I was dropping some entrecards today and found this great website called nuke it dot org and it had some pictures of these cool little miniture motorcycles made of electronics components. They are made of capacitors, resisters and chips. Click Here to check out the site and the images, its quit the artistic show.
Archive for September, 2008
I was originally gonna install Windows XP on my new PC but after checking out that it does not support DirectX 10, I decided to try out Windows Vista. I installed Vista and one really neat feature I found is the gadget side bar. I did some searching on Google and found some really neat looking monitors for CPU, Memory, NVidia GPU Temps and Network Traffic. I installed all of these and have them running all the time now.
Click on the Gadget icon below to go to the Authors page and download them for free.
My current PC is over 4 years old now and the only upgrade that I did to keep it up to date was upgrading the video card. I went from a Geforce 6600GT 256MB to a Geforce 7800GT 512MB besides that it did a great job at playing World of Warcraft for 4 years.
Well all things age and 4 years is actually a good lifetime for a PC as most die or are too slow to do anything after a few years so I decided to get a whole new system. I ordered parts today and if they come in I should be able to get it built and installed by the time I hit the sack tonight.
The biggest reason that I did decide to order a new system was that while playing WarHammer Online it was really choppy even after getting a new video card on the weekend. I purchased an EVGA Geforce GTX260 with 896MB of RAM on Saturday and thought that this would help and it did but not enough to make it playable at 1900×1200 resolution. My old 3.0GHZ P4 doesn’t have enough power to push the video card to it’s limits so the GTX260′s true power potential isn’t being used at all.
When I play games I always want the best visual gaming experience I can, otherwise you loose the true representation of what the game designers want you to see. I am a very visual person so the more graphical WOW I see the better gaming fun I have while playing my game.
This will be my new system configuration:
Antec 300 Series Case
Antec 600Watt Power Supply
Asus P5Q-E Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz 6MB 1333MHz CPU
4GB DDR2 1066Mhz RAM
Seagate 500GB 7200RPM 32MB Cache Hard Drive x2 (Running Stripped)
LG DVDRW With SATA Connectors
EVGA Geforce GTX260 896MB PCI-E 2.0
LG 24″ LCD running at 1900×1200
NEC 19″ CRT as 2nd Monitor
Don’t you hate it when your outside window molding is all cracked and ugly. When you bought your Honda Civic Back in 1993 the molding was all black and nice, but over the years the sun and weather have deteriorated the plastic cover and now it’s just a nuisance to looks at. Well there is an easy solution for this and only takes about 20-30 minutes to swap out a new one or a better condition one from a wrecker.
And just in case you want the part numbers of those molding pieces I put them below so you can order them right from Honda brand new.
1992-1995 Civic Hatchback and Coupe Part Numbers:
window molding: 72410-SR3-003
door sash garnish: 72430-SR3-003
window molding: 72450-SR3-003
door sash garnish: 72470-SR3-003
I was taking care of my brothers dog and house last week so I was very short for time as you can see the lack of posts but now it’s time to get back into the rhythm and start posting again.
Today I am gonna talk about bumpy roads and that I hate them. There is no question about it that when you have low profile tires and coil overs you feel the bumpy roads a lot more then the average person with a stock suspension and tires. The road to my brothers house use to be so bumpy I didn’t want to drive there but now they repaved it and it’s not too bad. Butas you maybe agree a bumpy road is just terrible to your neck and back if you have a lowered car and low profile tires.
Now don’t get me wrong I do like the performance and handling that has improved with low profile tires and coil overs in my Honda Civic, but sometimes I feel like my teeth are gonna fall out.
There are two sides to everything as in the Good and the Bad. Either you go with bubble tires with a 70 or 80 profile/height and really crappy handling cause all your tires’ sidewalls bend like butter on every corner, or you get 50 and lower profile tires that handle well but are less forgiving on rough roads.
The 2nd part of this is the suspension. Now in most cars the stock suspension if it’s not too old and worn out works great for regular driving but once you get into the performance and car modding scene you will want to either use lowering springs or coil overs.
Lowering springs will give you a preset ride height but be a little bit more forgiving on bumpy roads where as coil overs are totally adjustable on ride height but less forgiving on bumpy roads
There has to be a balance of good performance and handling to a comfortable ride otherwise whats the point. Now as far as coil overs are concerned the better quality you get, the better and longer your suspension will last and also give you a bit more comfort. By getting brand name and quality coil overs you might pay a bit more but you will get adjustable shocks and better ride and feel, and the shocks can be adjusted by anyone just by popping the hood and twisting a knob.
