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  1. Signed Stuff

    Posting the pictures of my recently Nicole-signed jacket, and the discussion in the good news thread about what other signatures I should seek out, made me think about making a thread for showing off sharing signed stuff you've collected during your time on this little planet, so that we can collectively "oooh" and "ahhh" and be jealous of each other, but in a nice friendly way; the way we are already. So I thought I'd get things started by taking a snapshot of the things Ms. Jenny Owen Youngs has written on for me. This isn't quite everything, as there are some posters and obviously the jacket, but this is most of it... (Click to Enlarge) If the thread gets rolling I'll post more goodies, but let's see some of your eye-catchers first, fair enough?
  2. Good News Thread!

    quote: Originally posted by bum bum bum: I think Kimya is doing a show with Aesop Rock in NY sometime the next few weeks. I know next Thursday they're supposed to be in Boston.. I've never heard of Katy Gunn or Chelsea Lynn La Bate. I'll have to check them out.. I'm starting to feel like all my favorite artists are introduced to me because of associations with Regina or one of her musician friends and/or Brumstix. lol Cool Thanks, I'll check up on her tour dates again And on your other point, I find that probably about 75% of the musicians I follow know each other and are at least on a friendly basis, because when you listen to niche music (as Regina definitely started out as, and so many followers still are) there are only a handful of places in a handful of cities (especially New York) where they have your niche playing every night. So if you're coming up at the same time or you just like to revisit to hear new music, you just end up with a bigger and bigger social circle of musicians. That was a long preamble to me saying you might not like Katy Gunn's records. To me they are aren't very well produced and I think she tries to do too much with too little. She is still more of a live-act to me. Which is great, because she's in that phase where she plays small gigs on the LES all the time. So if you want to check her out, I'd recommend going to a show. She is just barely starting to get a little big, but you shouldn't have to order tickets or anything. Her album release at The Living Room was as packed as I've ever seen it. It was hard to move at all during her set. Yet I don't think she's ever had a a cove that was more than $10. So now's a prime time to see her live. Right now her only scheduled show is May 17 at The Bitter End, but she may well sneak another show or two in before then. Just 'like' her on Facebook and you should notifications (or do you have 'friend' someone to get invites to events? I don't know, just do the right thing and you'll be fine. Alternately, keep an eye on Katy's MySpace account, and you'll get updates on her shoesshows and some samples of her latest album... Which you should then try to hypothetically compare to listening to her sing accompanied only by her own piano from the back bench at Sidewalk (which is how we first her) and see which you like better. You can buy Katy's new Album, "Beautiful Things" from CD Baby. You can listen to/buy digitally Chelsea's 'Picking Through the Pawn Shop' (I'm super-fond of the song 'Savannah') at Bandcamp. I'm not 100% sure how to get the physical copy other than to send some money to Chelsea. Anyway, if you're interested in doing that, send me an e-mail and I'll give you her info (aaron.eshbach@gmail.com).
  3. Good News Thread!

    quote: Originally posted by bum bum bum: I'd say it's missing Dave, K, and Kimya Dawson. Funny you should mention Kimya; Jack and I were talking about the fact that Kimya's scribble was missing, and offered to get it her to sign it for me the next time he saw her. I seriously considered it for like a week, but the point isn't just haven't a jacket with a bunch of names scribbled on it, it's to have that interaction and seeing them react to the other names and decide what to do... so I declined. One day I will just go see Kimya and hope to find her after the show and then the problem will be solved. Another person I'm considering (even though she doesn't fit the theme at all) is Katy Gunn, just because she's so damn cool and talented, but completely under-appreciated. And finally, since I recently learned that Chelsea Lynn La Bate did in fact know Regina and "Samson" (whom she adamantly refuses to disclose!) AND she did a duet with Mike Grubs who just toured with Jenny and released a COVER OF 'Led To The Sea' -- So I think Chelsea would be a solid one to get -- If only she hadn't moved to Asheville! Come back Chelsea, I miss you -- your smile, your eyes, your funny ears, your supple bosom and distaste for bras -- A package that clearly belongs in NYC not Asheville!
  4. Good News Thread!

