Shamm on, Shamm off

Yep, that’s right, you guessed it (although maybe not), I rolled a Shaman in WoW. She’s now level 5 just a wee tiny thing, but I have faith in her ability to pWN newbs shortly. You know lots of people I know say that the starting area for Draenei sucks. Well after leveling like 6 or so Humans I think the change in scenery is quite nice, although I’m only level 5 so I can’t exactly say I’ve explored any of it well.

We’ll see in the coming days how this progresses… or more/less how much studying I get done =P.


Blog Spam

Here’s a blurb taken from my WordPress dashboard.

“You have 38 total comments, 2 approved, 36 spam and 0 awaiting moderation.”

Now fortunately I have Akismet which automatically filters spam comments and I actually never see them. But still 94% of the comments are spam which begs the question, what the heck for? I mean the site is most likely spammed by some bot with a list of every blog on the internet, but you’d think they’d realize that anyone who know’s what they’re doing would have spam protection.

But that also brings up a good question, how many of blog admins/users have spam protection? I mean if we all had spam protection then it wouldn’t even be worth the time to run the bots, so clearly a group of uninformed individuals have their blog setup and are getting slammed with spam figuring their getting good user traffic.

Oh well, I guess that means that those of us who know what we’re doing get to benefit from a spam-less blog.


World of Warcraft 3.0.1 Patch

Ok so today is the release date for the WoW 3.0.1 patch which includes all the Wrath of the Lich King (Wotlk) changes excluding Death Knight class, Northrend, and Leveling to 80.

Fortunately for you, I decided to upload the patch to my web server allowing anyone to freely download it. Considering the Blizzard downloader only allows a 32KB/sec download and most 3rd party sites at the moment are heavily trafficed.

I have 5 TB of monthy transfer and a OC-192 connection, so please feel free to use it.



Toshiba M200 + Vista Ultimate = ?

Well they don’t have a word for it yet.

But anyway, I did indeed install Vista on my lowly Toshiba M200 (exact specs except I have 1GB of DDR, soon to be 2GB). So far, I’m quite impressed at the overall performance of the machine, the system lags a bit more then XP did but the functionality and ease of use went up. I’m thoroughly impressed with the Vista Tablet functionality vs XP Tablet. ¬†Surprisingly enough, my frame rate in World of Warcraft (yes it can play on the M200) is pretty much the same as it was in XP.

One thing I noticed right away was the responsiveness of the Tablet Pen, it seems to have increased quite a lot. I also combined that with OneNote 2007 which with the improvements from 2003 has made my note taking a lot more easier.

Would I recommend upgrading to Vista on the M200?

Sure. Make sure that you have at least 1GB of memory however, and I’d recommend installing Vista from a folder on lets say a network or USB drive. The reason for this is the 24x External Toshiba drive sucks for transferring files, if you go that route be read to spend a good 1-2 hours getting to the “Installing” screen. I installed Vista from XP from a folder on my network storage. Took about 1 1/2 hours to install from the time I first ran the installer to when I could first login to the machine.

I will say that anyone who wants to upgrade will need 2 things:

And that’s it, Vista will take care of the rest. If you download/install anything else from Toshiba, you’re installing too much redundant/old software. I say you should download¬†Toshiba Tablet PC Button Driver because it contains the drivers needed to change the Display Brightness and Rotate the screen. Once installed you can use the Vista Mobility Center (press Windows Key + X) to rotate the screen and change the Display Brightness depending on your power status.
Mobility Center
Mobility Center