Month: February 2002

Lords of the Rink!

Lords of the Rink!

How sweet it is! I was at TSN today, watching the gold medal game between Canada and the United States, and what a great game. Canada played a great game, and more importantly, my favourite hockey player, Joe Sakic, played the game of his life. Sakic scored the game winner, almost got his puck on the first insurance marker, and put the nail in the coffin in the dying minutes of the game.

It’s our first gold medal in Olympic hockey in 50 years, it was hard fought, and well deserved. Way to go boys.

Yet another VIA KT333 Motherboard Review

Yet another VIA KT333 Motherboard Review this time from Tom’s Hardware Guide.

I checked with Canada Computer, and they told me that they don’t have pricing for this motherboard yet, so I’ll just have to wait a little while longer. I’m not buying anything for another month or so anyway, so I can wait. This is a great looking motherboard though, with some really sweet little details like the 6 USB ports (I don’t even need my hub anymore which currently supports my mouse, iPAQ, Sidewinder Joystick, and soon my printer), Dolby Digital Optical outs, and RAID support. Very nice stuff.

Void your Warranty – Raid Tutorial

Void your Warranty – Raid Tutorial

I’m learning so much researching this system that I’m building. I’m definately going to write up a nice long article on how I built my system and house it somewhere on Tales…this is a great article on the benefits of RAID, and how you go about setting up a RAID system.

I think I’m going to go with RAID 1 on the new system, with a second 40Gig HD, if I can find a second 40 gig Fujitsu hard drive that is.

KT3 Ultra-ARU KT333 Motherboard

KT3 Ultra-ARU KT333 Motherboard

This is the motherboard I’m getting…it’s one of only two MoBo’s on the market with USB 2.0, and is just a little bettter than the K7T266 Pro2-RU which I originally wanted to put in the system. The K7T266 is only $203, .

I’m still going to go with an Athalon XP 1700+ which has dropped to $212, and 256 RAM is down to $140. Hopefully by Mid March when I’m ready to build this system everything will drop another fifty bucks or so.

Speaking of building the system, there’s a great article on building a PC on GameSpot.com, has an awesome article called “How to Build a PC” which is a great little guide on all of the little things you need to do to build a new PC.

GameSpot: PC Previews: Warcraft III Beta Report

GameSpot: PC Previews: Warcraft III Beta Report I was a huge fan of Warcraft II, and probably lost more of my life to that game than to any other, and that includes Grand Theft Auto III, and Half Life, which have both taken giant chunks out of my life. I’m really looking forwad to this game and by the time it comes out, I should have my uuber system ready by then.

Speaking of the Uuber System, I need to figure out a name for this bad boy. Up until now I’ve called all of my PC’s DeathStar I through V, but I think I’d like to start a new naming convention.

Loads of good stuff this weekend

Loads of good stuff this weekend.

On Friday night we watched Canada lose to the evil Swedes, went out and saw In The Bedroom at the Eglinton Town Centre (after figuring out our RRSP stuff earlier in the night), and then went home.

Saturday afternoon I read some comics, helped organize the apartment, before meeting up with Tim for a coffee at Starbucks while Char, Nikki, and Tiffany went to IKEA. We then met up with Joachim, Jeff, Tiff, Char, and Nikki for some Thai food at the Urban Bistro down the street from us. We all went back to our place for some fondue, and tea…it was a lovely night.

Today Char and I went out and bought new shoes, I picked up some CDR’s and a new version of QuickTax, and then we came home to do laundry. I figured out not only how to rip to DiVx today, but also how to burn a VCD, which was way cool! I burned the musical Buffy for posterity’s sake (and because I already had a great quality file that I spent the better part of a day downloading a few weeks ago), and then started figuring out what I need to burn to disc on this computer.

We leave for California in two weeks, and ideally two weeks after that I’d like to start building the new PC…so I’d love to have this one ready for dissassembly by then.

Before I go, here’s a little “Best Of” list:

Comic of the week: The Authority #28 (Check out the review on “Comics from the Darkside“)

Movie of the week: In The Bedroom (Check out the review on “Movies from the Darkside“)

Album of the week: No Doubt-Rock Steady

Website of the week: VCDHelp.com an awesome resource for help with creating your own Video CD’s that are playable on any DVD player (except for a PS2 of course).

DVD Profile: Jerry Maguire (Special Edition)

Corona’s Test Pattern – DVD Profile: Jerry Maguire (Special Edition) It’s about freakin’ time! Jerry Maguire finally gets a special edition, and I will finally own my favourite “guilty pleasure” movie of all time. Sure it’s a big ole girl movie, but even the most hardened guy has got to admit that they teared up the first time that they saw big ole Tommy boy say “You complete me.”…I know it’s become one of the biggest cliche’s in movies now (and “Show me the money” was almost as overdone as the whole “Wazzzuuuuupppp”), but at the time that was a tearjerker.

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast I don’t buy many PC games these days (the last one I bought was the excellent Black and White, and I still get quite a bit of use out of Unreal Tournament and Worms Armageddon), but if this one is even halfway decent, I will buy this no questions asked.

Lucas Arts has kind of stumbled with the Star Wars franchise lately, but you really can’t go wrong with the Jedi Knight franchise. I mean you get to be a Jedi Knight for crying out loud!

This site is really sweet as well. Very crisp, cool design, and there’s a ton of cool 3d widgets all over the place.

New Bookmark File

New Bookmark File while looking for a Streaming Media tutorial, I found that it was high time I re-organized my bookmarks. I’ve updated them, and migrated them back over to HeadsDown. Now I need to do the same from home in order to make sure that I’ve got all of the URL’s that I’ve saved in the last few months at home.