The internet connection at this place is UTTER SHITE! Seriously… it’s like running on dial-up again. Or sub-dial-up. Did a speed test the other day and I was getting a download speed of 0.09Mbps! That’s… 11.25KBps, which is SLOWER than the slowest dial-up connection available. I think. Tongue out

When I first got here, I had 7MBps… that’s megaBYTES, not bits. I literally downloaded Garry’s Mod (about 6GB or so) in about 20-30 minutes. I could’ve lived with that SO well. Smile Unfortunately, it’s gone down the drain, now. Sad Repeatedly losing connection to Skype, can’t host online servers, problems connecting to people on Unreal Tournament, problems with Xbox Live, can’t even browse the Internet sometimes… it’s like descending through the seven stages of Internet Hell. Sad

It’s as if, every so often, someone in Storthes Hall starts downloading something MASSIVE for a few minutes (therefore throttling my connection), then they get bored and stop the download, giving me back SOME sort of speed. I’m thinking of trying to get my own Internet connection… because it seems pretty possible. I’ve got a phone line (that I never use) and I’m paying for the room… Tongue out Meh, I’ll see if I can do it. Open-mouthed

The TV reception’s rubbish, too – I get SIX channels, consisting of two
shopping channels, a radio station that never has any signal, a dating
channel which doesn’t have a signal, some fuzzy channel that I can’t
remember, and Dave, which is watchable every 10 seconds or so. I don’t get any BBC or ITV channels at all…
strange, because EVERYONE ELSE CAN. It’s also quite strange that I
always have full signal on my phone in my room… yet no-one else does.
Tongue out

Not staying here next year, hell no. There’s gotta be some other student place to stay next year.


Okay, so I got my graphics card ordered, which is sweet! Yes, it will work in my PC… JUST. Tongue out It needs at least two graphics card power cables, a 6-pin and an advanced 8-pin (which I have), at least a dual core processor (which I have), and recommended 680W power supply (mine’s 700W). If I’d’ve bought the 600W PSU I was considering when I first built my rig… I’d have four extra USB ports… but I’d be screwed right now. Tongue out

So what’s the problem? Well, the company won’t ship the card HERE, because it’s my first order, and my delivery address is different to my billing address. They do that to stop credit card fraud, which is fair enough… but now I’m gonna have to have it sent up to me from home, which is gonna cost even more. Sad You think my parents are gonna PAY to post something to me?

It’ll all be worth it when I get it, though – I’m pretty sure of that. Open-mouthed I’ll just plug it into my PC, connect it up, turn it on… and HOPE I don’t hear a massive explosion. Tongue out I should SEE a massive explosion of pure 60FPS on the screen when I play games. Wink

By the way, my Student Finance came through today… so all is goooood. Open-mouthed


Okay, so… I got bored of looking at the order page for the GTX 295, and sort of bought one. Tongue out

Oops. Tongue out

I was a bit shocked for a second after I bought it, because I’d spent such a massive wad of money for SOMETHING… then I realised that this SOMETHING was never going to be replaced, because it’s so powerful, it doesn’t need to be replaced. Open-mouthed Well… unless it explodes, of course, but I’m SO keeping an eye on my temperature monitor when it’s in mah rig. Open-mouthed

So that’s my graphics completely maxed out. Next… I think I’ll need a new CPU. Open-mouthed Not right now, though. Maybe sometime next year. Wink

I bet you ANYTHING that I’ll get screwed at by my mum if she finds out about this. She’d be like: "OMG WTH WERE YOU THINKING?!" But what the hell… I don’t care! Tongue out No game is gonna run slowly anymore. Open-mouthed

I’ll be bahk to tell ya what it’s like, when I’ve installed it. Open-mouthed


Ya, so I’ve been thinking over getting the GTX 295… and I’ve decided that I’m GONNA GET ONE! Open-mouthed

Soon, anyway. Tongue out When student finance gets their ass into gear and actually give me the loan I’ve asked for (it was SUPPOSED to be deposited YESTERDAY), I’m gonna get one. Because if I buy the GTX 295 NOW, and Student Finance don’t put the bling into my account within the next month, I’m kinda not gonna be able to afford it. Confused Thing is, if I DO buy it now, my overdraft will take care of Student Finance failage… but I sort of don’t like to use that, even though it’s interest free. And I also have a credit card… but I REALLY don’t want to use that.

GAH… I wants eet NAU! I’m going to snap at some point and just buy it. Open-mouthed

I’ll let ya know when I get it, and what it’s like when I install it. Open-mouthed

I shouldn’t… but I want to.

Right, as you may know, I managed to get a healthy amount of bling for completing that Counter Challenge game. The problem is… just HAVING this amount of money has made me realise that I can afford the graphics card I’ve wanted for a fairly long time.

One of THESE:

It’s the GTX 295, and it’s the most powerful graphics card… IN THE WORRLD! Open-mouthed

Ya, and it’s pretty fecking expensive. Cheapest price I’ve been able to find is £337 including VAT and delivery… and that’s not really that bad. It’ll make my computer future-proof, cuz it can apparently run Crysis on full settings at my resolution at more than 60FPS… and games probably won’t be much more graphically demanding than that for a while. Tongue out Slightly concerned about whether my processor will bottleneck it, though. Meh, if it DOES, I’ll just wait until I can afford a quad core or something. Don’t want to go for an i7, though. The processor will cost about £300-500, and it’ll involve replacing my motherboard, and that’s not going to be cheap. Tongue out

I REALLY, REALLY want this brick of a graphics card, and I’m pretty sure I can afford it… but I don’t know whether I want to spend so much money at once…

I’ll think it over. Smile

Is it just me…

…or should I have died like, three times by now? Seriously! First we were all gonna be killed by birds, and now, we’re gonna be killed by pigs AND all other farm animals! Confused

And forgive me if I’m wrong… but, isn’t swine flu a WEAKER form of normal flu? And also, haven’t all the victims of "swine flu" had other underlying health problems, too? And if e-coli is such a big problem now… why don’t you, y’know… spray all the animals with Dettol or something? That kills e-coli… Tongue out By the way, I thought e-coli was a form of food poisoning? So… how do you get it from live animals? Unless the kids are REALLY stupid and lick the animals… or not even wash their hands after touching them…

KIDS are the REAL danger, not animals. You’ll see… one day, kids are gonna cause a major outbreak of a disease because they have no common sense. Tongue out The government and farms and stuff really need to stop crapping themselves over these animal diseases, and start putting more money into child education. It will save us all one day. Tongue out

ANYWAY! If you haven’t already checked it out, there’s a new update for ULSG!

If you’re a DDR fan, you’ll want to check that out. Even if you aren’t… just check it out. It’s cool. Open-mouthed

I think the people who are following my game on The Daily Click really… REALLY like it. Open-mouthed


My bad, I should’ve died FOUR times by now! I forgot about mad cow disease. Tongue out