Thursday, July 16, 2015

My History of PC Enthusiasm

PC’s have been an integral part of my Life. Ever since I got my first PC, I was really into the world of Computing. Although, I wasn’t that interested in Hardware at first, somehow, I began to appreciate what was inside the Case of my current PC back then.
I think I was in second grade or third grade when I got my First PC. I don’t have a picture of it saved anywhere. My Dad bought it off of my late godfather. He was the best friend of my Dad. He suffered from Myocardial Infarction and die the same day. His wife was then selling all of his Tech Stuff.
It was a good PC at the time, late 1990’s. It was a Pentium MMX 300mhz PC, a big fancy motherboard with 64mb SD RAM. It had a 9gb Hard drive and used SCSI as its interface to connect to the motherboard. It was also equipped with a CD Burner and a swappable HDD Bay. The tower was huge and was heavy as brick. The PC lasted a few years and helped me with a lot of school projects back then.
We took the PC back home to the Philippines when my mom retired. It was running for a few months until they decided to move the PC to the new house they were building without removing the cables from the System. That of course disconnect the Graphics Card inside the case from the motherboard. Me, a total noob back then, without knowing anything about computers, has started up the PC and it wouldn’t boot up. I was afraid of opening the Computer Case and looking what might be the problem inside. So I let the PC gather dust in the corner of my home. Typical 11 year olds.
After 1-2 years I decided to revive the old PC. I have brought it to a local PC technician and he fixed the old thing. The main problem was the graphics Card. It was an s3 Pro Savage ddr PCI graphics card, which was pulled out from the PCI slot during the transfer. He put it simply back in and the Pc worked again. It was prolly 2002 and the PC was still running windows 98. LOL.
Somehow, the PC stopped working a few years later. I went PC-less for about 3 years till I got to College.
2005 and I got finally into College. That was the time I told my parents to buy me a new PC for my studies. Of course they were skeptical, as they were thinking that I’d only use it for Games. A few months into college, they finally agreed buying me that sweet, new PC. Pentium 4 was still the mainstream back then. We were going to purchase a ready made PC from a well-known store. I think it was OCTAGON, Tuguegarao City where we made the Purchase from.
The Complete PC Package was the following:
Processor: Pentium 4 2.4ghz Prescott
Motherboard: MSI P4mam2-V
RAM: 256mb Samsung DDR
HDD: WD 40GB IDE HDD
CD: Regular CD-R Burner
Monitor: AOC 15” CRT Monitor
Printer: HP PSC1315 AIO
Chair + Computer Table
Set of Speakers
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So, it wasn’t a gaming PC for that time. It ran basic games like Warcraft 3, Starcraft, and some MMO’s. This Computer went thru a lot of upgrades and lasted till 2009.
My first upgrade to the PC was an ATI Radeon 9250 128mb Graphics Card. And boy, was I happy back then to play some of the games that wouldn’t run on the PC before like NBA Live ‘05, Command and Conquer Generals. I figured, 256mb wasn’t enough so I bought another 256mb DDR stick to make the system run on 512mb. The PC was fast that time although I have been craving for more.
A Year has passed, and it was around 2006 that I wanted to ugprade my Graphics Card. The 9250 wasn’t performing that well for my needs so I decided to sell it to a friend of mine. With the few options available in the area, I took upon the Radeon 9550 256mb. Another ATI Card, which performed superbly. I was able to max out the games I was playing that time. The feeling was still incomplete and I wanted more. I needed more STORAGE! So I asked my friend, who was going to Manila, to buy me a set of 512mb DDR Sticks, total of 1GB and a 250gb IDE HDD for more storage.
My system early 2007:
Processor: Pentium 4 2.4ghz Prescott
Motherboard: MSI P4mam2-V
RAM: 1GB DDR RAM (2x 512mb)
GPU: ATI Radeon 9550 256mb
HDD: WD 40GB IDE HDD + Seagate 250GB IDE HDD
CD: DVD-R Combo Drive
Monitor: AOC 15” CRT Monitor
Printer: HP PSC1315 AIO
Chair + Computer Table
Edifier 2.1 Speakers + The Cheap Speaker Set
Man, was I proud of that system. That was the time I began with some basic Video Editing in Sony Vegas. It performed reasonably well with those specs and on Windows XP 32bit, too.
2008 came and we were going on an Affiliation Trip to Manila for 3 weeks. That’s where I figured to upgrade my GPU again. I was looking thru some selling sites in the Philippines and stumbled upon the PALIT Geforce 7300GT AGP 512mb. Although PCI-e was the mainstream already, I couldn’t afford to buy a new board and processor. The card was on sale for about 2,350.00php thru a local seller in Manila. I was so excited getting home and installing the card.

