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Woo! and Boooo!

Okay, first for the WOOO!

With moving to this new server, I had the ability to upgrade WordPress and plugins automatically. On the old server I wasn’t able to do that. Do you know how much time this saves me? LOTS! I don’t have to download, then upload and check all files are there, then run the upgrade program, it just does it automatically. That’s the whole idea behind WordPress, to be able to have an easy solution to upgrading whenever a new release or security release comes out.  It mightn’t seem like a big deal but it is to me. So being able to do that now, thanks to my new hosts, is a definite WOOOOOO!!! ^_^b

Now the BOOOOO!

I’ve received a recall back to Gribbles for more blood. Apparently they really didn’t have enough and so I must return for them to have another ‘stab’ at me. I’d prefer not to go back at all but if I need to know what’s wrong with my health, then the blood test is necessary. Its also a big BOOOOOO!! ;____;

Withdrawal Symptoms

Yes, I did suffer from withdrawal symptoms after being without my PC for 5 days… Though I don’t think it was as bad as I thought it would be lol. I guess it would have gotten worse had I not been able to pick it up today though.

So I sent it in on Thursday night last week for the company who first put together my computer many years ago, to upgrade it for me on Friday. It should then have been released to me on Saturday, thus only being absent from me for a total of 1.5 days. Unfortunately that wasn’t to be. I had asked for an upgrade in RAM however early Saturday morning I received a phone call from them saying that there were problems upgrading the memory. It seems that the two extra slots on the motherboard were dead. So the Technician had decided to undertake some tests by pulling my PC apart and trying to locate the source of the problem (and whether they could fix it). I didn’t receive another phone call until late that afternoon, close to when they shut down for the day, and they said that they could not fix the problem, that the two extra slots were dead and I’d have to live with my current motherboard and memory configuration for now, and look into upgrading the motherboard (plus memory) later down the track. A bit disappointing really but I guess it can’t be helped and I really couldn’t afford to by a whole new computer so this will have to do.

So what got upgraded? Just the graphics card and the DVD burner. It was kind of funny when they rang me on Friday and asked which DVD player to replace! My system has two, a player and a writer. The writer was the one that caused problems so they’ve changed that for a spiffy new one. Both the DVD player and the old writer were that pale cream colour that was so popular back in the day, which makes them stand out on my jet black case. (Though they are hidden behind a panel most of the time). The new DVD burner matches my case perfectly – nice jet black colour. I’ve not yet tested it, after all I’ve only got the PC back tonight, but as I’m downloading a huge amount of stuff to catch up with (namely anime), it won’t be long before I soon give it a test run. They also cleaned up the inside of the computer, as well as replaced the filters on the fans (I have four fans since its an AMD Athlon 64) so its almost shiny new lol. Haven’t yet done anything to see how the graphics card performs, may play a game this coming weekend if I’m not too busy and see how it copes.

Speaking of games, as I didn’t have my PC over the weekend, I ended up resorting to playing games to while the time away. Being an off-pay week (and only having enough to pay for the upgrades), there wasn’t much to go out to do so I was quite happy veging out at home in front of the TV playing a game. I’ve restarted Final Fantasy XII. I have finished that game a while ago, but I really enjoyed it and have been meaning to play it again. I’ve actually moved along a bit quicker, though I can’t remember if I’m at the same level now as I was when I previously played it. Currently my little team is out front of the Golmore Jungle for their first time. We have Larssa on the team too so its always handy to have an extra pair of helping hands. But before I head into the Jungle, I’m going to turn them around and have them run around Ozmone Plains for a while to level up. I think their levels are a bit low, though I could be wrong. Interestingly enough, in facing off the bosses ‘Demon Gate’, ‘Belias’ and ‘Vossler + Soldiers’ – all I used here were Quickenings and I defeated all three bosses in my first go. Usually when I get to the boss stage, I switch Vaan’s Gambits off so that I can manually control him. In each of those three boss phases, I immediately got him to begin the quickening chain and managed to get up to 8 in a row for one of the bosses. I think that only ‘Demon Gate’ was the one that was still alive after I had used the quickening chain against it (including the end sequence) though just barely. After only a couple of hits from Vossler’s sword and Basch’s axe it was down anyway. Nobody lost HP which was great 🙂

