Windows Vista Connectivity Problems – Connected to Undefined Network


So I just installed Windows Vista on my PC and everytime I start up, I don’t have any network connectivity.

It tells me the following:

Currently Connected to: Undefined Network

Access: Limited Connectivity

Any help or suggestions with this would be greatly appreciated. I’m running Windows Vista Business with an ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 – it’s got the ULi 1695 chipset with onboard ethernet.

Microsoft Xbox 360 vs. Sony Playstation 3 vs. Nintendo Wii


So now that all 3 next generation consoles have been released, which one is the best? Better yet, which one is for you? Hopefully this brief roundup of the 3 systems and their capabilities will help you decide. I hope you enjoy my rundown – please leave comments about your own experiences with each system.

Xbox 360
If you’re a man, this is the console for you. I owned the original Xbox and the Playstation 2 and there was no comparison in the game play – Xbox won hands down. I feel the same way with this next generation of consoles. The game titles offered for the Xbox are unparalleled… especially when you include the “only for xbox” titles:

  • Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3 (Release Date TBA)
  • Project Gotham, Project Gotham 2, Project Gotham 3
  • Gears of War – Read my brief review here

All I have to say about the Xbox is positive, the only negative thing I can think of is its size… but like I said earlier, “If you’re a man, this is the console for you.” If you think it’s too big or bulky, buy a Nintendo Wii, if you want to take it with you wherever you go, buy a PSP. Those of you who complain about the size of the Xbox 360 need to shut-up. I think the Xbox 360 is best suited for any man who loves action games… if you’re an RPG game… the next console is for you.

Playstation 3
Now I’m not saying that the Xbox 360 was a bargain, but I am saying that the Playstation 3 is way overpriced. I can’t believe that people are actually paying for this thing… it’s a glorified PS2… they just updated the DVD reader! 😉 In all honesty, it’s a decent system, but the graphical performance doesn’t even touch that of the Xbox 360. I might consider buying a PS3 once the Playstation 4 is released… then the price might be reasonable enough. Summary… RPG gamers… Warcraft fans… this is your system!

Nintendo Wii
Lastly we have the Wii. I have not had the chance to play this system yet, but I think this is more of a system for younger kids, or for those guys who want to get their wives or girlfriends into gaming. The nunchuck style control could prove to be really entertaining, however I’d feel like a complete retard standing in my living room at 1am by myself swining my arms around… the Wii is much better suited as a party system.

Some system specs below:

Microsoft Xbox 360
Sony Playstation 3 Nintendo Wii
List Price: $399 List Price: $599 List Price: $249
Hard Drive: 20GB Hard Drive: 60GB Hard Drive: N/A
RAM Size: 512MB RAM Size: 256MB RAM Size: 512MB
Processor: 3.2GHz (Power PC) Processor: 3.2GHz (Cell) Processor: Unknown (Power PC)
Video RAM: 10MB Video RAM: 256MB Video RAM: Unknown
Graphics Processor: ATI Xbox 360 Graphics Processor: NVidia RSX Graphics Processor: ATI Hollywood
Max. Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Max. Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Max. Resolution: Unknown

Leave me some comments and reviews, I’d love to hear more about each of these systems.

Heroes – Chapter 9 – “Homecoming”


In Odessa Texas, the homecoming results are in and that bitch Jackie thinks that she has got it locked… turns out that Claire Bennet got the “freak” vote. Claire realizes that winning the homecoming title wasn’t due to her popularity, as explained by her friend Zach, “The unpopular kids greatly outnumber the popular kids at this school,” he explains. He then gives Claire a book he found (written by Mohinders father) called “Activating Evolution”, it has a chapter on Spontaneous Regeneration. Jackie walks up and insults Zach, Claire delivers a devastating right haymaker and knocks her ass out cold.

Back in Isaac’s loft, Nathan Petrelli opens a painting that had been returned. It is a picture of Union Wells High School Homecoming. Simone explains to Nathan that Peter thinks if he saves the cheerleader, he’ll save the world. After seeing that the painting depicts Peters death, Nathan splashes black paint over the canvas, as he thinks that Peter has delusions of grandeur.

Out in a remote location, Niki is test firing a sniper rifle and has righteous aiming. The guy she’s buying it from asks, “You don’t want to see his eyes, do you?”. Niki looks in the mirror, and says, “We’re going hunting,” in a sinister voice.

D.L. explains to Micah that his mom has changed, but Micah isn’t ready to give up on her. He wants to help her. D.L. gets spooked by a cop and hurries back to his car where he left Micah. Micah is no longer in the car. Later D.L. finds Micah. Micah explains that he told his mom where they are. D.L. becomes nervous and begins looking over his shoulder, knowing that he is in imediate danger.

