Web Sites – Plan or Just Do It?

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So, medicine in the recent year, this site I’ve been following the growth of a site – AlternationsNeeded, which spawned FitReview, which has spawned Hemmed.com – all focusing on petite fashion. One of my friends and I had an idea but we’re in the planning and planning stages, and while we’ve been planning, they’ve already pulled out two sites.

In your opinion, is it better to just “do it”? or better to draw up a business plan? (Which is what I we’ve been busy doing.) But I’m wondering if it’s better after months of discussion, to just throw it into the water and see what comes of it instead of drawing up a business plan? Granted, we still need to draw up how to market it, which is our biggest stumbling block, as neither of us are really in the fashion community. Maybe it’s time to just get our feet wet.

What do you think?

I’ve always wanted to create a few other web sites, but the problem is – the idea just isn’t there. Have you ever thought of doing something for fun that might lead to monetizing?

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If you knew you were going to die in 20 days, what would change?

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Wow, look what a deep question that got sent out by the Daily WordPress not too long ago. I think if I knew I was going to die in 20 days, I’m not sure I would tell anyone. People would spend far too long feeling sorry for me, or mourning my death and that would just be wasted time. If I knew for sure that I was going to die in 20 days, I’d probably withdraw all my money and somehow set up funds for my parents and my brother, and then leave whatever is left to a certain charity.

I’d go visit my brother, hang out with my parents, call each of my friends just to say hi (and bye) one last time. I’d try not to dwell on my death and go out and enjoy my life – spend it on all the things that I think would offer a life experience. Go skydiving, go skiing, as long as those things were accessible and close to home. Take long walks by the ocean. Volunteer one of those days. Be with people, with nature, and just to enjoy the last days of my life by experiencing the life around me one last time. I wouldn’t be afraid to stand up for myself and to say whatever came into my mind because well, I’m going anyway.

Oh, and of course I forgot, but I’d quit my job so I’d have the time to do all those things. One of my favorite movies “Last Holiday”, explores the questions a bit – where the main character of Georgia thinks she’s got only a few more weeks left to live and she takes all her life savings out to fulfill her lifelong dream. Always timid and shy, she grows a back bone and stands up for herself, enjoys what she eats and finally takes a few risks to enjoy the life around her. I’d like to think that’s what I’d do similarly as well, except for the fact that I’m no cooking aficionado.

I imagine people would grow to be suspicious of me and my actions, but I really would try to hide it for as long as I could. It’s actually not a question I think of, and really hard to say until I’m actually at that point.

What would change for you?

What occupation did you want as a child?

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When I was younger, medicine for the longest time, thumb I can remember wanting to be a school teacher. As a self-proclaimed nose-in-the-book kid, information pills I would pretend to be a librarian at times, and other times I would pretend to “grade” a sheet of paper, and then deciding whether or not it would deserve a “star” or some sort of sticker. Perhaps I liked the idea of telling people what to do. Hehehe….

It was some time around the age of 12 or 11 that that idea changed for me, upon hearing the news of how a teacher was poisoned by their student. The student had placed some chemical in her drink, or something like that. That made me decide I did not want to risk my life at the hands of the students I was teaching. Silly if you think about it, but hey, I was 12. If it were common, teachers would be dropping like flies left and right.

The other occupation I wanted to be when I reached high school was to be a psychiatrist. I did a lot of mediation in junior high, trying to calm the waves and fights between friends and even people I wasn’t all that well acquainted. (Had I known that a such thing called a mediator existed, I would have thought that would have been a more suitable job…). I also enjoyed analyzing people, helping people out with their problems. This spilled over into high school. Taking psychology was fairly challenging as I remember, but it didn’t deter me from wanting to become a psychiatrist. Nope, it wasn’t until my biology class was brought into OHSU and had the opportunity to look at cadavers and the person there was saying that all medical students had to be able to dissect a cadaver in the first year of training that I freaked and decided that perhaps psychiatry wasn’t for me after all. Psychologists didn’t make enough money for me to decide it was worth it.

Looking back, I think I would have been overwhelmed by being a teacher. Then again, perhaps younger kids would have been more fun, but looking at how quickly young kids grow up, I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it as much as I would have thought I would. Having tutored a bit in junior high and volunteering with kids and helping them improve their reading skills, teaching can be a very satisfactory experience albeit frustrating along the way. As for psychiatry, I don’t think I would have difficulty prescribing medicine for others, but listening to people’s problems – which were at one time, my forte, is definitely not my forte anymore. I can no longer handle listening to them for hours on end. I suspect their problems would end up being my problems, therefore giving me stress and finding it to difficult to sleep on most evenings. Then again, it would probably give me the perspective that I have little to no problems if I were to listen to everyone’s mental issues for the rest of my life. It would be satisfying, but potentially dangerous for the psyche.