    Nicole had a set at the PIFA Festival today, so I got the missing signature on my jacket (as the weather finally cooperated with her gig schedule)... so I think the jacket is complete unless anyone has any other suggestions... (Click to Enlarge)
  5. DVD Screenings

    quote: Originally posted by I Am A Mermaid: I'll take you up on that Jenny ticket! Sweet, I'll be getting there right around 7:30. e-mail me at aaron.eshbach@gmail.com so I know how to find you.
  6. DVD Screenings

    1 Extra Ticket for the Jenny show (REPEAT: FOR Tim Barry w/ Jenny opening, not the Regiga dvd screening!)
  7. DVD Screenings

    quote: Originally posted by srg: Upcoming screening at the Walter Reade Theater on Record Store Day (4/16): http://ticketing.filmlinc.com/...tDetail.aspx?p=22940 quote: Regina Spektor and film director Adria Petty will attend to introduce the film! Followed by a Q&A. 7:00 PM, curses! Jenny's set at Mercury Lounge is at 7:30. I would totally be there if it were an hour or two earlier, but as it is I think I'll take 45 minutes of Jenny singing over 5 minutes of Regina talking.
  8. MoMA Benefit 3/9/11

    I'd be up for this if someone else I knew was able to go... I don't really want to go sit around by myself, surrounded by old rich people for 3 hours though. Since it's a Wednesday night, I'm not terribly hopeful.
  9. Nicole Atkins! I’m not asking, I’m telling you...

    quote: Originally posted by dentistgirl: Nicole told me that it was called Darkness Falls so Quiet. Also, the song she clearly stated was called Civil War is titled War is Hell on the album. Though it's massively different in just about every way except for the lyrics, so I'd be fine just pretending this is a different song. =) Thanks, I've changed the title for 'Darkness' and added a note about 'War'. I basically think of them as different songs as well, ever since that first City Winery show. Also, I haven't forgotten about the Glasslands show (or the couple shows of Jack's I was planning on putting up here), but a friend of my boss urgently needed someone to develop a Web Services wrapper around his small-business's EDI platform, and my boss hooked me up with the gig, so I've spent most of my nights and weekends doing that lately. I'm about to enter the testing phase, though, so it shouldn't be too much longer. Sorry for the delay...
  10. Nicole Atkins! I’m not asking, I’m telling you...

    quote: Originally posted by srg: Yes, please Okay then... here's 2 that I had already split up, I'll get to the third one this weekend (when I do a couple of Jack's shows as well). 2009.03.18 - DC9 - Washington, DC 01 - Skywriters 02 - Party's Over 03 - War Torn 04 - Cry, Cry, Cry 05 - Darkness Falls so Quiet (Thanks for finding out the real title, Jamie) 06 - Hotel Plaster 07 - Civil War (early version of 'War is Hell') 08 - Dreams (Fleetwood Mac) 09 - Running in Place 10 - The Tower 11 - The Way It Is 12 - Maybe Tonight 13 - Where Did You Sleep Last Night 2009.03.19 - Sonar - Baltimore, MD 01 - Skywriters 02 - Party's Over 03 - War Torn 04 - Civil War (early version of 'War is Hell') 05 - Call Me The Witch 06 - Hotel Plaster 07 - Under the Milky Way (The Church) 08 - Cry, Cry, Cry 09 - The Tower 10 - If Love Is a Red Dress (Maria McKee) 11 - The Way It Is 12 - Neptune City 13 - Maybe Tonight 14 - Crying (Roy Orbison) 15 - Where Did You Sleep Last Night Coming Up Next... 2010.09.16 - Glasslands Gallery - Williamsburg, Brooklyn (but you were at this one too, srg, so it won't be anything you haven't heard)
  11. Nicole Atkins! I’m not asking, I’m telling you...