Oh, now onto other stuff. I bought a new action figure not long ago which arrived last week just before I had to give up the PC. It was Axel from Kingdom Hearts II. Now when I got him, he looked great, however once I took him out of the box and tried to change his hands, I discovered problems with it already. His left foot was bent to the side and regardless of what I tried to do, it wouldn’t bend back. Now it does have an actual articulation in his ankle to be able to move it, however it just keeps moving back to its angled spot. His right hand did not come out of its socket… it broke almost immediately. I was not rough with it, but on trying to pry out the remains of the hand, I could see that there would have been no way that I could not have broken it. It was just wedged in way too tight. And the final thing is that it doesn’t come with a stand. Action figure stands come in handy, especially if said action figure cannot stand straight due to a bent foot. Of course, its not made by Kotobukyia, who I would say make the best articulated action figures – especially for video games. Shame they didn’t do these figures, they would have done a better job.

And now back to my PC… One thing that I had done was move a lot of my stuff over to my external hard disk drive (EHDD). This was only because I’d run out of time to burn it all to DVD. The intention was to leave it there temporarily and then sort it out once I got my PC back and burn off what I didn’t need to move back to the main hard disk drive (HDD). The most important files I had were for my websites, so I started to move them over first. With no warning, the EHDD suddenly spat out an error message and then disappeared from the “My Computer” list. In fact it got replaced with a letter instead of its name (My Book). When I tried to click on the new lettered drive, it popped up with the message “This drive is not formatted. Do you want to formate it now? Y/N” I completely panicked!! Here I had only just begun transferring stuff and now it was telling me it wasn’t there anymore!!! So I shut the computer down completely and unplugged it from the back of the PC. Then I replugged it back in, but into a different USB port and restarted the computer. When I looked into the list of drives under My Computer, I was relieved to see “My Book” sitting there once again. I clicked on it and thankfully everything was still intact. Only one folder is corrupt and it won’t delete it, though its empty so it doesn’t matter too much. I’m just glad everything else is okay!!

PC Upgrades & Miss Saigon

Well I’m finally getting around to upgrading the PC. Its over 4 years old now and I don’t really have the money to spend on a new machine, so if I can extend its life a little bit further than that’s a better option for me now. I’m upgrading the memory and the graphics card as well as replacing my DVD burner. It burns fine its just that once you hit the eject button it keeps popping the DVD/CD out of the tray and causing it to jam. By the time I manage to get the thing to pop out normally, its completely scratched 🙁 It wasn’t really a major problem for me since it doesn’t happen all the time but since they’re fairly cheap these days I figured why not. I’m still waiting to hear back from the company who I bought it off of to make sure they’ve booked me in. They said its a 24 hour turn around but since I get home from work after they’ve closed I’ve only got a couple of days as options to get it in (Thursday as its late-night shopping here and Saturday). Anyway hopefully it will not only improve on performance but keep my PC going for another couple of years…

On Saturday we went and saw the production of “Miss Saigon”. I haven’t been to a stage musical since “Phantom of the Opera” a few years ago so it was a nice change. The cast was amazing, even though we had the understudy for the leading character of Kim, she was brilliant none the less. The guy who played John had such a great baritone type voice that just caused my knees to quiver! I would say that John and Kim had the best voices in the performance followed by the woman who played Ellen. The guy who played Chris was okay, his voice was still good but not quite the same level as the other two. My favourite character would of course have to be the Engineer – the guy who played him was very good at being sleazy lol! He just cracked us all up though and he got a huge applause when he came out at the end of the performance. Of course the one who got the biggest applause was the boy who played Tam – he was so cute! It amazed us just how he was able to stand there while everyone was singing and making noises about him, but he did a great job. I noticed a couple of times they put into the performance a piece of paper for him to draw on while they sang their number, it worked well and kept him occupied a bit while they performed beside him. I’m definitely glad I got to see the show 🙂