dcomic 464


I’ve been unusually tired these days despite getting a bit more sleep than usual (I’d venture up to 8 as opposed to 6 to 7) so I haven’t really felt like doing anything drawing wise. The panels for 482 have been put down for at least a week and nothing has come of it. I actually wasn’t even going to write anything today, but I’ve got a bit of free time here between classes.

… not that there’s really anything to say. Since I haven’t really felt like doing anything terribly productive, I’ve figured that I might as well put the downtime to good use by spamming some anime; I went through the rest of Justin’s Binchotan and all of Magical Pokan and I’m going to get cracking on Canvas. This is of course assuming that I continue to feel like not doing anything, which is actually looking unlikely seeing that I’ve started writing this damn paper that’s due in two weeks and am writing this update here and now.

Binchotan was weak. I didn’t like it. Magical Pokan, on the other hand, was quite entertaining. I think part of the reason I don’t watch completed series anymore is that I have a tendency to spam them (or maybe it’s the other way around: when I want to spam a series I tend to watch complete series). This season I’m also following Allison to Lillia, Code Geass 2, Druaga, Kurenai, and Nabari no Ou. Not too much going on recently.

Interesting point with Magical Pokan was that I actually got a true full-screen viewing on my TC4200, meaning it just happened to have a 4:3 aspect ratio. Apparently we don’t get much of that these days; even widescreen seems to be less than the 8:5 ratio on my D830. I dunno why nobody decided to standardize TV and notebook screen aspect ratios; my general sentiment is that the industry is generally stupid that way.

Either Tokyopop is being an ass with their releases or Borders is being an ass with their updates, but not seeing any sort of manga turnover at my local Borders after about a month is somewhat annoying. Sunnyvale Border’s doesn’t seem to have too much of a larger selection these days either. Blah.

I went to the “local” Micro Center and I was surprised to what I found: 3.5 inch to 2.5 inch drive bay adapters for only four dollars a piece! Previously I haven’t seen such a thing for less than fourteen, which is absolutely ridiculous considering it’s just a piece of metal with some holes in it. Yes I could make my own, no I wouldn’t want to and I’d still need a 3.5 inch to 2.5 ATA adapter which is like three dollars on its own.

I’ve been looking to move Colette to notebook hard drives for a while now largely due to noise. Both desktop and notebook drives seem to vary a lot with respect to noise output, but on average notebook drives are a lot quieter. With a modern notebook drive I’d even be getting a speed boost compared to my old Maxtor drive. The problem is that nobody seems to sell 7200rpm 2.5″ ATA drives anymore, which is downright annoying. And it’s not just retailers, it’s ebay as well. I don’t really mind the lower transfer speeds of 5400rpm drives, but I’d like some better seek times which are already the worse of HDD bottlenecks.

Wish there was a Micro Center near me. Fry’s has a smaller selection and they’re more expensive. Newegg has tax in California which is the most annoying thing ever, specially when you have to pay that tax ontop of shipping. Buying small items is totally not worthwhile.

Anyways, I was going to comment that it might be J’s record for missing an update, but that’s actually in the two years between 64 and 155. My record is actually a lot flakier; it might actually be the current run between 158 and now. Actually, just did some counting, it’s actually the gap between 76 and 145.

Ok that’s it.


dcomic 463


462 up, 481 drawn.

So Colette had an interesting hiccup this weekend (something to do with the Apache server, though I have no idea what; all I know is that it made a log file 9GB long o_O It looks like it decided to keep reporting some error over and over and over again…) so I rebooted her for the first time in about a month (about 24 days online!) and decided to install XP SP2. For the first time ever, all my computers are running “up-to-date”.

Honestly I never had a problem with SP1 and since the Dell OEM cD I usually do installations with only came with SP1 I didn’t bother to update for the majority of the past two or so years. Plus, SP2 used to crash my 500m in standby so naturally I’d try to steer clear. There are other reasons which are shadier, so I don’t think I’ll mention ’em.

