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We’re Not Friends
Genre: Rock
Length: 3:20
Date: 09/25/03

Recorded in a day, tried to do a sort of bouncy rock song. I could probably stand to obsess over it a bit more to fix various issues, but I’m kinda sick of hearing it so maybe I’ll do it later.

Posted on - September 26, 2003 [at] 12:47 am by Brad
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I’m mailing the Outside the Inbox mix off to Cafe Press next Tuesday. Hooray!

Posted on - September 25, 2003 [at] 1:06 pm by Brad
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After having the system lock up again today, I sadly and desperately typed “athlonxp 2600+ random lockups in Google and this site was the first result. Oh yes.

Posted on - September 24, 2003 [at] 5:04 pm by Brad
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This is a funny article about Frank Black (of the Pixies) taking part in an online discussion board.

Posted on - September 24, 2003 [at] 1:09 am by Brad
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The 128k mp3s for Brad Sucks – I Don’t Know What I’m Doing are now online on that page. So if five dollars including worldwide shipping was too steep for you, you can now just download 128k mp3s of the whole thing. I’ll be taking older versions offline sometime soon as I previously mentioned.

Posted on - September 23, 2003 [at] 11:45 pm by Brad
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One sudden out-of-nowhere crash last night on the new computer after well over 24 hours of perfect operation. But it’s been fine ever since I rebooted. :L <-- A concerned and weary frowny face.

Posted on - September 23, 2003 [at] 1:25 pm by Brad
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Maybe success! After a lot of testing yesterday I determined that it was my modem and my Darla24 that weren’t getting along. I found a Unimodem Audio Device that was installed along with the modem and disabled it and have had no crashes since. I let Cubase run in a loop while downloading last night and it hadn’t crashed after 8 hours of play.

Also I reinstalled all my keyboard and mouse drivers and haven’t had any problems with them since as well.

So it’s looking real promising that both random lockups have been solved. My heart still jumps any time there’s a delay though because I’m afraid it has crashed. I would like that to stop.

Posted on - September 22, 2003 [at] 10:55 am by Brad
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What fifth graders think of Radiohead:

Unlikely. Returning to Hail to the Thief for the grand finale, Mitsi’s announcement that “Sail to the Moon” will be our last song earns a chorus of “Yessss” and several robust fist-pumps. Thom has made few fans.

There are also drawings. Amusing article.

Posted on - September 22, 2003 [at] 1:15 am by Brad
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Installing the manual fan control knocked the noise down a bit, for which I am thankful. It’s probably still not quiet enough but at least it’s not at making-me-want-to-die levels anymore. CPU temperature is around 45C and the fan is around 2900 RPM.

The following problems remain:

Random lockups. There are two occurring, one more mysterious than the other.

Lockup #1 (not so mysterious): the Darla24 with the high pitched EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE sound lockup is still in full effect. I moved it to another slot today and it ran perfectly for four hours (!!) and then suddenly crashed for no apparent reason. The Echo website gave me no real pointers other than to tell me that my motherboard’s chipset is apparently compatible with their products. Hooray I guess.

Lockup #2 (mysterious): Twice now and seemingly randomly, my keyboard and mouse just stopped responding. The system was running fine but I couldn’t do anything with it. I’m just using a PS2 Microsoft mouse and a PS2/USB Microsoft keyboard. Never had any problems on the last system.

The first one I’m still thinking is par for the course and that it can eventually be made to work. I’ve had a lot crazier things happen with that sound card and made out okay in the end. The keyboard and mouse thing I just have no idea about.

Posted on - September 21, 2003 [at] 1:19 am by Brad
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I bought the new computer junk and spent most of yesterday setting it up. It all went relatively smoothly except for various panicked moments of anxiety and stress + anger * stupidity. So far the 2600 and the new memory seems to be a nice speed increase over the 1600. Not tremendously different as far as the desktop goes, but I’m anticipating more dramatic changes once I get some actually demanding applications on here.

Right now there are two problems. One is the noise of the fan (the Thermaltake Volcano 11). It’s just stupid how loud it is, it sounds like a vacuum cleaner. I can’t believe anyone could tolerate this noise level. I have a few options here, such as installing the manual fan control dial and seeing how slow I can run the fan without the chip exploding. A fan also came with the chip which I may take a shot at. And then if that doesn’t work I can try my Zalman flower cooler in non-quiet mode (as I’ve been told quiet mode will not be enough to cool this processor). If none of those options pan out, then I guess I have to blow more money on something like a chump. I have no idea what it would be, but we’ll see.

The other problem is my Echo Darla24 which is just a complete jackass of a sound card. I installed it and everything was working fine. I was all impressed and happy and listening to mp3s right away. Except it seems about once every half hour the system would lock and the sound goes EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE in a high pitched whine.

I’ve experienced similar stuff with the Darla before so I’m hoping through a series of strategic yet random beatings to it I can get it to work with some stability again.

So now I’m sitting here installing programs with the Darla uninstalled listening to this new computer howl to verify if it is in fact the sound card causing these problems. This right here is rock and roll, baby.

Posted on - September 20, 2003 [at] 2:22 pm by Brad
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