oxfordtweed: Nicholas Angel wearing aviator sunglasses and sneering at the camera (Nicholas - Aviators)
I mean, it's not like the title is actually of any use.

Anyway, I feel terribly disloyal right now. This has been a month of quite a lot of change, and all in petty, stupid ways. Delicious fucked up, so I've started up a torrid love affair with Pinboard, I finally abandoned my FFN account after quite a lot of consideration, I've lost my faith in LJ and moved to DW, since LJ was the only thing keeping me using FireFox, I've switched to Chrome.

Everything's different and everything hurts.

Actually, the first three aren't so bad. Putting all my fic back up on DW is a bit of a pain in the arse, but I'll survive. But what kills me is Chrome. Sure, it's fast, but it has the same problem with memory leak and fails at being customisable. The Pinboard add-ons seriously suck, there's no persistent status bar, which means even if add-ons for them existed, I wouldn't be able to install clock and weather apps and use them how I do in FireFox, and I can't move the fucking refresh button. The refresh button kills me. I don't know why. I also hate how the address bar and the search bar are the same thing. I can't save my most recent search anymore. Also, Chrome doesn't use Browse by Name. That's the best feature FireFox has, in my opinion. There's a page I keep going back to on Wikipedia. I know what it is, so going through my bookmarks to find it would be a waste of time. I also don't feel like typing the full URL, so in FireFox, I just type 'Theobromine poisoning wiki' and BAM. Takes me right to that page. Chrome doesn't do that.

I may just stay with FireFox after all. Because Chrome is just as bad, if for its own unique set of reasons. =/

Okay, good

Apr. 29th, 2011 09:06 pm
oxfordtweed: Drawn image of Shaun Riley holding a cricket bat, with zombie hands reaching at him from the edges of the image (Shaun - Comic)
Thank Christ MSWord '2010 has a brain, because I appear to be able to find autosaved drafts. Which are in tact. Even though my properly saved version isn't.


Still. WTF?

Tablet!

Mar. 2nd, 2011 08:01 pm
oxfordtweed: (A case! - Sherlock)
So, I found a Graphire 640 on eBay for about the same price as I paid for my Sapphire a few years ago. It hasn't got the pen with it, but I've been led to believe that mine should work with it. At least, that's what Wacom's website says.

The other option was for $20 more, a Sapphire that has the pen with it. I went with the Graphire, because it's supposed to be a bit better than the Sapphire, is a bit cheaper, and hopefully, my pen will work with it. If not, oh well. I'll buy a new pen, and hopefully my nibs will work with it. And if not, then damn.

ETA: Great. Wacom seem to have discontinued the felt nibs that I use. Does anyone know if the Intuos nibs will work in a Graphire pen?

Well

Mar. 1st, 2011 10:39 pm
oxfordtweed: (Depressed - H2G2)
Yes. Tablet ist kaput. Won't work on either computer. The little light just kind of does that thing where in the sci-fi film, the robot is dying, and his eye-lights kind of just barely flicker in his last few moments. My tablet is a distant cousin of Marvin the Paranoid Android. How have I not realised this before?

ANYWAY. Here's what I was working on when it packed up and left me.


Click to embiggen.

I can do a fair amount of inking in vector mode, which uses the mouse and keyboard. And if I'm really patient, I can use the mouse to do some of the remaining flats. As for the rest, it will be at the insanely optimistically best, a fortnight before I can consider replacing my tablet. Realistically, and unless I get really lucky and find something on eBay, I'm looking at having to save up for quite some time to afford something new.

Until then, I have a super cheap off-brand tablet in my closet that might still work. If the stabiliser doesn't work with this other tablet, I will not be finishing this piece for several months, as I need the stabiliser to ink and shade.

Fuck.

Fuck it

Feb. 24th, 2011 04:59 pm
oxfordtweed: (Joyce - FASCIST!)
Going to Best Buy. Getting a mouse that doesn't randomly disconnect when it feels like it. Track pads are evil, and mine is the worst of a bad lot.

Damnit

Feb. 12th, 2011 01:12 pm
oxfordtweed: (Animated - H2G2 Lemons)
It's the reinstalling of everything that I don't want to do. But, fine. Whatever. Here's a list of things I'll need to find the discs and crap for.

Semagic
Firefox
Thunderbird 2.0.0.24
Trillian
SmartFTP Client
Paint Tool SAI (may need a new licence)
Nero
Easy Thumbnails
PS CS3
PvZ
Tunebite
Fireworks 8
Security Essentials
Dynamic Photo HDR (may need a new license)
Microsoft Word
Security Essentials
Audacity
Livestrem Procaster
Seesmic
Wacom tablet driver

This is going to suck.

