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More Computer Surgery: Installing Liquid Cooling

I’m not technologically savvy. I think I’ve established that by this point. I mean, I want to be, but there’s a yearning abyss separating my desire and my ability. I can’t help but think that learning more about electronics, especially computers, would make my life so much easier. I only discovered what an HDMI cable was a few years ago. No, I’m not making this up.

Meet my old TV. No, it didn’t have high-definition capabilities.

Still, I’m capable of surprises. Roughly two years ago, I built my own gaming PC from scratch. Not bad, right? I did all the research, compared all the parts, watched six-thousand YouTube tutorials and, voila, I made a working computer. Honestly, that’s one of proudest accomplishments … up until I realized I hadn’t hooked up any of the fans. Oops. It took a day, but I fixed that problem, or as best as I could.

Today, I go one step further: I upgrade from fans to liquid cooling. Continue reading

Computer Surgery

Let me start by saying I’m not very computer savvy. This will be obvious by the end, but I need to state it now. This way, if you read this post and start wondering ‘wtf, does this go know absolutely nothing about computers?’, you’ll already have your answer.

Here’s my story in a nutshell. A bit over a year ago, I built my only PC. Sounds great, right? I did my research, I ordered parts, I put everything together, all me. This was my first time ever attempting anything like it, and it worked great. My computer turned on first try, and I had a surge of happiness. Unbelievable. I, a person with no computer background, had created a working PC. Time to play some Dragon Age: Inquisition.

There turned out to be one small problem: I didn’t connect any of the fans. Continue reading

School and Things That Don’t Matter

I had an interesting experience last night. My sister came over, slightly flustered, her laptop in hand and six-thousand tabs open. She needed help with an essay. She is currently in Grade 11, and she has university aspirations. She’s easily smart enough, no question there, but she didn’t look it at the moment. She was confused, anxious and desperately wanted my help.

She came to the right place. I have my Master’s Degree in philosophy and, more importantly, years of experience with writing and editing papers. I have helped several of my friends by proof-reading essays and suggesting improvements, usually in exchange for food. One person even said I was better than his old private tutor. Maybe he meant that, maybe he was exaggerating, but it doesn’t really matter. I can help my sister with her problem.

There’s just one small problem: she has one of those Teachers From Hell.

As a side note, googling ‘teacher from hell’ didn’t produce near as many relevant images as I’d have thought.

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Experience Insomnia With Me!

Gee, it’s getting late. I’ve had a good day, if I do say so. I accomplished everything I needed to do, including all my spring cleaning while still having time to play. I have a relatively early day tomorrow, so let’s get to bed well before midnight. That makes perfect sense.

Yes, I need sleep after a day like this. I sure hope that a random stupid event like Daylight Savings Time hasn’t completely thrown my sleep schedule out of whack! Ha ha! Continue reading

My Bad Habits: Laundry

On the whole I’m a pretty good person, and I generally do good things. I don’t have any of the common bad habits, such as smoking, binge eating or biting my nails. My biggest vice, I think, would be that I occasionally spend too much time playing videogames, and I haven’t played a minute so far this week. If that’s the worst thing I do any given day, I’m doing alright.

Unfortunately, while I don’t do terrible things, I occasionally do less than ideal things. I’ve covered my excessive eating in front of my computer before. Now it’s time for part two of my ‘bad’ habits: laundry. In short, I don’t do it. Of course, that wouldn’t make for a particularly informative blog post, so let’s go deeper down the laundry whole.

Be careful, it runs deep.

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Installing Stupid Freakin’ Updates

I’m writing this at 10:30pm, which is very strange. Throughout February, I’ve written every blog post in the morning. I made it my goal, my mission: I would write as much as I could as early as I could, just to check that off my to-do list. It has worked wonderfully, and it gives me a huge sense of both satisfaction and relief. Satisfaction, because it’s adding to my writing streak, and relief, because this task won’t hang over my head like the sword of Damocles the longer the day goes on.

This is the literal Sword of Damocles.

Depending on the day I start writing around 8:00am, sometimes earlier, sometimes later. I’m almost always done by 10:00am, 11:00am at the absolute latest, and it gives me the rest of my day to do whatever I want. I also do all my workouts in the morning, so by noon I have accomplished two major things already. I work evenings, so this is important. It’s been a great system … until today. Continue reading

My Inability to Cook

I’ll admit it, I’m a pretty bad cook. It’s a skill I’ve never really developed, which is actually a fairly good thing in some respects. I can only cook very simple things, so rice, potatoes, veggies, pasta, chicken … and that’s about it. This makes grocery shopping very easy, let me tell you. Most things I have no idea how I would cook, so I don’t even consider buying them. This makes shopping quick, efficient and to the point.

I don’t even need a cart.

Of course, it also has a downside, namely, I can’t cook anything else. There are times I want something different, or when my main ingredients go way up in price and I need alternatives. Right now the Canadian dollar is nearing all-time lows, and this means American-imported produce is at a premium. Last week cauliflower was over $7, which is absolutely ridiculous. No one will buy it at that price, and it will either go on reduced in a week or simply spoil. In a world where so many people beg for food, that seems absurd. Continue reading

Building My PC, One Year Later

One year ago I made a rather bold decision. My laptop was dying on me. It had lasted throughout university, and I put it through hell there: taking the class, writing notes, writing essays, writing more essays, plus I played games as stress relief. A day didn’t go by where I used it less than three hours, and the average was likely closer to five. That laptop had been a warrior for me, but it’s days were clearly numbered.

We’ve been through a lot, buddy. I’ll never forget you.

I needed something new, that was obvious, but I didn’t know what. I’m no longer a student, so I do not necessarily need the freedom and mobility a laptop or notebook provides. I began thinking about getting a computer. It had been years since I owned an actual PC, and I don’t even know if that one counted. It was given to me, used, already several years old. It had 2 GB of hard drive space. It ran like molasses, and I primarily used it as a typewriter. It couldn’t do much else, even by 90s standards. Continue reading

Living Without a Cell Phone

I wrote yesterday how some inventions become ubiquitous, to the point we can barely imagine life without them. Computers are the obvious example, as they have and continue to revolutionize the way we do everything over the last 30 years or so. Advances in travel, safety and medicine all fall in the same category.

It’s hard to believe, but this was once the height of technology within most of our lifetimes.

In my post yesterday, though, I used the example of cell phones and smartphones. You will be hard-pressed to find someone under the age of 30 who does not have one of these devices. They go everywhere and they do everything. In less than a decade they have completely changed how we interact with people and institutions. They may be the most important technological advancement ever. That might seem like an exaggeration, but think about it: you have a portable device that lets you communicate instantly with virtually anyone and access a wealth of information at any time, assuming you have service. That’s pretty incredible. Continue reading