Category Archives: Geekery

A fresh set of eyes

Sorry I haven’t blogged in 13 days my faithful followers. I needed time to get my new computer tweaked out nicely, and tested it thoroughly with a heavy dose of gaming. I played the Secret World pretty hard for a bit. That game has the best stories and voice acting of any mmo I’ve played.

It was a good thing I did too, as I decided to kick Windows 8 to the curb and only use Vista for my windows OS. (Yes, I hate 8 more than I do Vista.) Netrunner linux is still my primary OS though. I spent the last two days re-installing my OS’s and the accompanying software.

I have had to take time to look for immediately paying work as well: whoever has romanticized the idea of the “starving artist” clearly hasn’t starved before.

But now I’m going through my work and revising with a fresh set of eyes. It is absolutely essential to put a little distance between yourself and your work once in a while: it helps you keep perspective when you get back to it. I am seeing so many little things to fix. It’s going to be better for this. Be patient with me please: I promise I will finish before the end of the year!


Building a new writing machine today

Well today I am getting an AMD A4 6300 Richland APU and an ASRock FM2A78M-HD FM2+/FM2 AMD A78 (Bolton D3) Motherboard to go with it. This will be a significant upgrade to the computer I am currently working with.

I have built several custom computers for myself, for friends and customers. I used to do IT at the store I worked at before I started writing my book.

But today will be interesting, I will for the first time ever be setting up a computer to triple-boot. I have setup machines to dual-boot operating systems before. This will also be a new adventure because I will be trying to set up grub 2.2 as my primary boot-loader. Easy BCD works for setting that up, but I’d like to have my setup as seamless as possible.

I will start by installing Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit. You might wonder; “Why would you install that operating system at all?” The answer is this: Vista had the best movie maker out of all the windows, as well as the best DVD maker. I still have some visions for videos I want to make real on Youtube, and I’ll use this install for video editing only. I will put an 80 gb partition on my 750 gb WD HD.

The second install I will be making is Windows 8 64 bit on a 260 GB partition on the same drive. I will use this for playing the games that either I have had difficulty making them work correctly in Wine, or do not have native Linux support.

The remainder of the hard drive will be used to install Linux Netrunner 64 bit. That is What I am using right now. I have fallen in love with this distribution and have been using it exclusively since June. This will be my primary system for all of the daily work I do, web browsing, writing, playing native Linux games and using the other programs I have been able to make work flawlessly in wine.

I will be cleaning my case thoroughly after UPS brings me my parts today. I will be taking my old parts and making a backup Linux only machine to have on my shelf just in case I need it.

All data has been backed up, I am just waiting for UPS to get here now lol. GET HERE FASTER!!!!