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it’s gone

Opened the old PS3, cleaned and re-applied thermal paste on the cpu and gpu, and the YLOD persists along with the faint smell of burning metal. The PS3 turns on momentarily, then turns off. No bios. Nothing. Oh well, I tried. Don’t think it’s worth sending it to Sony. Just have to wait until I can get another for cheap in the future. And I know I should, as I have much invested in my PSN account-On PS3 and for PSP/Vita.

At least now I have a spare 40gb hdd that I can use for I have no idea. >.>  

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fix

Well, this morning I applied for another non-secured credit card-For emergencies. The initial one didn’t approve. Hope this one does. Don’t have enough money to put into a secured card one at the moment. 

This may well be the only post I have up today-Reason being implied from the last post.

In keeping busy, I will attempt to fix my old fat 40gb PS3 that seems to have overheating issues. It stays on for perhaps a good 10 minutes (as it warms up) then turns off. Should have done this a long time ago. Fortunately I have a bunch of left over Arctic Silver thermal compound; Just need to run out and get some rubbing alcohol to clean up the residual old compound. And so off I go.

Hopefully this works. It would be nice to have a PS3 again.

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immobile

Funny how things work out. After all the fuss of finally resurrecting that old laptop to proper working order, and realizing that I can sit anywhere and write-I now find my mother in the Philippines is need of a laptop herself. And so I decided to send it back to my sister (the original owner) who will bring it to our mother later this month. 

Here I am, at home writing this posting via the WordPress web based text editor as opposed to Word or OpenOffice-Usually I prefer to save each post as a hard copy. I am very happy to help my mother and my sister who would have probably spent a hundred or so on a similarly spec’d laptop locally. Yet at the same time, I’m a bit …depressed.

This morning, instead of doing my usual writing gig at Starbucks with that laptop, I spent the time getting it ready to ship. I know it’s silly to moan about such a petty thing. After all, that old laptop (despite the fix and ram upgrade) really is on its last legs of usefulness-But there was something compelling about using it in the way I had planned. A faithful old horse still able to ride-It could have been the instrument used to complete an assortment of writing projects-Such as my first novel, or screenplays; Other than just this blog. Yeah… it is a silly thought.

Well, I guess now I have other options now. 1) Save up to try and get that spiffy Asus Q200e 2) Get a replacement motherboard for my underused gaming desktop and start hauling the monster Asus G75 around. 3) Try and find another old and used laptop.

Replacing that motherboard seems to be the cheapest course of action. Altho ideally I would want to get a far more capable gaming motherboard instead. 

Meh… 

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mobile

It works! The new laptop lcd inverter works! Not without its problems tho.

First off, it is not exactly the same as the stock inverter-It is perhaps a half centimeter longer, and so it’s a tight fit to get the bezel to snap back into  place.

Secondly, the inverter was packed rather poorly. As I used my scissors to cut the padded manila envelop open, I accidentally cut into the PC board and one of the connectors. Why the company decided to just toss in the inverter without any protection (other than the envelope) kind of confuses me. Fortunately I didn’t damage any of the leads.

So there we have it, a fully resurrected Compaq V2000/V2135US. About forty dollars total and a bunch of time spent. I am now fully mobile with my writing/blogging. Just have to be near a wifi connection in order to upload. I may add the option of wifi tethering through my phone.

Perhaps the best part is I now don’t have to worry about spending money on a new tablet or laptop. I may however upgrade to a speedier 7200rpm HDD over the stock 4200rpm;Also exploring the idea of an IDE Solid-State Drive, but I know they tend to not be friendly with Windows XP.

I am content for now.

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don’t wanna

…go back to work. 10 more hours off.

It’s funny how time flies when you’re having fun, yet still aware that there is a countdown until it’s over. 

In other news, it has been decided that my friend, Jeff and I shall hang out next Wednesday in Santa Clara. Looking forward to that, and hoping I can hang on to the little money I have left from my minuscule paycheck to fund the drive and food and possible movie entrance (Thor 2).

Finally, my laptop lcd inverter is out for delivery. Hope it works. Really really really hope it works. 