*SIGH*

Feb. 12th, 2011 12:31 pm
oxfordtweed: (Dr Who - Internet Burns)
Okay, seriously. I'm about this close to just giving up and doing a proper upgrade on the computer. It means I'll have to fucking reinstall EVERYTHING, and probably get a new license for SAI (damnit), but I am so sick of this thing playing up. Seriously, I'd love to know what Ryan does on this thing to get it so fucked up.

I know this thing can be salvaged, and aside from the glaring security issues, it's still in pretty good nick. I don't want to get something new already, when I just got a new laptop last month. That would just feel like over-indulgence. D:

Feh

Jan. 21st, 2011 03:43 am
oxfordtweed: (Yatta! - Hiro)
I couldn't get my video to play. Not fair.

Also, I have just remembered a very strange dream I had last night. Or rather, I have remembered part of it. There was something to do with my brothers (well, two of them anyway. I don't think Billy was there; Leo might have been though. So let's call it two and a half). I was trying to catch a bus, but Terry was trying to move out of his flat, and needed to raise $3M for repairs before he could turn in his keys. And Luke was doing something with comics. I don't think I caught my bus.

Maybe I'll fix supper shortly. Also, I am annoyed that Semagic won't load at all, now.

Wahey!

Jan. 20th, 2011 01:08 pm
oxfordtweed: Nicholas Angel holding a peace lily and looking sad about it (Peace Lily - Nicholas)
New post from my new netbook!

It's going to take a bit of getting used to, since this whole thing is only half the width of my desktop keyboard. But new netbook!

I gave in

Jan. 20th, 2011 05:34 am
oxfordtweed: (OMG - Tim)
Got myself a new netbook yesterday. I'm sick of the desktop, for several reasons. I don't really do anything much beyond muck about on LJ and write, so I think a netbook will be a better fit.

I'm not on it yet. I'm still waiting for UPS' working hours to begin, so they can deliver it. And then I'm off to Best Buy to get a new wireless router so that I'm not confined to the sofa (like I am now, when I use the desktop).

But that's what today will be spent doing. Getting that thing all set up and moving some of my more important stuff over. Luckily, most of it is already on DVDs from my recent adventures in system back-up, so it's mostly just my documents and music, since I can't remember what's new since I backed all that stuff up.


The next thing on my list of things to get is a small kitchen table, to put by the window.

eurrrrrrgh

Dec. 8th, 2010 09:23 pm
oxfordtweed: (Watson - WTF)
At this moment, I have 185 gigabytes worth of assorted data to back-up. I have 30 DVDs remaining, which have been failing at a rate of about 1/3, so I realistically have probably closer to 20 DVDs. I really hate having to pick and choose what I want to save. And even without such a huge fail rate, I'd still need about ten more than I have.

As of this typing, I have been working at backing stuff up for about 13 hours. Maintaining the rate I've been going today, I can probably finish sometime around probably 2:00-3:00 tomorrow afternoon. And then I get to completely to a full system reformat, which hopefully does not just catastrophically fail.

I want my email back. I want my sound back. I want to get out of fucking safe mode and away from 800x600 resolution. I want this thing to stop shitting all over itself every time I ask it to do anything beyond opening Firefox (which is, apparently, even occasionally too much to ask).

I need to go to bed.
oxfordtweed: (Default)
So. I was never able to get Windows 7 installed. Twice, I went through the process, and twice, it aborted itself halfway through. So, I'm still running Vista.

Annoyingly, I can get into the 'extra' login on the computer, and everything works just fine. The main one, though. Somehow fucked. It blue screens, and freezes, and is trying to give me an aneurysm or something.

Luckily, the second login on the computer is able to do everything except run Trillian or Thunderbird, for reasons I am not even going to begin to try to fathom. It can, however, run virus and malware scans, which is what I've spent the day doing so far. And since I can't run Trillian or Thunderbird, there's very little reason to actually be on the computer. So, my day has been spent largely listening to the Velvets and giving the kitchen a good, deep scrub. The kitchen looks fucking amazing, now. I don't think it's been this shiny since we moved in. I'll probably move onto the bathroom next, depending on how long this system scan takes, and whether or not I'm able to get into the main account afterward. If it is, fantastic! I'll make myself some cucumber sandwiches and spend the rest of the evening pretending to be a vegetable in front of the computer.

If it doesn't work, then.... well, I have a plan. It's a terrible, annoying plan and I loathe to do it, but it's so far the only other plan I have.

I've determined that the issue with installing Windows 7 lies with the install disc I have. There's a flaw, small but visible, in the inner third of the disc. I cannot afford to purchase a copy, because I need to fix the Xbox, which will cost just as much. I do, however, have the means by which to burn every single fucking file I have to DVD, and perform a full system wipe and reinstall. I don't want to do this. It's a nightmare, and I really, really, really don't want to go through the hassle of putting everything BACK onto the computer when I'm done. But, whatever. If I have to, I will.