I do think that teaching probably would have been more suitable than psychiatry would have been for me. It would have allowed me to be a bit more creative, since my strong suits used to be math and art, of which I use little of these days. (More the art than the math.)

What did you want to be when you were a child?

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Do you prefer talking or texting?

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This question is something I often mention when conversing with my friends. Largely this depends on the topic and how busy I am. Ultimately, buy I’m pretty much an introvert and rarely am bored due to the amount of things I assign myself. The world is my oyster after all, and life offers a never ending string of opportunities to learn and grow that I often get restless when idling (unless I’m sitting in the movie theatre watching movies). Because of this, I much prefer texting when it’s just to convey the little things – appointments, an easy question, an easy answer. However, if one of my friends is trying to describe how she or he feels, or when the conversation requires more than just a few messages to get one’s point or emotion across, I much prefer talking. I mean, people who ask each other out on a date over text and even worse, those who break up over text should go take a few classes of how to be more personable, and learning about how to be successful with their lives, because I’m not sure if they will ever be successful if they value other people so low (at least in my humble cheap opinion.)

At the end of the day, I much prefer conversing with my friends and talking to them face-to-face. That’s the key here. I don’t enjoy talking over the phone, unless it’s the only method I have to communicate with them. I always feel as though time just disappears when I’m on the phone, but that’s partially my own problem since I have so many things I feel like I constantly have to do.

So the short answer is that basically talking is preferable when face to face and for more serious conversations and banter, but texting when it’s to convey a short comment, question or thought.

What about you?

If you could bring one fictional character to life for a day, who would you choose?

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The first person that popped into my mind was Anne of Green Gables. As a child, order I must have read the books countless times, ampoule and watched the famed Anne of Green Gables film (which starred Megan Follows). It would be an odd experience, purchase running into Anne of Green Gables in her straw hat and brown grubs in modern day North America. I think she’d be a delight to spend a day with. It would have been a lot easier saying Eeyore or Mickey Mouse, or even Remy from Ratatouille (I mean, who wouldn’t love the idea of having a rat cook for them? Okay… not everyone.) But I’m not sure I would get much out of Eeyore or Mickey except repeating to myself how cute they were.

Anne Shirley would surely drive me nuts – but I suppose it would depend on which Anne I was talking to – from which book. I suspect that I would most like to meet her when she’s at the teaching school – still full of sprite, but grown up from her days of being a bit, well, ridiculous, as Matilda called her.

So, who would you choose if you could bring one fictional character to life for a day? Honestly, there are so many choices, but since Anne was the first person that popped into my head, Anne it will be :)

Jay Chou blowing my socks off at the LA Sports Arena – January 8, 2011

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This past weekend, drugs I got the opportunity to watch one of my favorite musical artists perform. I don’t go to concerts very often and rarely am I willing to pay money to listen to singers perform except for a very select few artists. Jay Chou falls into the “select” few. I drove up to LA from San Diego and met up with one of my really good friends who is also a fellow Jay Chou fan and has been following Jay longer than I have.

There are many things I love about Jay, buy more about but one of the things I respect and love most about him is how meaningful and deep his lyrics are (in addition to the amazing compositions of those songs with absolutely wonderful melodies which is his strong suit). My mandarin is definitely not very strong, gastritis but I can understand his message and the passion that comes through with his songs. Don’t ask me which one is my favorite, because once I start, I may not stop in giving you an answer :) For those who are unfamiliar with Jay, he is a huge mega star from Taiwan, who is not only a singer, but the most amazing composer, pianist, rapper, and actor. In addition to playing the piano, he can also play the cello, the Chinese flute and zither, guitar and seems to be accumulating more talents throughout the years. He is currently trying to make his first Hollywood breakthrough with his debut as Kato in The Green Hornet, which I hope will be very successful (because I am a bit biased).

I haven’t really been able to listen to music much in the past year due to personal issues that would make me cry while listening to them. Also, I find Jay’s slow songs melancholic. So when his new cd was released, since I didn’t want to wallow in self pity or sadness, I didn’t really listen to the songs except for the very first time (though this was months after its release). Given that, I wasn’t sure how I would react when at the concert – if I would start to tear up (… I only did once, in Tornado, which is one of my absolute favorites, if not depressing as heck). Jay sung some of his songs from his latest Era cd, but he sung plenty of oldies and goodies with a good variety of upbeat songs (including one of my favorites from his last cd, ???? “Mr. Magic”) and slow ones.

