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oceana: (Default)
( Feb. 11th, 2010 10:13 am)
Is anyone working with a netbook? I'm thinking about buying one, not as a substitue for my desktop pc, but mostly to be able to use the internet wherever I wat (i.e. on my couch while watching tv). I don't need it to be able to do anything else, but the internet connection should be stable and fast.

oceana: (Default)
( Sep. 29th, 2008 10:23 am)
Since my laptop died a gruesome and horrible death, with two short and
unscucessful risings from microsoft hell (no hot angels to help me,
I'm afraid), I'm working exclusively with my desktop computer. (and
when I say working, please notice that I mean lj, emails, ebay and
other fun stuff. Okay, occasionally I work from home, but I use
external servers when I do)

Said desktop computer was bought used on ebay in 2005. Which makes it
rather old, I guess. Plus, the main board battery is screwed (or so
i've been told), so the clock resets itself etc.

So I guess it's time for a new computer. Only, I don't know what I want or need.

Here's what I have now:
HD 40 GB (I know, you are all laughing at me. But I have 500GB
external HDs, so I'm doing fine)
no dvd burner (which would be nice to have, I guess)
768 MB RAM
Processor: ??? (I could look it up, but I'm not at home)
Windows XP, which I rather like

I'm not going to buy a Mac, even if it is pretty. No, really, I'm not.
*oggles the pretty*

So, what do I need? It'll have to be Windows Vista (see NO MAC resolve
above), which makes me wonder if my programs will still work. It's
only the old photoshop that I worry about (not that I ever really use
it, untalented as I am) and MS Office, which, uhm, you know. Well, I
guess I could always buy a copy. (of MS Office, not of Photoshop,
because, hello! expensive!)

I don't worry about HD space much, since "small" these days is
apparently 250GB, which is 6 times as much as I have now.

I don't vid, I don't play games, I don't play Second Life or SIMS or
anything that is graphic intensive. I use the computer 99% for
internet, the rest is my ipod, my camera, and watching TV shows (not

I heard that Windows Vista requires tons of RAM, so I'm thinking 2 GB
minimum. Though there is that nice PC with 4GB RAM on offer right now.
Is that too much? Can there be too much?

What I have no idea about is the processor, simply because I know
nothing about them.
Here are some numbers from recent advertisements:
(2,4 GHz, 8 MB Cache, 1066 MHz FSB)
(2,53 GHz, 3 MB Cache, 1066 MHz FSB)
(2,0 GHz, 1 MB Cache, 800 MHz FSB)

What do they mean, and what do I need (or rather, what should I want,
because I figure, if I'm going to buy a new computer, I can go for the
best available at a reasonable price)

What else should I be looking for? All I can think of are USB ports,
which I'm gonne need lots of, but is there anything else I need to be
aware of?

oceana: (Default)
( Apr. 7th, 2008 10:08 am)
1) See this face? This is my WTF-face. More precisely, my
*stares outside*
You've got to be kidding me, weather.

Moving on.

2) When I inform a newsletter of a fandom that I am not very active in
about two recs I've made in said fandom, and I fail to give precise
links, because they were right up there on the top of the page and I
have no idea about the newsletters linking policy, I understand that
someone would say "thank you for informing us about the recs, but
maybe next time could you give precise links?".

Yes, I could. Sorry I didn't.

However, when I'm told that you have oh-so-kindly included the recs,
but will not do so next time because I failed to comply with your
community rules (it's not in your community rules, btw), I don't think
there will be a next time. I don't really care much if your readers
know about my recs, I was just being nice.

3) I revived my laptop yesterday, or rather, I killed all the data to
"recover" it (why anyone would think "recovery cd" was an appropriate
name for a program that basically kills everything I just don't know).

But it's working again. I may have lost a few bookmarks and a few
fics, but I had backups of mostly everything. And I have a working
laptop again, yay!
On the other hand, now the red opera-"o"s symbolizing a saved html
file have disappeared. Any ideas how to change that?
oceana: (Default)
( Jan. 7th, 2008 07:59 am)
Opera, which has been my trusty companion since 2004, is driving m crazy. I'm sure it's only partly Opera's fault, but fact is that my computer crashes after a while of running Opera and that Opera, before the crashing happens, slowly gets slower and slower and my nerves get thinner and thinner. First question:

Does anyone else have this problem and knows what to do about it?

Since IE is of course not an alternative (there's a reason I changed to Opera), I installed Firefox. I hated Mozilla back in the days it was used at my University, but Firefox seems better, even though it looks a bit too large and bright and colorful. I have no doubts that this can be changed easily, but haven't looked into it yet. The thing is, I don't know anything about Firefox. I know that you can make it better with addons, but what are the addons I really need? For now, I just want the normal opera functions, meaning panels, speed dial, trash and download manager thingy. Trash seems to be "Chronik" (I have the German version, which might have been a mistake) and I haven't tried downloads yet, so there might be a download manager already. But what about the rest? What do I really need? Or rather, what do you think I won't be able to live without once I know it exists?

