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Windows Vista [Oct. 7th, 2006|11:24 pm]
So I tried installing Windows Vista RC2 on my desktop this afternoon. How did it go? Well, I'm back on XP after about an hour. =)

Vista is definitely slick - it's got a much prettier (default) UI than XP. I felt that it's generally more usable than XP as well. On the down-side, the screen fade-in-fade-out effect that you get every time a system popup appears is disconcerting, and the security "features" are really in-your-face annoying.

"Do you want to do this? Are you sure? Even though it's from someone we don't trust? Do you want to trust this application in the future?" Bleh... I hope it's not so bad after you have everything installed, but setting up everything for the first time is *really* annoying.

Anyway, the show stopper was actually that my sound card (M-Audio Revolution 7.1) doesn't have Vista drivers, and I can't live without sound. Hopefully they'll remedy that problem soonish.

(I finally posted something!)

- Ted
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Buy my stuff [Sep. 27th, 2006|02:30 am]
[Current Location |home, sweet home]
[mood |sleepysleepy]
[music |Eric playing Guitar Hero]

Buy my stuff. =)

I was cleaning out my room this weekend, and decided that I should try to get rid of a bunch of stuff I've accumulated over the years. I'm willing to negotiate on the stuff that doesn't go quickly. Just send me an email if you'd like anything.

Here's the list:

Winfast NF4K8MC motherboard
Gigabyte K8NF-9 motherboard
XFX GeForce 6800 video card
Antec Smartpower 2.0 400W power supply
Nokia 8390 phone and charger
LG C1300 phone and charger
32x-ish CD-RW
128 MB PC100 memory
My old computer
Fong Kai FK-603 case with Antec SmartPower 350W
Thermalright AX-7 80mm heat sink with Panaflo L12A fan
Athlon 64 stock heat sink / fan
3 D-battery flashlight
Palm Pilot 3x docking station
Dell PS2 wheel mouse
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Europe photos are up! [Aug. 12th, 2006|12:55 pm]
[Current Location |back in the bay area!]
[mood |hungry(lunchtime!)]
[music |party shuffle]

I've finally finished putting up Europe pictures! I took the original set of 2400 pictures and managed to filter it down to a (somewhat) manageable sample of ... about 700.

Take a look: http://picasaweb.google.com/tedmao.
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Laundry [Jul. 27th, 2006|01:10 am]
[Current Location |lying on the bed]
[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

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A Zurich weekend [Jul. 23rd, 2006|06:22 pm]
[Current Location |47.362563, 8.536988 (Grassy spot by the Zurich Sea)]

Continuing my posting spree...

Over the weekend, I decided to explore Zurich a bit more. I spent early Saturday afternoon wandering through downtown, past expensive stores, not-quite as expensive stores, and several large churches. I ended up not buying anything, and having a late lunch at some cafe called Odeon. A club sandwich and iced tea cost me 30 SF, about par for the course here.

After lunch, I wandered down to the lake on the south end of the city, the Zurich Sea. A co-woker had advised me that the lake was where the locals chilled on hot days, and my visit proved her right. I found lots of people sunbathing, swimming, playing soccer, throwing frisbees, etc. I swam around in the lake for a bit, which felt *really nice*. The water was calm and clean, the view was awesome, and there were swans and ducks swimming around, always just out of reach.

I went on a salsa cruise later that evening, which I had also learned about through a co-woker. I was a bit apprehensive, but it was a lot of fun. I'm certain I was the only asian guy on the boat of about 80 people, but I think I made a good impression, being one of the men who could actually lead and dance. ;)


Edit: while browsing the Google Earth community placemarks, I discovered the following about Cafe Odeon: "This is the place where Lenin drank his coffee, while he was preparing the russian revolution. Nice place, trendy people."

Edit: ooh, click the "current location" link!
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