Mission (nearly) Complete

Yeah! Turns out WordPress has built-in import tools, so all I had to do was figure out how to get it to work with blogger.com (hint: the secret is to transform your blogger.com blog into one hosted at blogspot).

Now, to explain a bit about what I’m doing. I’ve been watching Google for a number of years. I first heard of and started using Google when I was a reporter about 9 years ago. At that time, the search engine was the best one to use for the kind of research I had to do for news articles and I supported it fully. Over the course of the past five years, however, the company has begun to slowly reach further and further into the information space to an extent I am no longer personally comfortable with. To that end, I am removing the company from my life.

I’ve been able to accomplish the following:

  • Switched from GTalk to Jabber (all of my GTalk contacts are still available to me)
  • Switched from blogger to WordPress
  • Deleted my iGoogle page
  • Removed Picasa and all images from my Picasa account
  • Deleted Chrome from my PC
  • Disconnected from Feedburner
  • Deleted my AdSense account
  • Removed Google Analytics from my website
  • [edit] Removed Google Notebook

I have a few things I’ve yet to do, but as you can tell I’m working pretty hard at getting out. The response to my announcement on Facebook that I’m going through this has been varied which is what I expected. My reasons are my own, and I’ve no intention of encouraging others to do the same nor do I believe anyone will.

So that’s about it for now. Thoughts?

So much for overclocking …

A week or so after my overclocking adventure below, my computer started showing signs of instability. The fan became noisy, it would freeze up little speckles of color on the screen, crash after sleeping, etc. I downclocked it bit by bit in the hopes that I could save any gains on speed but with no luck. As of this writing, I’m back at the stock configuration for both the CPU and GPU. I’ve lost framerates in WoW (down to an average of about 20.5 fps from 40 fps), but at least I can play again. And in reality, my fps is never that much lower than a typical movie, so no worries.

My life with hardware

I’m watching a test run on my computer as I type this. It’s one designed to max out and capture the capabilities of my graphics card, ram, processor, etc. called 3DMark06. I’ve been obsessed lately with the performance of mine and my wife’s computers. This happens every couple of months, it seems: I get a little too involved with electronics and whatnot. I’m actually moving into overclocking with this latest round, though: that’s further than I’ve ever gone.

My goal is not to have the most powerful beast of a computer, though. My goal is to make sure that I can find ways to enjoy as much as possible the games and software I want while on a budget. Can’t afford a new video card? Overclock the one you’ve got! That’s the point of view from which I start on these little ventures. Anyhow. On to the numbers.

My main computer at home is an eMachines T5234 with a 2.1 GHz AMD 64 X2 4000+ processor and 2 GB of RAM. I’m running an nVidia graphics card from PNY with 256 MB of VRAM and have a dual monitor setup. I’ve tweaked the stock speed of the AMD processor to get another 300 MHz out of it, for a new speed of about 2.4 GHz. I’ve also edited the timings of the RAM so that the latency is down to about 56ns from a stock response time of ~70ns. The graphics card is a little hard for me to describe, but suffice it to say that I’ve improved my framerate on World of Warcraft by about 3 – 5 FPS while being able to increase the graphics settings a little bit. To be honest, I think I’m hampered by the stock Motherboard that came with the computer: I don’t have as much access to the options for the card that I would like.

Well, my score just came in from 3DMark06. It’s not sexy at all. The fastest system has a score of 34247, and mine is at 1700. I’ve overclocked as much as I can, so if I want anymore juice out of this machine, I’ll need to start replacing parts. At least, though, I know I’ve done all I can with what I’ve got.

That’s it for now. I’m off to watch some Conan!