Tone Parsons

Coming soon to a blog near you

There have been a few requests that I continue the whole video blog thing.

I haven’t forgotten about it, I’ve just run into a few technical snafu’s as of late (ie. most of my old hardware doesn’t have drivers for Vista 64).  This has made creating the video blog a little challenging for me.

But fear not, gentle reader, for I have a thought in my head on how to get it going again.  I’m hoping to have something together soon for your viewing pleasure!

Until then, may I suggest you play a game?  How about…. Virus 2!

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Sorry for my lack of posts… I’ve been busy

I haven’t posted for a bit… sorry about that.

My wife and I finally agreed that it was time for me to get a new computer.  She had actually started pushing the idea a while ago… I was the one who was balking.  My old computer was just that…. old.  I wasn’t able to play the new games that I was getting, and that’s why I finally decided to make the plunge.

Of course, not all is good on that front.  This has got to be, by far, the most challenging build I’ve ever had.  I’ve put together dozens of computers in the past, but the configuration of this beast has been a real challenge… so has fitting all the parts into a case.

In case you’re curious on what exactly I got…. here’s the list:

  • ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe/HDMI AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
  • AMD Phenom 9950 2.6GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor
  • (2 of these) OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) (8GB total Ram)
  • (3 of these) XFX PVT98WYDFH GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card (yes… I ordered 3 of them… my motherboard supports it!)
  • CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W Power Supply
  • (3 of these) Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (1.5TB total in RAID5)
  • LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit
  • Xclico A380Plus case

For those of you who that meant nothing to… I’ll put it simply: It has a very fast quad core processor with 8GB of memory, tons of hard drive space, and 3 video cards hooked together to act as one (they call that configuration SLI).  It’s a tiny God!!  The case looks like this:

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And speaking of my Dad….

Happy Birthday, you old fart!!!

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Now go take a nap or something 🙂

Dad taking a nap

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The Holiday Aftermath

Christmas™ was good at Casa de Tone!

We had good food, good family fun, and presents galore!!  The kids got the XBOX 360 and Rock Band 2 that they wanted, I got a new rotisserie oven and other great things (Thanks for the Texas BBQ, Dad!!!), and my wife was very pleased with the shiny item that she found in her stocking (a sapphire and diamond ring).

Sapphire Ring in 14K White Gold with Sapphire and Diamond Accents

As for the snow outside… well… it’s back at it today.  The past two days were pretty warm… around 4oº F (4.4º Celsius).  This caused quite the melt, though it didn’t really make much of a dent in what we had on the ground.  Last night the temperature dropped again and all that melted snow froze solid.  Now it’s snowing like mad and there’s a very slick layer of ice under it.  Sounds like fun driving to me!

Here’s a few pics from this morning:

Looking to the South Find the Beetle The roof across the street getting cleaned

Of course, now we’re making plans for New Years Eve (which is only in a couple of days).  That should be an absolute blast as well!!

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