The concert started off with a bang, with 4D effects, of a small ball of light that becomes Jay playing the guitar in the center of the dark arena. After a slow build up, fireworks went off and you could see Jay standing in the center, very dramatically, starting off with his first song.

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Throughout the concert, as one would expect, Jay showed off his various talents, from dancing, to a magic trick, with a bit of beatboxing (which knocked my socks off), and of course, a segment where he played piano (with an incredibly cool design I might add – it was white and looked very futuristic). He improvised “Flight of the Bumblebee” and put on a different twist to “Super Mario Bros”, both of which segued into two of his songs. The whole concert had a very “tech-y” feel, all of which highlighted his singing. He had several guests too off of his record label, including Cindy Yen. The duet was nice though, despite my not being fond of Cindy all that much.

One of my absolute favorite songs “Fragrant Rice” or (Dao Xiang ??), turned out to be the best clip I managed to grab. In the middle of his performance, he tells those that when they are working or studying abroad and miss home, to listen to this song. In general, it’s just an incredibly uplifting song, and will help those that are going through a difficult time in their life to try and keep things in perspective, that you can always go and think of home.
My Video:

Translation of Dao Xiang

My favorite segment that didn’t include him singing was the set of video clips he put together as his way to thank his fans throughout the years – those that were with him from the beginning or joined at some point in the past decade. It showed important firsts for him – first song, first movie, first directorial debut, and now his first Hollywood debut in addition to important roles and songs that he was a part of. Jay survived the many ups and downs in the last ten years, and he will continue to fight because he is Jay Chou. I was rather moved by this segment and thought it was really well done.

Jay had about three encores, and here is ~the setlist he did (not positive on the order):
Dragon Rider, ???? Lóng Zhàn Qí Shì (From: Capricorn, 2008)
The Era, ??? Kuà Shí Daì (From: The Era, 2010)
Snake Dance, ?? Shé W?, Featuring Lara Veronin (From: Capricorn, 2008)
Love in B.C. ????? Ài Zài X? Yuán Qián (From: Fantasy, 2001)
I’m Not Worthy, ??? W? Bú Pèi (From: On the Run, 2007)
Hip-Hop Stewardess, ???? X? H? K?ng Ji? (From: The Era, 2010)
William’s Castle, ???? W?i Lián G? B?o (From: Fantasy, 2001)
Mr. Magic, ???? Mó Shù Xi?n Shèng (From: Capricorn, 2008)
Black Humour, ???? H?i Sè Y?u Mò) with Cindy Yen (From: Jay, 2000)
Fragrant Rice, ?? Dào Xi?ng (From: Capricorn, 2008)
Sunshine Homeboy, ???? Yáng Gu?ng Zhái Nán (From: On the Run, 2007)
Flight of the Bumblebee mix into
Tornado, ??? Lóng Ju?n F?ng (From: Jay, 2000)
Super Mario mix on the piano into
Fireworks Cool Easily, ???? Y?n Hu? Yì L?ng (From: The Era, 2010)
Free Tutorial Video, ??????? Mi?n Feì Ji?o Xué Lù Y?ng Dài (From: The Era, 2010)
Time Machine, ??? Shí Gu?ng J? (From: Capricorn, 2008)
Dad, I’m Back, ?????? Bà, W? Huí Lái Le (From: Fantasy, 2001)
Simple Love, ??? Ji?n D?n Ài (From: Fantasy, 2001)
In the Name of the Father, ???? Y? Fù Zh? Míng (From: Ye Hui Mei, 2003)
Can’t Utter a Word, ???? K?i Bù Li?o K?u (From: Fantasy, 2001)

Encores
Give Me the Time of a Song, ???????? G?i W? Yì Sh?u G? Dè Shí Ji?n (with beatboxing in the middle – so cool :P )
East Wind Breaks, ??? D?ng F?ng Pò (From: Ye Hui Mei, 2003)
Hero, ???, Zhou da xia (From: Kung Fu Dunk)
Rooftop, ?? Wu Ding with Lara
Nunchucks, ??? Shu?ng Jié Gùn (From: Fantasy, 2001)

I liked that the mixes of the song sounded so different than it was on the CD, and it was clear that Jay was definitely not lip syncing due to all the improvisations and sometimes he just wouldn’t sing a few of the lyrics. It’s strange, listening to the concert again on youtube, I noticed that he sounded sometimes out of tune (in a few places), but from where I was sitting, it sounded mostly perfect. I think it’s a fault of the device recording it. Jay sounds stronger live than on those recordings.