    quote: Originally posted by altered ego: If you still have extra tix, would be eternally grateful for them. Yes, no one has asked for them yet, so I definitely have at least one extra that's now got your name on it. Send me an e-mail or something and we'll work out how to get you the ticket. (sorry if that's hard to read, I got tired of having to come back and edit out my email or write some misinterpretable longhand notation to thwart spam-bots)
  12. Nicole Atkins! I’m not asking, I’m telling you...

    quote: Originally posted by Appt: Nicole has a new video an album (release date Feb 8th *coughalreadyonthenetcough*) called Mondo Amore and a tour! http://www.myspace.com/nicoleatkins/shows I have one (possibly two) extra ticket(s) to her show at The Bowery Ballroom on February 9th, if anyone would like to go (free). I also have recordings of three shows of hers that heavily feature songs from the album, which she asked not be posted online until all of the copyright legalities were worked out for the new songs. Now that the album is dropping, I can put these shows online if people want to hear them
  13. Only Son (New Album Info)

    quote: Originally posted by Ксения: This album just blows my mind away. Seriously. I can't stop listening to it. While we're waiting on some the potential audio and video for the record release, would you (or anyone else) be interested in audio for some of his shows leading up to the record? I have his acoustic set at Sidewalk from the 2010 Summer Antifolk Festival which features about half of the songs on the album, and his full-band set from The Rock Shop in the fall which has about 2/3 of the album, including most of the songs not done at Sidewalk... I haven't processed these yet, and I'm going to Katy Gunn's record release this weekend, but I can probably get to them next week if there's interest.
  14. Only Son (New Album Info)

    Word from Jack is "if I get my hands on it I'll put some up if it sounds good".
  15. Only Son (New Album Info)

    quote: Originally posted by Ксения: Thank you for the report, Aaron! Did you record the show? No, I didn't have my recorder with me for this one. I may ask Jack if there's any chance we could get the full video of the show though.
  16. Only Son (New Album Info)

    Jack's set was great. Sadly, Regina was sick, so she wasn't able to be there and Jack was bummed about not being able to do 'Call Them Brothers'. Lots of other familiar faces filled the room though, including Regina's mom and dad (who recorded the show), some Moldy Peaches (among other past and present Sidewalkers), and a particular video director I suspect we all like. The Candles did a good set as well, but I didn't catch the first band. I'm sure they did not disappoint. EDIT: I've put the best of the pictures I took last night up on facebook, enjoy: http://www.facebook.com/album....6400542&l=a756d32142
  17. Only Son (New Album Info)

    So, who here is going to be at the show on Thursday? I'd prefer not to just awkwardly hang around Jack all night like usual, seeing as he'll probably be extra-busy. Also, I have an extra ticket if anyone wants to get in for free.
  18. Only Son (New Album Info)

    quote: Originally posted by RJLupin2: The was uploaded to Youtube today. I don't know if this was already available, but whether or not it was, it's great! Nope, 12/9 was the release date, here is the e-mail announcement from Jack: quote: Hi everyone, We're all very excited to present the brand new video for "It's A Boy"!! Today is its big world premiere courtesy of the good people at Huffington Post. Check it out here!! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...clusiv_b_794214.html It was directed by the unbelievably talented Peter Sand and stars our good friends Aleksa Palladino (of Boardwalk Empire) and her EXITMUSIC bandmate Devon Church (not to mention yours truly, over here...) If you like it, post it to your profiles and send it around!!! This is the second video from Only Son's new album, "Searchlight", which comes out on January 18, 2011 all over the interwebs and indie record stores in the US. If you're in the NYC area next week, you can come watch us play songs from the new record at Union Pool in Brooklyn on Wed, Dec 15th with our friends Common Prayer and The Silent League. We go on at 11pm. Thanks for listening and keep yer earballs and eyeholes peeled for tons of cool new stuff in the new year!! So psyched!! Jack
  19. I hate laptops (picture heavy)