Mohinder speaks with a professor friend of his father. He explains how a boy entered his dreams… he found a file with this boy in it in his fathers possessions. Mohinder walks through a marketplace showing a picture of the boy, asking people if they have seen the boy. He eventually finds the boy and talks to him briefly. “You came to me in my dream last night,” Mohinder says. “I don’t come to anyone, they come to me,” the boy replies, explaining that people come to him because they have questions that need answers. Mohinder asks which path he should take, which one is his destiny. The boy tells him, “You already have the answer you seek.” Later, the boy appears again in Mohinders dream, he is able to watch conversations that his father had. He is able to see is fathers enthusiasm for his research and now knows his destiny. He wakes up and realizes the password to his fathers program, it reveals a list of all the evolutionary enhanced. We learn that Mohinder has turned down a job offer in India and is returning to New York, as he wants to make the Heroes aware of who and what they are.

Peter finds Simone and asks she shows him the ruined painting. He asks her to explain it to him, but she does better. She has a digital printout of the original. Simone tells Peter that Union Wells HS is in Odessa, Texas. He insists on going. Peter leaves and calls Hiro. Ando answers Hiro’s phone and explains the situation. Peter eventually makes it out to the high school where he runs into Claire, he asks about Jackie Wilcox after seeing articles of her hanging in the hallway. It is in this episode we learn Peters true power, he is able to absorb or “mimic” others powers when they are close by.

Mr. Bennet (Claires father) is trying to get Isaac to paint more paintings, both to save Claire and to help find Sylar. He wants his assistant to make Isaac paint another when he wakes up, but she refuses. He shows her the pictures of Sylars other victims – all missing the top of their heads – cut clean off. Mr. Bennet plans on keeping Claire home from homecoming to save her. Back at home, Claire flips out when she hears that her father isn’t letting her attend the homecoming game. He cynically replies, “You’ll survive.” Knowing that he’s trying to save her. Zack shows up at Claires window and convinces her to sneak out and go to the homecoming game. Claires father finds out and rushes out of the house.

Claire and Jackie get into it in the locker room after all the others leave. On their way out, the lights go out and the two realize that there is a 3rd person in the locker room… Sylar. Sylar grabs Jackie and begins to strangler her, Claire tries to stop him and gets thrown aside. Sylar cuts the top of Jackies head off by pointing a finger at it. Claire broke her arm, but she snaps it back into place. Claire runs out of the locker room and runs into Peter, he tells her to run as he mans up to Sylar… then he realizes that he’s a nurse and he runs too. Outside he hurries Clair along as Sylar catches up to him. At 8:12pm, he and Sylar fall of the roof of a building making Isaacs painting a reality. Clair sees him and walks up, Peter realigns his body as we’ve seen Claire do so many times, and Sylar is no longer at the scene. Claires father finds her and says, “You’re lucky to be alive.” Claire replies, “It’s not luck dad, I have something to tell you.”

Outside the school, Mr. Bennets assistant finds Sylar and puts him to sleep… apparently she is special too as it appears his powers are useless against her.

The episode ends with D.L. looking around while getting into the car with Micah, and Niki pulling the trigger on her shiny new sniper rifle.

Episode # 109
Original Air Date: 11/20/2006

My Top 10 Ways to get Google to Crawl and Index Your Site


So I started this blog in order to try to not only generate some advertising income, but also to find the best way to optimize and maximize that income. In order to start generating that income, the first thing that I wanted to do was to get my site indexed with major search engines – primarily Google.

  1. Create a site structure – Categories / Subcategories
  2. Create unique content – Being able to do this will depend on whether or not you’ve created categories that you’re knowledgeable in
  3. Use descriptive titles
    • Good: i.nconspicuo.us – 10 Best Ways to get Google to Crawl and Index Your Site
    • Better: 10 Best Ways to get Google to Crawl and Index Your Site – i.nconspicuo.us
  4. Make sure that the HTML
  5. Place internal cross-links within your site – It’s always a good idea to have links to other articles within each page.
  6. Once your site has some content, submit your site to some social networking pages
    • www.digg.com
    • del.icio.us
    • www.furl.net
  7. Exchange links with other sites
  8. Submit your URL to Google: http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl
  9. Upload your sitemap to Google Sitemaps: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/
  10. Add Google Analytics to your site: http://www.google.com/analytics/

You might wonder why #10 is going to help Google crawl or index your site… it may help, it may not. I just feel that the more Google products that you use on a site, the more likely it is that the site will be crawled.

