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so better day, yes
children of dune - leto 1
Post-script to yesterday.

The Bad (1 new item)

1.) Cavity. Hurts. Hate.

The Good (3 updated items)

1.) Ipod and headphones reappeared. I seriously almost started crying.

(to svmadelyn and eleveninches: Yes. Really. It was on teh floorboard of the car. With two dollars in cash I used to buy a breakfast taco. Life better!)

2.) Bought cute work outfit at Calvin Klein outlet in blue. Seriously. I felt better just watching my checking account go down. Did not find the coat I wanted. *grim* But I will.

3.) Laptop - one data error today but no bluescreen of doom. All I need is Colonel John to last until February. Then I can buy a new one and transfer everything and name him John Sheppard II. Currently pricing Dell Vostro (seriously, that one is--really surprisingly good. I topped out all features on the 15 inch widescreen and came in at under 1700 really easily, and that includes 4 G of RAM. Also refreshingly free of trialwear. I've bene looking for reviews on it, because I just can't get over how very, very affordable it is.)

Random Exercise

Try this. I dnd't know this before.

Go to Dell website and pull up a model. Any model. Say Vostro 1500 or XP whatever. When you open it, you see the basic, the whatever, the whatever, and the premium. Now interesting thing. Go in and configure each one of those to teh same exact specs. I did Vostro 1500 on a whim and here are the results from this webpage:

This is seriously cool to me.

This is the Vostro 1500.

Customized to Windows XP Home Edition.

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7500 (2.2GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)

15.4 in Wide Screen SXGA+LCD Display w/TrueLife™

4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, 2 DIMM

Hard Drive:
160G 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive

Optical Drive:
8X CD/DVD Burner w/ double-layer DVD+R write capability, w/ Roxio Creator

Video Card:
256MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8600M GT

Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Wi-Fi Mini Card


5 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery

Get $70 Dell Dollars w/3Yr Ltd Warranty and Next Business Day On-Site

Leave everything else as-is.

Base With Intel Celeron

Total Price Before Rebate: 2067
Total Price After Rebate: 2017

Enhanced Graphics Performance

Total Price Before Rebate: 2067
Total Price After Rebate: 1758

Performance Package

Total Price Before Rebate: 2067
Total Price After Rebate: 1708

Protection Package

Total Price Before Rebate: 2067
Total Price After Rebate: 1649


*g* To entertain myself, I used these same configurations in a Inspiron.

Inspiron 1520

Total Price Before Rebate: 1520
Total Price After Rebagte: 2102

(This one does come with a subscription to McAfee, I think, and with other random software attached, but nothing we cant' get pretty much for free.)

I have no idea what I've learned except that:
A.) I am anal.
B.) It is fun to configure systems.

4. And randomly, for those who want to see what I was working on for C++ class.

Actually, it is funny; I can't use this one for my project. I showed the eleven pages of code to my professor, who slow-blinked and asked me to please, please turn in just the basic model and not the one of multiple experiments in random booby-trapping a game.

This is Rock, Paper, Scissors, player against the computer.

Click to open directory

Right click and save versioncheatwithissues.exe.

It's pretty self-explanatory as-is; the only noticeable thing is that I put in a lot of code to force certain answers.

Now the fun part. Don't scroll down if you want to try to figure out three modifications I did to practice nesting while loops and sentinel numbers.








For the answer to Rock, Paper, Scissors? alternate answers.

Click on D.

Click on X.

Click on A.

See? Fun. There's also multiple ending answers for final scores.

Annndddd--that's it.


I--er, got a little enthusiastic.

Latitude D830

Three required differences:

Operating System:
Windows XP Pro

15.4 inch Wide Screen WUXGA LCD Panel

Price Before Refund: 2841
Price After Refund: 2438

3 yr Limited Hardware Warranty with Next Business Day On-Site Service
3 Year CompleteCare Accidental Damage Service

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Just had to say quickly (cos I'm supposed to be writing *g*) I am sooo glad you got your iPod and headphones back


*hugs back* Thank you!

Hey, blame Madelyn. I was never this anal before I met her. At least, not this *consistently* anal.

I win as Bone the Wonder Dog. Go me!

I'm glad today was better and am thrilled that you found your ipod. That always has a way of making any day much better. It's snowing here, so all is right in my world. :)

*giggles* I want to add an option that winning five times in a row lets you change your name back but I haven't gotten around to doing it. I think waht we learned on Thursday on how to pull in text files for innput or write to output might help do that.

Thank you!

I'm glad your iPod appear. And I've there in the almost crying with happiness when something I thought I had lost reappear out of the blue :) I'm very happy for you.

Awesome that your iPod reappeared!!

Didn't know you'd lost them but I'm so glad for you that your iPod turned up because missing things is *BAD*
Playing Rock Paper Scissors was a fine way to lose ten minutes of my day *G*

Yay! My hopings worked! Also, Dell system configuration is crack. I play with it at least once a week.

Configuring all the different option packages for the same specs on Dell tends to drive me insane. Next time I'm shopping for a laptop there, can I send you the specs and have you tell me which one I should spec & buy?

I'm actually thinking Jenn should do this as a paid service. It would *seriously* be worth money to people like me.

Heh. Jenn and I spent hours playing on the Dell site before picking out svmadelyn's laptop. It's like a game.

Yes. Really. It was on teh floorboard of the car.

sdfhsdhsdfh Well, thank God.

Rock, Paper, Scissors - Best. Programme. Ever. Seriously! There was much glee when I saw the outcomes of your cheats. And totally made me want to say screw work and go program with glee.

Also, if you want (and someone else hasn't pointed them out already), there were a couple of bits that you might want to edit. It wasn't any broken logic, just a couple of cosmetic changes.

But loved this prog. *g*

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