Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Server - Success!

Amazing! - Imagine four G34 socket processors on one motherboard, or just click here.   You could put 16-core CPU's in for a total of 64 2.2Ghz AMD64 cores on one motherboard.  That's like having 16 quad core computers in one box.

My server is far more modest.  I'm rocking a Motherboard/CPU that I picked up at the University Surplus store for $5. (Previously an old Dell Dimension 9100 I got from a friend, but it's BTX motherboard won't fit the new case.) A case I bartered some three way switching expertise for. An old SSD that is failing (144kB went bad on one of the memory chips, or so my operating system says.  I think that the smart data might be being misinterpreted).  An open box RAID card that I snagged off of Newegg.  And some hard drives that I bought pre-flood quite cheaply. 

Here are a few pictures before and after I got the new case (The red one is my gaming rig...)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Adventure Games

Oh no.  People are giving Tim Schafer, and a bunch of adventure game creators, including Ron Gilbert; a huge pile of money!  This is IMHO a bad thing; let me explain:

The very first game I ever owned, that I didn't have to program myself was Wishbringer.  It was a beautiful game, it came with this little quartz rock (the wishbringer..) and a booklet printed on some kind of fancy paper.  I loved that game, I couldn't even figure out how to deliver the letter to the Magic Shop; I got absolutely nowhere!!  

When my dad got a PC, I got Rise of The Dragon.  I completely failed to complete that game.  I'm proud to say that I think I did figure out how to get the main character killed.  It's progress of a sort.

Then came, Day of the Tentacle.  I don't quite remember how I came to play this game.  I think my friends were all playing it and having a grand old time; so I gave a whack at it.  The third time was the charm; I learned an important lesson - I suck at adventure games; and therefore kind of hate them. 

So; now there is going to be this big blockbuster release of a modern adventure game; created by the masters of adventure game making.  My friends will all play it, and they will get reminisce over all the inside jokes while sharing tips and tricks on how to complete it.  While I, left out in the cold; stew in my hatred.   -   It's going to be Monkey Island all over again.  -  Ba!