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In which I am a capitalist - Tactical Ninja

Jul. 4th, 2011

09:09 am - In which I am a capitalist

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tieke! tieke! I have unitards for you! Two of them! Chocolate brown ones with non-baggy knees! And they fit me *cough* snugly so they'll fit you and everything!

Now that I seem to have the hang of plain ones, for my next trick I want to experiment with two things - creating patterns using different colour fabrics that will still look nice while being stretched in funny ways, and doing the same thing using well-placed holes. I'm a bit nervous about holes because I know tissu works on friction and the last thing anyone needs is their holes migrating and turning their arty and graceful tissu into impromptu burlesque. But one can but try, right?


The settlement on Mum's house went through without a hitch, and remarkably my calculations on how much I'd end up with were pretty much bang on. Today, grist and I are going into the bank to get a divorce* after which I pay the deposit on the apartment, bung the rest of my apartment-committed money in an account to earn interest until settlement date, and start figuring out the Things I Said I'd Do If I Ever Have Money. The list so far:


By my calculations that should leave me with enough for moving and to consider getting a heat pump installed in said apartment. Because we likes it warm..

It's not a huge amount of money by any stretch of the imagination. By John 'I insist I am one of you despite my $150million in the bank' Key's standards it's chump change. But for me it's kind of like Christmas, only better because I get to choose the presents - and it's an opportunity the likes of which I've never had before. I am both excited because OMG a useful amount of money, and nervous because OMG I'm not used to handling useful amounts of money and I don't want to fuck it up.

* Since we have the same surname and a joint bank account, officials automatically assume we are married. Lends a whole new meaning to brotherly love...

Anyway, enough about that. Yesterday the Youth Of Today and I spent some time putting together a build for a nice desktop that should see him right for the next 2-3 years until hologram games come out and suddenly it's not whizzy enough any more. Instead of posting the specs here, I've sent them to someone to confirm we haven't messed up compatibility. I fear doing that sort of thing here because lots of geeks read this and it's likely I'd get multiple conflicting recommendations for things other than what we've chosen, which with the addition of our n00bness and lack of understanding of what the letters and numbers mean, could put us back to square one in terms of progress. However I do have a question and it's a pretty n00b one.

We have a wireless network set up in our house, it's neato! However the wireless card in Youth Of Today's old box has driver location issues (ie he's been unable to find drivers to make it work with Win7) and is generally old and, well, old - so we've had an unsightly cable running across the floor for ages. We would like this to stop.

Looking around the internet it appears that wireless cards are like everything else - you can get one for $20 or you can pay exorbitant prices for one. Thing is, I know nothing about such things. I know I'd like it to be internal (ie not a USB one with an aerial on it that sticks out the side because in combo with a teenager that's asking for trouble). But that's about all I know. So, if you understand what I'm after and could point me in the direction of a list of them from which we could choose one in our price range, that would be awesome. And I would grovel and admit my ignorance. And not ask any more n00b questions till next time.


The new owner of Mum's house let me off the hook for the weeding so I got to spend time sewing and weaving yesterday. Saturday was all about getting stuff in my hair - sawdust, paint and finishing compound dust to be precise. I don't recommend these things as hair products unless you're going for the Great Unwashed Chic look. Oh, and I lifted heavy things and didn't run over Happy with a wheelbarrow full of stones. You'll thank me later.

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From:rantydave
Date:July 3rd, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
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...in which ranty enquires politely about contact lenses. I was harping on about wanting my eyes lasered to a guy wot I work with and he gets 1 month contacts from a place online. Am very tempted and it can go on my list of things to do that will be a lot easier once I live in town.

USB ones that stick out with antennae and all sorts of things are made easier by the marvel of USB extension cables - the $2 shop has a fine line in these and probably a cupboard somewhere in our house too. The point is you connect the USB thing to the extension cable then blu-tack it (or similar) to the wall. This prevents it from being tripsnapfuck'ed and also means the antenna gets to be a long way away from a big metal box with lots of electronics inside. Win win, but let a nerd know what letters are on the side of your access point (it'll be either 802.11b, g or n).

Not posting machine specs is extremely wise.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 3rd, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
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I will go have a look at the Router O Doom tonight and transpose said letters. Thanks!

I wore contacts for 20 years, and eventually my eyes staged a protest in which they started producing protein (which is remarkably similar to sandpaper in texture, who knew?) which would adhere to said contacts and make my life miserable. That's when I got glasses. I still have contacts for parties and sports that require goggles (like snowboarding) but one day is as long as I can wear them now.

I'm after a permanent no-corrective-lenses-required kind of deal, and apparently my eyes are ideal for lasering so I'm off in to get my second assessment on Wednesday.
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From:t_c_da
Date:July 3rd, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
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IIRC 802.11n will cooperate quite happily with 11b & 11g networks...

More knowledgeable minds will happily correct me, I'm sure...
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From:rantydave
Date:July 3rd, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Indeed it will. It also appears to no-longer make a difference in terms of money.

I'd suggest: http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=396781

Windows 7 drivers are: http://nz.level1.com/Home-Products/Network-Cards/Wireless-USB/WUA-0603/745.html
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From:tatjna
Date:July 4th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
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Huh. LJ labelled this as a suspicious comment.

Oi, LJ! Ranty isn't dodgy! oh wait..
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From:richdrich
Date:July 4th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
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Just a thought - I use an Ethernet over mains solution, which provides 4 ports at a point distant from the router (by plugging into the wall sockets). It claims 300Mbit speed (I have not measured this) and is setup free (looks like a hub). It's worked well since I installed it (mainly because my office doesn't have a phone port).

It probably isn't the best or cheapest way to do what you want, but thought I'd put it out there.

"NetComm NP203 Home Entertainment Connection Kit" - $203.76 from Ascent.
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From:wildilocks
Date:July 4th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
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We use one of these sorts of things at Jeremy's parents' place because they had problematic wifi. Not cheapest option and generally only good if the wifi is dodgy and you're out of other choices.

In other news, have a friend in Melbs who recently got his eyes lasered and reckons it's one of the best things he's done. Personally, I think glasses are sexy, but I don't have to wear them, and the idea of not wearing them (OR contact lenses) I imagine may be very attractive to those who otherwise need them.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 4th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
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I am ok with wearing glasses, although I wasn't for a really long time (that had more to do with general lack of confidenc in my appearance than anything else, plus having to start wearing glasses as a teenager was not fun). However, to be able to wake up, open my eyes and just see sounds like bliss to me. Along with being able to wear sunglasses and snowboarding goggles, and hug people properly without risking knocking my glasses askew or smudging them..

Can you tell I've dreamed of this for a long time? ;-)
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From:tieke
Date:July 4th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
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Ohai.
Looking forward to, err, tarding ...
Thanks heaps!

Re. holes in interesting places, a good solution is to use skin tone mesh fabric in the holes (if you're lucky you can find this in 2-way stretch)
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