    While on an otherwise lovely trip to New York this past weekend, my laptop decided to quit working. I had just been checking up on e-mails and (of course) the brumstix threads for the events I was planning to attend, when my laptop suddenly froze. I turned it off and back on, but instead of rebooting happily, it just sat there, not beeping, not blinking, with nothing on the screen and only the faint whir of the fans and the blue power LED to indicate that it was turned on at all. After several quick-fix attempts failed (unplugging, removing the battery, violent shaking), I gave up and resigned myself to not having a laptop for the rest of the trip. I knew in an emergency I could count on the Hotel businesses center, so it wasn't a major problem. I just put the laptop aside and decided deal with it when I got home. Now, I know my way around the inside of a computer. I may be employed as a Web Developer who works in the land of software, rarely delving below the protocol level and never turning a screw or soldering a chip, but my degree is in Computer Engineering. And even if it weren't, I made my spending money in high school buy building, selling, and fixing computers for my classmates and teachers. So, I was confident that I could resolve the problem, I just wasn't really looking forward to cracking open a laptop and trying to diagnose such a vague issue. The following is pictorial account of the repair, annotated with my thoughts and feelings towards inanimate objects I was swearing at working with all night: Chapter 1: Identifying the Suspects: There are many screws on the back of my laptop, but when you take them out it exposes the prime suspects fairly thoroughly, as illustrated below. I've labeled each of the major pieces visible in the picture for those who don't open their computers up too often: (As usual, click the pictures for the full-size image) At this point, the only major component I was ruling-out was the hard drive, because the computer wasn't getting far enough for the hard drive to come into play. On a normal computer, the wireless adapter could also probably be ruled out, but thanks to intel Centrino mobile technology, the wireless adapter is an (integral?) part of the chipset, and as such, can't be eliminated from a no-boot troubleshooting scenario. Since nothing was happening at all now, but the display had continued to work while my computer was frozen, my first two suspects were the CPU and the RAM. I decided to try changing the CPU first, because it's easier, despite what you may think from the picture... Chapter 2: The Donor PC Fortunately I didn't have to buy a new CPU just to test my hypothesis. I happened to have a Dothan-core CPU (which my laptop uses) sitting in a motherborad that used to be the heart of my media pc when I was in college. In those days, before the intel "Core" CPUs, the Pentium 4 was in its "Prescott" incarnation, which was far too hot (and therefore loud) for a media PC, and the AMD offerings were both slower and more expensive than the "Dothan" core Pentium-M's used mostly in laptops. Chapter 3: The CPU Swap Both the laptop and the desktop board used four screws to hold the heatsink/fan assemblies to the CPU, but I wasn't exactly sure how the assembly was going to come out of the laptop when I undid the screws: So, first I took the heatsink off of the desktop board, exposing the donor CPU: Then I found out that the laptop heatsink was not physically connected to the fan, but that the fan needed to be removed in order for the heatsink to slide backwards and come out of the laptop case, exposing the laptop's current CPU: I popped each CPU out by turning the flathead screw at the top of the socket and put the donor CPU into the laptop and the laptop CPU into the old desktop board for safe keeping (mostly to keep the pins from getting bent). Chapter 4: Reassembling the Laptop, the First Time... With the donor CPU in place, I carefully applied a layer of Shin-Etsu, a high-efficiency Japanese thermal interface material used to conduct heat from the CPU core to the heatsink: I then reattached the heatsink/fan assembly, which was a giant pain because the screws holes were not in easy places to access, even with a tiny screwdriver, so I kept losing screws while trying to start them and had to continually fish them out with the magnetic tip of my little Victorninox. I also left