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I was running F.E.A.R. on Max settings back then. The same with Battlefield 2, 2142, and Need For Speed Carbon. This is where I knew that I was getting addicted to this PC upgrading thingy that was going on. You can never have enough.
Through 2008 till late 2009 has this PC served me well. Through lots of College Paper Work, Video Editing, Photo Editing, as well as Gaming for that time, I couldn’t complain about its performance. Although, seeing the boom of Technology on Youtube, with people getting GTX280’s and the new SLI Technology, it made me crave and crave for more.
Sadly, during my Nursing Board Review (Yes, I’m a Registered Nurse), this PC has given up on me. RAM sticks started to fail, the 7300GT burned out, and the HDD’s made strange noises and failed to spin after a while. I was already saying goodbye to the PC, and I realized that all through those years, I haven’t had named it.
During my Board Review, I still needed a PC to continue my work, do video editing and other stuff. I asked my Parents to buy me a Laptop. It was already late 2009, where I received my first Laptop, courtesy of my parents for my Review. It was a Toshiba Satellite L-505D 6948.
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The Specs were:
AMD Turion X2 Dual Core 2.20ghz
3GB DDR 2 SODIMM
320GB HDD
DVD Super Multi with Labelflash
16” Truebrite Widescreen Display
and so on.

I did a lot on that laptop, and has helped me become the Person I am today. The Laptop died around 2011 due to Motherboard issues.
In 2010 I was able to build a new PC with the help of my Mother. It was a birthday gift cause I was sad for letting the old PC go that I had. She gave me a budget of 30,000.00php and it was up to me how I would spend it for PC Hardware. So, I made a list of all the components I would like to have and went the next day shopping.
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Late 2010 PC Specs:
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 5200+ 2.7GHZ
Motherboard: EMAXX AMD780G Pro+
RAM: 2GB Kingston DDR2 800mhz RAM
HDD: 320GB Seagate HDD
GPU: Palit GeForce 9800GT Green 512mb
Case: Regular Case
Monitor: Viewsonic 19” Widescreen LCD
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I can’t remember if I spent all of that money just on that build, or if I have saved some of it to spend on other things. The graphics Card died though 3 years after use. I had to replace the Card in 2012 to a Powercolor Radeon HD4850. Best budget upgrade ever. Add another 2GB RAM stick and I had a perfectly fine running machine that could play some of the newer games during that time.
I have been running that machine from 2012 – 2014. Gaming, working, editing was everything that kept me busy. It wasn’t a beast but it suited my needs.
With my recent move to Germany, I was in need of another computer. Well, a portable one. So, it was time to buy another Laptop. I was not in need of a brand new one. It could be a used one but with good specs at a cheap price. So, I consulted TipidPC for the best deals. I found one that suits my needs (Multicore, good GPU for basic Gaming, and good storage).
2014 Laptop Specs:
Manufacturer: ASUS
Processor: AMD A6 quadcore 2.1ghz
RAM: 4gb DDR3 Sodimm
GPU: Dual Graphics Radeon (Don’t know which ones)
HDD: 750GB HDD
Screen: 16” LED
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I am able to play most of the games I am currently playing (Counter-Strike GO, DOTA 2, TF2, Minecraft, etc.
There you have it. This is where my PC addiction has begun. Sorry for the long post. I hope you enjoyed this post reading as I have writing it.

Friday, May 1, 2015

O Naraniag a Bulan - Ilocano Folk Song | Noel on the YAMAHA PSR-s650

I was in the mood again to record something and it's been a while since I've posted here. Might as well start to update my blog again. So, here is a Cover of the popular Ilocano Folk Song, Naraniag a Bulan, covered by me on a Yamaha PSR-s650 and a BM800 Condenser Mic.