Courtesy of Brian Y.

There was a special point in the concert where he used some sort of projection device so it seemed 4D. It is really hard to describe, but it was fantastic. It would seem like he was there, but not, and then the projection would change, the “windows would flip around”, and there he was, inside, singing. Very creative, all around. I totally loved the bits where he performed using one of his awesome skills – one song with the use of a Chinese flute, another with his guitar, and of course, the improvisations on the piano. Plus, he even used his nunchucks! I became a bigger fan of Jay that night, and I didn’t think at that point that was possible.

The last time Jay graced LA with his performances was 2007. This year I wasn’t sure if I was willing to pay the crazy price points and gave some thought about it before I finally decided to go for it. Well, having said that, I will say that in the future, I won’t be thinking twice before purchasing tickets for a Jay Chou concert (unless I’m broke :P ) He was an absolute JOY to watch in concert, and though I suck at reading chinese and singing chinese, I had a damn good time.

Highlights:
Flight of the Bumblebee (totally awesome) into Tornado:

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San Diego Botanical Gardens

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Yesterday, drugs my friend and I went to the San Diego Botanical Gardens to take a peek at what they offered there. It used to be the Quail Gardens, medicine but was renamed (not sure why). It can often be confused with the Balboa Park Botanical Gardens. However, whereas the gardens there are more enclosed, the San Diego Botanical Gardens is a large open area, east of the five in Encinitas, CA. I wasn’t sure what to expect, except that I had a good many things about it from people who had gone there. Both my friend have an interest in photography and went with the intention of taking a lot of photos, but I admit I was enjoying the peacefulness of the area that I didn’t take as many photos as I thought I would have.

For any plant lover or fruit lover, the San Diego Botanical Gardens is well worth the $12 admission fee. I was fascinated to see they had bananas that were supposedly tasted like vanilla flavored pudding. Fruits such as “pink lemonade lime” was tempting. The gardens are split into regions of the world, and much of the tropical area was filled with delicious fruits.

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Not sure what plant this was, but I loved the vibrant yellow

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These Chinese roses were everywhere. Pretty unique looking no?

Jujube Tree
Jujubes plants. I sure like eating them, so I decided to snap a photo – they’re so small here, and of course, not fully grown!

Froggie hiding
Peekaboo – do you see the froggie? It was very close to the side, hiding near the sand

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There are a few gorgeous ponds within the garden, and this was one of them

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Love these fiery purple colors. Was inclined to take a picture of it because of the colors. The picture isn’t anything special however.

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Have you ever seen cork oak? Well, neither have I, until this moment. It looks like bugs ate all throughout it, but that’s just how it looks! Neat eh?

Check out the web site for the San Diego Botanical Garden. I’ll probably visit again when it’s spring next year, as most things will be in bloom then! A pretty lazy Sunday, but managed to take the camera out and spend time with friends.

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Countdown to 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC

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My posts tend to be filled with movie reviews these days, no rx so much so that I’ve been thinking of moving them to a dedicated domain. It’s come to the point where I’m tentative to write anything else but movie/entertainment related topics! If any of you guys have any good catchy domain names — let me know, case as I think most are probably taken.

The Winter Olympics are coming up, information pills starting February 12, for those who may not know (especially if you haven’t been buried by NBC’s commercials for the event.)

I’m preparing to get ready for my Vancouver travels. There’s a lot to do, to write down, in preparation for my trip to Vancouver. Luckily it’s going to be the second week of the Olympics, so I will have some time to do my research to see what to do during the Olympics.

I am kind of disappointed by the constant negative news surrounding the Olympics, and it makes me disappointed in Vancouver in general. There are the arguments over the clothing/marketing line from VANOC and Roots/Lululemon, as well as the arguments with First Nation, the growing costs the Olympics have imposed on the city, and the latest article I’ve just read regarding how the Canadian Pavilion is one ugly building and is shameful to the city. Wow, that sure bodes well. Reading the countless of Canadian news on the Olympics, all I’ve read are complaints from those who live in Vancouver.

Regardless, as I see the dressings going up for Vancouver, and look at all the gear that people have gotten, including friends, I’m starting to become excited to get to Vancouver. I’ve been enjoying a few Vancouver 2010 travel blogs such as We Are All MukMuks and Journey to Vancouver 2010 – Diary of a Fan, both that have been absolutely fun to read.

