Monthly Archives: January 2008

Windows…

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    Speaking of the comic, I have some news about it. The first is that I’ll be doing it almost completely in Pencil. Inking just ruins it, and coloring just takes too long. In pencil, I can also add much more detail, which won’t be lost by inking. The panels will be way bigger, and more detailed than ever. I have a great story all written up for at least 3 months forward.

Also, I’m glad it’s 2008. That idiotic president Bush will finally be replaced, hopefully by someone better.

Warning– Below is a whole load of technical stuff. You can skip it without missing out on too much.

Since my goal is to make my site cross-browser compatible, it makes sense to test it on other systems. Several days ago, I dug out my old Windows-based laptop, in order to test IE 7. But no, it wasn’t that simple. In order to get IE 7, I had to install XP SP2. Thinking that this wouldn’t take long, I went to Microsoft Update. But that wasn’t the end of it. Microsoft Update made me install “Genuine Advantage,” which is a piece of spyware that MS uses to make sure that your Windows is “valid”(As if there are people who waste their time downloading it off of Pirate Bay). My computer passed validation, so I moved on to the next step. I downloaded SP2(~200mb), and started installing it. Halfway through installation, it stopped, and exclaimed “access denied.” I tried downloading SP2 from another source, thinking that the file was corrupt. After re-downloading, the same error occurred. Turns out I would have to re-install XP SP1 to be able to download SP2. My old computer still doesn’t have SP2, nor does it have IE 7. The site works decently on IE 6, but I’m not too thrilled about having to rewrite all of my CSS to IE 6’s f***ed up standards. So if you see any errors while using IE 6, don’t even bother telling me. Just do the right thing and download Firefox or Safari. Continuing on the topic of Internet browsers, the site works perfectly on Linux, also. In fact, the site will work on any browser that supports the CSS standards.

Another thing that’s been bothering me are Dells. They’re cheap, and they run Windows. Which is exactly why the Board of Education buys them. Dells are ugly, and their performance is lacking. Of course, the BOE thinks with their wallets, and not with their brains. I recently went to an open house at Mark Twain(don’t ask why), and I was rather angry at what I saw. They had Dells, but that wasn’t the worst of it. Even among Windows computers, there are better computers than Dells. Anyway, I also saw Power Mac G3’s and G4’s in the closets, being used as shelves. Even compared to the latest Dell models, Power Macs are still way faster, not to mention that they run OS X, which is a clearly better system. Many people I ask say that Macs are overpriced. They are not. Back in the days when an average Mac cost $5000, they were overpriced. As of 2008, you can get a powerful MacBook for around $1200. I understand the crack addicts gamers can’t use Macs, but what about the rest of the population? For e-mail, and MySpace browsing, a Mac would be better, because they don’t get viruses. And don’t even start saying that BS about less programs for Mac. Most software, such as MS Word and the Adobe CS3 software, is available for the same price as their Windows counterparts. Macs also look a hell of a lot better than Dells. If you buy a Mac, you can expect it to last for at least 5 years without problems. People say that Macs are too hard to use, but actually, Macs were created to be easy to use. Partly to blame for this is the steady decline of the average intelligence of the American. MySpace, and other forms of social-networking has destroyed everyone’s brain cells.

And how could I forget about Linux? Ubuntu 7.10 came out recently. 8.04 will come out sometime in April. I’ll wait for that one, because 7.10 doesn’t have any major updates that are worth upgrading. I have also recently used my Ubuntu 7.04 LiveCD to recover files from a corrupted Windows computer, so it’s pretty useful.

Technical Stuff…

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Well, this post is going to contain some pretty technical stuff. If you can’t handle computer terms, or just don’t get technology, you can skip this post without missing out too much.

First things first. Apple has released their MacBook Air!

MacBook Air!

Link to Apple Website

It is rather awesome, but having only one USB port is kind of limiting. The other specifications are rather impressive. 80gb HD, 1 mini DVI-out, and an audio out port. It has no firewire port, nor does it have an express-card slot. Plus, it’s so thin, it might break when I try to hit someone with it. It starts out for $1799, but if you add a solid-state HD, the price goes over $3000. My MacBook Pro only cost me $2000, yet it’s just as portable as the MacBook Air.

My site has also been having some problems. The forums had gotten messed up(no thanks to my constant tinkering), and I had to do a clean install. My picture-managing system was also having problems, so I deleted it and installed 4Images gallery. It integrates rather nicely into my site, also. PHP is rather annoying to work with, too. Whenever I forget one thing in it, such as a”>” symbol, it returns errors.  The blog was the hardest to integrate, but I’ve done it. The site is now uniform, and it looks good, too.

Stuff…

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This is going to be a pretty large post, with a ton of pictures. It’s been quite a while since I’ve last updated my blog. The winter vacation was good and all, and New Year’s was okay, but it was a bit boring. I went to Manhattan(a short subway ride away from home), and to the Rockefeller center, which is what I do almost every year. Nothing new or exciting there, just what’s there every year. I also took up quite an interest in ice skating over the break. Now, because of Regents week, I don’t have school for a whole week and a half. Plenty of time to get a good number of comics done, and to update the site. Pictures:

The Tree

Error!
That’s what happens when you use Windows. I found this at the Nintendo store.

Dinosaur

No points for guessing where this came from.

New Year!

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Happy New Year! Site’s done, and the filler has been taken care of. Things seem to be going well, and the weather is rather pleasant in NY. I’ll post more pictures of the vacation tomorrow. Let’s all hope that 2008 is a better year than 2007.