My parents used to sing this a lot when I was little, and I had lots of tapes back then that played this song. I'm planning to do a series of these folk songs, so this is the first in the series.

Enjoy.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Just some thoughts regarding Team Drafting and the Team Captain on RGC Philippines

Ok, here are some of my thoughts regarding the PHILIPPINE SECTION of RGC. I know that not ALL players are like this, but in most cases, and in almost every game I have played in - THE TEAM CAPTAINS ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO PICK A HERO FOR THEIR TEAMMATES EVEN IF A TEAMMATE ISN'T ANY GOOD WITH THE HERO THE CAPTAIN CHOOSES FOR HIM.

Ok, I always joined games where the captain chooses without asking any of his teammates what heroes they would like. He just drafts a good team which HE thinks would own the other team. While on the other hand, the team doesn't know HOW to play the heroes they will be left with. In my regard, I always get a hero that I'm not good at even though I tried talking to the captain about how I could best utilize my skills with a certain hero that would perfectly fit the draft. And then - they just ignore me or any of my teammates - which would later lead to players leaving the game.
I don't know what's wrong with these kinds of players. And I do bet those players won't even come to the forums to read these kinds of topics. If only players, who will take the slots of captains, would consider the requests of his / her teammates, we could avoid early abandonment of players, leading to a remake or an unbalanced game.


You get a hero you're not familiar with and you get shouted at with words like:
- BOBO
- NOOB
- WAG KA NA MAGDOTA
- TANGA MO
- KAN*U*IN KO NANAY MO
- F**K YOU
because you feed or spoil the game for your teammates.


Is it really our fault for ruining the game for others, because they let you play a hero you don't know? I'm not calling myself a PRO at dota but I know my strengths with certain heroes I'm good at. There are also heroes I'm not good with and they are the ones who I always get when playing at RGC Philippines.


I'm just sharing with you my opinions about this matter. I know, some Pinoy Players are D**ks when it comes to online gaming, but still there are a few of us who just want a good game, without any profanity and with captains considering the picks of others.


Happy Easter.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Ultimate Positivity

My thoughts have been revolving around this for quiet a while now. Separation anxiety kicks in, never knowing what might come next into my life. I guess this chapter is finally about to close, and another one soon opens. Will this upcoming chapter create another huge impact in this jobless and worthless life of mine? We may never know unless you embrace it with ultimate positivity.

This may be my first post of this year, but certainly not the last. As i am leaving the portals of my voluntary work soon, my life has been filled with sadness, anxiety and fear of the unknown. I have grown too close to them and I've already considered them like family to me. I hate this feeling - when you suddenly realize that you have to part with them soon, and I mean really soon, like two or three weeks from the day this post was written. If only I could stop time and enjoy every single moment with them.

As I look back, I entered a stranger, never expecting that I would create a bond with them. I was wrong, and I was an idiot to think that. Wherever you go, there are always people who are willing to accept you wholeheartedly, whatever or whichever family, race, religion or ethnicity you may come from. I am proud to be able to say that I have found good friends among them. We may not be able to get along most of the time, but you can really tell that they are willing to be there for you when you need them the most.

Reiterating, I entered a stranger, and I am leaving a Man.

Thanks for everything guys, you know who you are. You really have made a huge impact in this chapter of my life.

Dan Emmanuel R. Ventura, R.N.
January 25, 2013 - 15:52

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

MHO: 2 Months and Counting

It has been a while since I started volunteering as a Nurse at the Municipal Health Office, Calamaniugan, Cagayan. It’s been also a while since my last blog post, as I have been busy with stuff – but let’s not get into detail with that. The important thing, I’m back and ready to fill this blog again with my experiences and memoirs.

So, where was I? Oh, right, that volunteering stuff. As I was not able to go back to my homeland, I’ve decided to go volunteering – that’s what most Nurses do. Actually, it took me 2 years after passing the Licensure Examination for Nurses to look for work. Why is that? I was in Med School for less than a year but I fell sick with Infective Endocarditis. The post below is all about my recovery. As much as I’d like to go back to Med School, I can’t. That’s where I’ve decided to go on Volunteering as a Nurse. Right, Volunteer – no salary, but extreme fun.

