April 12th, 2007


Wow ...

I put one of those "visitor map" things over on my LibraryThing profile page, and some days it's amazing to see where folks who have bothered to look at my info are from! here's the listing from the past 24 hours:
Chicago, IL, United States Thu, 12 Apr 2007 07:24:52 -0500
Loughgur Cross, Ireland Thu, 12 Apr 2007 02:05:20 -0500
Auckland, New Zealand Wed, 11 Apr 2007 21:38:13 -0500
San Diego, CA, United States Wed, 11 Apr 2007 16:29:50 -0500
Kent, OH, United States Wed, 11 Apr 2007 15:02:29 -0500
Richmond, VA, United States Wed, 11 Apr 2007 14:50:38 -0500
Berkeley, CA, United States Wed, 11 Apr 2007 14:03:34 -0500
Johannesburg, South Africa Wed, 11 Apr 2007 11:44:09 -0500
New York, NY, United States Wed, 11 Apr 2007 11:16:59 -0500
Bombay, India Wed, 11 Apr 2007 10:54:22 -0500
Denver, CO, United States Wed, 11 Apr 2007 08:31:27 -0500
Brampton, ON, Canada Wed, 11 Apr 2007 08:27:11 -0500
... it's pretty cool having visitors from five different continents in a day!

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Why, lookie that ... a POEM?

Don't worry ... it's nothing new ... I've had this scrap of paper sitting around on my desk since mid-November waiting for me to get into such a deep state of "avoidance" (yeah, I have phone calls to make) that typing up a poem, doing the recording, and posting it all up here for your amusement would seem like a good use of my time. Guess what?

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Ah, it feels good to get that off my "to-do" list!

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Damn ...

I'm still trying to figure out that damn SecondLife thing ... but the Video Card shit is just making me NUTS.

First, I try to get on, am told that my "integrated graphics" aren't good enough for SecondLife. I see that "Radeon" or "GeForce" cards work, so I go buy a video card (for, frankly, more than I wanted to throw at SecondLife), a Radeon 7000. I then try to get on SecondLife, and it's not working either. I contact them and they tell me that the 7000 is likewise "not good enough". Frankly, I'm not a "gamer", so I've never had a need for a video card, so I have no clue what the various "levels" of the bazillion cards out there mean! Finally, they point me to something on their site which says:
* nVidia GeForce 2, GeForce 4mx, or better
* OR ATI Radeon 8500, 9250, or better
... which really doesn't tell me anything! Since I had bad luck with a Radeon card, I go look for a GeForce card, and see a "GeForce FX 5200" at about the price point I'd be willing to pay. So I write their support people and ask if that card "is good enough" for SecondLife. Today I hear back from them that while that card is supported, it's not "recommended", and they list NEW specs (above and beyond what's on the site!):
o nVidia GeForce FX 5600, GeForce 6600, or better
o OR ATI Radeon 9600, X600, or better
... which only confused me, since NONE of these numbers show up in the cards I've been looking at (I've opted for AGP cards, so as to not waste a PCI slot). I wrote back asking "Would a GeForce 6200a or 6200se be "better" than a GeForce FX 5600 but not as good as a GeForce 6600?" but I've not heard anything from them.

Anybody out there know about these goddamn video cards???

I mean, come on ... how hard would it be for them to do a comprehensive listing of available video cards (if even just cribbed from the TigerDirect, NewEgg, etc. sites) and do a simple table of "supported" or "not supported"? I've had computers of various types for 26 years (going back to the Sinclair ZX-81) and I've never had this much insanity over an upgrade!

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