Oh snap is RIGHT. After nearly 2.5 years of chugging along on my super-slow little netbook that could barely run three tabs in Chrome at the same time, I’ve got a new system. Got my hands on an ASUS K55A series laptop. Nothing too high-end, but it does have a third-gen Intel core i7-3630QM under the hood and the HD 4000 integrated graphics is no slouch when it comes to gaming. I fired up Dragon Age and Team Fortress 2 last night just to see how it would perform. Couldn’t max out the graphics like you’d be able to using a dedicated ATI or Nvidia graphics solution, but I didn’t have to settle for minimum settings either. The CPU runs nominally at 2.4GHz but it will boost up to 3.4GHz (in the screenshot you’ll see it’s down-clocked to 1.2GHz when not being taxed to save on power). Four dedicated cores with hyper-threading enabled… everything runs pretty smooth, at least everything I’ve thrown at it so far. So, when time allows I may play a few rounds of TF2 or maybe try out something new. Gonna revisit some old RTS games I really like also, like some of the Command & Conquer series. And I can’t wait to use Photoshop or decode DVD’s on this system, should run fairly fast. Lemme know what games you guys are playing right now. Woot!
Hi all. Happy belated New Year!! Hahah… ok. I think we can all agree that it’s good to see 2012 put away and retired, time to usher in a new year. Lots of crazy shit went on, but at the same time I gotta say that 2012 will be one of my best years ever for the simple fact that my daughter was born in 2012. She’s eleven months old today, can’t believe she’s coming up on one year already. Those of you that are parents weren’t joking around, the time really does go by fast. I will NOT miss diaper changes… the faster that time goes by, the better :-) Anyways, I hope all of you had a great Christmas and New Years holiday.
Hardfought stuff – I have been fixing a LOT of look n’ feel stuff on the site over the last month (see the phpBB modification log for a lot of the fixes and changes). With WP-United back in full force from a couple months ago and being able to update the site, that really gave me the ‘bug’ again. I feel like I have a better handle on things this go-around, which is making things easier to identify and fix and/or tweak. Just resolved a glaring issue with private messages. Comments on the wordpress side look much cleaner than previously. A lot of areas now have a more polished and rounded look. So on and so forth. If any of you notice something that isn’t right that I’ve missed, please lemme know. I was looking back in the news archives, specifically back in the spring of 2009 when Hardfought got it’s first real overhaul… holy crap I remember a lot of the mess I had to fix back then, hah! Several of ya were pretty good at helping me find issues for me to fix… would be nice to see that level of participation again someday. Not a lot of traffic nowadays and that’s ok, I get it. Ah well. It’s all good.
So. Again, Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas!! Just wanted to put that out real quick while I had a moment. It’s mini-K2′s first Christmas this year and she had a very exciting time. Out of everything she got, it was the mallet from the xylophone that was the biggest hit. And the wrapping paper :)
So merry Christmas everyone and have a happy new years also.
Finally! The day is here to elect a new President. No more crazy political adds, at least for awhile. Just be sure to exercise your right to vote today gang if you haven’t already. I already voted about three weeks ago (I love early voting) so I’m all set and wont have to wait in any lines. Today’s outcome should be pretty interesting; haven’t seen a race this close since G.W. Bush vs Gore back in 2000. This makes your vote that much more important, regardless of whether you think it’s gonna count or not. GO VOTE.
So who do you think is going to win? How close do you think it’s going to be? Feel free to discuss in the forum thread. Oh and by the way GO VOTE :)
Yeah buddy, hit the twelve year mark today. I swear I am gonna outlast Facebook hahah :) So happy birthday Hardfought, you’re almost a teenager. If you’re out having a drink… on a Monday night, hah… tip one back for HF and for all the crew that’s stuck around all these years.
So I promised SaGe^KS awhile back that I’d do a news update, and that it would be specifically about him. So here ya go buddy hah! I do know that SaGe has some recent important events going on in his life right now… I will leave it up to him on whether he wants to share that information or not here. If you’re Facebook friends with him then you probably already know.
So what else is new? Counter-Strike: Global Offensive just came out very recently. All of the reviews I’ve seen so far have been alright. It’s basically CS:S with much better graphics and a couple new gameplay modes (one sucks, the other is kinda cool with all new maps). I heard de_aztec was thrown back into the rotation as well. Have any of you played it yet? If so, chime in and let everyone know what ya think.
My personal shit – I have been busy as fuck. For those of ya that don’t know, I’ve been a recruiter for the Vermont Army National Guard since Feb 2011. This position keeps me extremely busy, like 50-60 hrs a week. I never thought I’d ever do this job (my recruiter was a lying piece of shit) but I actually enjoy it. I do the best I can to do right by my ‘kids’ and to make sure they know exactly what they are getting themselves into. So far so good. I’ve scared a few away but that’s ok, military life ain’t for everybody. My daughter is growing up FAST, she’s already six months old. No crawling yet although she’s about to start. I do plan on getting her her own computer to play around with, but I don’t really think I want her to get into online gaming. May be unavoidable, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.
Hope you all have had a great summer so far. It’s been absolutely beautiful up here in Vermont, highs typically range in the mid-80′s. One reason why I don’t miss Texas that much :) If you all ever wanna do a HF reunion LAN party, it’s gonna be up here. I’m done travelling. I still have one of the servers and all of the switches and cables that G$ donated from HF LAN #6 – if you can all get yourselves up here, we’ll make it happen.
Have a good one, next post will be for year number twelve!
Hardfought turns eleven years old today. Not so much a milestone as it is a longevity thing. Pretty cool in my opinion. So, for all three or four of ya that continue to visit and post here (not counting all you spam bots, hah!) when ya go out tonight, drink one for Hardfought’s birthday. Cheers ;)