Monthly Archives: September 2006

Random Updates

The NAS document is coming along, but not as quickly as I’d like. I find that I sit down and load it… and nothing makes its way from my brain to my fingers. I can say that my NAS implementation has been rock solid since I put in the new USB 2.0 controller card that uses the NEC controller chip. The Wife found a 1280VA UPS at Staples for $30 (She can smell the deals as we pass the stores in the car… kinda like a sale bloodhound ). So, we’re all set now with 30 minutes of power backup for the NAS server and the network infrastructure (the cable modem and router).

Classes are coming along. I’m taking a Systems Administration course and a PHP/MySQL web programming course. The Sysadmin class looks like it’ll be a slide as I’ve done most of this stuff already (thus, writing a document on how to build a homegrown NAS). The PHP class is going to be challenging.

For those who know about the “new job,” I haven’t heard anything more. They’re still doing whatever it is they do.

McDonalds Coffee != Starbucks

I had heard from several people (although, I cannot recall who) that the new McDonald’s coffee was pretty good and that they liked it better than Starbucks. I have taken the Pepsi Challenge, and I can confirm that those people are clearly insane. I’ve had better coffee at the free breakfast bar at the Holiday Inn.

I ♥ Keith Olbermann


Keith Olbermann rips the government for its handling of, well, everything, after 9/11. He is very clearly speaking from his heart. Go Ken.

Update: 10/21 – Yeah, so I was flabbergasted when I posted this and hosed his name. Sorry Keith. 🙂

Dead Xbox 360 + long weekend = !@#$

Woohoo! FourThree day weekend!

As we start one of the Unique American Holiday weekends, I’m looking forward to three days of hanging out at the house and doing some cleaning. I would like to be playing Dead Rising or something on the Xbox 360. Shame it’s dead.

Oh, yeah, that’s right. The Xbox 360, which I purchased in February, died. It froze up while playing a demo of Hitman. For some reason, it appears that a lot of people are having the same problem. I’ve seen a lot of postings on sites like Kokatu and the like talking about how after 8 months, their 360 up and died. The first two articles on the Xbox Support page are the symptoms that I experienced, and the Xbox Hardware forum is over 50% “My Xbox died” posts.

You would think that after paying $400 for a gaming computer, they’d give you a longer warranty than 90 days. Nope. they offered a 2 year “extended warranty” in the package for $39.99. I should have bought it. Make note of that kiddies.

Make sure you buy an extended warranty for your Xbox 360!

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I don’t care if you get the Best Buy warranty or the Microsoft warranty or Billy Bob’s Thrift Story warranty. I gambled that I wouldn’t have a hardware failure and didn’t pay the $40. Instead, it’s costing me $130 to get it repaired. The “good” news, if you can call it that, is that Microsoft will let you add the extended warranty to the refurbished Xbox. So, this time, I’m going to play the safe bet and drop the $40. It won’t keep you from the possibility of spending a three day weekend at home with your thumbs up your backside, but, it will keep $130 in your wallet.