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!
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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 :)
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!
If you’ve read any of the posts here from this summer, then ya know that my wife and I are having our first (and last, hah) baby. We found out this morning that we are definitely having a baby girl ;) Went in for our 20 week ultrasound and our baby decided to play nice and cooperate with the doc and not try to hide anything heheh, so yeah it’s definitely a girl. We have a name picked out already, but Jenn asked me to keep it under wraps until she’s born. Due date is on or around February 13th. The doctor also checked a whole list of things, making sure our lil mini-K2 is OK – got a clean bill of health from the doc, he didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. Pretty excited at the moment… wondering how soon you can teach a kid to use a mouse and keyboard :-P
I’ll post a video of the ultrasound in the forum thread with this post, it’s pretty cool. Woot!!
Or so says Def Leppard. I dunno about that, don’t think that holds true. Otherwise Hardfought wouldn’t have lasted nearly as long as it has.
So yeah. I think right now the traffic to this site is at an all-time low. Not too surprised, as I haven’t really had anything to say. Hell, I don’t even come to the site every day like I used to… don’t have the time. But since this has been a weekend for Getting Shit Done, I figured it was about damn time I got to posting something here. So… hi ;-) Just an FYI in case any of the two or three of ya that still frequent the site were wondering – no more game servers. Ever. I’m totally done with that part of my life, I got other shit to do. I am selling one of the game servers, and am converting the other into a folding@home/data backup server. I don’t even game anymore, except for the occasional round of Nethack. Ah well. I’m gonna be forty this year folks (gah!), some things ya just grow out of. Maybe I’ll revisit some FPS action someday, but I doubt it.
So what’s been going on with K2 you might ask? Well, me and my significant other bought a new house in March, and we finally got moved in a couple weeks ago. Nice decent-sized house on one acre and surrounded by a few hundreds acres of woods, meadows and mountains that will never be developed on. Gotta love Vermont :-) I’m still in the military, working full-time with the Vermont Army National Guard, figure I’ll make a career of it. Jenn is doing great with the physical therapy clinic she works at. We’re planning on a mini-K2 by this time next year. Yeah that’s right, someone decided it was OK for me to reproduce hahah :-P
Well, that’s all I got really. My once-every-six-months-posting :-) I figure no matter how slow or lonely Hardfought gets, I’ll keep the doors open here. If anything, where the hell am I gonna keep all these pics? Certainly not on facebook, fuck that noise. Plus it’s pretty cheap to keep the site up and it practically runs itself. So there ya go.
If you just happen to come by the site, post something, say hello, make fun of sX, whatever. Just to know there’s still somebody out there. See ya around gang ;-)
Today is Veteran’s Day, a day where we take the time to recognize and honor those who have made the sacrifice to serve their country. Please make sure you thank all of those who have made that sacrifice for you as you enjoy your day/weekend off this week. I’d like to recognize one of our own, who just recently heard the call and is serving right now – Spy-Man, who is three weeks in already at basic training at Ft. Benning. Good luck to ya Spy, and we’re all proud of you.
Have a safe weekend folks, see you online…