My previous post, I mentioned The 404 podcast from CNET.com. Well after a full day of just surfing around one website (almost non stop…I had to pee), I think I found the website I really like and really worth coming back to time and time again. I’ve known CNET for about 8 years, just been using their sister site download.com for my freeware and stuff. So this is a pretty big deal to me considering all this time I found it pretty bored to suddenly find it interesting. From how-to’s and reviews to get my geek on, I found it something I found interesting out of my habitual habits of online browsing.
So kind of my goal for the next month or so is to watch or listen every episode of The 404 until the very recent ones. As of now I’m up to about episode 60 of almost 900 episodes. It’s a long ladder to climb, but I think I wouldn’t regret it. Sure it’s very boring after awhile but it’s great to hear opinions about shows, games and tech I own.
Which reminds me to find a copy of Linux. I’m looking in replacing Windows XP after all reliable support for it is over. It’s a brand new territory to explore and maybe need. I might want to jump the USS Microsoft and hop onto the penguin boat. I’m not too sure which distribution I would really have on board as a back up. I’m not really to go all in just yet, I just want an image in case I need it or just play around with it. I would like something user friendly but also technical in case I need to change certain specific settings. Something that can run Windows programs and lots of accessible customizable settings to personalize. Small but loaded with stuff (no random software, just the operating system). Any recommendations, please drop a comment, give me your take on it and a link to to their website so I can read more.
I might try and get Windows 7 once it drops off to around the under $80. I still have about 3 years (April 2014) until support ends, so I have awhile but I should prepare to put it aside and upgrade. I would have my own operating system, but I don’t have the skill or attention span to really study and implement code to make an operating system. So it’s a major thing I should really get started on besides getting a job. I still need that and I’m talking about a real job either around computers or anything out of the public eye. I have a thing for magazine and I think I would be pretty good, but I think I would want to do something else but write articles. But that’s another time, another place.
Right now, I use my external hard drive for backing up data I need to keep for convenience and security reasons. And it only consumes about 5% of the whole drive, so I’m pretty much stuck with over 70 GB of space and I need ideas or programs or stuff I can do to add to it. I got some of my shows shaved there, I’ve used it as a temp cache for video editing. The video editing is insane since it takes up the whole drive for about 30 minutes of footage (using Fraps). Besides raw HD .avi videos and back up storage, I have nothing else set for this thing. If there was a offline/LAN/MMO zombie co-op or something, I would definitely would save it there. However, that’s not going to happen or ever going to happen (you have a lifetime to disprove that). Oh, I forgot to fully mention what I have as that external hard drive, here’s some info:
-Maxtor DiamondMax IDE 85GB (off warranty and salvaged)
-Eagle IDE to USB 2.0 3.5 External Storage System (got it from Canada Computers)
-HP 1.8m USB cable, type A to B with gold plated connectors (the one Eagle had was pretty short so I kind of upgraded)
I know the IDE’s are going out. I didn’t really have much of an option (accidently threw away the receipt, I’m an idiot). So once this drive blows, I’m going to just have a case. Maybe I’ll get lucky and find another IDE; if I had found a SATA drive, I would internally install it into my system (…maybe). Though I would like an external in case I want to carry a hard drive to transfer stuff to another computer that’s over 7GB. So I hope my 22 bucks would be worth it in the long run.
Until next week reader, have a nice week!