Archive for the ‘Finished Projects’ Category

My Custom-Built Portable Gaming PC

March 27, 2011

Figures I’d post this here last, days after posting it elsewhere. On another note, I did finish my Let’s Play of The Dark Eye recently. I also participated in FAWM but only posted one finished song. And only got one comment on it. Heh. Oh well. Anyways, on with the PGPC.

8 inch touchscreen LCD
Integrated Xbox 360 controller with Playstation D-pad and face buttons for shoulder buttons
Mini ITX Socket P motherboard – for laptop CPUs
Intel T7300 Core 2 Duo 2GHz 4mb L2 cache
4GB of DDR3
Geforce 9100m 512mb shared
500GB hard drive

Half-built-in wifi – USB dongle inside, motherboard has mini PCI-Express slot but haven’t gotten a card for it yet. Not that I have to. It’s under the righthand control panel and I can take it out very easily. Motherboard also has HDMI out, so this thing will occasionally run double-duty as an HTPC in my house.

The case is made from two OKW enclosures glued back to back, heavily modified of course. You can see where I screwed up the paint job. Maybe some day I’ll fix it.

No internal batteries. I know. I know. Believe me I know. It’s kills me, but it’s just too heavy. I designed it with batteries in mind. I have the power switch for it, the charging jack, the battery life indicator – ALL integrated already. But I decided against putting the batteries in. Right now, it’s already heavy. If I were to add the batteries, it’d be unplayably heavy. I’m going to have to make them into an external pack. As much as it saddens me.

I wanted a motherboard that was very upgradeable, which this one is. I can put a much better CPU in there in the future and maybe bump it up to 8GB if I get Windows 7. I also wanted a motherboard that had a PCI-Express slot. The idea was, when you’re at home, you plug in your awesome desktop card and you’ve got a really decent gaming PC that can run just about anything. I have the riser card and “cartridge slot” cover, but not bothering putting them in until I can afford a better power brick that can handle the amperage.

Ramblatory Nonsense – Episode 02 – Adventure games rant, Alan Wake, Red Dead Redemption, etc.

June 28, 2010

I did not intend to do a podcast (if you even want to call these things a podcast) so soon again. But hearing the guys on Rebel FM talk about Gray Matter, briefly, got me fired up. I ranted for a good 9 minutes or so. Then I talked a bit about Alan Wake, Red Dead Redemption, and some other random junk. When talking about the stuff I’d built in the past, I got distracted and moved on before mentioning that I also built a portable NES and a portable PS2 before as well. The PS2 died, unfortunately.

Music in this episode: Ozma – Bad Dogs (Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco 3/28/2003) and Lorraine (live acoustic at Digevent).

Forgot to add ID3 tags this time. Feeling too lazy to re-upload it.

Download here or use the player below.

Ramblatory Nonsense – Episode 01 – The Elder Scrolls

June 25, 2010

A podcast? What? Yeah, so, I start lots of projects and things and usually never finish them. Here’s the newest one.

I hate you.

Introductory episode of the podcast discussing The Elder Scrolls series of games by Bethesda Softworks. All three parts of it were recorded without planning ahead, which is why the name fits so well. I’m completely rambling. Still experimenting with things. File had to be compressed a lot due to my host only accepting small files. Which means the audio quality is fairly bad. Really makes the music sound terrible especially. If you’re used to listening to podcasts, you’re probably used to it though.

Download here or use the player below.

Let’s Play They Hunger

February 20, 2010

FAWM is 3/4 of the way over and I haven’t written a single song. I just can’t seem to get in the mood for it. However, I have been doing something else. I’ve been making “Let’s Play” videos for They Hunger. If you’re not familiar with what a Let’s Play is, well, in this case it’s when some one plays a video game and records themselves while doing it. Talking over it while they’re playing. You have to be a pretty big nerd to want to watch some one else play a game. I mean, why not just play it yourself, right? Well, I thought that too at first. But then I started watching some Let’s Plays of games I’ve always been vaguely interested in, but never enough to actually play them. And, depending on the “Let’s Player,” it can actually be a very entertaining thing to watch. So I decided to make my own. WARNING: Lots of profanity. Here is a link to my new youtube channel for it. And here is the first video:

Let me know what you think, dear nonexistent readers.

First!

September 2, 2009

I really hate “first!” posters and I suppose I hate first posts as well. To get things started off, here’s something I made recently:

Here we have a mashup. The songs being “All of Your Love” by Hellogoodbye and “Don’t Trust Me” by 3OH!3. I call it “Don’t Trust Your Love.” Logical title, no?

I’m currently taking part in the 50 Songs in 90 Days challenge. Well, theoretically, anyways. It started on July 1st and I’ve only completed one song. Whoops. I’d post it here, but I haven’t figured out how to post a flash mp3 player yet. That demo of it sucks anyways. I need to redo it. But yeah, I’ve actually been working on two songs in the last week or so. Problem is I’m not in the mood for it very often. I open them up once a day or so, maybe add or tweak something, then close them. Both songs are nowhere near done. Pathetic really, considering I finished that first song in a matter of hours. Going to be using some new techniques this time, however. We’ll see how that goes.