Did you get 40 thousand viruses on your computer?

New computer status: built, and purring like a kitty, no small thanks to George and co.

Since windows security center decides to turn itself on and nag me about installing an anti-virus software, I’ve decided “what the hell” and installed one. I figured it wouldn’t hurt, since my new computer can do that and play any game without taking performance hits…

then the warnings start coming in. I’ve been getting about 3-4 viruses/trojans/spywares that’s being detected by the software daily, mmm, if these are the ones that are caught, I can’t imagine the ones that slips through and the ones that I have on my old hard drive…

2 years * 365 days * 5 viruses per day = hmmmmm…

Funny that I was trying to fix my neighbor’s computer (she’s the elderly old coot type with the cats, minus the crazy… well for now) about two weeks ago and I was laughing my ass off on how scared she is when I try to open up IE without installing an anti-virus software first.

This, along with the legal trouble, is making me agitated and paranoid, despite the fact that my new desktop is just pristine and perfect in every sense. I feel that whenever I fix up something in my life, another thing goes wrong. This is not what used to happen when I was still in college. With this much responsibility, I wonder why I can’t climb walls or web sling around New York, since obviously it looks like I deserve that.



We recieved a legal document today stating that a complaint had been filed against my father. Being the butt end of the old joke “if there’s a problem, sue their asses” doesn’t feel funny.

At all.


Final purchase price of computer: $2705.42, including taxes and S/H. That’s about the price of my last two computers plus any peripherals I’ve picked up in between those two computers… Anyone want to take a bet on how long this will last before it explode again?

(That way, I’d at least have a headstart to another computer if this new one blows up in my face)

I’m O.K.!

Computer Status Update: Fried As Usual.

No no, I’m talking about the Thompsonsoft Game. Whether you care about Jack Thompson and his “Modest Proposal” or not, the game is great in its own right. It is able to

1) Follow the outline of the proposal down to the finest details (obviously bending some of it to make ends meet, but still, check out level 2’s background music)
2) Pay a surprising amount of homage to LOTs of videogames, both old and new.
3) Stay fun – where many parodies failed this game is actually able to keep the fun factor in check~

The last two level, in particular, are really worth playing – and I also need to enlist your help. Listen to the level 3 music (and if you don’t want to play the game, download it and you’ll find it conveniently in the “music” folder) and see if you get all snippets of music from other video games. I’ve only been able to put together the easy ones… obviously, part of the music might be original, but since I’m too uneducated in music of the NES era I’m sure there’s a couple more games hidden in the song. Here’s what I’ve been able to figure out so far:

(SPOILERS: well, sort of, but it’s not that hard to get to level 3 anyway)

– 0:08 Super Mario Bros. 1-2
– 0:28 Unknown
– 0:38 Another Game I believe, Unknown
– 0:43 Probably just a lead-in
– 0:52 Legend of Zelda 1
– 1:02 Super Mario Bros. 1-1 (god this one is hard to figure out)
– 1:29 Tetris for Gameboy Music Type B
– 1:51 Super Mario Bros. 1-2 again, although the overtune might be from another game

I won’t even start going into all the games that’s being referenced visually… but really, play up to level 3 and get to the 3rd floor… I think I’ll leave it at that.

EDIT: I R STUPID. Solution from the composer can be found at his blog.

Wheel of Fortune

New computer status: pending. Looks like I’ll be able to save about a thousand dollars if I put the computer together myself, but really… I don’t feel so enthusiastic about putting together my own computer anymore. It used to be that there’s not that many variations in hardware, and most things you put together lasts quite awhile… nowadays the hardware scene bloomed, the choices multiplied, and so do the compatibility problems. The closer you push to the edge the more problem sinks in, not to mention that the computer you buy may become 1) obsolete in less than 2 months, or 2) blow up in less than 2 years…

But really, after my desktop exploded, I’ve been spending time on a lot of old habit that died two years ago, turning those moments of “what the hell I used to do before playing WoW” to “this is what the hell I did before playing WoW”. Met a bunch of people – more people I’ve met than the entire last year combined, sans AX. And play a lot of flash games. And started to post of BBS again. And pulled out some old SPRPGs and started playing them over again.

I wish I can go back to the mood where I feel like sitting down and writing games outside of work. My mind do feel like the wheel of fortune at times, sometimes it’s worth $300, other times $3500… still others is the mystery round with the bankrupt tag in the back.

Last night I had a dream of a girlfriend, not from anyone I knew but something completely imaginary. I haven’t had those kinds of dreams in ages. Years. And no, haven’t been looking out for anything remotely related to Valentine’s until someone reminded me of it.

Am I saying too much? I think I’m saying too much. Thank god nobody bothers to read these posts nowadays.

Where did all the platformers (for the PC) go?

As you can see from the sudden surge of posts on my LJ, losing my desktop does have some impact on my current lifestyle. As a last ditch effort to make my (now dead) computer work, I bought a few cans of compressed air as well as (impulsively) a USB gamepad. Now, the gamepad itself is as good as it gets – built like a PS2 controller but even more comfty – but I couldn’t find *any* application that uses the pads except to map controls for a few platformer flash games online and possibly games on the emulator, if I ever decide to drag those antiques into my laptop.

So I sift through my “good games” pile, then my “so-so games” pile (the “bad games” pile elimiated during the great cleanup of 2005), and I’ve found one – one! – platformer out of all the games I have. And so I thought I’d pick up a platformer game at Fry’s tomorrow (for the PC) and… on second thought…

that um, doesn’t exist anymore.

They have a pile of “casual games”, check… FPSes… check. MMORPGs and the ever shrinking stash of SPRPGs… check. Strategy games placed somewhere obscure… check. Platformers… hmm. I didn’t realize how narrow the PC games market is getting until I’m stuck with a computer that can’t run the usual suspects.

Oh well, I think I’ll throw in the emulators.