Just a quick update before I go the hell to bed.
I've had the past few days off, which was nice.
Friday afternoon I got on a train to Hamburg. I met with Chrischi there, and we visited Saturn. Bought The Livealbum of Death
there, and also checked the PC department for SDRAM. Couldn't find any though (well, okay, there was one stick of 128MB RAM and one of 512MB RAM. I wanted 256MB.). Kinda depressing to see your PC devalue so much, while the prices for RAM go up at the same time. DDR RAM appears to be the cheapest at the moment.
Anyway, we left Saturn and visited MediaMarkt instead. Browsed for a bit, looking for CSI and Simpsons boxes, and Blue Öyster Cult CDs.
I also checked out the mouse / keyboard combos available, but couldn't find any I liked. What I'm looking for is a wireless set, with the mouse being optical, preferably with the receiver being a recharger for the mouse at the same time, or even a recharger for spare batteries for both mouse and keyboard. Now that
would be neat-o.
Anyway, I need a neutral mouse, i.e. not one for right-handed people (is
there even one optimised for lefties??), with one mouse button on each side, since that's what I'm used to from my current and previous mice.
As to the keyboard, I just want a normal one, and by normal I mean one with the same layout as my current one. I do not
want the group of 6 buttons above the cursor keys to be mixed around, and I don't want to have cursors and num block moved closer to the main group of keys either. I like it the way it is with my current keyboard just fine.
Anyway, the reason why I'm looking for new ones anyway, is, of course, that my current mouse gets stuck lots when moving downwards, which is really irritating, and also, after rebooting, my mouse and keyboard have a bad habit of just randomly stopping to work.
Oh, and since my current combo is Memorex, and the previous mouse is Typhoon, I guess I really
want to try something decent for a change. Logitech, or something of similar popularity.
Anyway, couldn't find any of those. But I did find a 256MB SDRAM stick (€84.99). It was for my parents' PC, which was annoyingly slow, and I guessed that it might be memory related. Especially since I'd ripped a 256MB stick out of it and put it in my current machine, before giving that computer to my parents.
Anyway, bought the RAM and later installed it on my parents' machine, thus roughly doubling its value I guess.
So, what else? Chrischi and me paid the cinema a visit, to get the tickets for the movie we wanted to see.
Then we left the cinema and went on to pick up Michaela and her boyfriend Ansger (I don't actually know how to spell his name ...). Went to get greek food, then drove back to the cinema, had cocktails there, then went in to see the movie. Saw II
Was funny too, pretty much like the first one. I liked the twist at the end too ...
Well, then afterwards, took Michi and Ansger home, then drove to Schwarzenbek, all the time listening to the FURT livealbum.
Once in Sbek, I just pretty much went to bed at my parents' place. Couldn't sleep too well though, until I put on a shirt and sox, because I was cold.
Got up at around 11ish this morning, said hi to my mother and my father, talked for a bit about stuff and things, then installed the RAM stick in their computer, fired it up to see that it worked (which it did, whoop), and I actually could tell the difference in performance. Also installed some DVD software, changed some bits here and there, etc. Then Chrischi arrived, and we drove to Lübeck.
Once here, we did ... uhmm ... stuff ... Watched some TV, surfed the internet, burned a CD or two, ripped some CDs, listening to Blue Öyster Cult (I didn't managed to put my CD in on the way here, or all day yesterday, because Chrischi was more in a FURT mood, but once here he actually started to really like Blue Öyster Cult ... teh win! (: ). Chrischi had brought Mr. & Mrs. Smith
, which I recommend. It's really funny. Some things remind you of Max Payne, but I didn't really mind. It was definitely good for many laughs. Ironically, just earlier today I'd read this article
on the german DVD release - it's got a new kind of copy protection, that tries to install some drivers when you put it in a PC drive. According to the article, it tends to crash systems, or stop burners from working properly, or, at all. It's also hard to uninstall, because apparently you need to write an e-Mail to the manufacturer of the copy protection system. You then get a download URL and key code for the uninstaller. You run it, enter the key code, and then it connects to the server to verify the code, i.e. uninstalling on an internetless computer is impossible. Also, you can get but one key code per e-Mail addy, so you can in theory only uninstall once, too.
On the plus side, it uninstalls properly.
Another plus side, it works through autorun d; ... Which means that, according to heise, you can easily watch, and rip (!!) the DVD if you have autorun disabled, or hold shift while inserting the DVD. I can verify that watching indeed is no problem ...
Oh, the fun of efficient copy protection ... d;
Anyway, those of you who actually bother reading this, might wonder ... Mr and Ms Smith
isn't out on DVD yet. Chrischi knows some store though, whose employees don't much care about official release dates ... d;
Kay, what else?
We ordered yummy pizza to go with the movie. Wheee.
We also drove to the airport, I talked to Olaf for a bit, and got a car to easier get to the airport to work tomorrow morning. Olaf also pointed out that Monday is VIP-day at the airport, with plenty of Europcar VIPs showing up, to negotiate new contracts between Europcar and the Airport, or something. Oh well, nothing for me to really worry about I guess. I'm not working on Monday anyway, Olaf will have to deal with those guys d;
Chrischi left a while ago. I'm a little tired, so we decided to end the day a little earlier than usual.
I took a quick shower, did some more things on the net, then started writing an LJ entry ...
Ordered a few things off the amazons: Without Remorse
, Rainbow Six
, Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Soundtrack Edition DVD+CD)
(I said I liked it, right? And the box design is real neat too. Bullet holes and stuff), and Scrubs Season 3
And from amazon.com: A Long Day's Night
, On your Feet or on your Knees
, Extraterrestrial Live
, Some Enchanted Evening
, all of which are Blue Öyster Cult live albums, and Fillerbunny in My Worst Book Yet!
(the one Fillerbunny comic I'm still missing) ...
Yay, money. Anyway, it seems that the only place to get all those Blue Öyster Cult CDs is either the US or CA, and with the current exchange rates, and the extra I pay on my credit card for making transactions in currencies other than Euros, and with shipping included, the end price still seemed around €12 per album, which is real cheap. Of course, the comic changes the shipping costs somewhat, so the end would be around €13.50 per CD. Which is still cheaper than the average CD here, and cheaper than an import via amazon.de, I think ...
Anyway, I think that's all for now. A cookie for you if you actually bothered to read all the way through this ...Legal Disclaimer: metaphorical cookies only