Fun I say because it’s like I’ve found my second family there. All of the staff are pretty friendly and hospitable. From the Doctor to the Midwives, I mean everyone. Even the Nurses I work with are pretty lively. This has been a huge impact in my life, as I have spent the past 2 years on medications and different restrictions. Well, that’s just how life is – people get sick but stand up just to become a better person than he previously was. I might say that I’ve become one of those people.

I would like to thank the staff of the MHO, for heartfully accepting me as one of them – Dr. Milagros Q. De Leon, M.D., Mrs. Marvie Casauay, R.N., Mrs. Edna Fillon, R.N, Mrs. Abstinencia Mecate, R.M., Mrs. Yvonne Guillen, R.M., Mrs. Teresa Casauay, R.M., Mrs. Lorna Aquino, R.M., Mrs. Jonaly Porsenido, R.M., Dr. Guillermo Jurado, D.M.D., Mr. Edimar Cabaya, R.M.T., Mr. Reynaldo Martinez, and Mr. Fresco Ojerio.

I’d also like to thank the RNHeals Nurse and Midwife Trainees, who come from different places but share like-minds, who make every duty as lively as possible. I can say that I get along with them well and have lots of fun with them – Ms. Katrina Dumadag, R.N., Ms. Manie Pajas, R.M., Ms. Rochelle Arao, R.N., Ms. Jennifer Asumbra, R.M., Ms. April Jane Reyes, R.N., Mr. John Patrick Bumatay, R.N., Mr. Jaysie Cuaresma, R.N., and Mr. John Patrick Martinez, R.N.

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It’s been two months since I started working there and it really does feel like I’ve been there for a long time. It’ll be a difficult when the time comes when I have to leave. But I cannot say that for sure. Separation anxiety just might kick in sooner or later.

There’s this bond you share with persons, even persons you just met. That bond grows stronger everyday during the time you spend more time together.

Oh yeah, and about that blog post problem – I’ll try to write more posts when I have the time.

Zeldascorn, out!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Recovery

It’s been almost a year now since my last post, and it’s also almost a year ago when I fell sick. Yeah, the simple tonsillitis on my last year’s post wasn’t just simply that – it was actually INFECTIVE ENDOCARDITIS. Yep, a heart condition has led me to that. I have been sick all of my life and have been diagnosed with Aortic Valvular Stenosis after birth.

I’m glad I’ve recovered from that now. For those who didn’t know – I’ve spent a week in the hospital, have been on Intravenous Antibiotic Therapy for 2 months, been bedridden for almost 4 months, and have developed even more complications during the 8-month recovery period. I’m glad that it’s over. I’m fine now but the Doctor advised to still take necessary precautions. I have also been advised to undergo Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery in the near future but that can wait. I shouldn’t exert too much effort the doctor said, and that I’m not allowed to carry heavy things.

So, here I’m back, posting again on my blog. Thanks to all the people who’ve given me support in my time of crisis. It feels very reassuring that you are there for me. I hope I can count on your continuous support.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy New Year to All! (for me as well?)

Hey, it’s 2011 and it’s been a while since I made a new post. Well, first of all, I would like to greet everybody a happy new year! My new year wasn’t as happy as the previous ones, because I spent most of it, if not all of it, in bed!

Just days before vacation had started I began to chill, had fever, became nauseous, and heavily fatigued. This lasted for 3 weeks! I couldn’t attend any dawn masses, Christmas Eve mass, and even new year’s midnight mass! How lame is that?! I went to the doctor before vacation had started and he mistook it for a simple tonsillitis. He prescribed some antibiotics and then he sent me home. It just got worse! I continued to have chills and fever and I thought, this could already be AGN. My mom said otherwise as this could have already been malaria. So we went to the laboratory and had my blood checked for malarial pests. The test turned out negative. So we went for another check up but not to the same doctor, and I had my urine checked, and there it was, all in the urinalysis, and my predictions were right! I had AGN. Well, acute glumerolunephritis usually arises from tonsillar infection from B-hemolytic streptococci. So, the doctor gave me a high dose of antibiotics fighting the bacteria present in my kidneys.

Up to this day I’m still taking medications and am still a little bit fatigued from everything but I hope everything will turn out for the best.

Zeldascorn, signing off!

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