Monthly Archives: July 2005

Bad Bios Update

Well, I updated the bios from A05 to A07 on my Inspiron 6000 with some really bad results.  X has decided it’s not happy at all with the new bios.  I have even tried to use the experimental (dev) version of x along with the kernel 2.6.12 with no luck in it working yet.  This is just a warning to those.  I’m going to spend a few more hours trying to get it to work.  I might just downgrade the bios back to A05 since I wasn’t having any problems with that version.

“The Island” Review

Kristin and I were able to get tickets to see "The Island" tonight from Q102.  The movie was just OK.  I would not actually recommend anyone to spend big bucks to go see it.  Definitely a movie to wait to see at the cheapies (which will be there quickly).  There were a lot of free tickets given away at the premiere, but the theatre was only about half full.

The action scenes were very long and drawn out.  Both Kristin and I got bored during the action scenes.  Even some of the action scenes were just unbelievable, for example falling from a building 70 stories up and not dying because they landed in a net at the bottom.  There was a love scene thrown in there which felt more forced than anything.

The last thing that made this movie a little worse was the product branding in the movie.  You could tell that they took specific shots so that the products would be the main focus of the screen with the actors as secondary.  Some of these, for example, were Microsoft Xbox, Microsoft MSN, and a bottled water company.  Branding is just getting worse with movies focusing on the branding some times more than the actor.  This is true at times in this movie. 

Ipod showed up

The free Ipod actually showed up today.  Every works great.  I’m pretty amazed that I actually got a 20 gig free ipod.  I already have my music on it and gave Kristin my old one.  We’re probably going to be putting her 15 gig Ipod up on Ebay soon.

 

Since that works, I actually trying two more of their free offers.  Just posted the links on two of my popular web pages and I’m just going to sit back and wait a while to see what happens.  Free is free.  I’m not going for that free photo ipod because I’m pretty content with my new one.

Free Desktop PC
Free Flat Screen

I got a free Ipod???

About 9 months ago I seen the FreeIpods.com and decided that I really wanted a free ipod, so I signed up for a credit card (that even happens to be my best rates at the moment still).  Then in December I managed to get 2 Ipods (15Gig and 20Gig Gen 3) for under $150 total.  After that point, I kind of forgot about the free ipods deal.

Now, fast forward to last week when I was really bored and remembered about the deal.  I went to check my account, and wouldn’t you know it, I had fulfilled all the requirements (getting 5 friends to sign up also).  Still pretty skeptical about it, I clicked through shipping stuff.  Apparently, I am getting a free ipod.  I have the DHL tracking number (http://track.dhl-usa.com/TrackByNbr.asp?ShipmentNumber=34669769772) and it should be here on Thursday!!! 

Set up my friend’s website

About two weeks ago I registered the domain mikehauenstein.com for my friend (Mike Hauenstein) that is currently fighting cancer.  It made me very very very happy just to see him again after all this time and to know that it really cheered him up.  I set up the main page (http://www.MikeHauenstein.com) that so far only has links that go to his blog and to his photo page (http://photos.mikehauenstein.com) that I also set up for him.  His journal / blog is a day to day account of what he is currently going through and how he feels.  I would recommend anybody to go read it and give him support.

One Up and One Down

Well, there is good news and then there is also some bad news.  I’ll start with the good news.  The last part I needed for the Sea Doo came into today so I was able to install it.  The Sea Doo is pretty much completely back together with the exception of one hose from the oil tank that I’m not sure where it goes yet.  Farno will be over with his ’89 tomorrow so that I can identify where it goes.  So I did manage to get the Sea Doo to start up twice.  Each time was only for about 5 seconds before I pulled the kill switch because I did not have water hooked up that the time.  By the time I had water hooked up, it did not want to start up again and the battery was dead.

Now for the bad news.  Over the weekend I took the Wetjet up to Caesar’s Creek and it was running pretty good.  While Kristin and I were on it, the engine lost all power and would only run at idle no matter how much gas was given to it.  There is also a new sound coming from the back cylinder.  The engine also feels like it isn’t firing right now either.  I have a bad feeling the engine is about to seize up.  I have been checking the last couple days for places that worked on this kind of jet ski, but I have came up empty handed.  I’m going to try to work on it a bit later to see if anything helps.  If not, it will turn into a large project that will have to be taken care of probably over the winter.

War of the Worlds [2005] Dissappointment

I went to see the "War of the Worlds [2005]" movie and was pretty disappointed in what I seen.  I would not recommend people to see this movie in the regular cinemas and wait until it goes to the cheaper cinemas.  The movie really dragged in a lot of places and the ending was a major dissappointment.  I am not going to ruin the ending, but it came very quick and made a lot of the movie feel pointless.  There was a large build up and then nothing but a bad explaination.  To me it felt like they were going along making the movie and realized it was going to long and came up with a quick ending to wrap it up.  I would give this movie at the most 2 / 5 stars.

The other thing that I noticed is the price to see a movie.  The prices at the movie theater are to the point of being completely rediculous.  We went to a matinee and it cost us $8.25  per ticket, while if we went at night it would cost $10.50 per ticket.   The movie industry is saying they are losing money and that the revenue this year is not what it used to be.  I think they should talk to an economist.  Movies are not primary goods.  Once the price reaches a high enough point, people will start moving to alternative forms of entertainment.  For the price of just seeing a movie, you can get 1 – 2 DVD’s which in my opinion at this point would be a better bargain.  If the movie studios want to increase profits, they need to lower the prices.  I don’t think they are meeting the equilibrium of supply and demand which would bring the most profits.  That’s probably why DVD’s are having record sales.