Friday, July 18, 2008

Dr. Horrible

Ok, this is pretty much the best internet I've consumed lately...

Stop reading my bullshit and go there... NOW!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Vista Update

So, if you actually read this blog, you're probably wondering... how's Mike's Vista experience going?

Well, I'm guessing you really don't care actually, but I'll have you know it's going much better than expected. Because I'm running a single core 64bit AMD Proc, I expected the system to be a little sluggish, and it's not Russian fast (see previous blog), but it is quick.

I'm pretty happy with it. My only disappointment so far has been that Nvidia hasn't released their nView program for Vista yet. That means I can't span my desktop background without purchasing a different program.

To be honest, though, I'm actually happier with this $40 program than I ever was with the Nvidia software. UltraMon is the application I'm referring to and it's got some pretty sweet features. You can span the start bar and have the programs you're using on each monitor show up only on that task bar. It makes more sense when you use it, but it's damned useful.

Blinded by science

Ok, so I read this article today about ravers in Russia losing their eyesight due to laser exposure. Apparently, the folks running the show had a high powered laser under a tarp and the beam refracted into at least 12 people's eyes. The result: permanent blindness. That's right. Some of these folks will never see again.

The article says that the people in charge of setting up the laser show were illiterate... Can you imagine? Hey, can you read? No? That's fine, just set up these expensive lasers. Be careful though, they're very powerful and could result in, well, it's all in the manual.

I'll be the guy setting up the lasers did it on purpose because he was sick of people heckling him for not being able to read. "I'll show you who can't read!"

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Things that every business needs

Thinking of starting up a business?

Here is a short list of things you should have:

1. At least one extra computer.

2. Data Backup solution.

3. That's it...

•Business doesn't stop when your computer dies. I've had many customers complain to me that their ONE computer is down and they're losing thousands of dollars a day because they can't use their productivity machine. First off, WHO THE HELL RUNS A BUSINESS ON ONE MACHINE?! Get an extra computer... When your main system goes down, you'll be thankful that you have a second system to work on while it's in the shop. Ok, I realize that not everyone can afford to have multiple computers... I mean, they cost like... $600, and let's be honest, not everyone has that kind of... wait a second... DIDN'T YOU JUST TELL ME YOU ARE LOSING THOUSANDS?! How about you invest a little money in a few extra computers for when your main system goes down? Honestly, it's going to happen sooner or later... PLAN ON IT!

•Important Data? Back it up. This can be done online or to an external HD... It could even be a Mirrored Raid, but for the love of God! IF YOU DON'T WANT TO LOSE IT, BACK THAT ASSet UP! I personally have a Mirrored RAID setup on my system so that my data is safe in the case of a hard drive crash. This is good, but having an online data backup is even better. Online data backups are a great way to protect youself against Fire, Flood, Surge, and even theft. If your data is lost on your local machine, you can still retrieve the data from your online backup. This is redundant and secure.

•Is that it? Well, sure it's not. To have a successful business, you need countless other things, however, I can't imagine any business lasting without the things I've mentioned above. Seriously, these are two easy steps you can implement to help insure the vitality and success of your business venture. In the end, you'll be glad you did.

•Computers fail.
•Data gets lost.
•You can prevent these things from harming your business.

The time has come

I'm going to do it... I'm going to upgrade to Vista.

I decided long ago that I would move to Vista. I wanted to wait until the time was right... I feel that time has come.

What I was waiting for:
1. to finish a couple of my major projects
2. to get a full version of Adobe CS3
3. to have some free time

I've met those criteria... My only fear is that once I've upgraded my OS I'll use it as an excuse to upgrade my rig. I've already decided that I'm going to upgrade to a Core 2 Quad soon. I'm just waiting for the prices to drop a little more. I've got my heart set on an upgrade that would only set me back $800 right now, but I'm waiting for that to drop below $500...

I'm really excited about setting up Adobe CS3 on Vista. I can't wait to play around with some of the new programs. I've only used the CS3 versions of Flash, Photoshop, Dremweaver, Premiere, Soundbooth, and Encore... I'm eager to dive into InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, After Effects, and most exciting of all, Ultra...

I feel like CS3 is giving me a new gateway into the professional world that I've yet to explore. My goal now is to complete my last few projects and clear my slate to assemble my portfolio online.

Once I've completed my online portfolio I feel like I'll be ready to expand my business and start making some real money.

This is the start of something good.