If I'm not online by tomorrow, this is exactly what's happening.



Also, it would appear that the kitchen tap is now dripping. FANTASTIC.

So, yeah

Aug. 13th, 2010 11:45 am
oxfordtweed: (Halp! - Residents)
Some of you may have recently been subject to my complaining about my keyboard. In particular, how it was missing keys, didn't register keystrokes when there were keys in that spot, and was just being an all-around dick. The most annoying display of dickery was by far when the keys would stick. I'm not sure which key it is, but one of them would stick and cause the bookmarks menu in Firefox to pop up, and then go away, and then pop back up, and then go away, sometimes in rapid succession at rates of multiple times a second.

Add to that the fact that I needed to replace the batteries on a weekly basis, it was starting to go too far.

I hang out on JigZone a lot, and the whole bookmark menu popping up screws with everything over there, so I got fed up and took the batteries out (because who needs a keyboard when they're doing a puzzle?), which stops the bookmark problem.

Only when I finished the puzzle and put the batteries back in, I couldn't get the keyboard to turn back on. Like, at all. So I had to wait until 10am for Best Buy to open, and got to go over there to get a new keyboard. Which almost didn't happen. Apparently no one actually uses ergonomic keyboards any more, so they don't really make them any more. Now, I've been using them for so long, that using a standard "straight" keyboard hurts my wrists, and I can't ever find the keys I need. Also, I wanted something cordless, because I don't have a desk. I have a coffee table and a sofa.

I had to ask someone if they had the sort of split keyboard design that I was looking for. They had one, tucked away in a corner somewhere. It's not cordless, but that just means I won't be buying batteries all the time.


Also, I've just discovered that the zoom function will increase the font size for me in Semagic. Which is great, because again, I have a sofa and a coffee table, so I'm really far away from my monitor, and need large fonts to be able to read the screen comfortably.


The break in this keyboard isn't as extreme as my old one, so I'm still sort of getting used to it, but overall, I like it. I'm having trouble finding the shift key sometimes, but give me a few hours, and I'll get the hang of it. The space bar is funny, too. Mainly just because it's huge, though.
oxfordtweed: (Futurama - Penn-in-a-jar)
It's not even midday, but today's been fairly interesting.

This morning, I decided that I'm sick of having more DVDs than I have shelves. So, I loaded up as many DVDs as I could manage (still leaving at least half of the collection on the shelves), and took them down to the pawn shop. At 50ยข each, I came home with $130. Holy fuck, that was a lot of DVDs. And now I have space for even more!

lol not. Netflix has eaten our souls, and that's where we've been getting most of our movies from. The only DVDs I've purchased lately are the sorts of things even Netflix won't carry.


On my way to the pawn shop, my dad rang me, because his Blu-Ray player has fucked up, making it impossible to get to Netflix (because I totally got him addicted last month. Whoops). Since I was lugging a bunch of DVDs to the pawn shop, I told him I'd call him when I got home. When that came about, he was apparently still having issues with it. My dad is one of the most technologically inept people on the planet. It so bad. So after about a half hour of getting nowhere, I just told him to turn off his power strip. His modem, as well as the BD Player (amongst a few other things, but they are not important right now) are plugged into it, so we pretty much killed two birds with one stone and rebooted both the modem and the BD Player at once.

I'm not sure which it was, but one of them was the problem. Netflix is working again. And now, he knows why the red button on his power strip is useful.


And now, I am going shopping. I hope that I don't explode.
oxfordtweed: (Lick - Conan and Andy)
Okay, no Avant Garde music, memes, or bitching about feminists.

Some of you may have seen mentions made in comments or in chats about possibly trying to go back to school. After a year (seriously) of dicking around with FAFSA, I was finally able to get my PIN reset and apply for student aid. CSN is just up on Charleston, and isn't too incredibly far away. And I'm only a few blocks away from UNLV, should I need to transfer there in the future. My plan is to go do all the placement testing and speak with an advisor next week. But I'm all applied and (hopefully) funded, and I've gone through the pain-in-the-rear PDF course list (seriously. PDFs are nice, but they grind my browser to a halt). It looks like I can do most of my program at CSN, but again, I'm not totally sure.

In other news, I've been acting as my dad's personal tech support agent today. Apparently his internet went out last night, and he started freaking out when it didn't come back on today. After about 20 minutes of walking him through power-cycling, and pinging Google directly (because Google's never down, so I always ping them), we determined that Comcast should be able to reset his connection from their end.

Or not.

He got a recording when he rang them about how internet is down until further notice, basically. I'd ask if folks in the Milwaukie area on Comcast have internet, but that would be pointed, since those affected won't be able to access LJ. So, those who aren't on Comcast, particularly in the Milwaukie area: have you heard anything about an outage?

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