16Apr '14

A new year, a new computer – Part 3

This post is a continuation of a post series where I talk about my experiences with my first computer build, including the things I learned while choosing and installing each part. In Part 1, I talked about the CPU, the CPU fan, the motherboard, and the RAM. Part 2 has the details about the video card, the power supply, the hard drive, and the case.

Software woes

Part 3 is the end of my journey to build my first computer. By this time, all of the hardware was installed and plugged in, just waiting for me to switch it on. I was eager and nervous do so, silently praying that the whole thing didn’t explode in my face. So with my heart in my throat, I hit the power button.

Nothing happened. Read more →

28Mar '14
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Cave Clutter: MMOs, RPGs, and lots of building

So the whole posting-once-a-week idea…not really working out as you can see. This is why I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, because I’d probably just break them within 24 hours.

Things have been busy with work and personal life. Sometimes I don’t want to write in my free time, just play some games and relax. Other times I’m too tired even for that and will just spend the evening reading and go to bed early. I know, I lead such an exciting life.

I’m also making an attempt to get out of the house more. By more, I mean once a week for about an hour to take archery lessons. It’s kind of strange to be the only female AND to the only one over the age of 15 in the group but I still had fun. I haven’t done any archery since high school where we spent a week in the gym with cheap plastic longbows and the techniques consisted of “aim in the direction of the target and hope it hits”. At this place, we get fancy compound bows with sights and everything. I think I may be in love with the bow they’re letting me use. Read more →

06Feb '14

A new year, a new computer – Part 2

This post is a continuation of a post series where I talk about my experiences with my first computer build, including the things I learned while choosing and installing each part. In Part 1, I talked about the CPU, the CPU fan, the motherboard, and the RAM.

The Video Card

PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB

Image source: NewEgg.ca

PowerColor 1GB Radeon HD 7850, $170

This was one of the hardware pieces that I moved from my old computer to the new one. That’s because I had purchased it back in February 2012 to replace the video card I had before. I can’t recall what exactly the old one had been but technically it worked fine…it’s just that one day the fan in the card started sounding like a jet engine taking off. No amount of cleaning seemed to change that and I couldn’t stand the noise so off I went to buy a new card. Read more →

18Jan '14

A new year, a new computer – Part 1

Happy New Year, everyone! And I hope you all had a great holiday break. I know I did. I was able to take two weeks off of work and there was plenty of family get-togethers, too much delicious food and desserts, and many hours spent gaming and generally lazing around. I even spent my birthday gaming because as per tradition, there was a blizzard followed by blowing snow and there was no way I was going out in that only to fight my way through the Boxing Week crowds.

Since it was the big golden birthday and I had been patiently waiting for months to take advantage of online sales, I gave myself a nice gift: a brand new computer. Well, some of the parts were new anyways. You see, I decided that I was going to build my own computer for the first time. I had changed out certain components before but I had never bought the parts and put together the whole thing from scratch. Read more →

05Nov '13

Why does this distrubing trend in some game ads continue?

I always have Adblock Plus on because I hate pretty much all ads ever made. (Yet I work in Marketing. Go figure.) But I had seen the ads for Evony which featured buxom and scantily-clad women referring to the viewer as “My lord”. I had rolled my eyes and put it in the back of mind, hoping it was an isolated incident that would go away. Oh how naive I was.

Apparently they are nothing compared to Wartune or Scarlet Blade ads. I’m afraid to know what other games have ads like this. Read more →

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