myself a little note so that I would remember to point out how annoying it was putting the heatsink back on the CPU. With the CPU transplant complete, I gleefully reassembled enough of the laptop to test it out, plugged it in, pressed the power button, and watched as it did exactly what it did before: fans whirring, blue LED, nothing else. It wasn't the CPU. Chapter 5: Why the Memory is also a Bitch With the CPU ruled out, I moved on to the next most-likely candidate, the RAM. In the picture of the opened-up laptop, you can see one stick of RAM in what looks like an easily accessible socket with what look like simple clips holding it in place. And that's all true, removing that stick of memory takes about 5 seconds... It's easy, just pull the clips -- the RAM pops forward a bit, and you pull gently out-and-up. Presto, memory removed: The problem is that there are two sticks of memory in this laptop. You can't see the other one, but I knew where it was. Before dealing with that, I went digging through my closet of spare parts to find a pair of matching RAM SIMMs to replace the current set: They weren't the same brand, but they were the same speed and the same latency, so I figured they'd probably work fine. But now I couldn't put it off any longer -- it was time to remove the second stick of memory. Let me show you where it lives in this wonderful laptop: See it there? No? That's because it's under the keyboard. "How does one remove the keyboard from a laptop?" you might wonder. Well, there are usually some clips. How many clips, and where they are, can sometimes be determined by carefully examining the border of the keyboard. In this case, however, I could only find one by external examination, so I just started removing keys until I found the others: Once I found all the clips, getting the keyboard out in one piece wasn't terribly difficult. I wasn't looking forward to putting it back in, but that wasn't my current priority, so I set the keyboard aside and replaced the other RAM chip. Chapter 6: Plugging it in and Turning it on, Take 2 With both the memory and the CPU swapped, I powered on my (still keyboard-less) laptop, fairly confident that it would surely work now. This is what happened: If you can't tell by the picture, that screen is blank. The power LED is on and the fans are whirring, but I'm still no closer to a working laptop. In fact, I now have a non-functional laptop with no keys and old, mis-matched memory. I put both sticks of the original memory back in, decided to wait on reinstalling the keyboard, and flipped the laptop back over to ponder my next move. Chapter 7: What's Left? The two prime suspects had been cleared, and I was down to only two removable components in the entire laptop: The Video Card and the Wireless Networking Adapter. One of these seemed significantly more likely than the other, given the symptoms my laptop was displaying, but it was also considerably more difficult to remove, and there was a catch -- despite my deep parts bin, I didn't have working spares for these components. After considering those variables for a moment, I made my decision, took out the component I had decided on, and tested the laptop yet again: Huzzah! Progress! The laptop was working! Well, the laptop had gotten to the point where it needed to access the hard drive ("boot device") and realized that it didn't have one (I had remove it long ago), so it told me that. More importantly, I could see that it was telling me that -- it wasn't hopelessly "broken" after all. Chapter 8: The Culprit Revealed With the faulty component identified, I quickly put my laptop back together, including giving it back its boot device: I plugged the laptop in again, turned it on, and hoped that everything would still be ok... ... and it was! The laptop booted up like nothing had ever been wrong, and I took one last picture, to show the world what was responsible for my no-boot situation: The Wireless Network Adapter! How exactly the wireless card was keeping my computer from even booting up at all is still a mystery, but what I have now is a laptop without a wireless card -- which is about as useful as a laptop without a battery, but at least wireless cards are cheaper! edits: I made several edits to this post to fix up image tags, urls with spaces, and those types of things.
  20. Live at the Green Space on WNYC Soundcheck 11/22/2010