If Firefox develops the same problems as opera, it's back to Opera for me in a sec. I loved that browser. I think it might be a general computer problem rather than an Opera-specific one, because it slows down the whole computer. This could happen if I run other programs for such a long time, but I never do, except maybe divxplayer, but that's working fine. Hmm. On the other hand, I bought this computer three years ago, so byuing a new one now would actually be tax-deductible.

P.S.: I forgot the most important opera feature for me: it saves the tabs you had open and loads them automatically next time you start opera. How do I get Firefox to do that?
oceana: (Default)
( Oct. 12th, 2006 10:31 am)
I know someone posted a very informative post about some time ago, which ironically I bookmarked and can't find anymore. Does anyone know which post I am talking about or can point me to other sites explaining how to best use

I finally signed up for it, but I'm not sure if and how to use it. The two most urgent questions I have are:
1) Is there a way to make bookmarks private or is everything I have there automatically available to the public?
2) Is there a way to import bookmarks from my browser or do I have to transfer the roughly 1000 websites I have bookmarked by hand?

1) Tree Size Pro is a nifty little toy which let's you find out where on your hard drive all that space is disappearing to. I used it last year on my mysteriously shrinking laptop HD and found out that I hadn't cleared the system volume information in, well, ever. Now I found a mysterious temp folder on my other computer, which had reached a size of more than 3 GB.

2) It's "immediately", not "immidiately, and really not "immidetly". "Incompatible", not "incompatable". "Competent", not "competant". "Weird", not "wierd", and "irresistible", not "irresistable". And "Cemetary" is a swedish death metal band, but not a place where you can find graves. I could go on. With the exception of weird/wierd, these are not typos, they are misspellings. If I can remember these as a non-native speaker, I think I can expect native speakers to get them right at least in fic. I'm not even asking for lj posts or group messages.

3) I think I'd have hated Madame Director a bit less if it wasn't for her ridiculous hair at the beginning of season 3. Then again, maybe not.

4) I missed the NCIS flashfic crossover challenge. Thus, Gibbs will not have sex with Hannibal any time soon. Sorry, Gibbs.
oceana: (Default)
( Aug. 18th, 2005 12:06 pm)
I have a scanner. Not really, I have a printer that can scan. Or so it says, cause I've never tried it. I had actually forgotten about it, until I thought a few days ago that I would really like to have a scanner, and should maybe buy one. Stupid me.

So, now that I've remember that I have a scanner, I have no idea what to do with it. I desperately want to scan something, if only to see how and if it works, but I don't know what. This is where you people come in:

I'm sure there are secret "Fun with scanners" clubs, where they tell you what fun things one can scan and then let loose on the unsuspecting internet, in particular my livejournal, and some of you are members of these clubs. So, tell me to scan something.
A word of advice:

if you are running Windows XP and have it set to automatical updates, make sure that it actually installs the updates. I thought mine did, but it had stopped, because (this is the fun part), the update program needed an update that it couldn't install automatically.

oceana: (Default)
( Aug. 16th, 2005 12:12 pm)
Funny, how I didn't even know this thing existed a minute ago, and now I want it so very very much. If it works, it is the best computer invention since the mouse.

P.S: I especially love the Emule key. Take that, evil copyright lobby!

P.P.S.: Don't miss the answers section. I like buying things from people who have a sense of humor. :-)
oceana: (Default)
( Aug. 12th, 2005 04:46 pm)
I found something that Opera can't do: sell things at ebay.

I mean, of course it can't sell things itself, but it won't let you use most of the ebay sale tools, like the html-for-dummies or the picture uploading. Guess I'll have to use good old IE for that.

There's been a second thunderstorm just now, for those who care.
oceana: (Default)
( Aug. 8th, 2005 12:42 pm)
With her new computer?

*dances carefully so she doesn't disturb it*

I hope that this is the last computer related entry for a while. For those of you who care, I deinstalled every program I had, deinstalled Service Pack 2, reinstalled service pack 2, et voilĂ , je suis online. Let's pray that it last.

Now I have to study a few hours (I decided to get ambitious and start preparing for the BIG exam, which shall from now on be called the BE). Study, walk the dog, watch Farscape, spend night reading flist. That's my plan for today.

*pretty shiny new computer*

P.S.: I also called in sick. Won't work thewhole week, because I feel like crap and I think I deserve to stay home. And now I feel bad about thinking that I deserve to stay home. I need a new brain.

Hmm. I wonder if they have brains on ebay.

Oh yes, they have. Like this academic brain(german, sorry, doesn't sayif it speaks english), or this alien brain.

Somehow I suspect that the alien brain would produce better results in my head. I wonder if it glows in the dark...
oceana: (Default)
( Aug. 7th, 2005 02:48 pm)
Computer problems still not fixed, but thank you all for listening and suggestions. Am online with the laptop now and will call support tomorrow (for this is Germany, and nobody works on Sundays). I have about a thousand things to do and can neither read my flist nor answer comments, but there is one thing I wanted to say before I disappear again.

