Friday, May 28, 2004

Mod-Comp Log: day 2

First off I would like to point out that today, at work, I ran across an order for some school in "Battle Creek" Missouri. Haha, good stuff eh? Alright, on to the goods.
Yesterday after posting on the website, I ended up going out and playing around with my new case and PSU. The first, of what I can only imagine will be many flaws, arouse. The case is made for a PSU to be attached UPSIDE DOWN! which I juggled the idea for several milliseconds before deciding the ONLY way for this to look right was to have the PSU facing up, so that the window pointed to the ceiling instead of too the ground. My first thoughts were to drill new holes, create something to go between the PSU and case that both would screw into, or detach the plate of the PSU and flip it upside down, seeing as how that is the only thing the case screws into. I decide to go with the last one and take it a part, I soon found the plate would not flip over all the way because of 2 short wires powering the back fan.

After much debating, I decided to cut the 2 wires, and solder on extra wire I had cut from a old fan, thus lengthening the wires.

Next is a picture of the new longer wires.

It took some coaxing, but I got the PSU back into it's previous condition with the plate flipped over just as I needed. It fit right back into the case as expected and even worked!
Today I went to MPC to see if I could pick up some UV CCFL's and not have to worry about shipping. Not the case, they wanted $25 for two 12 inch CCFL's and a dual inverter, which I could easily get for under $10 at SVC.
*Blaze2008 would like to point out that the first sentence is a Halo reference.
*Blaze2008 would also like to say that the PSU finally broke a couple months ago leading to him needing to buy a new PC. Hmmm, I had forgot about this mod. Now the psu breaking doesn't really suprise me.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

What a man loves to open the door to after a hard days work.

And by man, I definitely mean computer geek. I was very surpised today to be welcomed into my home by box1 and box2 after a long day at the new place of employment, which is a-whole-nother story. I had ordered these a couple days ago, but barely expected them to be here before the weekend, much less 2 days before. I quickly hid my excitement and went into my room to wait until a future time arose to check it out. Now as I look back I realize this is a much different approach then when I was younger, and would rip open any new package at the door like it was a present. I guess I have found with age, that the feeling you get while anticipating a great experiance, is often better then the actual experiance. My brother soon came home from school and insisted on opening the packages, I grudgingly agreed and grabbed my camera as I went to investigate.

I had some doubt about a full plexi-case even after I ordered it. I've always thought of myself as one who can pick out something that looks good and knowing what compliments it, and one thing I've always tried to have catch the eye, is my computer case. Even as a freshman in high school, making my first computer, I quickly cut a window out of the side panel and glued plexi-glass to the back(by I, I mean by Dad). That was long before computers came "pre-modded". So of course when cases made completely of acrylic started being introduced they always caught my eye, but were usually very expensive, plus I hadn't quiet pinned down if they were worthy of keeping someone's attention besides the fact that they were completely different from the previous cases. The only problem was that there was little one could do to set himself apart from the newly increasing crowd of acrylic cases. The first time I said to myself "Yep, your next case will be acrylic" was when I saw a dark tinted acrylic case somewhere with red glowing interior fans. It was all acrylic, yet it was unique from every other clear case, which was the selling point for me. I started looking into them and realized they had gotten a lot cheaper then before, I found mine for < $100.

Either way I still had doubt as the case was being sent to my house. As I unwrapped it from its warm cocoon of Styrofoam I suddenly realized this was no mistake at all. My camera, of course, couldn't capture its beauty as much as one would hope. These pictures are brighter then they should be, it holds more of a deep ocean blue aura to it. But enough talking, I've obviously been blabbering on long enough.

And less I not forget about the new member of the computer family, The lazy modder's best friend, Mr. Aspire dual-fan 500w power supply, completely petsleeved and windowed. Although it pains me to buy something pre-modded, keeping me from putting the time and effort into doing it myself, it definitely looks awesome. (I use "awesome" not as the word pop-culture has made to simply mean 'above cool', but as "awe-inspiring")

Well, that is it for now, I will have new pictures of it up and running in the near future, and I might even have some nice graphics added. ;D Also, I ran across this while uploading the pictures. the whole "modlogan" folder is a complete stranger to me and I can only imagine that whoever is hosting this website has put it on there due to their complete adoration of me, erm, or something like that.

Friday, May 21, 2004

1 year down, 7 to go.

1st North 2003-2004 Yearbook. It was truely a great year and I wouldn't have wanted anything else. You all were a great bunch of guys and we always made the best of things, through the ups and even the downs. I'll miss you all, especially the guys that aren't going to be around next year. The yearbook will always be a reminder of our good times, Enjoy.

Upon further thought, I should add that if you are not from the hall, some, and by some I mean most, of the pictures may appear to have "homosexual connotation", You should take the time to realize the affects of close-quarter same-sex habitation.

*Blaze2008 realizes you won't be able to see that gallery, so I'll just throw up a couple of the must-see's. The halo picture is more or less a poke at assailant 9. He is EKAJ and I taught him how to play halo. It pains me to say this but.... he... may... have surpassed me... maybe. Don't ask me why I took pictures of halo scores. I have another one where my name was HK-47. And yes, that is SUPER nerdy. ( I had to google search it to even understand the reference). Also, I was going to copy more pictures, but I realized if you have facebook you can see them all right here.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004


After a night of procrastination and eventually studying, I noticed the sun came up without me realizing it, I then acknowledged the all-too-frequent fact that, unlike my pre-college days, I would be getting far less, if any, sleep this morning. It was around 6 o'clock when I caught a hint of something I hadn't sensed in what felt like eternity, I smelled the dew of the grass and the freshness of an air that seemed almost as if it were chalked full of vitamins. I heard the chirping conversations of the birds, and I realized only an early spring morning brings such things. This was the same inscents I could remember as a boy at my grandparent's cottage in Boulder Junction. I would wake up early everyday and still be the last one up. I would then quickly find my younger brother, the early-worm, and we would go running barefoot down the sandy road to the river, feeling the damp clumps of sand and cold dew-drenched grass between our toes. On a day such as this you would have no plans at all, except to make sure you had a lot of fun and took on atleast a couple adventures. We took things as they came, whether it was going fishing, biking, or taking the dogs for a walk and having them retrieve sticks thrown into the river.
With these thoughts coming back to me I suddenly found myself leaving my room and going outside. I let myself soak in as much of the morning as I could, like a thick nectar, before it went slipping away, back over the hills and into the trees to wherever it had crept from. Not caring if some early campus worker saw me and questioned why a student was standing bare-foot in the front lawn of a dormitory. It was during this time I realize that with the cramped and hustled lifestyle one is thrown into at the dorms, the fresh feeling of a long nights rest accompanied by your ability to actually awake on your own accord, without the help of an alarm, rarely occurs, and to some has become a myth. All I have been doing lately is being far too competitive when it comes to leisure activities and games, and far to hard on myself when it comes to academics. In high school I can recall waking up at this same time for an early track meet, eating all the "right" foods, drinking all the necessary water to hydrate one's self, feeling like your body is in the best condition it will ever be in as you ride the bus to the meet. Pumping out some fast-paced music into your headphones to help keep yourself in the zone, feeling the raw energy flow through your body until the moment that you cross the finish line.
These are all things that, until this morning, I had completely forgot about. Through life you can become too blinded by the ideals of fortune and money and find yourself working late into the nights. I simply ask that everyone take a morning to sleep early, wake up early, and take in a fresh breath of air, breathe it in deep and let it out slowly, and simply absorb it.

*blaze2008 laughs hysterically that after such a beautiful existential post, he closes with a image from Halo . . hahaha.