So This Is What Getting Old Is Like?

I’m definitely getting old, and it is scary. After glancing at my iPod and checking the Most Played songs, I’ve realized I’ve come a long way from the days when I’d listen to White Zombie, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, and so on. No longer am I heavily into metal and alternative rock, but now into chillout, jazz, rockabilly, and 80’s pop punk. You’ll find in my Most Played playlist The Go Go’s, Zero 7, Blondie, and Brian Setzer Orchestra. Fortunately there is some hope for me, as I also have A Perfect Circle and Sum 41 in there, industrial metal and punk respectively. At least you won’t find any emo … yet.

One way, or another, I’m gonna get younger, younger, younger …


Catchup And Must Arduous

Not much going on with me, I seem to be at a lull in my life or something. I did vote, so there’s that, at least. I was able to get my computer to where I wanted. Although I did lose hours of work when important Windows files got corrupted, and I had to reinstall XP and figure out that I pushed the memory too hard. The problem with being a hardcore PC gamer, is that it’s never enough.

I’ve been listening and enjoying my iPod a lot. I take it everywhere with me, and I especially enjoy it when I’m cutting up vegetables and cooking meals. Don’t worry, I’ve never cut myself, don’t suspect I ever will. I’m a gamer, remember? Hand-eye coordination up the wazoo over here. If the iPod was water-proof, I’d take it in the shower with me. That way I’d have an excuse to sing the Kung Fu Fighting song, complete with authentic ninja jump kick (thank goodness for rubber mats.)

Speaking of the iPod, the roommate got her’s the other day and so far she’s loving it. It ain’t her grandma’s transistor radio, that’s for sure. That freeipods.com deal really worked out nice.


Firefox Browser On Fire

CNet News reports that Firefox aims for 10 percent of Web surfers, as the momentum of the browser’s popularity picks up phenomenally.

He said he is confident of hitting this goal because interest in the browser has been accelerating over the last few months. He said this momentum can be seen in the increasing number of downloads for each version of Firefox: Version 0.8 was downloaded 3.3 million times in four months; 0.9 was downloaded 6.5 million times in three months; and the pre-release version was downloaded 5 million times in just one month.

Of course you probably already know I’m really big on the browser, and think it’s the best thing we have available today for browsing. Check it out at getfirefox.com if you haven’t yet.


New System Set Up And Running

The parts I ordered from NewEgg.com, which is the best online store to shop at for computer and electronics, had arrived Thursday. Since then, I’ve been benchmarking and overclocking my system over the weekends. I have been able to overclock my processor substantially. A $200 deal gave me $600 speed without having to pay the $400 difference.

The beauty of this, not only am I going to be able to play the upcoming Half-Life 2 spectacularly, but all my current games run so much better. For example, a favorite game of mine, Rome: Total War, was a total stutterfest at high details, on the old system. Now on the new, faster system, I can play everything with the highest details and with no stutter at all, whatsoever. It brought a tear to my eye.

More details in this forum thread at 3DGPU.