Update: November 21, 2006
After being live for just over a week, i.nconspicuo.us has had it’s first few pages indexed by Google. Not bad when you consider Google’s disclaimer:

“We add and update new sites to our index each time we crawl the web, and we invite you to submit your URL here. We do not add all submitted URLs to our index, and we cannot make any predictions or guarantees about when or if they will appear.”

What are you waiting for? Get your site out there… whether you use any of my 10 suggestions or not, search engines are out there and waiting to crawl your site!

Clean Your House With One Finger – The Roomba Robotic Floor Vacuum


This is possibly the best invention I’ve ever come accross – The Roomba Robotic Floor Vac by iRobot. Visit the iRobot website and check out the entire line of home robots that help clean up around the house.

If you’re like me and hate vacuuming this is the product for you. This product has been around since around 2002, so why am I just now writing about it? Cause I just got one, and it has changed my life! The first time I ran it, it picked up so much stuff… and I vacuumed with before its first run, just because I wasn’t sure what its limits were. After its first run, I opened it up to see what it picked up and I was amazed. The amount of dog hair alone was incredible, beyond that it was absolutely loaded with dirt and dust. We’ve got a thick shag carpet and the Roomba has no problem running, and it even makes a smooth transition from our carpet to our tile floor in our kitchen.

Most of the time, I just turn Roomba on before I leave for work and I come home to a clean house with nice vacuum tracks in the carpet. Occasionally I’ll turn it on while we’re home and just find myself watching it scoot across the floor cleaning up for me. I find my self talking to it and cheering it on sometimes, “Come on buddy, get over here and clean under the coffee table.”

So if you’re looking for a good Christmas present this year for friends, family or maybe even for yourself… I’d definitely recommend the Roomba.

Open a Free Checking Account at Washington Mutual and get a 5 Percent Savings Account


Are there better interest rates out there? Sure there are, but with the convenience that WaMu offers & the little or no fees, a 5% interest account can’t be beat! The nice thing about this is that it isn’t only for new customers. I’ve been banking with WaMu for years and I signed up a 5% Savings account online and made and initial deposit directly from my existing checking account. The thing I like most about the 5.00% Savings Account is the fact that it is a savings account… it’s got complete liquidity. Current CD rates at Bankrate.com

  • 6 Month CD – 4.77%
  • 1 Year CD – 4.89%

Visit the WaMu signup page and get started earning some extra interest before time runs out: WaMu 5.00% APY Savings Account

This is a great offer, especially if you’re an existing WaMu customer who is earning about 0.25% with your existing Statement Savings Account. Make your money work for you! 😉

A Jack Bauer Fact for Every Minute of the Hour… Almost

  1. Jack Bauer once won a game of rock paper scissors using niether rock, paper nor scissors.
  2. If everyone on “24” followed Jack Bauer’s instructions, it would be called “12”.
  3. Jack Bauer uses #1 pencils on standardized tests… Jack Bauer doesn’t associate with anything that is #2.
  4. Jack Bauer brings a knife to a gun fight and always wins.
  5. If Jack Bauer was in a room with Hitler, Stalin, and Nina Meyers, and he had a gun with 2 bullets, he’d shoot Nina twice.
  6. If Jack Bauer tells you to get out of the room because you don’t want to see what he’s about to do, you better stay your ass in that room because you’re about to witness the most shockingly awesome thing you’ve ever seen.
  7. Upon hearing that he was played by Kiefer Sutherland, Jack Bauer killed Sutherland… Jack Bauer gets played by no man.
  8. If you wake up in the morning, it’s because Jack Bauer spared your life.
  9. When Kim Bauer lost her virginity, Jack Bauer found it and put it back.
  10. Kim Bauer once brought her father to school for a parent/teacher conference… and got expelled for bringing a weapon onto school grounds.
  11. Jack Bauers calender goes from March 31st to April 2nd, no one fools Jack Bauer.
  12. Jack Bauer once forgot where he put his keys. He then spent the next half-hour torturing himself until he gave up the location of the keys.
  13. Superman wears Jack Bauer pajamas.
  14. Jack Bauer removed the “Escape” button from his keyboard. Jack Bauer never needs to escape.
  15. 1.6 billion Chinese are angry with Jack Bauer. Sounds like a fair fight.
  16. When life gave Jack Bauer lemons, he used them to kill terrorists. Jack Bauer fucking hates lemonade.
  17. If it tastes like chicken, looks like chicken, and feels like chicken, but Jack Bauer says its beef. Then it’s fucking beef.
  18. Jack Bauer played Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun and won.
  19. Lets get one thing straight, the only reason you are conscious right now is because Jack Bauer does not feel like carrying you.
  20. Jack Bauer was never addicted to heroin. Heroin was addicted to Jack Bauer.
  21. Jack Bauer once won a game of Connect 4 in 3 moves.
  22. Osama bin Laden’s recent proposal for truce is a direct result of him finding out that Jack Bauer is, in fact, still alive.
  23. Men are ok with their wives fantasizing about Jack Bauer during sex; because they are doing the same thing.
  24. If you’re a passenger in the car that Jack Bauer is driving and he gets a call from the President, ask to be let out at the corner.
  25. Somebody is going to die.

