stormerider: (Misc - Tux Penguin)
Question for folks... what do you recommend for a laptop cooling pad? I need to replace the one I have and I want to get a decent one, since I spend a lot of time on my laptop these days. I know to avoid Targus like the plague (since they die quickly for a LOT of people), but I'm not sure what to look for. Thoughts?

Edit: I should add that I have the Antec notebook cooler pad currently, and the problem is that the cord is removable so you can put it away inside this little compartment. However, it doesn't have a good connection so unless you wiggle it around it doesn't get power. This has gotten worse over time and I pretty much have to hold it in a certain (uncomfortable) position to get the fans running. The aluminum pad itself helps, but nowhere near as much as when the fans were running regularly.

I know I haven't been posting much on DW/LJ lately, but I've been really busy. Between the MUD, working on the Plex app for the Roku, the occasional item for Romance Divas, the occasional thing for my WoW guild, and work for Livemocha, I've been pretty busy. I'm trying to get a bit more organized, and I picked up a Pro membership to Remember the Milk to help out with that. I like it, but it seems like the sharing feature is kind of weak... when I share things with [personal profile] paul_zap it seems like he doesn't get an email notification that there's a task shared with him. And while it's great for me to manage my own tasks, it would really be better if it helped with managing tasks across the entire household as well.

I have more to post about, specifically with the MUD, but that will be a separate post under filter.
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I just made a post to the sexuality / family filters. If you are not on them and would like to be, please leave a comment and I'll let you know if it's ok with me or if I'm not comfortable with it.

Thanks. I'll keep doing this for a bit while I get people properly settled into the various filters.
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I've made a couple of posts on the health filter lately. If you're not on it and want to be, please toss a comment here and I'll add you.

As a reminder, here's a list of my filters. Comment to be added on any of them that you want, and I'll do so (or let you know why not).
stormerider: (Misc - Amazon Unbox)
So the Fall TV season is just around the corner (or in some cases, just starting). I feel a little weird about this this year-- normally I really look forward to it, but there's a lot of shows that I just don't know if I want to follow this year. Warning; spoilers will be mentioned in my explanations if you aren't current on the shows.

Shows I'm definitely interested in: )

Shows I'm unsure about: )

New shows I'm going to give a try: )

One thing that I'm really happy about is that I'm seeing episodes from last Fall on CBS showing up on Amazon Unbox (like Hawaii 50). CBS has been off of Unbox for the last 2 or so years, so seeing them return there is quite welcome. I know they've been on iTunes, but I won't buy TV from iTunes until they change their re-download policy (I don't feel like tying up gigs of HD space on my computer because they have a download-once-only policy). Rentals are one thing (though I can't stream them to my TV, I can still watch them on my laptop or desktop) but purchases are another.
stormerider: (Misc - Tux Penguin)
So, I've had my current monitor for 2 years. It's already had to be RMA'd once, and is in the process of being RMA'd again. It's a great monitor when it works, but I want a monitor that works reliably. 2 failures in 2 years is about 2 too many in my book.

The one I have right now is a Hannspree HF257H. It's a 25" monitor with 2 HDMI ports and 1 VGA port. It also has built-in speakers, but I never bother to use those. I lose the subwoofer if I do that ;)

I'm not looking to get this anytime soon; the warranty runs out in a year so I want to spend some time doing research and saving up before I make the jump.

Thanks for any recommendations.
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Originally posted by [personal profile] jamileigh17 at Signal Boost: Missing woman
Boosting the signal, as this is Lacey's cousin, and she just heard about this today.... If anyone knows anything, you know what to do, and boost signals further if you feel it might help.

PONCHATOULA - Police are asking for your help in looking for 27-year-old Kristie Woods.

Kristie hasn't been seen or heard from in about two weeks. People close to her say this behavior isn't typical of Kristie.

Her last known address is 20395 Esterbrook Rd.

She is about 5'5", around 135 lbs., has hazel eyes and brown hair.

She also has a tattoo of her name on one of her legs and stars tattooed on her feet.

Anyone with information on Kristie Woods' whereabouts should contact Detective Dale Athmann at (985)902-2088.

Kristie Woods has been missing since July 16th! She is from Ponchatoula, Louisiana. She is 27 years old, Born Oct. 27, 1984. She has dark brown eyes, and dark brown hair. She has a tattoo on her upper right arm. She was last seen driving a silver Jeep Cherokee.
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So one of the things that we found out about my system, thanks to Nonny's research and her comparing benchmarks (both mine vs. hers and mine vs. stated specs), is that I have this card in it:

The "E-Green" model is meant for low power consumption systems, not gaming/high performance systems. It's underclocked by default, which is why Nonny's 9800GTX was blowing me out of the water on GPU score. This displeases me greatly; when I was configuring my system on I was told that it would be a "major brand" card. I've never heard of Palit before, and I certainly wasn't aware that I was getting an underclocked card for my gaming model rig. I'll be contacting IBuyPower to see if I can get something out of them... hopefully an apology at the very least.

That said, if there's any one component in my system that I would have to pick to underperform, it'd be the GPU. It's the easiest component to replace and it's also the component that I replace most regularly in the regular course of upgrades anyways.

After spending some time with VTune, I got it properly clocked back up and adjusted to this score:

That's a lot more reasonable. For reference, my first pass was this:
stormerider: (Misc - Tux Penguin)
So, this is a long shot, but I thought I'd toss this out here. I have a pretty decent computer... 2.66GHz Core2 Quad CPU, ~4GB of RAM, Nvidia GT 250 w/ 2GB RAM. It runs really nicely for the most part, but every so often things just... stall. I've seen it happening in WoW, in my browser, and in DA2.

If I run the CPU performance monitor while it's happening, I don't see all 4 cores maxxed out; usually 2 will be between 50-75% and 2 will be fairly idle. There's still plenty of memory free as well.

