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New old laptop adventures. January 6, 2013, 10:44 pm
So I upgraded my netbook. It was a hell of a deal: a post-Xmas open box returned SSD for $18. Yes, eighteen dollars for a 64GB SSD. I'm not really noticing a huge speed boost, but that's not the main reason I bought it.

I scandisk'd the other drives that were giving me trouble and they came up clean. I wonder if SMART actively reassigns sectors. Do I dare use one of these as a main drive, or should I relegate them to file storage?

Finally - no one wants to buy my old P1 laptop. My local consignment shop won't take gear that old; apparently they have a problem with people returning them, saying they were unable to check Facebook. I guess that's fair. That leaves me the challenge of doing something useful with it. It's probably only good for Slackware or DSL. It only has a floppy drive - but if I can find a boot disk with PCMCIA support, then I can plug in my SD card adapter and install whatever I want. Suggestions?

Pentium 1 150MHz, 32MB RAM, 2GB HDD
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Windows 7 OEM December 12, 2012, 1:29 pm
I have a laptop that I want to do a fresh install on. Unfortunately, the OEM key is for original Win7 (SP0, if you like) and the only download links I can find are for SP1. Searching torrents and risking being on a botnet is a last resort for me, so does anyone have any legit links?
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Stumped November 18, 2012, 10:23 pm
I was hoping to sell my netbook before Christmas but it looks like it's going to make a habit of destroying hard drives. This is now the second to fail in as many years and I don't even use it that much. I thought I could delay the problem by installing Linux and moving the partitions away from the front (where the damage most likely is) but it still throws errors every time I turn it on. I'm not about to ruin another drive on it just so it can work long enough to sell.

A working machine is the difference between selling it for >$100, and selling it for chump change. I was considering buying a cheap SSD but I may as well keep it if I'm going to spend money on it...

The other recourse is to sell the rest of my desktops, like I originally intended. This means I probably won't have spending money before Christmas, because they just don't move like they used to.
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MIDI issues November 15, 2012, 11:28 am
Well, crap.
I had a bunch of stuff sequenced for a megaWAD that I was trying to release by the end of the year. Unfortunately, the machine I was sequencing on is now toast. I was listening to the songs in MPC and heard some issues that weren't evident before.

I'm not sure if using a different piece of software will be constructive; using 64-bit Windows, my options are pretty much limited to Anvil Studio. My main program, Cakewalk 6, doesn't work in 64-bit. Would anyone be able to give my music a once-over to make sure it'll convert well to MUS?
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Hey assholes September 5, 2012, 12:12 am
It's my birthday.
Post some fucking Freddie Mercury.

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How do I DOS September 2, 2012, 12:36 am
Downgrading my laptop to Windows 98 was a HUGE success.
Except for the fact that it doesn't have DOS drivers and sound & music rarely work. Anybody knowledgeable on this subject?
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CROTCH STANK June 30, 2012, 11:34 am
In the past few years, I've gained weight. This has naturally left me with the affliction of severe groinal chaffing. While it can be horrible, I often alleviate the effects with a healthy dose of skin cream. While it does work wonders on the burning and redness, it only takes a few hours for my nether regions to take on the musky scent of a doll collector's attic. I have little recourse for this other than frequent showering, but on more manly days, sometimes even twice a day isn't enough.

I ask you all: what is your best defense against crotch stank?
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Righteousness May 17, 2012, 6:14 pm
What's with old flames coming back and telling you "you were right" about the whole situation...? "You were right, that guy was an asshole." "You were right, I never should've moved to California." "You were right, banging your best friend was kind of a dick move." Is that some kind of consolation prize? OH SURE, that's why we had the disagreement in the first place. I was just trying to win an argument and the only thing I wanted was to be right. It makes all the pathetic loneliness I suffered totally worth it, because I was right all along.

I never wanted to be RIGHT. I wanted to be WITH SOMEONE. I wanted to be NOT DESPERATELY ALONE. More to the point, I wanted a woman who didn't need someone to explain how her actions are affecting others. Someone who can sort out her own head BEFORE she throws away half her youth on bad decisions.

And guys like me get told they were right all along, and these women are realizing too late that it should've been them. So of course, you get the last-ditch effort to rekindle that old feeling, which is laughable. Like anyone wants you now that you're old, flabby and used up, after you've accumulated a decade of baggage and a bastard child or two. Am I supposed to be grateful that I get to scrape up what's left, after a long line of deadbeats wasted the best years of your life? Is that what a good man deserves? Leftovers?

I already have enough reasons to go chasing barely legal tail instead of trying to invest my time and effort in so-called "mature women". Anyway, there's my venting for the day.
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Another new (old) laptop April 14, 2012, 2:13 am
So a friend of mine hands me his old work laptop. It's a Dell Latitude PPX and in amazing shape for its age. At first, I was disappointed by its performance; the poor thing was running XP SP3. Now, after dropping in some hardware and Debian Linux, it's a snappy little machine.

Pentium 3 (Coppermine) 500MHz
128MB SDRAM 100MHz
8GB SSD
CD-ROM, 3.5" floppy, USB, infrared

Yeah, I bought an ATA solid state drive a while back and I've finally found a good use for it. Instead of that ancient 12GB plate drive grinding away, it's quick and quiet. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my PCMCIA network cards worked without any grief (wired and wireless!) I'd originally tried Windows 2000 and Puppy Linux on this machine, but I think Debian with Xfce gives me a good balance of performance and function.

Next on the agenda is to update the BIOS. I just found a useful feature in ImgBurn, my favorite optical burning software, to make bootable CDs from scratch. Let's hope it works.
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GODDAMN FUCKING CAT November 17, 2011, 4:27 pm
So we have a kitten who we "rescued" from the street, and she's a big fan of human food. I find it annoying, my girlfriend finds it adorable. Today the kitten jumps on the table where I'm working and sticks its nose into my plate. I pick it up by the scruff of its neck, so it spazzes and kicks over my coffee. ALL OVER MY LAPTOP.



Tonight: kitten steak.
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