The Counter-Strike server has been down for a few days because it was being converted from Windows to (you guessed it) SuSE Linux. The box is now all set up, I just have to get a few things out of the way and then it will be back online. Once this is done I'm going to leave it as is for a while, but I'll pop in from time to time. I'll be reposting the server IP once I'm finished with it.
Prologue: I've never written a "Part I" to this. The last time I tried (and failed) to go Northbound was something like a little over a year or so ago.. I don't remember the exact date. The result was disastrous and lessons were learned. I'm not going to go into what exactly happened, but, let's just say that for all intents and puposes the timing wasn't right... at all. (grin)
For the 2nd time in my life I will be attempting to move up North. The difference compared to my previous attempt is that I'm going to be a bit smarter about it this time 'round... and I believe I have a really good chance of succeeding. I can't really get into the details at the moment, but it seems that things are having much more solidity to them compared to the first time I tried this.
Some would ask "Why North?" I have several reasons for wanting to go, but the main one is that I got a liking for the North a long long time ago when I was little. My pop used to take me up there when I was a kid and I always liked it. In my later years I'm now finding out that the living up there is cheaper, the people are friendlier, the food is better (undoubtedly), the rock music scene is better..
Notes about the music scene: In Connecticut, the rock music scene is all but dead. I remember when it wasn't. There used to be cool bands everywhere you looked. And yeah I mean everywhere. At one point I knew about 15 different bands - several of them professional. Then suddenly and for no reason everything dried up and that was it; nothing was never the same again. Up North they have large rock venues all the time. What was a small murmur just a few years back has turned into something really cool up that way.
Concerning the whole "peace of mind" thing, I wrote here previously that either I was either going north or south for location. I've made my decision. I'm going North. This is the 2nd attempt and hopefully it will be successful.
Concerning recent events that have happened - it really looks like the timing is right this time 'round. Even so - I'm not going to make the definitive statement "Yes I am moving" until I 100% know for a fact it will happen. Trust me, if I get the confirmation I'm looking for, you'll most likely see a "Piss off, Connecticut, I'm outa here!" post soon enough. :-)
Decided to give Windows Media Player 10 a whirl. It's free anyway so why not.
My opinion: I like it. This is the first WMP I've seen that actually does what it's supposed to do quite well.
First: Microsoft finally did something they should have done to WMP a long time ago, and that's put it on a diet. Since version 7, WMP has been bulky, weighty and just eats up computer memory. This one is much "slimmer" in that respect.
Second: A helluva lot easier to use. Buttons now make sense, menus have been redesigned. I was able to easily figure this one out.
Third: Looks better. The last WMP was a little too over-the-top in the way it worked. This one can be put in a plain "box" and looks fine when it's in that mode. To those people who still like those custom skins, yes you can still use them - but I always preferred WMP in stock form.
Fourth: Finally looks like the rest of Windows XP. WMP was a bit of an island unto itself. Now it actually matches the look of the XP OS a bit better.
Fifth: The Guide is actually worth looking at now. It's clean and music is easy to get to.
It's not often I say this (if ever,) but bravo Microsoft on this one. Well done. It's still not as quick as WinAMP, but now it's damn close.