20070820 – decommissioning storm – 0 – IMG_3276 – empty computer, keyboard, motherboard, clutter

20070820 – decommissioning storm – 0 – IMG_3276 – empty computer, keyboard, motherboard, clutter
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
My computer died (see below)! I took out parts, one at a time, to make sure that one of them wasn’t the culprit. None were. Finally, I was down to keyboard, mouse, and network card (the harddrives are unplugged). Still, no go. It was unfortunately the motherboard that fried. This computer had kind of grown too huge to fit inside it’s own case, so it was time to finally decomission Storm, start using Hell as my new primary, and start thinking about building a new computer: Hades.

The wiring isn’t quite as crazy at it looks (though it IS crazier than anybody’s Mac and most peoples PCs) — a lot of those wires are for the PS2, which is now also broken.

BACKSTORY: My favorite computer EVER died. Moment of silence for "Storm", 1999-2007. This computer started as 1 of 3 identical post-house purchase computers we built for ourselves, to supercede our pre-existing college-era 3 computers (2 defunct Pentiums and a K6-233 which can still run Win98 today). It underwent one MAJOR upgrade, changing cases and practically becoming a new computer… So from 2001-2008 it was unique. I had really, really, REALLY grown into that machine. I’m still not as grown into my current machine Hades yet, and it has been well over 6 months.

So suffice to say, this computer dying SUCKED. And now I had to salvage all useful parts.

As for the death, I pretty much covered what happened day-by-day, starting at day 1, when it broke, continuing on to day 2, and Days 3-10. I then wrote about 10 more blogposts about the birth of Hades

decommissioning computer.
Butt-head sticker, SATA controller card, clipboard, compressed air, computer case, keyboard, motherboard, network card, screwdriver.
Beavis & Butt-head.

Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

August 20, 2007.

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20090118 – cleaning house – 174-7494 – mousepads, trakball, computer cards, harddrives, vhs rewinder, hub, webcam, microcassette recorder

20090118 – cleaning house – 174-7494 – mousepads, trakball, computer cards, harddrives, vhs rewinder, hub, webcam, microcassette recorder
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
We reorganized our "gadget drawers", managing to get 4 drawers of stuff compressed into 2 drawers.

The trackball on the left is my preferred style of trackball — the Crystal Trackball is basically a transparent version of this. Too bad in the name of "progress", computer manufacturers have dropped serial ports, as if nobody has any devices that use them. I also lost the functionality to receive infrared transmissions, as my IRMan infrared receiver, supported by remote control program Girder, is serial only. Technological Progress: Breaking anything and everything you will ever build, making enjoying computers a constant and neverending struggle. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

The mousepad is from when I worked at MCI Internet Engineering. I probably should have stayed there, but my consulting company pulled some shit I couldn’t agree too — work on Christmas Eve, or trade your vacation time for the flex time of not working on Christmas. In other words, you couldonly take the 8 hours of Christmas Eve off if you sacrificed 8 hours of vacation time AND worked 8 hours extra that pay period. Bullshit. They ceased to exist way sooner than MCI did.

Three different colors of cards here… Usually they are dark geren. That light green card is an odd color. Red cards are coming out more and more, and definitely my favorite.

And yes, that’s a VHS tape rewinder we got at a yardsale, to save wear and tear on our VCRs. But we phased our VCRs out, for the most part, and never really got any use out of it.

The micro-cassette recorder is the good kind with a "REM" remote jack… I have something that hooks to my phone that records phone calls automatically if you have a "REM" jack. But since I don’t, I have to hit record myself to record a phone call.

The Creative Webcam was actually our first digital cam, and was used to take our low quality (640×480 with even lower apparent pixel density and very very very very pooor ISO) honeymoon pictures.

And look at that old hub — 10base2! Of course with 10base2, you kind of didn’t NEED a hub at all times (I believe me and Carolyn and Ryan Somma‘s 3-computer network, only used for playing Quake, was 10base2 with no hub), so I wonder how I ended up with this.

ISA cards, PCI card, VHS rewinder, harddrives, hub, microcassette recorder, mousepads, trackball, webcam camera.

upstairs, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

January 18, 2009.

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… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

20090118 – cleaning house – 174-7497 – computer cards

20090118 – cleaning house – 174-7497 – computer cards
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
We reorganized our "gadget drawers", managing to get 4 drawers of stuff compressed into 2 drawers.

A close-up of some cards I got rid of.

An *original* SoundBlaster — Probably cost close to 0 when I bought it for my 386. I recorded "I Like Food" by The Descendents onto my computer as a VOC file, becoming the first human being I ever knew to use a computer for the recording and playback of actual music. It would be some ~10 years after that before I actually had MP3s. (I was also the first human being I knew to be on a BBS, be on the internet, have a webpage, use social networking sites, use google or gmail, or have a flickr or youtube account.)

My Orchid grahpics card. This was hot shit in the late 1980s/early 1990s. I remember having a q.bat so that I could just type "q" at the command-line prompt to run QPEG, a JPG viewer. GIF had been out for awhile, but JPG was relatively new. Seeing anything in more than 256 colors was an amazing experience. The faded green QuadTel(?) card above it is a mystery VGA card that I don’t really remember using.

The red card is a failed SATA card that nuked multiple harddrives and is going in the trash. We actually shipped it back, had the company replace it, and are now throwing away the replacement without using it. If a company screws you over — make them pay. Make them replace the product, even if you have no intention of using it. Money is the only language that is understood.

