Lucky number 7

So it’s that time again, the new Windows 7 public preview as been made available. I’ve been following it’s progressed by installing the leaked betas on aVM to test them out but that’s always slow and doesn’t make you take your feet of familiar ground (my tuned XP desktop) to really get to know the OS, so i felt it was time to jump in on the public beta and try and use it as a main OS for a month.

One thing I think needs to be clear, Windows 7 is Windows Vista plus polish, Vista had a difficult birth, suffering from numerous issues and that showed in the final product, vista was released as a ghost of what was “promised” and riddled with performance issues and driver issues from the get go, at it’s core it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t what I and allot of people were expecting, as such I gave it a pass and stayed with XP. But stay in the “past” forever isn’t usualy a good idea so I had to see if Windows 7 was ready for me.

First hurdle was the install, Windows 7 comes on a DVD, not having any kind of optical drive in my computer for a few years now (with a fast Internet connection and a big enough hdd it becomes pointless) I had to figure out how to install it without one, odds would have it Microsoft as made it very easy to make a Windows 7 install USB pen/HDD. So following some instructions I proceeded to install it without no issues on a side partition I save for alternative OS’s, score one for Windows 7.

But eventually it came time to setup my screen cloning and that’s were things went bad for Windows 7, or maybe should I say nvidia. It seems that the nvidia drivers available no longer support cloning with screen spanning, as such I’m unable to have cloning and native resolution on my main screen since it limits it to the maximum resolution both monitors can support. I tried installing Vista drivers, using UltraMon but Vista drivers didn’t have a working control panel and UltraMon didn’t even manage to start, so as far as trying out Windows 7 Beta that was it for me, just not willing to give up the convenience of my screen clone setup for Windows 7, hopefully drivers will get better as Windows 7 aproaches final and I’ll try it again.

From the few minutes I used it some I liked, the aditions to windows managing and the show desktop corner button seem great ideas even if it seems it will take some getting used to, the new taskbar however asn’t fully convinced me yeat but without everyday use I can’t really say for sure, some of my friends with simpler setups are trying it out as well so at least I’ll get to know all the kinks of it anyways for round 2…

Update: Got UltraMon to work by folowing some instructions in the forums, although mirrowing worked it proved very cpu intencive (40% cpu usage) and as such unviable.

To a special lady

Sometimes people fail to see how precious and beautiful something can be because it’s got a little dirt in it, a mud covered diamond is still a diamond, and sometimes that quirky person you always ignore might be awesome, but you never took the time to get to know her. Recently I’ve seen a perfect example of it in this (view) episode of the Boondocks.

I’ll be the first to admit that this episode made me feel depressed, maybe it struck a bit too close to home. I couldn’t help wish I could of prevented it some way… I really hope the real Luna’s in the world find what their heart desires and don’t sucumb to the loneliness and pain… ’cause at least we can always be alone together ๐Ÿ™ .

The year of the zombie

Indeed this is the year of the zombie, not only in wow with the incoming wrath of the litch king master of the undead scourge but also with Left 4 Dead trying to survive in a semi-destroyed city full of itโ€™s former citizens obsessed with fresh brains.

But wile the invasion of the scourge is 5 days away me and some friends tried to make our way out of a hell, one bullet at a timeโ€ฆ Our adventure started with getting together in a server, match making was new to me but it worked good enough, trouble was when we tried to get a game going wile using the split screen hack (would be awesome if valve made it an actual PC option), we wished we had a server browser then we did ๐Ÿ™

Moving in to the gameplay itself I must say I expected nothing less from valve, zombies coming from every side people screaming in desperation for help and the blood chilling click of an empty chamber of a gun without bullets…

Itโ€™s truly gona be awesome surviving with friends when itโ€™s out ๐Ÿ™‚ …

Update: Try it on the hardest setting for the real “zombies are gona get us” experience.

Dusting the blog

Wile dusting the blog and making sure the removal of Markdown hadn’t left any post unreadable (lucky for me I don’t post all that much hum) I came across this and this. Oddest thing about it was that I bothered transcribing them but never publishing them, silly me.

Anyways markdown is off with the help a this markdown page and a bit of manual labor, I spose I could of made a php hack to do it on the go to the database but since it was just a few posts I ended up doing it by hand, silly me i spose.

PS: So far wordpress html editor seems much improved, not bad…

Impending Storm

It’s coming, an euphoric feeling that I can’t really explain or justify. I’d suspect this is a bit how drug addicts might feel, I’m of course talking of the to-be-released in a few days WoW expansion. In all likeliness all this madness will go away once it’s finally released but it’s still pretty ridiculous I can get hyped like this on my own.

So I worry a bit, I’m getting as much done now as I can now since in the leveling frenzy, the social trappings of wow might sink their claws in me and not so easily release when more important work needs doing.

Whish me luck, I think i might need it ๐Ÿ™‚