Archive for December, 2007

Vista, Video Cards, and other V words

December 29, 2007 5 comments

I got Vista Home Premium 64-bit for Christmas and am in the process of installing things on it.  So far I like it.  It can get a little sluggish if I try to do too many things at once (like right now I’m installing Visual Studio 2008, installing F.E.A.R., listening to music with Windows Media Player, and using Live Writer to write this blog entry) but overall it feels more responsive than Windows XP.  Maybe in the future I’ll pop 2 or 4 more gigabytes of RAM in to get 4 or 6 total.  I’m sure that would help the speed issues.  I don’t know if putting my swap file on my old hard drive makes a difference, but theoretically it should.  Vista is only using 1GB of it though, so I don’t think that’s the cause of any slowness I receive.

My video card is on its last legs.  I can’t play any game that utilizes the 3D capabilities of the card for longer than 10 minutes without artifacts showing up in the game and it eventually crashing.  I have my eye on Gigabyte’s version of the HD 3850 512MB card, since it comes stock with a Zalman vf-700 cooler.  Since the 3850 is just a down-clocked 3870, the cooler could prove beneficial in overclocking the 3850 to 3870 speeds.

Well, it’s well past my bedtime, so I’m heading off to sleep.  Does anyone read this?

Categories: Technology

Trying out Windows Live Writer

December 28, 2007 Leave a comment

So I’m making this blog post using the new Windows Live Writer application.  It’s part of the Windows Live "Suite", consisting of Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Writer, and Windows Live Photo Gallery.  So far it’s pretty neat, as it combines local apps with web apps.  I guess this is part of Microsoft’s master plan for .NET 3.0 and WPF/Silverlight.

Well, that’s all I’m doing, so I’ll stop writing now and see how this works.  Perhaps I’ll make blog entries more frequently.

Without further ado, here is a photo of the old Jackson Kelly XL that I had.

Kelly Photos 001

Does this show up as an edit, or does it make an entirely new post?

Categories: Technology