I’m about to get ready to get geared up dressed in Canadian colors and Canadian gear. Living in California means that Vancouver, though the warmest in Canada, will still be way too cold for this now adjusted for warmth Canadian-American. Just received my boots today, and am now waffling on the rest of my wardrobe, to make sure I am dressed for warmth. But I’ve now realized I need to get some straight or skinny jeans otherwise I will be walking the streets of Canada looking like a dork. H&M, Aeropostale, American Eagle, here I come. The last few things to complete my wardrobe is Roots gear.

Too many things, not enough time! I’ve just started researching now…and Valentine’s Days, birthdays are coming up. So I’m getting a bit batty! More updates later! Hopefully I won’t be as disoriented as I am now.

So Vancouver, I’m not yet ready, but hopefully, by the time the Olympics roll around, before I even leave, I’ll be all packed and ready to go!

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My experience with Google Wave: First Impressions

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Having had the opportunity to use Google Wave for about two weeks, visit this site thanks to one of my co-workers, cardiologist I’ve found Google Wave to be very useful on many levels, and I definitely see a future for this technology. However, given that invitees via the 100,000 core invites (or what seems to be more now with the recent news that Google Wave has been releasing more invites) don’t have the ability to give out invites, it’s not really useful to me until I have the ability to invite people I would work with or use the features.

Bugs
- As of right now, the ‘Trash’ button is not functioning. I cannot move a wave into my Trash bin, and it remains in my Inbox, which I find frustrating. Updated after I wrote this: The trash is now fixed.
- When I press ‘space’, it is supposed to take me to the first unread message in a wave, but if there are any applications / bots in any of the messages, Wave has difficulty moving past this message.
- I’ve gotten ‘script unresponsive’ errors a few times now in Chrome in viewing waves that are huge, so I end up just exiting and reloading Google Wave.
- My inbox tells me I have an unread wave, but when I return to it, I see nothing has changed. There are a few embedded videos, that perhaps mess this up.

Features I’d like to see be added to the wave:
- Backwards compatibility with e-mail (if the goal is to take over Facebook, E-Mail, IM), then I feel as though I should be able to give out my googlewave e-mail address in place of another e-mail. If it remains a static wave because the sending party does not support googlewave, that certainly would be acceptable. I imagine that this would be very difficult to accomplish, but I could potentially see even more people jumping the boat to googlewave if this were implemented.
- Give an option to sort waves by “newest first”, “oldest first”, etc.
- Not easy to “unmute” a wave. Only way seems to be moving it into the inbox. Odd.

Improvements to be made:

- Speed. I think it would be hard pressed to find anyone who does not disagree with this. And this especially applies to embedded javascript applications, or videos, etc, though any long waves with just text can take forever to read and scroll properly.
- I’m not sure how they are going to handle public waves, but waves seemingly never end, meaning each wave has a possibility of having an infinite number of blips. I’m not sure if it could ever be fully supported. People can add bots, images, java applications, and have it bog down on the entire system. Until Google can figure out a way to control this, I think speed will always be an issue. Updated after I wrote this: Someone said that one of the waves reached its limit after 650 blips, and they were asked to start a new wave.
- The scroll bar. It’s an annoying drag scroll bar that does not always act as you would think. Sometimes I click, then drag, and nothing happens. Sometimes it does. I’d like for the bar to be bigger, easier to be selected, and actually function as one would expect a scroll bar to function.
- If I read a public wave, it does not make any sense for me to be automatically included into the wave. If I contribute to a wave, that would make more sense. If the purpose of being automatically added to the wave is to never lose track of it, then a user can just click “inbox” to send it to their inbox.

Likes:
- Very useful collaboration tool. I like the ability to edit each other’s waves, and I see that HTML 5.0 and this technology could be a very powerful platform for document editing, and for corporations, if restricted.
- The speed of uploading pictures are pretty fast, and I like that the other users in your wave can see the thumbnails of the pictures you are uploading while you are uploading.
- Being able to minimize the various windows (Navigation, Contacts, Inbox) and focusing on just the wave.
- Using the keyboard control commands are useful, I will just have to memorize them all to make it more useful.
- I hate and like the real time typing. I type fairly fast, but it might be frustrating for those who type slow. Also, it’s hard to keep up with the conversation if you’re a slow typer. I’ll be happy when the “Draft” box can finally be selected.
- When public waves are functioning without too much lag, I see how they could be incredibly useful. You could take part on many subjects of your interest without ever leaving Google Wave, or start new waves if subjects of your interest have not been mentioned. Security however, may be compromised if people decide to add bots, or applications that may not be safe. But in the naive sense, it’s a great communication tool.