John Sheppard is very very gay.

That is all.
oceana: (Default)
( Aug. 6th, 2005 06:36 pm)
That loud cry you just heard? That was me.

The new computer arrived. It's shiny and pretty. And it doesn't work. Well, not quite. Here's what happened.

Unpacked computer, turned it on, installed my router, was online. Everything was perfect.

Bittorrent wouldn't work, so I deinstalled service pack 2.

Was not online anymore.

Reinstalled Service pack 2: am still not online.

I get the error "Network error". Emule tells me that something is called a UDP socket that is not a socket.

I did the "ping" test, and arrived at my router fine. I am however unable to reach my router via my browser, again, network error "server cannot be found".

My router works fine, my connection works fine I am currently online at home with my laptop.

I called about every service hotline in the existence of mankind. No one was able to help me. The only thing that I have been told is that I should completely reinstall Windows XP, meaning that I would lose everything, including 1,5 years of windows updates. There is no personal data on the computer yet, so that wouldn't be the problem.

What should I do? Completely reinstall? Is there any way that completely reinstalling would make things worse?

Help? Anyone? Do you know anyone who could help me? I am so desperate here, so desperate.

I think I'm going to sit down in a corner and cry a little. Or a lot.
oceana: (Default)
( Aug. 1st, 2005 10:07 pm)
I'm at home, I found room for all the books I bought, I'm sleeping in my old bed, and everything is fine.


No, one flaw darkens the joy of my homecoming, and prevents me from being online the way I'd like to be:

My computer.
*Darth Vader music starts*

So I just bought a new one.

*music comes to a sudden stop*

Via ebay.

*audience gasps*

And I'm terribly afraid that it won't work or something will go wrong. But the old one was, still is actually, driving me crazy.

So, here's what I bought:
HD 40 GB (I have a 20 GB that I can hopefully put into the new computer, so that's threetimes as much as I had)
Processor 2,6 GHz
760 MB RAM
Windows XP
other things

Here's what I had:
HD 25 GB
Processor: who knows, but the thing is seven years old Edited: 450 MHz. No, I'm not kidding.
Windows 98
No other things (well, I added a CD-burner, of course,but that's it)

Uh oh. Let's hope this works out.

*is afraid*

*chilly, thrilly music blends in*
oceana: (Default)
( Jul. 26th, 2005 11:51 am)
And again I need help.

There's Michael Weatherly website that has a file of some interview of MW which I would very much like to see. Sadly, the people who run the site, have "no hotlinking!" safety measures everywhere, making it impossible for me to download said file. And, since it is a zip-file, I can't very well watch it online, can I?

The one funny thing about it is that I was just going to leave a comment about that when I saw that someone had already done so, today. Seems like I'm not the only one who wanted their daily MW fix.

But yes, help. I'm sure there is some way to download that file, and I know that some of you are way smarter with these things, so if one of you smart people could give it a try and explain me how to do it? Or email me the file at oceana2602 @

oceana: (Default)
( Jul. 8th, 2005 07:35 pm)
The whole "Memories are temporarily not available" thing is really starting to piss me off. I'm pondering complaining to lj, but I am not sure how to do that. I know that they blame it on the server workload, and that they know about the issue, but really, paying user here, I'd like to be able to use what I'm paying for. And is it just me or does someone else have the feeling that during the last months the site is loading slower than it used to?

Does anyone know where one would sent a complaint? I only know about the support area, and it's not really a support question.
oceana: (Default)
( May. 29th, 2005 04:21 pm)
There are very pretty promotion pics at for BSG and SGA here and here (Atlantis Season 2 Promo Pics)

I would very much like to have these pics on my HD, to look and enjoy from time to time, but my stupid computer refuses to save them as jpgs. When I right-click and choose "safe as...", it'll only offer to save as .bmp, which is all weird and the files are huge. So, I cannot safe them. Argh.

Would someone be so kind and dowload these pics for me, zip them up (or not, whatever works for you) and send them to my gmail account oceana2602 @ ? The promotion pics would be great, any Starbuck pics from the episode files would be even better (cause I want Starbuck very very much. actually, there are few people on BSG I don't want, but Starbuck is on top of me my list).

I'd be eternally grateful.
oceana: (Default)
( May. 22nd, 2005 01:16 pm)
There's a new NCIS preview for the finale up at It's here. You need to select "Preview Tonight's lins-up" in the selection box, then scroll down to Tuesday, NCIS.

Now, can someone help me and tell me how to download that clip so that I have it on my computer and can watch it over and over again? [ profile] enigel?

I'm desperate here.
oceana: (Default)
( Apr. 28th, 2005 08:36 pm)
I am online!
See how I'm being online? How I am logged into my lj account from my very own computer?
This is so exciting! Me! Online again! After what must have been years!
Well, that's what it felt like.

And I'm gone again, I have to figure out how to configure the router. But I'll be back! Hah!
*bounces some more*


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