And of course my 340M harddrive. I still have a single 340M file that is the raw data off this drive, as I moved it to a 4G drive that summarily crashed in 1997, and still have some files in there I might want to recover someday. Every now and then I mine the file for new stuff and find it, but I think I mostly finished when Carolyn went skiing in 2008.

ISA cards, PCI card.

upstairs, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

January 18, 2009.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

20060618 – the mess that is my computer right now – 101-0191

20060618 – the mess that is my computer right now – 101-0191
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Words can’t describe everything that is going on in this picture. Only notes.

Read more specifics of my cpu upgarde experiences here: HERE.

UPDATE: This computer died. Motherboard overheated. Critical fan had died. My new computer beeps when that happens — and it already saved me. Read all about it (10+ blog posts, heh heh) here:
clintjcl.wordpress.com/?s=journal:+the+death+of+storm

How do I go about getting all the computer certifications?

Question by nutaskeet: How do I go about getting all the computer certifications?
I would like to get all the certifications for computers and network engineering such as A+, Network+, Security+, CNA, CNE, MCP, MCSA, MCSE, CCNA, SCSA, SCNA, Linux+. I have looked into Virginia College, but the two year associates costs more than my 5 years I spent getting my four year degree. Can this be done on my own? Reading and taking tests? How will be the best way for me to get into this field without spending $ 35,000?

Best answer:

Answer by ilan
I’d search for local insitutions offering just to take the test, buy the books on ebay or amazon, study hard and just attend the test. Some places maty even offer courses as an optional alternative to going to a college for these certs, cert tests you can take with just paying for the exam, the lessons and studying and such you have to do on your own unless you want to include classes in your budget.

Yellow Pages or Google local places to take these certs, there should be many.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

20060618 – the mess that is my computer right now – 101-0188

20060618 – the mess that is my computer right now – 101-0188
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Words can’t describe everything that is going on in this picture. Only notes. (Mouse over the picture).

Read more specifics of my cpu upgrade experiences here: HERE.

UPDATE: This computer died. Motherboard overheated. Critical fan had died. My new computer beeps when that happens — and it already saved me. Read all about it (10+ blog posts, heh heh) here:
clintjcl.wordpress.com/?s=journal:+the+death+of+storm

Does a online computer repair service give services to cumtomer?

Question by : Does a online computer repair service give services to cumtomer?
One of my computer is not starting. So who they will provide online service. Which is better? to go actual computer repair center or take service online.

http://www.geekabc.com/PC-computer-repair-laptop-Mac-in-Baltimore-Maryland-MD-Apple-service-Springfield-Oakton-Virginia-VA-network.html

Best answer:

Answer by JeR
The Geek ABC is store in the Northern Virginia. For online service you need working computer, if not working the computer needs shop repair. The problem could number of things from the power supply to motherboard.

Give your answer to this question below!

Which career paths in Computer Science will ensure that I won’t be stuck in a cubicle?

Question by John M: Which career paths in Computer Science will ensure that I won’t be stuck in a cubicle?
I’m currently graduating from high school, and I have worked my ass off academically to ensure that I can take whatever career path I wish. I’m going to Virginia Tech next year as an Engineering student, and I plan to enter Computer Science. Working with software development and project management is something I’ve always enjoyed, but now I’m beginning to question if it’s what I want to do with my life. One thing I know is that I do NOT want to be stuck in a cubicle. To me, that’s Game Over.

So, what would you suggest as a potential career? My current idea is to enter project management in software development or other Computer Science fields; I like leadership roles and I superficially believe it would keep me out of a cubicle. However, due to the setup of Virginia Tech’s engineering program, I am still able to enter any field of engineering I like (though Computer Science is more my forte). I wouldn’t mind a career in business, either, if it didn’t involve a lot of travel. Basically, I want a job that will involve a lot of interaction with people.

I want to get this question out of the way early, while I still have time to react accordingly in college. Thank you all!
Also, please do not answer this question on a whim; please answer only have you have good reason to back up your response. Thank you.

Best answer:

Answer by kate
Field Service , your cubicle is the company car and the customer sites .
You are the ‘batman’ that saves the day when their system crashes or
Their capacity is inadequate and needs upgrades .

Love field service

good luck

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“50 Years of Computer Science Innovation” by Randy Pausch

See Randy’s book about this “Last Lecture” at www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/Randy_Book.html Randy Pausch (Apr 2006) summarizes some of the major research development in computer science at CMU since the 1950’s. Randy Pausch (www.randypausch.com) is a virtual reality pioneer, human-computer interaction researcher, co-founder of CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center (www.etc.cmu.edu), and creator of the Alice (www.alice.org) software project. Other videos by Randy, including downloadable versions of this and other talks, can be found at www.cs.virginia.edu/robins/Randy www.cs.virginia.edu/robins/Randy
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Application and Theory of Petri Nets 1999: 20th International Conference, ICATPN’99, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, June 21-25, 1999 Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)

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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Application and Theory of Petri Nets, ICATPN’99, held in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, in June 1999. The 21 revised full papers presented were carefully selected from 45 submissions. Also included are three invited presentations. The book presents state-of-the-art research results on all current aspects of Petri nets as well as advanced applications in a variety of areas.

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