Happy New Years Eve and why Dell sucks

Wishing you a Happy New Year

Happy New Years Eve to everyone. I hope you all have fun and don’t party too hard. I’m not old enough to party hard nor does the idea appeal to me, but if that’s your thing go for it.

New Years was always the time when I would drink too much sparkling cider and have an excuse to stay up late. Now I stay up late almost daily and New Years has become more associated with having movie marathons than celebrating.

You see, for me the start of the new year is just another day. I never feel on January 1 than I did on December 31. My goals and ambitions are the same, so it’s really just another day.

Today I plan to watch a Star Wars marathon because my mom has never watched them entirely. She’s seen bits and pieces and if we’re going to see the new movie she needs to be caught up.

Computer Problems: The Saga

Things are going well for the most part. I got my new desktop, a Dell XPS 8900 with the newest i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB hard drive. I’ve never owned anything so new, so that’s pretty cool. The PC works just fine and its blazing fast.

However, my laptop is a different story. As some of you know my HP Envy m6 went crazy and stopped working in November. I bought a new Dell Inspirion with an i7 and 16 GB of RAM to replace it but the network card wasn’t working properly. So, I took it back to Costco.

I purchased a new Inspirion with a 17″ display and the same specs and the same problem occurred right out of the box without installing anything. Well, it turns out that Dell Inspirions don’t support high network speeds, which is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard. If I’m spending $800 on a laptop I expect it to reach the 170 Mbps speeds I’m supposed to get, not a mere 80 Mbps.

I would take it back again, but Winter Quarter of college starts next week and I need a laptop. It’s basically a required material for my courses. So, I’m looking to see if an external LAN will work because the Inspirion WiFi adapter is on-board and can’t be replaced. If that works I can either keep it or use it until my sister-in-law fixes my HP Envy so that I can use that old laptop and research a good laptop that supports higher speeds. I have 90 days to return it, after-all.

New Years Resolutions

I’ve never been one to make these. It seems silly to wait for January 1 to achieve your goals when it should be a year-round process.

This year I’m making two. The first is to get fit. I know, typical, right? It is, except I’ve already started. I used to work-out a lot, but for some reason I stopped for 13 months. That’s a long time to not be working out. I started again on Monday and I’ve worked out every day from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30-8:00. My body aches and I’m so sore it hurts to get out of bed in the morning, but hey, no pain, no gain.

Plus my brothers will keep my to that goal. They’ve been working out at my house every day for the past two years. If I was to take a day off they’d probably yell at me.

My other resolution is to start publishing videos to YouTube. My younger brother and I plan to start filming next month for our channel Freak Shack Entertainment. I’ve already made the graphics for it and I’m working on ideas for thumbnails and intros. I’m sure it will be fun.

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 960 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 16 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you to everyone for supporting me. 2016 will be an even bigger year.

Going on hiatus

So, here’s the thing: my new laptop is faulty. I’m returning it to Costco for a new one because the ethernet adapter is buggy.

I won’t know how long it will be until I get a new one and I have to start deleting everything from this one, so I won’t be posting for at least a few days, probably longer.

Either way I will be setting up my new Dell desktop next week but I’m not ready to do that yet, so if I don’t get a new laptop before then you’ll hear from me on December 27 or so.

These computer problems really suck, but there’s not much I can do about faulty hardware.

 

I didn’t forget

I promised you guys some flash fiction yesterday. I haven’t forgotten, it’s just not done!

I’m not sure when I’ll have it for you guys,  but I will.

I’m still having some problems with my laptop’s network adapter so I might have to take it in to Costco and have them look at it while I’m still under their warranty. That way they can get me a new one if need be.

I’ve tried uninstalling it and reinstalling, updating the drivers, and diagnosing it. There does appear to be a DNS server error, but it won’t go away when I “fix” it.

I’ll keep you guys updated.

December 15

I spent the day reorganizing my room (I do that a lot. I just always feel the need to change things) and working on my new laptop. I’m having some internet connectivity problems that need to be fixed.

I should be getting 170 Mbps download speeds and anywhere from 10 t0 14 Mbps upload speeds, but with enternet cables I’m only getting 30 Mbps. It’s not a problem with my internet because the other computers work fine with the same cable.

My wifi is getting 80 Mbps at least, but that’s still not right.

I did some troubleshooting and it looks like a DNS server error with the IP address, so that should be an easy fix. There’s also a disk problem just like with my old laptop which leads me to believe it’s a Windows 10 error because my hard drive is fine and my computer is not freezing.

Assuming I can get this all ironed out I might have some flash fiction for you all tomorrow. I hope you’re as excited as I am.

I will leave you (or I guess you probably started with it) with the song that’s stuck in my head: Crazy Lixx’s amazing cover of Mans Zelmerlow’s “Heroes.”

Announcing a new project

As promised I want to start writing a fiction project exclusively for this blog. I’ve tried to start one a few times but they turned into novels instead.

Sometime this month I will start a series called The Curse of Me, a supernatural romance-thriller based off a piece of flash fiction I wrote in September for the Story a Day challenge.