Dislike
- The “online” green dot that was once again re-added to Wave to indicate whether or not someone was online. I’d like the option of turning it off. Just like in chat, or Facebook, I tend to have other things to do and would like to have more control over this. Right now, it doesn’t matter since all of my contacts don’t use Wave all that much, and there are only five of them, but as I invite friends/they start to appear that I think would use Wave, I’d like other options, such as “turn the green dot off”.
- When do the waves in my “Trash” go away?

I’ve just touched the very tip of Wave, and I haven’t tried many bots or all the buttons in Google Wave, but I will eventually learn all that Google Wave has to offer, and I will hopefully document it here as I learn more about Google Wave.

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The Adventures of the “Personal Computer”

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About a year ago, prescription my speakers started doing something strange. They started crackling. It was a great annoyance to me, stuff as I watch a lot of video and listen to a lot of music on my PC, so most of the time it was difficult to hear. I had thought at the time that it was my speakers that had gone bad. But then, the crackling subsided due to what it seemed like to me at least at the time, cold weather. Not sure how that worked, but I was happy with the temporary quiet that my speakers served me, only to find that as the season changed back into summer, the problem returned. However, this time I determined it was not my speakers, it was my soundcard. (I had attached a pair of headphones into the soundcard’s headphone jack and lo and behold, crackling!)

That told me that I needed to get a new sound card, but I was not happy with this prospect either ( though much cheaper, given that I have a nice 5.1 setup). The computer that I have is a Dell 8400 P4 3.2GHz. It has served me well for almost 5 years, and I had loved it for most of those years, but it seemed to get slower and slower to me in the past six months, even after a reformat. Problem is, I use many applications all at once – Photoshop, Lightroom, 20 browser tabs open, sometimes multiple browsers (Firefox, Chrome, and Opera), in addition to watching a movie in the background. It got to be all too much for my poor computer. Plus, .mkv video files have started being so popular that I found that I couldn’t watch those files without turning off every single application.

With my growing frustration, I started researching what kind of computer I wanted. I knew that in the past five years, dual core and quad core processors started being popular, but that was about it. I felt pretty much in the dark, given how quickly technology moves. I started off looking at Dell computers, since my past two or three computers have all been Dell. They’ve treated me very well. One thing that was mandatory though for me, was a requirement of being expandable and supporting four hard drives. No can do.  I was not willing to turn to Hewlett Packard, or other companies, so I decided to build my own computer.

Besides having built a couple PCs back at my first job, my experience in building a computer was next to nothing. However, I knew that I wanted a fast processor that would last me many years, a case that was expandable, and a new hard drive. I do know that if I can do it, anyone can, as long as you research.

Once I had gotten all my parts, it took me a good couple of evenings + half a day during the weekend to put my computer together. Here in Southern California, we were going through a heat wave, and with the lack of air conditioning, I was sweating all the while figuring out which cable needed to go where on my motherboard, so my head was half functioning.

Once all my core components were put together, I plugged in the power cable into the power supply, flipped the power switch on the back of the power supply, and voila! Nothing.

Yes, nothing. At this point, I started to panic. What possibly could go wrong? Nothing was lighting up. Was my power supply bad? All these thoughts started running through my head. I called my boyfriend, the expert PC builder. “Is your power switch on?” “Of course it’s on! I turned it on and nothing happened.” “Is your other power switch in front of the computer on?” “…………….Oh, huh, let me get back to you on that, I’ll call you back later!”

Yes, I forgot that all computers had a power switch on the front of the computer to turn it on, as you know, computers are not usually on 24 hours a day, with no other method of turning off the computer except turning the power switch off from the power supply. So, once I turned the power switch on, my computer whirred happily and I saw my motherboard start-up screen display. All was well with the world.

The moral of the story: Even self proclaimed nerds have moments of idiocy.

Since then, I’ve had a few bumps here and there, with a high pitched noise being emited with the motherboard, with Windows acting up (due to some application I had installed), which was fixed with a quick re-install, and an issue with one of my old hard drives.

Have any of you done similar “smack-your-head-duh” moment before? I’d love to hear your stories!

Note: It may be a challenge for someone who is not computer literate, but I will hopefully, in laymen terms, describe how one goes about building a computer in a future post.

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