court". They are going after her for the balance due of $3508.16 which they want in full within 15 days from now. Or else may attach a lien on the real estate we live on (and any attached properties on it) which might have already been filed with a Circuit Court, garnish her income, or who knows what. >_>

Now here's a question. Why wait 6 years to tell her this?

One thing is certain, this is really going to HURT. And it will be spread around everyone in the family with an income. Is anyone able to help?
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28 November 2012 @ 08:09 pm
So I had close to 100 friends. Some of which I don't remember adding. Time to do some cleanup.

Down to 68 mutual friends now. Still trimming.

If you were deleted on accident and actually know me, speak up now or forever hold your peace.
 
 
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01 September 2012 @ 10:24 pm
I've been seeing a a lot of BSODs in the last couple of weeks. Most typically when I'm trying to game. For the most part WWindows failed to log these events, leaving me to writing down their codes. Fior these, if anyone can tell me what they mean then that would be great. I get mixed answers from google such as "page fault in non-paged area" and "bad_pool_header"

These four happened in the last 7 days while trying to play STO or Skyrim.
1) 0x00000050
2) 0x0000007F
3) 0x00000024
4) 0x0000000A (it mentioned WIN32k.sys)

This is one of the only two reports that Windows actually logged (It was labled as a Bad_Pool_Header and is as old as March 1st):
*** STOP: 0x00000019 (0x00000022, 0x00000000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
*** ntkrnlpa.exe - Address 0x82cb0e80 base at 0x82c1d000 DateStamp 0x4ea76eb4

This one is the only other crash that windows logged and as such is the only other detailed report. This one and the four above happened in the last 24 hours.

*** STOP: 0x00000124 (0x00000000, 0x8542101c, 0xb64a4000, 0x00000135)
*** halmacpi.dll - Address 0x8222dfcd base at 0x8221f000 DateStamp 0x4ce788d2

I recognize that both ntkrnlpa.exe and halmacpi.sys are both core system files. So these two get the most attention. I also notice that Bad_Pool_Header has something to do with RAM. Same thing with "page fault in non paged area". But that last error with halmacpi doesn't have a bug-check string so I don't know what it is except its code being more or less a hardware fault.

Anyone know anything more than I do about these? Getting tired of my games freezing up or making my glory rig go into BSOD. Making this thing turn from a gaming rig into a "sit and net surf" rig. >_<

"SFC /scannow" says nothing is wrong. Defrag says nothing is fragmented above 6%. And dskchk shows no errors in the hard drive. So its either my Video Card or RAM or CPU or a combination of the 3.

EDIT: Ran the built-in Driver Verifier. It asked me to reboot. During boot check it did another BSOD.

*** STOP: 0x000000c9 (0x0000023b, 0x923fb37c, 0xa2df2e28, 0x00000000)
*** ASACPI.sys - Address 0x923fb37c base at 0x923fb000 DateStamp 0x411c2d04

It came up to a "DRIVER_VERIFIER_IOMANAGER_VIOLATION" in this case since it happened in a Driver Verifier boot. >_> Checked the file in question and it was "created on" and "modified" on August 8th 2004. That's outright ANCIENT. o_O Think I should replace it with a more current version, don't you?

Edit x2:
Updated ASACPI.sys. The version I had was listed for use in Windows 2000/XP and is notoriously unstable if used in Windows 7. The most recent available version is from 2009, so I used that.
 
 
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