    If anyone wants to download the file for posterity, I've put it on RSO, though I haven't added it to the DB yet as I plan to edit it down to just the Regina parts. In the meantime, the unedited file is at http://www.respektonline.com/v..._The_Green_Space.flv
  21. Regina on Jimmy Fallon Nov.23

    I have updated the link on the RSO Videos Page to point to the 1080p version. Or you can use the direct link to the one you want: 182MB 1080p: http://www.respektonline.com/v...hem_Jimmy_Fallon.mp4 48MB 480p: http://www.respektonline.com/v...hem_Jimmy_Fallon.wmv
  22. Regina on Jimmy Fallon Nov.23

    Sorry I'm a little late to the party, but I had a broken laptop to deal with first (details in this thread ). I recorded the HD signal straight off my cable, but my newer tuner card wasn't working for some reason, so I had to use my old one and the quality is a little lower. It's not bad or anything, and I've put the WMV file on RSO: http://www.respektonline.com/videos.php?r=88 or you can just click the direct link here. edit: Unless there are any objections, I will be replacing this with the 1080p version that is widely available as soon as I get it uploaded to RSO.
  23. I hate laptops (picture heavy)

    While on an otherwise lovely trip to New York this past weekend, my laptop decided to quit working. I had just been checking up on e-mails and (of course) the brumstix threads for the events I was planning to attend, when my laptop suddenly froze. I turned it off and back on, but instead of rebooting happily, it just sat there, not beeping, not blinking, with nothing on the screen and only the faint whir of the fans and the blue power LED to indicate that it was turned on at all. After several quick-fix attempts failed (unplugging, removing the battery, violent shaking), I gave up and resigned myself to not having a laptop for the rest of the trip. I knew in an emergency I could count on the Hotel businesses center, so it wasn't a major problem. I just put the laptop aside and decided deal with it when I got home. Now, I know my way around the inside of a computer. I may be employed as a Web Developer who works in the land of software, rarely delving below the protocol level and never turning a screw or soldering a chip, but my degree is in Computer Engineering. And even if it weren't, I made my spending money in high school buy building, selling, and fixing computers for my classmates and teachers. So, I was confident that I could resolve the problem, I just wasn't really looking forward to cracking open a laptop and trying to diagnose such a vague issue. The following is pictorial account of the repair, annotated with my thoughts and feelings towards inanimate objects I was swearing at working with all night: Chapter 1: Identifying the Suspects: There are many screws on the back of my laptop, but when you take them out it exposes the prime suspects fairly thoroughly, as illustrated below. I've labeled each of the major pieces visible in the picture for those who don't open their computers up too often: (As usual, click the pictures for the full-size image) At this point, the only major component I was ruling-out was the hard drive, because the computer wasn't getting far enough for the hard drive to come into play. On a normal computer, the wireless adapter could also probably be ruled out, but thanks to intel Centrino mobile technology, the wireless adapter is an (integral?) part of the chipset, and as such, can't be eliminated from a no-boot troubleshooting scenario. Since nothing was happening at all now, but the display had continued to work while my computer was frozen, my first two suspects were the CPU and the RAM. I decided to try changing the CPU first, because it's easier, despite what you may think from the picture... Chapter 2: The Donor PC Fortunately I didn't have to buy a new CPU just to test my hypothesis. I happened to have a Dothan-core CPU (which my laptop uses) sitting in a motherborad that used to be the heart of my media pc when I was in college. In those days, before the intel "Core" CPUs, the Pentium 4 was in its "Prescott" incarnation, which was far too hot (and therefore loud) for a media PC, and the AMD offerings were both slower and more expensive than the "Dothan" core Pentium-M's used mostly in laptops. Chapter 3: The CPU Swap Both the laptop and the desktop board used four screws to hold the heatsink/fan assemblies to the CPU, but I wasn't exactly sure how the assembly was going to come out of the laptop when I undid the screws: So, first I took the heatsink off of the desktop board, exposing the donor CPU: Then I found out that the laptop heatsink was not physically connected to the fan, but that the fan needed to be removed in order for the heatsink to slide backwards and come out of the laptop case, exposing the laptop's current CPU: I popped each CPU out by turning the flathead screw at the top of the socket and put the donor CPU into the laptop and the laptop CPU into the old desktop board for safe keeping (mostly to keep the pins from getting bent). Chapter 4: Reassembling the Laptop, the First Time... With the donor CPU in place, I carefully applied