Now with all this said if you feel you want to lower your Honda Civic and put a nice set of low profile wheels and tires, be warned your car will perform better but you will also feel the road a lot more.I’ve had the same coil overs for over a year now and they seem to work good for now, but I do want to upgrade them in the near future and really get the suspension dialed in.
Bumpy roads will always be there so just set your Honda Civic up so you get the best performance and a comfortable ride and do like me, study the road and watch for pot holes.
I finally started playing WarHammer Online: Age of Reckoning on the weekend and I like it. At first it seemed a bit weird as I was so used to playing World of Warcraft but now hitting level 7 it seems to be getting better and better. The game play is very similar to WOW and me being a veteran WOW player I was used to doing things a certain way but with a little patience this WarHammer game is fun to figure out. There are a lot of things that are very unique and interesting so it makes the game play really fun and addicting, the same way that WOW caught my attention when I first started playing it.
This is my character and my friend Tracey’s character in the beginning. My Character is the Chaos Chosen which is a melee fighter / tank class and hers is the Chaos Zealot a healer class.
I had some free time today so I changed 50% of water in all my tanks and moved the remaining angel fish to the plastic breeder container in my 20 gallon tank. Using the Python makes the water changes so much easier specially since my laundry room has a large sink and a working tap. All I do is drain the water into the sink and then hookup the python to the tap and place the end of the hose in the tanks and walla water gets filled in my tanks. Once the water is changed I just add some chlorine neutralizer and all is well. I’ve been adding water straight from the tap to all my tanks and have never any any issues of fish dieing right after a water change so it seems to be OK. Some people say that the water has to be aged before adding it into your aquarium but I’ve been doing this for over a year and half now and seems to work great. Plus who has room to store 200 gallons of spare water in their house. I think the key to using water straight from your tap is the chlorine neutralizer, without that I guess there could be issues.
Here is a good question, how much have you spent on your Honda Civic turbo build? $1000, $3000, $6000, $10000 or more. People that don’t customize or work on cars might tell you that your crazy for putting so much money into the car, but really is it?
My turbo build is sadly still in the planning stage as my other hobbies and interests have drained my cash flow. I am not mad or pissed off at this situation but I need to start focusing my intentions to get this going soon. I don’t smoke or drink so I don’t uselessly spend my money on things like that but I have other interests such as aquariums, RC trucks, and video games and these do have there costs too. Money comes and goes, it all depends where you want to put your hard earned cash to get the most enjoyment out of it. I have estimated that my build will be around 3-5 grand over the next year and a half, so working at my 2nd job will come in handy. Now for most people this is a big chunk of change but really if you put your mind to it anything is possible.
Here is a link to a post on D-Series.org on what people have spent on their build.
This is a 1993 Honda Civic How To bumper swap or removal for turbo installation.
Tools Needed: Philips Head screw Driver, 10mm Socket Wrench with Extension.
Step 1 Take a 10mm socket wrench and unscrew the 1 screw that is on the left and ridge side of the bumper just in front of the front wheels once you fold back the inner fender Depending if someone has changed the bumper already you might run into Phillips head screws instead of 10mm.
Step 2 Use the 10mm socket wrench and unscrew the two 10mm bolts that are underneath the bumper. Please use the included image for reference.
Step 3 Use a Philips head screw driver and unscrew the 5 Philips head screws that are located on top just in front of the hood latch, once you pop the hood. Once the all the screws are removed you should be able to just pull the bumper right off and replace it if needed. For reinstallation just follow the steps in reverse order.
WarHammer Online Age of Reckoning, the soon to be successor to World of Warcraft is coming to my PC in 2 days. It is being released on Sept 17, 08 and I’ll be one of the first to go to Electronic Boutique Wednesday morning and pick one up. I preordered it last Friday so I’m guaranteed a copy so I can’t wait. The only thing I am wondering about is if i can run it in full 1900×1200 resolution on my 24″ LCD and still get good frame rates out of my current computer system. I might need an upgrade as my 3GHZ P4 is 3 years old now, but this will depend on how well the game runs on it.
Once I get the game installed and play with it a bit I will give you a small review of what I think of it and maybe give a few small comparisons to World of Warcraft.
Click Here for the WarHammer Online official game site for more info.