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ding dong

My current night/freight manager at green hell is soon to leave, moving back home to Portland, Oregon-Is also being transferred to a green hell distribution facility.

Now I’ve done my share of blogs on this manager, and have made known some problems I have had with that person and the job in general. At times it is all complete and utter rubbish.

That said, I know this person means well. At times they have a hard time controlling their emotion-At times it may well be justified. This person I might add has a rather intense case of obsessive compulsive disorder. While that neurosis may at times be advantageous to this type of work (stocking), it doesn’t venture to be acceptable in a management position in control of a group of individuals unwilling to adapt completely-At least that is what I have observed over these last two months.

Yeah…

Again, I know this person means well. There are times where they are quite enjoyable indeed. I do have this person to thank at the very least for teaching me the basics.

So I wish this person good luck in their transition and farewell.

 

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annoyance – card payments

Something I really hate-

The amount of questions and requests you have to answer to make a card purchase in stores. 

  1. Enter/slide membership card

  2. Slide your payment card

  3. Credit/debit?

  4. Would you like to donate to whatever the fek?

  5. Would you like cash back?

  6. Is the amount correct?

And then finally you have to wait for the cashier to finalize the payment!

Sneckin’ hell! It’s almost like wasting your life away at a traffic light.

Woh! The convenience of not having to carry cash!

Perhaps I should return to cash handling.

Perhaps I’m just a moron for letting such a minor issue annoy me.

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owing up

My bankruptcy has finished processing. My debt of some twenty thousand dollars (much of it interest… I believe) is dismissed, done, gone, over, good-bye, au revoir, arrivederci, set course for Starbase omega, engage!

Can you tell that I am excited?

Well yes, I am relieved. What can be dismissed-IS. However there is still the matter of student loans. Et sic, I am not out of IT quite yet. Additionally, my father’s wife helped pay for the bankruptcy filing-Some six-hundred dollars, as did my sister at half that amount. I am slowly paying it all off now that I have a job. Knocked it down to five-hundred-forty (to my fathers wife) and am continually paying in sixty-dollar sums each month-Or at least attempting to.

As I’ve mentioned, I don’t make much income at all at green hell. Need to remedy that some how.

What I definitely do not need to do is start thinking I have buying power again. I really don’t. Going bankrupt obviously affects ones credit history. I can apply for a credit card or a loan, but the interest would be sky high. Why do think I can attempt to finance a new tablet or laptop, even a cheap two-hundred or so dollar ones. Why am I spending time researching these possibilities when realistically I know I can’t afford an extra fifty-dollars-a-month payment.

Old habits are hard to break, I suppose. As a techie person, I want to keep up with advancing hardware. Yet after this bankruptcy fiasco, I know shouldn’t, and I know I can’t. There is no justification in trying to purchase newer and nice consumer conveniences. I just can’t. I simply can not go in-debt again-At least not anytime soon.

I almost took the plunge to purchase (via credit) a new two-hundred-fifty dollar or so android tablet. It was so immensely temping. Thankfully my best friend Jeff stepped in and told me it wasn’t a good idea, after I presented my situation to him. As I’ve said before, he is a good voice of reason to me.

And so that became the main reason as to why I was away from blogging on here-Trying to get this old laptop to work at optimum level through basic upgrades-In course nullifying the potential shoppers remorse. Haha!

I truly hate money, and I truly hate myself for wasting money which I did not truly have.

At least I know now that I can control my tendency to justify and follow through with a purchase. If anything, the bankruptcy has provided me with a good sense of monetary responsibility.

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday, Old Friend

Today, I’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to my best friend, Jeff.

Happy Bursting Out of the Uterus Day!

I met Jeff during highschool in Salinas. I first noticed him sketching out Vampire Hunter D during our freshman English class. He was surprised I knew who D was. I was a big anime fan. At that time anime was just starting to pic up from a very niche corner of the video store. In any case, from that sketch we hit it off.

There is much to thank Jeff for over these years. We had many weird adventures together. He is often the voice of reason through much of what I’ve been and am still going through and I’d rather not imagine what my life might have become without his presence.

Thank you, Jeff. Happy Birthday, my old friend!

And Hello to Ezzie, his girlfriend whom I also have grown to adore. Take care of each other.