Like a good friend of mine is considering switching to Mac for the duration of his college whatever-it-is-you-do-at-college for the increased “stability” and “security” of the Mac platform over Wintel (specifically XP). Now I don’t really like the Apple company for a variety of reasons, but I will tell you that you should probably buy their stock because it will probably go up as Vista seems to be pushing John Does away from the Wintel platform. I don’t really like the direction M$ is going either; I think they should stick with their core competency. Software dammit. They need to get off Google’s ass and show those Leopard and Penguin people a real OS.

They say the introduction of Vista parallels that of XP and I will agree to an extent. I myself ran with 1998 (and not even SE) up through the prototypical days of the NWars site (2004ish?) before 98 really didn’t want to work with my (new at that time!) 500m. I mean, XP was indeed bloated compared to 98. The reactionary in me didn’t let me switch until I had to. It’s hard to tell if the general resistance to Vista is comparable or greater than the general resistance to XP, but whatever.

But I’ve had a good experience with XP these past 4 years. By the time of the 500m, something like two years after the release of XP, it was already pretty good. I didn’t really mind switching (we’ll see if that’s the case with Vista in 2009!). Besides my SP2 standby BSoD (arguably caused by crappy Intel 855GM drivers) it was pretty stable too. I mean, I’ve had a BSoDs since then, but the vast majority have been due to overclocking/undervolting tinkering rather than anything to do with the OS itself.

And security? I’ve been adamant that viruses can be prevented solely by means of smart browsing and so far the theory hasn’t failed me. I’ve never touched a piece of antiviral software (save for the good old HiJackThis) in all my years of running XP and I’ve gotten maybe 1 or 2 infections that warranted a reformat. Call it luck, but I think there’s a degree of truth behind the theory if it’s been generally holding water for the better part of four years.

XP SP3 was released to manufacturers last a few days ago. Various flavors will be available to the public in a matter of days as well. I was using a beta on the 500m before I switched over to the TC4200 and there wasn’t anything terribly special about it. It was hard to verify the existence of the mythical 10% increase in performance when your computer is only used for word processing and internet. I’d also upraded the 500m to a 5400rpm drive in the middle of last year so any previous experience with the machine isn’t terribly comparable.

I recently noticed that some of my XP installations didn’t like to boot with a flash drive plugged in. This used to happen to me all the time when I first moved up to XP, but somewhere along the way it stopped happening or I stopped noticing. The issue arose again when I switched to a phone that could be charge by USB and act as a USB flash drive thanks to the installed MicroSD card (which is hella slow I might add). Maybe it’s just because of my extensive use of standby these recent years.

The inconvenience of shuffling large amounts of data between Colette and either of my two laptops via network, internet or 1GB USB stick finally became great enough such that I invested in a USB HDD enclosure. I used the Hitachi drive which I pulled from the TC4200 (though I might switch back; the Fujitsu drive makes a lot of noise, and the battery increase isn’t significant) and a cheap (but nice looking) Coolermaster enclosure. The drive will usually run with a single USB jack which is real nice. Previously any large file transfers I did were with an old 12GB IBM desktop drive using an IDE/USB adapter and (yet another) power supply.

This led me to move a lot of unused and yet-to-be-archived stuff off my D830 and Colette, leading to my now having nearly 60GB free on the former machine. That’s pretty slick. It also finally prompted me to rearrange my anime music collection which has been on my to-do list for a very long time. I finally standardized it such that one playlist will work on any computer with the same music file structure (assuming the actual music structure components are there) which is nice.

Ok I actually wasn’t going to write anything this time, but look what happened.

J190 – Two More Paintchats

[4/13/2008] These are the paintchats that Derek refers to in his rant. (The theme of the first one was “hawtness”, hence the arrow on mine.)

For the second one, the theme I gave Derek was to build off of my last update. I asked him if he wanted to hand me anything, but he didn’t. So I just drew whatever. The girl I drew is the locomotive Union Pacific 844. Not sure why the colors all wound up so light this time. Anyway, the lower drawing of her is during her “glory days”, and the top image is afterwards (I had intended to expand to the right, but Derek’s drawing was occupying that space. (I realize now I probably should have drawn in her right arm; it’s not supposed to be missing.)

Blah, swamped with work. Hooray for incoming 4-day weekend…