a layer of Shin-Etsu, a high-efficiency Japanese thermal interface material used to conduct heat from the CPU core to the heatsink: I then reattached the heatsink/fan assembly, which was a giant pain because the screws holes were not in easy places to access, even with a tiny screwdriver, so I kept losing screws while trying to start them and had to continually fish them out with the magnetic tip of my little Victorninox. I also left myself a little note so that I would remember to point out how annoying it was putting the heatsink back on the CPU. With the CPU transplant complete, I gleefully reassembled enough of the laptop to test it out, plugged it in, pressed the power button, and watched as it did exactly what it did before: fans whirring, blue LED, nothing else. It wasn't the CPU. Chapter 5: Why the Memory is also a Bitch With the CPU ruled out, I moved on to the next most-likely candidate, the RAM. In the picture of the opened-up laptop, you can see one stick of RAM in what looks like an easily accessible socket with what look like simple clips holding it in place. And that's all true, removing that stick of memory takes about 5 seconds... It's easy, just pull the clips -- the RAM pops forward a bit, and you pull gently out-and-up. Presto, memory removed: The problem is that there are two sticks of memory in this laptop. You can't see the other one, but I knew where it was. Before dealing with that, I went digging through my closet of spare parts to find a pair of matching RAM SIMMs to replace the current set: They weren't the same brand, but they were the same speed and the same latency, so I figured they'd probably work fine. But now I couldn't put it off any longer -- it was time to remove the second stick of memory. Let me show you where it lives in this wonderful laptop: See it there? No? That's because it's under the keyboard. "How does one remove the keyboard from a laptop?" you might wonder. Well, there are usually some clips. How many clips, and where they are, can sometimes be determined by carefully examining the border of the keyboard. In this case, however, I could only find one by external examination, so I just started removing keys until I found the others: Once I found all the clips, getting the keyboard out in one piece wasn't terribly difficult. I wasn't looking forward to putting it back in, but that wasn't my current priority, so I set the keyboard aside and replaced the other RAM chip. Chapter 6: Plugging it in and Turning it on, Take 2 With both the memory and the CPU swapped, I powered on my (still keyboard-less) laptop, fairly confident that it would surely work now. This is what happened: If you can't tell by the picture, that screen is blank. The power LED is on and the fans are whirring, but I'm still no closer to a working laptop. In fact, I now have a non-functional laptop with no keys and old, mis-matched memory. I put both sticks of the original memory back in, decided to wait on reinstalling the keyboard, and flipped the laptop back over to ponder my next move. Chapter 7: What's Left? The two prime suspects had been cleared, and I was down to only two removable components in the entire laptop: The Video Card and the Wireless Networking Adapter. One of these seemed significantly more likely than the other, given the symptoms my laptop was displaying, but it was also considerably more difficult to remove, and there was a catch -- despite my deep parts bin, I didn't have working spares for these components. After considering those variables for a moment, I made my decision, took out the component I had decided on, and tested the laptop yet again: Huzzah! Progress! The laptop was working! Well, the laptop had gotten to the point where it needed to access the hard drive ("boot device") and realized that it didn't have one (I had remove it long ago), so it told me that. More importantly, I could see that it was telling me that -- it wasn't hopelessly "broken" after all. Chapter 8: The Culprit Revealed With the faulty component identified, I quickly put my laptop back together, including giving it back its boot device: I plugged the laptop in again, turned it on, and hoped that everything would still be ok... ... and it was! The laptop booted up like nothing had ever been wrong, and I took one last picture, to show the world what was responsible for my no-boot situation: The Wireless Network Adapter! How exactly the wireless card was keeping my computer from even booting up at all is still a mystery, but what I have now is a laptop without a wireless card -- which is about as useful as a laptop without a battery, but at least wireless cards are cheaper! edits: I made several edits to this post to fix up image tags, urls with spaces, and those types of things.
  24. Good News Thread!

    Yea, there was no cover and I don't think there was a drink minimum. If there was, they weren't enforcing it, perhaps because the place was extremely crowded. They did collect tips for the bands, so hopefully everyone gave generously.
  25. Good News Thread!

    I'll let the picture speak for itself first: (Click for huge) Short version: Regina was at Jack's show tonight