I don’t think it will be a weekly segment or anything, but it will be exclusive to this blog. I may not actually get to it until January, but it will happen.

YouTube update, and news about my laptop

I lied.

The graphics I put up yesterday are not the new emblems for my YouTube channel. They were going to be, but I made better ones. The ones below are the new graphics I made. You can check out my YouTube channel here.

 

Laptop news

I finally got my new laptop. That means I can actually blog and make graphics and write without worrying about what will stop functioning.

It’s pretty fast and it has a touchscreen, so that’s really cool.

Next week I’m going to try and return to writing flash fiction for you guys. Stay tuned.

Rebooting my YouTube channel

My brother and I have a YouTube channel called Freak Shack Entertainment. We’ve posted a few videos to it over the past year, but we are looking to do more. So, we’ve decided to re-brand it this week and prepare to upload new content probably in January.

Our channel was focused on just our lives, but now we’ve decided to get into the gaming field on YouTube. We’ll still post other stuff on there, but we want to primarily post us playing video games.

We’ll probably upload us playing games for the Xbox One, PC, Super Nintendo, and Xbox 360.

Here’s some of the new graphics I made for the channel. They’re mostly temporary until I get my new computers and download my good programs again.

Computer update

As I mentioned in my post last night my laptop is having problems. I hate this device and I bought a new one. You can read the full story here if you haven’t already.

This afternoon it found more ways to grind my gears. I went to print something and suddenly my laptop forgot my printer. I went to add it again but the service is disabled/rebelling against me. So, now it can’t print. I had to add the file to a jump drive and print it from the downstairs desktop. Yay for inconvenience.

Just a small post today, but it’s better than none.

I’ve Been Away For Too Long – Life Updates

Yeah, I’m getting that feeling too. It’s been a while since I’ve really sat down and spent time on this blog. I posted a few tidbits about National Novel Writing Month, but the blogging side of it didn’t go as planned.

So, I’m ready to get back into the swing of things. First off, what’s with this new WordPress update? Everything is so different and….and clean. It’ll take a while to get used to, but it’s not bad. Without further delay, here’s what’s going on:

Winning NaNoWriMo ’15

If you haven’t read my previous post, I successfully finished my third consecutive NaNoWriMo. That’s pretty cool. I was scared I wouldn’t finish, but I ended up finishing early again. It was such a stressful month and it makes me not want to write again, but that would be silly. Writing is life.

I’ve haven’t touched my novel since NaNoWriMo ended. Part of this is that I needed a break from writing. The other part is my computer problems, but we’ll get to that in time. Like I said, this is my first post in months to delve deep.

I did end up printing my novel at the college late one evening. Every student gets $10.00 of printing each quarter and it doesn’t roll over to the next quarter, so we have to use it or we lose it. The editor-in-chief of my newspaper printed her novel for just over $4.00, so I decided to make my novel double-spaced and printed it double-sided for like $7.50. Basically, I printed the first 50,000 words of my novel for free so I can edit it with a red pen. I’m pretty excited about that.

Troubleshootin’ Right Here in River City

Now let’s get to my computer troubles. I got my HP Envy m6 laptop for Christmas in 2012. I remember how excited I was to get it. I had been using an old Dell Dimension 8300 desktop with a dual-core processor and like 250 GB of space, so upgrading to a laptop with an i5 processor and 699 GB if usable space was amazing.

The laptop worked fine for a while, then it started to get slow and some Windows updates stopped working. This was in 2013. It started to have issues but we couldn’t figure out what was wrong. It wasn’t malware or viruses and the hard drive was still good. It got a little bit better around the time for the Windows 8.1 free upgrade, but I wasn’t able to upgrade because Windows updates wouldn’t update.

In 2014 we reformatted the laptop and it worked good as new and I upgraded to Windows 8.1. The computer was great for a few months then it slowly crept back to having small errors.

Once again we fixed the errors and they disappeared. After upgrading to Windows 10 this year I thought everything would be behind me and it seemed like it was…until November hit.

The computer started freezing and the disk space column in the task manager hit 100% nonstop. The problem was that nothing was really being used. It was topping out at 10 MB. That’s not right. My sister-in-law is a programmer and she took a good long look at it and determined that it wasn’t the hard drive and there wasn’t any malware.

Then a few days later the Start menu, Cortana, Action Center, and Windows Store abruptly stopped working. I searched for answers and I’ve tried everything online. Nothing works. So, I can’t access some of my apps because I can’t search for them. It sucks.

I was going to reformat the laptop and maybe install Windows 7 to it. However, I decided to order a new Dell Inspirion from Costco for $750 that’s twice as good as my current laptop. I am also getting a new Dell desktop for Christmas, so I’ll have two good computers (both have i7 processors and more RAM than my current laptop.)

So, I held off doing anything important until they arrive. I just don’t trust my laptop. I know that I have a jump-drive, but still.

 

Well, that’s some of what’s going on with me. It’s also finals week at the college, so I’ll be busy with that. I’ll try my best to write more this week. Until then,

blog on!