I Push Buttons

Whether I'm coding, writing, playing games, or pissing people off, it all boils down to pushing buttons.

June 12, 2009

I Write Sometimes

It's been really busy as of late. I've been spending a lot of my free time studying for my Microsoft Certified Professional Developer: Web certification. There are three exams, and I'm about halfway done studying for the first one. Needless to say, this has limited what spare time I have to do other things, so I won't be writing as often as I should.

Fear not, though, for Ficly has finally opened its doors. This is the spiritual successor to Ficlets, a short fiction site I used to write on before AOL sent it to the Land of Wind and Ghosts.1 I've moved some of my favorite old Ficlets over to the new site, and I've also written a new one. You can see my stories here. The link is also in the sidebar under "Me on the Intertubes" if you would like to follow me on the site.

The great thing about Ficly (and Ficlets before it) is that you are limited to only 1024 characters to write a section of story. With such limited space, every word (indeed, every character) counts, so it forces you to refine what you write so that what you create still gets across what you want to convey. It also means you don't have to spend hours and hours writing something. Even better, you (or anyone else) can write prequels and sequels to your stories, so they can go off in tons of different directions you never would have expected. If you think that sounds interesting, I highly recommend you check it out.

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If you've talked to my wife at all recently, you are probably aware of the laptop issues she has been having recently. I ordered some RAM for it to boost performance, but I ended up ordering the wrong kind. This is because the model number that is printed on the laptop below the monitor is wrong. It says it's a dv1000, but it's actually a dv1300 CTO. This explains why the RAM that is currently in the laptop is not the kind that I ordered. Awesome. I am sending back the incorrect RAM today and have already ordered the (hopefully) correct kind.

In addition to performance issues caused by insufficient RAM, her wireless internet stopped working. It would connect to the router for like two seconds and then drop it and try to reconnect again. Repeat ad infinitum. I spent several hours last night trying to figure out what is wrong with the thing, and I came to the conclusion that the hardware is dying. Luckily I was able to put in a Dell PCMCIA wireless card and force it to work with the HP. Though technically not compatible, they seem to be working okay together for now. Hopefully we can get another year or two out of this thing before buying a new one.

Yay, it's Friday! That's all I got for now.

1Reference stolen from Wil Wheaton, who stole it from the Simpsons.