Jolt

28 12 2007

I’m going to cut to the chase. This morning I found out that the harddrive in my laptop is fried. Despite the fact that I’m usually the guy encouraging people to back up their files, and take advantage of the all the other life-saver resources out there, I have barely anything saved elsewhere. I fell into the infamous, “it won’t happen to me” mindset. “After all, I’m a Mac user now. Mac users don’t get stupid computer problems. My laptop is invincible. It could beat up your laptop.” So yeah. Hypocracy-overwhelming.

Hopefully I should be able to get my music back, since it’s on my iPod. Also, some of my better photography, and my friends’ photography, is still on Flickr. The main loss I’ll suffer is all the writing I’ve done in the past year and a half, minus blog entries. I also had a boatload of resources bookmarked and a lot of customized settings in my web browser. That stuff isn’t such a big deal though, I’m just moping about the time and effort it’ll take to restore everything. Speaking of restoration, I should probably mention that yes, it is almost certainly unrepairable and yes, I’m having a new drive put in (upgrading to 160gb) as soon as the new year hits and my local Mac place re-opens. While I’m at it I may spend some of my Christmas money on upgrading its RAM (520mhz to 2ghz) as well, which would make it seem like a brand new computer, but with a dirtier screen. Still considering this.

As to my absence from writing, that’s a whole other can o’ worms. Actually I have nothing to say, except that I didn’t feel like saying anything until now. However, I think there’ll be less of a gap between now and the next time I feel like saying something, so there ya go.

Edit: Got these for Christmas after witnessing their power and handsomeness in Peter’s and Paul’s setup. The sound out of these things is remarkable. Click the pic for specs.





Blactivision is the new Squeenix

3 12 2007

Blizzard and Activision are merging.

This announcement is pretty much sending shock waves through the gaming industry. This post on the WoW general forums promises that nothing is changing.

This post has the details. (FAQ)

The new company is going to be called Activision Blizzard, which is about the most unexciting thing I’ve ever heard. Why not Blactivision? Or…Activizzard? (Ok, maybe not.)

The general consensus on the internet right now is, there are going to be some unfavorable changes thanks to the almighty dollar, no matter what they’re saying now.

PS: Activision Blizzard will be on the NASDAQ. I’ll probably buy some.