The List

Ok, so Christmas is coming up, and they say it’s better to give than receive. If you feel so inclined, you can get your favorite WordPress plug-in author (and second favorite Weblogs.us administrator) anything from the following list:

  • Creative Labs X-FI Extreme Gamer sound card (or equivalent, but not the Extreme Audio as it doesn’t have the X-FI chipset). (Newegg is probably the best place to find these at a good price)
  • Geforce 7600 AGP (or better equivalent Nvidia chipset AGP graphics card, remember ATI and Linux still get along together as well as cats and water). (Ebay seems to have a ton of Geforce 7800GS AGP cards for descent prices if one is resourceful)
  • Anything on my main Amazon wish list
  • Anything on my Amazon books wish list additionally any good book on wxWidgets or AJAX (Yeah I know two completely different topics).
  • Something for a MITX system (this is the board I’m contemplating getting). I already have the wifi card, tv tuner, hard drive, and optical drive (need the processor (Some 800Mhz bus Core 2 Duo, preferably 2.0Ghz or faster), memory (at least 2GB) and motherboard).
  • Anything that will come in handy for case modding (aluminum sheet, blue LEDs (3 and 5 mm varieties), orange/amber LEDs (3 and 5 mm varieties), capacitance based touch switch (Such as the Quantum q-tuch QT100 evaluation kit), charcoal/smoke colored transparent acrylic/lexan.)

Yeah, I realize most of these things are expensive. It’s that kind of year, my mp3 player is dieing (more specifically the on/off switch is failing) and I’m running on mostly 3 year old computer equipment which will require at least upgrading the graphics card to play new games (CoD4 should still run with my 9600 but at unacceptable frame rates, and Crysis is a no-go).

-John Havlik

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Happy Thanksgiving

First snow of the season fell today, it was a dusting, but still enough to cover the roads, driveway, and some of the grass. Sad thing is it will melt this weekend with highs in the 40s on Sunday. Since it snowed, and today is Thanksgiving, I decided to upload my winter modifications to Berry. IE6 users are SOL with this one, and will only enjoy the background, Firefox users will see the full theme as it employees transparencies in PNGs that IE6 doesn’t support well.

On a side note, I am running Breadcrumb NavXT Beta 1 on this blog, so if you want to see what has changed output wise, just browse the blog, especially the hierarchical categories that I do have some of. I really need to finish migrating to tags and reorganize my categories, but time won’t permit this for a while.

-John Havlik

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Looking Ahead

October, admittedly, has been one of the busiest and all-around stressful months I have had. Things did not start off on a good foot, and the last day of this month will decide the fate of the next. Right now, I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving, and not necessarily for the festivities. By then at least one of the projects I’m working on will be complete, and the time off from school will be appreciated. For the last four weeks, time seemed to be in short supply, but after this weekend the weekend excursion to the northern Minnesota wilderness will take a several month break until enough snow falls for snowmobiling (January-February time frame).

I really can’t wait for it to snow.

-John Havlik

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