Steam download speeds of 66,725,436MB/s?!

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Hey readers!

Moments ago, I looked down into my system tray to find that Steam was cranking away at something.  Not thinking it should be doing anything unless it was updating a game or something, I decided to hover over the Steam icon and see what it was doing.  To my amazement, I was downloading at speeds I once thought impossible.  Here is the pic:

Downloading from Steam at the speed of 66,725,436MB/s

Of course I know this is a bug, but I was kind of excited when I saw I was downloading anything at the speed of  66,725,436MB/s.  Has this ever happened to you?

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-Jeremy “pcnerd37” Bray

What gives you inspiration?

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Hey readers!

I’m looking for some advice and I figured here would be a great place to ask for it.  What gives you inspiration to work on hobby projects?

Until I land a programming job, my other hobby outside of blogging and podcasting is coding programs.  Unfortunately, by the time that I do my podcasts and blogs, I am often feeling uninspired to code something.  Usually my problem is that I can’t decide what it is I want to create.  I’m not a huge fan of re-inventing the wheel, so if I see something has been done before and done well, I won’t redo it as I often don’t have the time to make something better.  Also, I’m not much of a GUI guy, so when I do make something, it tends to be more functional than look good.  In the end, I believe the problem is that I lack true inspiration to create something great.

What do you do to great inspiration for your hobby projects?  What motivates you to complete something that you have started, even when you hit problems along the way which would just make it easier to give up than continue?

I would really love to hear what helps you to see if it can give me some inspiration and motivation.  Share your ideas in the comments!

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-Jeremy “pcnerd37” Bray

Fighting Back Against Junk Mail

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Hey Readers!

After being flooded with junk mail for years, I have decided to follow my grandfather and fight back.  How are we fighting back?  We are fighting junk mail with junk mail!

Mailing back junk mail to mailers.  Photo by Oran Viriyincy

Mailing back junk mail to mailers. Photo by Oran Viriyincy

The majority of the junk mail that I recieve is from companies such as Capitol One that include envelopes with pre-paid postage.  We use these to our advantage.  We take everything that was sent to us and then some, stuff it in the pre-paid envelope and send it back to the company.  We even stuff the envelope they sent everything into the envelope.  By sending them back the junk they sent us, they quickly realize to stop sending stuff our way.

My grandpa has been doing this for some time with a lot of success and I only started recently so I can’t yet say how much it has decreased the amount of junk mail I get.  I have also heard of people doing similar things but placing a variety of objects in the return envelope that would cause the companies to pay an oversized envelope or an overweight fee.  I hear that is the most effective but I figured I should start out small.  I will report back on my results, but right now I have a large number of Capital One envelopes to stuff and ship!

Do you do anything to cut down on the junk mail you get?  What have you found to be the best method to stop junk mail?  Share your junk mail remedies with us so that we can fight junk mail together!

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-Jeremy “pcnerd37” Bray

Live Blogging the Return of Battlestar Galactica!

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Hey readers!

After some thought, I have decided that I will live blog the return of Battlestar Galactica!  I don’t know how many people will be interested, but I think it sounds like fun.  It might be useless depending on how Sci-fi airs its shows based on timezones, but I will be live blogging the airing of it at 10PM EST (8pm Mountain time, which is my time).   The live blogging will take place on this blog.  A post will go up shortly before that time with the live blog session or link to it.  I hope that all of the BSG fans out there will join in!  If this goes well, I might do it for all of the remaining shows and possibly for other shows in the future.

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-Jeremy “pcnerd37” Bray

Podcast and Blog and Video Updates!

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Hey readers!

I haven’t posted here lately but I will be posting at least daily here as part of my New Years resolution.  To start off, I figured I would give an update on what is going on with my podcasts and blogs to be followed by a post that will announce something big for this blog.

Lets start with podcasts.  Geek News Daily was going to start back this week but thanks to the post CES lack of news, there hasn’t really been enough to do a show, so that will start back on Monday unless I have the time to do one today or tomorrow.  The more I do this podcast, the more I enjoy it, but I don’t get the opportunity to record like I would like, but I will be making more time for it starting next week.

Now for the big podcast news!  For those that haven’t noticed, Global Geek News returned a couple of weeks ago!  So far, we have done two episodes.  For those wondering who I am talking about when I say ‘we’, I have a new co-host, Wesley Faulkner.  We seem to have great chemistry and I think the show has become dramatically better with the change.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get a show out last week as he was at CES representing AMD and I was supposed to fly to Salt Lake City but got sick.  We will have a new show this weekend.  We are recording a new show on Saturday morning with special guest Walt Ribeiro.  Unless conditions force us to do otherwise, we expect to record on Saturday mornings and then I will have the show up on either Saturday or Sunday.  If you have been waiting for its return, it is back so make sure to check it out!  Also, if you weren’t a huge fan of the show before, give it a listen again as it has changed a lot and I believe for the better!

Now for some blog news.  Like I said, posting will resume on this blog with this post and will be daily if not more than once a day.  I have decided to make this blog about anything cool that I come across online or anything that is running through my mind that doesn’t fit on the Global Geek News Blog.

Speaking of the Global Geek News Blog, it has been doing well despite the fact that I didn’t really post the last half of December.  Since the start of the year, I have been posting on it daily.  The Global Geek News Blog is where I put my heart and soul into posts about various technology issues.   Sometimes, posts are even longer than any paper I ever wrote in school, so you know you are getting all of my thoughts about an issue when you read a blog post.  About half of my traffic dropped off after I stopped posting in December, so I am trying to get those numbers back up.  This is the blog I enjoy writing most because it is often about things I am most passionate about.  Also, I will begin doing video there!

Speaking of video, I have said I am going to do it for a long time but it has never happened.  Starting Monday, I will be doing the occasional video posts here and will likely do short, daily videos on Global Geek News as well.  I plan on contacting Animoto to do some sort of partnership as they were interested in doing something when I spoke to them back in August.  I would be using what I can get from them to do the intro and outro of the videos.

Also, I would like to say that I am looking for sponsors for all of my blogs and podcasts.  If you or your company would like to sponsor Global Geek News, the Global Geek News Blog, Geek News Daily, or Pcnerd37.com,  I would love for you to contact me at pcnerd37@globalgeeknews.com

That is about all I can think of for updates right now, but I will post updates here when I have them as I want this site to become more of a hub for everything me.  Speaking of which, I am going to be working on a page or something that lists the RSS feeds and new items of all of my blogs and podcasts so you can easily subscribe to the feeds and find out what I am up to.  Until then, you can easily follow almost everything me on my FriendFeed.

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-Jeremy “pcnerd37” Bray

Amazing things can be done in MS Paint

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Hello readers!

Earlier today, I was forwarded a video of somebody drawing Ironman in MS Paint.  I thought I would compile some  amazing videos of what can be done with MS Paint.

Ironman

The Joker

Masterchief

Kurt Cobain

The Mona Lisa

I may post more later, but they are easy to find on YouTube, so go check them out when you have time!

-pcnerd37