I have not seen this occur when booted under Linux but I don't run the system as heavily loaded under Linux as I do under Windows (I hardly ever game under Linux because my mouse isn't fully supported, so it's mainly browser, IM client, and terminal windows) so I'm not sure if it's stress-related or OS-related. I'm currently running Vista 32-bit; I do want to go to Win7 64-bit (so I can use all 4GB RAM), but I just haven't gotten my hands on a copy yet.

The system in general does not perform reliably as well as Nonny's computer which has inferior specs. It almost feels like the hard drive isn't performing up to speed, and when it has to go to disk sometimes it lags. But the HD performance tester I ran ran clean, and I confirmed it's not something stupid like the drive being a 5400 RPM instead of 7200 RPM.

Any software that I can run in the background to help isolate what's going on, or diagnostic tests I can perform in advance, would be appreciated. Thanks!

EDIT: One thing I did find is that apparently when you create a share in Win Vista, it automatically adds that folder to the list to index. I had turned off indexing of all folders except the start menu, but creating shares for root folders of multiple drives added those drives back to the index list. Gyargh. I removed them and disabled the Windows Search service completely, which should help some. Onward to running PCMark 7 and 3DMark 11.
stormerider: (Personal - Jasmeralia (WoW - 2))
So, a sign that things are going good in the new guild? When you spend 3 hours raiding with folks and still want to spend another 2.5 hours just talking with people in Mumble afterwards... instead of wanting to log off as quickly as possible and get away from the computer.

Another sign that we made the right call in leaving the old guild? Seeing this crap in Trade channel:

Yeah. Stay classy, folks.
stormerider: (Personal - Jasmeralia (WoW - 2))
I haven't forgotten about my plans to make a post here about the RwP exodus. I've just been watching things unfold and trying to get my head around what's going on and what I want to say. As much as I'd like to, I'm not planning on writing an attack post-- but one that will try and explain what went wrong and why from our perspective.

Because as much as we may be the RwP Rejects guild, I'd rather not see them bleed more people our way. I'd rather they just fix the damn problems.

I will say that I'm glad we're not moving servers again, that we've drawn our line in the sand and made our stand. I'm tired of moving servers to find a sane guild, only to see it implode a few months afterwards. Relying on the leadership of other people has just been a colossal exercise in frustration-- to the point that I've quit the game or taken a long hiatus a few times rather than deal with the drama. At least this time, if something happens, I can do something about it. Noone's claiming that we'll be better than those who have come before.

But we're damn well going to try.
stormerider: (Dreaming Druid)
Many organizations have declarations of faith, describing in detail what they hold to be true and dear in terms of religion. In an effort to explain to others and clarify to myself, I am doing the same.


I am a pagan—as defined by "One who is not a Christian, Muslim, or Jew, especially a worshiper of a polytheistic religion." I was raised as a Christian, and accepted Jesus as my savior at a young age. After I left my parents house, I was able to grow and learn about other systems of belief, and I no longer walk that path. My parents had insisted that I follow their choices growing up, but when I was finally on my own I was able to look around and realize that their way was not my way. And at the most unexpected of times, the path I still walk today appeared in front of me, and I stepped on it with no hesitation—and with no regrets to date.

Organized Religion:

I do not a member of any organized religion per se. I consider myself an eclectic pagan, in that my beliefs are individual and personal, not upheld in any one specific doctrine but borrowing from many. I do hold dear the beliefs of my ancestors, the Celts, and am strongly influenced by the ways of the ancient druids. (In this regard, I consider the ancient Welsh texts such as The Mabinogion and The Tain to be "sacred"—not that every word is truth, but that they contain holy lessons to be learned and applied to daily life.) In the old days, the term druid referred to three groups of people: bards (who entertained, passed news from place to place, and acted as ambassadors, diplomats, historians, and voices of conscience), ovates (healers), and the druid priests.

I am a member of the UK organization OBOD (Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids) which is not a religious organization, but one that seeks to apply the principles of druidry to everyday life by philosophy. Note that OBOD is like Buddhism in that it has Christian, Muslim, Jewish, pagan, and atheist members.


I believe in the existance of beings greater than humanity. Beings of power and wisdom, with individual characteristics even as humans are individual. Beings which we can but barely begin to understand, try as we might. I believe that they are not all of equal power or stature but vary in strength and area of expertise.

I am a polytheist, in that I believe in the existance of many gods and demigods. Do I know for sure if all the pantheons of old are real? No, but I act as if they were. I respect Bast and Anubis, Artemis and Athena, Odin and Thor, Rhiannon and Epona, Christ, and many others. It is possible that they are all but reflections or aspects of one greater God and Goddess pair as the Wiccans seem to believe… but I do not claim to know that that is the case. If they are but aspects, then I treat each aspect as the individual.


I am a Creationist. I believe that the gods did create this world—and many others. Evolution may or may not explain some of the mechanisms used… but it does not explain the origin of life. If there was a Big Bang, where did the essence used in the Big Bang originate from? There is no definite answer that evolution can provide as to how the basic essense of the universe came into existance, and any honest evolutionary will not try to do so.


Though I believe in many gods, I follow (and worship) only one goddess. She is Cerridwen, the Celtic goddess of wisdom, patron of the bards, the Green Lady, consort to Cernunnos, holder of the Cauldron of Rebirth. As I am a Bard, she always made sense to be my personal patron. Not long after I began walking the pagan path, and realized that the role of Druid-- and in particular, Bard-- called to me, I chose her, and dedicated myself to my Lady. She has granted me peace, serenity, and strength in times when I have been in sore need, and I love and cherish Her for it.

Still in progress... will repost later if I update it further. Comments and questions are welcome.
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