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October 5th, 2007 (06:08 pm)

current mood: hungry

Still continuing with the "not much" at the moment, but it should be over shortly. I'm not looking at starting anything more serious until after the (extended) long weekend. :P

In case anyone's looking at getting a new PC but doesn't want to switch to Vista yet, MS has extended XP sales until June 2008. This is good news for me as I was trying to figure out how to comfortably manage two trips to Vancouver, two new laptops, and a trip to Japan in the course of 6 months. At least I now have some more breathing space. ^^;; (Mind you, Japan still isn't a certainty due to the passport issue. >.> )

As for Vista, after two months of using Mokkun, I really don't have much thought on the OS. It's there, it's pretty, it's a major resource hog and eats an amazing amount of my system memory, and there are compatibility issues. On the flip side, unlike someone I know *cough* Mona *cough*, it hasn't given me so many headaches to the point of wanting to throw Mokkun through the living room window. *pause* Come to think of it, I haven't been tempted to throw Mokkun through the window at all. That's good because I'd often had that impulse during my last year with Yggy. That said, I'll also admit that I haven't fixed the graphic program issue (Photoshop Elements 3 is incompatible with Vista) and VLC and MediaPlayer Classic aren't entirely compatible with Vista. So really, Mokkun's acting as a nice light-weight online system with minor compiling, but compiling on the vid side generally seems workable. It's when I try doing anything more esoteric that things start to get nasty (audio compiling is still a no-go). Despite that, there's nothing about Vista that makes me *want* to use it either and there are things that annoy me. I've long since disabled the UAC (are you *sure* you want to do this???x10^millionth time), for some reason my keyboard suddenly switches to French Canadian layout and I have no idea what key combination I'm hitting to cause that, I have to make *how* many clicks in order to disabled my wireless connection, control manager is a bit annoying/weird to get to, default file manager settings are worse than useless and global changes don't always stick or don't always get applied (this seemed to happen on occasion with XP though; also, customisation settings look more like what you'd find in your address book than things you'd apply to your filing cabinet), and it's generally much more resource intense (I have 2.5 GB and seem to be okay, but I'm glad I'm not doing anything too demanding with this system either). On the pro side, it's pretty. I wish... I think it's Linux that allows users to have multiple desktops for one account? I wish it had that functionality as it would help clear up the clutter on my laptop and would justify using Vista over XP for me. Having a games desk, a subtitling desk, and a "general" desk would really help clean things up. *sigh*

Oh, and to be fair, every peripheral I have attached to Mokkun is brand new and bought around the same time as him, so the probability of my having a peripheral issue with Vista was near nil. I'm probably at about the same point now as I was with Neya when XP had first been released except back then it was Corel's Photopaint Essentials that wasn't working.

A friend from Australia recently emailed me and mentioned Nova's (the company we both worked for) financial woes. I feel sorry for the many foreign workers in Japan that are going through serious uncertainty especially those who've been there for a very short time. It'd be pretty scary stuff to have to live through in a foreign country.

And one person emailed about the demise of Geneon's vid distribution. I haven't really thought through what it means yet or if I'll do anything about things, but from what I can tell, it means I probably won't get the last and possibly the second last R1 Maoh S2 DVD. >.<;; I never got around to buying Saiunkoku or Shounen Onmyouji before the announcement was made, so I'm not sure about going after them. All of Saiunkoku S1 and Shounen Onmyouji R2 DVDs will be bought though. Surprisingly, I haven't watched Saiunkoku S2 since Yggy crashed back in April/May. >.> Shall see if I do anything to fix that over the weekend. It's hard to say as I'm not sure if I'm taking Mokkun with me yet. *sigh* I think someone mentioned Tantan being in S2 so I'm a bit curious about what they did with the story and how far they're going with it. ^^;

And... Hoshi wa Utau. Another series I haven't been following since Ch2... Maybe it's the usual slow start / new series issue, but I haven't been interested by this at all yet. We just got HtY with Ch 6 in it in the mail today, so maybe if I read all 6 chapters in a row it'll get me interested? Another see how things go. Actually, if I pull it onto my computer, I can probably read it on the flight or while at the airport or something. Sadly, Mokkun's battery life is pretty pathetic, so I'll need to keep things short on that front. *sigh*

Otherwise, the new anime season is starting. I'm looking forward to seeing how Ghost Hound goes. Beyond it... shall see. FSU is doing the primary pulling of vids this time and she's the one being subjected to the initial round of horror, pain, amusement... *laughs* Shall see what finds its way to me therefore. :P

Anyhow, it's time to go feed... Feeeeed meeeee... *zombie-mode*


Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: October 6th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)

vista is a piece of shit! lol
I got my new laptop and it HAS XP *dances*
I still need to test it out though ^^;

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 6th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)


Yay for new laptop! ^o^ Wow that was *fast*! One week turnaround from order to receipt?? :o

Have fun with your new baby. ^_^

Posted by: sakura_h_chan (sakura_h_chan)
Posted at: October 6th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)

I think I finally settled into vista.

Its still has some issue, sometimes when I have too many files open at once it likes to freeze on me, but apart from that so far it seems that I'm not having too many problems.

Of course none of my old programs are compatible with it though, grrrrr.

I got the first volume of SaiMo from Geneon. I was so happy to see it when it arrived and now I am sad my collection may never be complete.

I don't know what managing their portfolio means, but I hope that means probably not taking on new stuff, but trying to find a distributor for what we have.

A girl can hope ne?

Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: October 6th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
Al and kitten (papermoon_icons)

I have multiple desktops under Linux, yep. ^^

I've also been putting off reading Hoshi wa Utau until I have a substantial chunk to read at once, although I quite liked chapter one when I read it.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 6th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)

I thought it was Linux. ^^;; I played with Knoppix once a long time ago (when I was using Neya - two laptops ago), and while I couldn't see a use for multiple desktops for me personally at the time, the concept seemed pretty nifty.

Chapter 1 was fun, I'll definitely agree with that. Especially how it ended. ^^;; Chapter two... It goes towards developing things. *shrug* Shall see if I get around to DLing the chapters today. ^^;

Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: October 6th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
Haru wet (kudan_alchemist)

Knoppix is a neat thing. ^_^ (I've been meaning to send Mona a copy for a couple of weeks, but I've been swamped. *grr*)

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: October 6th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)

"control manager is a bit annoying/weird to get to, default file manager settings are worse than useless and global changes don't always stick or don't always get applied "
Those are my biggest dislikes about Vista. I have yet to get the files to display with the information I like to see (name, size, type, last date saved) in all the directories and in the proper order. I've almost given up trying.

I skipped the compatibility issues by downloading all new versions of my software. I didn't try to port any software over from my XP. I had to wait a bit until Ad-Aware became Vista compliant but it has as Vista version now. I don't have many compatibility problems. I don't use Media Player Classic much or VLC any more. I prefer the Windows Media Player right now. However, I don't try to do anything as esoteric as you do other than using Media Player to do screencaps. Overall I've been impressed with the move to Vista. As long as I don't think about the file manager gotchas, that is.

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: October 6th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
Kyoru -- 128 squish

My aunt has Vista on her computer and I haven't heard any massive issues with it. However, I've yet to use it (and since I plan to get a new desktop in the near future, it'll most likely have it on there), so will eventually have to confront it.

Wow. I sound like I'm goin off to battle or something.

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