Monday, March 8, 2010

In My Mind

Forgot to turn on my vaporizer last night so woke up with that sinus pain that will probably play hit and run with me all summer.

Trying to read "The Diving Bell and The Butterfly" which for obvious reasons isn't 200 pages and has huge borders on top of that. Not that I mind, he paints a picture about his Locked In Syndrome which is the intention. I think the movie made have taken some liberties but that is also expected seeing as if they shot the book page for page I see it as being a 45 minute movie.

Looked at Medium Format Cameras online today, even though I have a Bronica that shoots 6x4.5 now I think I could really use something that shoots 6x6. Retail therapy more than likely. I won't buy one but it is still fun to look at all these systems, Mamiya, Pentax, Kowa 6 I don't even bother looking at Hassies.

Switched off to looking at flatbed scanners which I would like to get sometime for reals seeing that I'm shooting all this film lately and have no way of placing them online because of lack of scanner. Have to wait and see how the money things works out in the next couple of months.

I keep reminding myself that every dollar I spend now is one I can't spend in Brazil when I get back down to my Ana. I'd rather spend money on us than on more toys to make myself feel better.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mr Fix It

I finally got Sams Microsoft Vista Home Edition computer to talk to his Microsoft Zune yesterday after about a week of tinkering around. I cannot remember the reasons we gave up on fixing it last time I was over at his house, maybe he had to go into work or something. The problem was something called a Code 37, the computer wasn't recognizing the driver for whatever reason even if you followed all the instructions on the Microsoft Help site or had someone read those same instructions over the phone after calling Microsoft help. I have to say that Sam and I were both pissed about the fact that it is a Microsoft MP3 player they couldn't talk to a Microsoft Operating System. I mean, what the hell, they are both products of the same corporation surely they are compatible.
So we went through several websites after exhausting the official Microsoft page on the matter which was basically 3 lines on how to fix the problem that did not work no matter how many times we tried it. I finally found a forum were someone gave us something to do in DOS I guess using two command prompts. Five minutes later it was fixed and Sam finally got to use his 120GB Zune for really the first time since October.
Obviously the Zune is a big piece of shit compared to the iPod the difference being you pay out the ass for the iPod. Although Sam has sent the Zune to get repairs done at least 3 times and of course he lost all his music each time because I don't think they attempt to repair them, they just send a new one in its place. I'm sure that Sam's other two Zunes have been sold on the internet as completely refurbished machines by now which means someone wiped them and resold them.
I am not a big fan of Windows really, the first computer I got was a Windows 95 machine which worked but this was back in the 90's when a machine would be obsolete as soon as you put it in your trunk at Best Buy. My second Machine was an iMac which I have to say was probably the best computer that I have ever owned more or less. It lasted me for about 5 years before I had to get a pc for school work. Macs are really the BMW of computers and I have never had that many crazy problems like with windows.