Xbox 360 Adventures

  • May. 9th, 2011 at 4:24 AM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. ([dw] geek)
When Jasper was staying with me over the Easter break, she introduced me to video games. The roommate has an Xbox 360, and Jasper and I ended up playing Halo, Fable III and various versions of the Prince of Persia franchise. I was reasonably entertained, but not overwhelmingly so.

However, when I poked the internet about the Xbox 360, I came across quite a few repair guides how to fix the RRoD. The RRoD, for people who, like me, don't know anything about Xbox consoles, is the Red Ring of Death. It appears when the console registers a critical hardware failure. I read the repair tutorials, and thought that those were a lot more interesting than Halo. Or Fable III.

Long story short, I went on eBay and bought a faulty Xbox 360 console. I didn't want to keep it, I didn't want to play with it, I just wanted to see if I could fix the RRoD. The console arrived, and so did the two-pounds-RRoD-repair-kit, and I got to work. When I opened it up, my hopes sank--the console had clearly been opened up before; the warranty seal was broken and some screws were missing. Well, still. I'd invested money in the bloody thing, I was at least going to give it a try.

Cut to spare you the boring details. )

So now I have an Xbox. It doesn't have a hard drive or a controller, but you can get both for about £20 on eBay. I don't quite know what I want to do with it. I don't really play. I guess I could sell it?

If I had any sort of business sense, I would start buying faulty Xboxes off eBay, fix them, and then sell them again for three times as much as I paid for them.

AIM privacy fail

  • Nov. 17th, 2010 at 7:31 PM
teyla: Seven in a corner shop, hugging groceries and pouting. ([dw] seventh doctor)
I noticed this a few weeks ago, but have not posted about it until now . . . because I didn't think about it? Sorry. :| Anyway, AIM is being faily.

The latest mandatory AIM update included the option for users to add their full name to their screen name. If AIM already had your full name, they will have opted you in on this wonderful option, which means that your full name will have been appearing on people's AIM contact lists.

I don't think there's anyone on my contact list whose real name I was able to see, or I would have IMed you. So don't worry too much, if you're on my list. <3

To opt out of this option, go here, uncheck the box that says "Allow people to see my full name and find me in search results", delete everything in the first name/last name fields [ETA: This is important; apparently, if the fields aren't blank, it won't let you submit.], and hit submit. Changes will take up to 72 hours to come into effect.

Uh, yes. Spread the word?

Moving comments to DW

  • Sep. 2nd, 2010 at 7:52 PM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. ([dw] master asking for it)
I'm sure all of you have heard about LJ's latest fuck-up concerning the Twitter and Facebook crossposting thing. There are several fixes that users have come up with; a Greasemonkey script that will let you make the little checkboxes disappear for you, and a CSS code line (.b-repost-item {display:none}, to be copy-and-pasted into your Custom CSS box) that will eliminate the crossposting feature from your style as long as you're using the default comment pages. (They will still show up for users who are viewing LJ in their own style and are using customized comment pages, though.)

I've been crossposting to Dreamwidth for a while now, and have decided to take this opportunity to switch to having comments on DW. I'm teyla over there.

A few notes about how we can manage staying in contact. )

That's it, I think. If I've forgotten anything, I'll make a post about it to let you know.

On an entirely different note, I HAS A JOB. I'm going to start on Monday. It's a small coffee shop in the local mall. I will be surrounded by coffee. This makes me happy.

Another laptop.

  • Aug. 21st, 2010 at 4:25 PM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. ([dw] easily amused)
I have a new laptop.

Yeah, I know, I bought a second hand one on eBay. And it arrived, and it looked exactly as it should, and it worked fine and had all the things I want from a laptop--except I looked at it and went, "It's an HP. :|".

I've always had Asus laptops. They are shiny and work well and have never let me down, I love the layout, and I simply generally approve of them. Nothing against HP; I'm sure they make good laptops, but my brain went THIS IS NOT MY LAPTOP.

So I sold it to Jasper.

She's a wonderful person and bought it for as much as I paid for it. She's been wanting to buy a laptop anyway because her Mac is a work laptop, and she felt like having one of her own. So now she's got the HP, and I went and indulged my brand obsession and bought an Asus K50C.

Pic! )

It doesn't have a remote, but it's got a webcam. It also has the number pad on the right side of the keyboard, which will take some getting used to. It is extremely shiny, though! And I managed to stick my old hard drive into it, so I didn't even have to do any formatting. Win.

Other than that, I'm doing fine. Jasper's here, so I'm largely offline. We went to London yesterday, and will be going to Stonehenge tomorrow. I'm having fun. I think she is, too. I shall be back soon! Ish.

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Surprise Laptop!

  • Aug. 8th, 2010 at 9:58 PM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. ([actor] dylan moran)
I bought a laptop today.

Hear the laptop story. )



It's got a remote control. And a webcam. Shiiiny.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] wihluta is here, and we had Ethiopian food and crepes and went shopping and watched due South and White Collar and original Trek and talked a lot about fandom. And will probably talk about fandom some more, once I am done writing this entry. ;)

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