Yeah, here's another batch straight from the drafts.
Golden Sun 2 Played Quickly
I managed to get a not very well working copy of this game (the save function doesn't work), so I tried playing through it in a night, but the batteries ran out long before I did. At times like this I wish I had a GBA adapter, so I could just keep it plugged in and keep playing... and while I'm at it a UPS or a backup generator just in case there's a power failure.
It's a great game. There's so much character dialog it's amazing, and if you want more you can read their minds too. You can speak with people you've fought, regular villagers, anybody, and with the 'yes' & 'no' choices (that don't change the story much, if at all) you can get even more out of some conversations. Apart from speaking there's a lot of looking to be done too, you can check boxes and crates and pottery for coins and herbs n stuff, or just read the description on what you're looking at, and of course there's a lot of fighting and walking and buying and upgrading to be done too.
The movement is so swift, the graphics so neat and effectual with great attention to the details. There are statues, there's varied nature, lots of puzzles, great fighting sequences, plenty of random and staged foes in a varying plot-line and a great accomplishment system. You get coins and power-ups and new things all the time, yet it's never too much. It's addicting, and I'd probably play this game a lot if it did have that save function. Good thing it doesn't I suppose. :P
Planning A Full Reinstall
I've been planning to re-install my OS for a while now. The prime reason for this is that I have two folders that I can't delete. I've tried everything, safe-mode, fiddling with file properties (explorer crashes when I try to do that), Unlocker, KillBox, FileSHREDDER, a ton of other alternatives - nothing works. Will a system wipe and re-install work? I certainly hope so, but that makes me wonder, if the files really can be overwritten, there should be a way of doing so without having to wipe the whole drive and start from scratch. Shouldn't there? I read a guide with a myriad of different alternatives, but I didn't work my way through all of them.
Well, even if there is an easier solution, I feel like a fresh start can be useful. I have a bunch of programs I rarely use, a bunch of programs I never use, a bunch of portable programs lying around who-knows'where, a bunch of files remaining from programs I have uninstalled, a bunch of programs and plugins and addons and modules and other things that are no longer of the latest version and that do not update automatically, and a bunch of temporary and no longer used files and... yeah, you get the point.
It's time for a fresh install.
So, before I'm starting this re-install I decided to make a bigger mess out of things; sort through my files. Not the ones on the computer, but the ones on the external drives, so when the time for a fresh start arrives everything will truly be fresh. Get rid of the useless, old, in with the new, woah, yeah. So...
Shower Before Bed
I always used too, then I realized, it makes you less tired. Not good. So I started showering mornings instead, and wow, it's a whole new world out there!
Perfectionism is a dangerous thing. I've never been very tidy so it was easy for me to be lured in, trapped, caged by the desire to make things perfect. I use it an excuse to waste time when bigger things loom ahead.
Man this is slow, I'm moving a file from one HD to another and the speed is just insanely low. Possible reasons?
- A virus
- Problem with the drive
- Malfunctioning program
- Rogue system resource
You can never be sure with that first option, new viruses aren't found until they're old, but I doubt it, I don't see any suspicious programs. Rogue system resource? Nope, that's easy to check. Program malfunctioning? Well if it's not explorer then I can't see what it is. Problem with the drive? I hate when that happens...
Not really moving at 11MB at all, if it takes more than five minutes, it can't be that much for a 700MB file (in case you're wondering, it's an archive of collected WP themes).