  26. Jack Bauer does not use birth control, he simply demands that you not get pregnant.
  27. Jack Bauer is the leading cause of death in Middle Eastern men.
  28. During the 18 months Jack Bauer was believed dead, CTU saved over $1 billion on ammunition.
  29. Jack Bauer arm once wrestled Superman. The stipulations were the loser had to wear his underwear on the outside of his pants.
  30. If Rosa Parks was in Jack Bauer’s seat, she’d move to the back of the bus.
  31. Jack Bauer never gets pop-ups. Ever.
  32. Jack Bauer has never actually had to count to three, ever.
  33. Jack Bauer doesn’t miss. If he didn’t hit you it’s because he was shooting at another terrorist twelve miles away.
  34. If Jack Bauer saw a terrorist reaching for a bomb to blow himself up, Jack would shoot the bomb first. Nobody steals a kill from Jack Bauer.
  35. There are no such thing as lesbians, just women who never met Jack Bauer.
  36. Jack Bauer was supposed to be in Street Fighter 2, but was later removed by beta testers because every button resulted in the same move, shooting the opponent. When asked about the glitch, Bauer replied, “that’s no glitch.”
  37. Killing Jack Bauer doesn’t make him dead. It just makes him angry.
  38. When Jack Bauer was a child, he made his mother finish his vegetables.
  39. Every mathematical inequality officially ends with “< Jack Bauer”.
  40. Jack Bauer once double teamed a girl… by himself.
  41. Jack Bauer killed 93 people in just 4 days time. Wait, that is a real fact.
  42. Simon Says he should be renamed to Jack Bauer Says because if Jack Bauer says something then you better fucking do it.
  43. While Jack Bauer was presumed dead, a random oil field in Southern California produced more oil than any other region in history.
  44. Your attraction to Jack Bauer in no way affects your sexual orientation.
  45. Jack Bauer’s favorite color is severe terror alert red. His second favorite color is violet, but just because it sounds like violent.
  46. Jack Bauer doesn’t have sperm; he ejaculates babies.
  47. When Google can’t find something, it asks Jack Bauer for help.
  48. When you open a can of whoop-ass, Jack Bauer jumps out.
  49. Finding Nemo would have been vastly more exciting had Jack Bauer been looking for him.
  50. My parents told my little brother and I that Jack Bauer was “just a television character”. We are now orphans.
  51. At age 7, Jack Bauer grew tired of urinating. After several hours of torture, Jack’s bladder decided that it would be best to never be heard from again.
  52. Jack Bauer can get McDonald’s breakfast after 10:30.
  53. Superman’s only weakness is Kryptonite. Jack Bauer laughs at Superman for having a weakness.
  54. Jack Bauer once made a blind man see again, then promptly threatened to cut out his eyes if he didn’t give him the information he wanted.
  55. Jesus died and rose from the dead in 3 days. It took Jack Bauer less than an hour. And he’s done it twice.
  56. If Jack Bauer lived next door to Kramer, Kramer would knock before entering.
  57. In 96 hours, Jack Bauer has killed 93 people and saved the world 4 times. What the fuck have you done with your life?
  58. You can lead a horse to water. Jack Bauer can make him drink.
  59. Jack Bauer got Hellen Keller to talk.
  60. Jack Bauer once killed so many terrorists that at one point, the #5 CIA Most Wanted fugitive was an 18-year-old teenager in Malaysia who downloaded the movie Dodgeball.

My Top 10 Favorite 24 (Jack Bauer) Fansites


So I don’t have any sort of order to my “Top 10”, but here are my 10 favorite 24 fansites, blogs & forums. I’d like to say that each one offers something different, but for the most part… they’re all the same.

My biggest question is this: How many more 24 hour days can Jack Bauer have? Have you seen the new previews for Day 6? He looks like hell!!! I don’t think he’s going to be able to hang on much longer. The show has had great writing thus far, I’m curious to see if the writers can keep up the good work through Day 6, and maybe beyond.

Can Blogging Generate an Income?


With the number of people who have blogs now, do any of them profit from their blogs? I know for a fact that most of the owners of large blogs make quite a nice profit from their site. That is the purpose of this site, I’m going to test out different advertising networks and different advertisement placements.

My short term goal(s)

  • Determine which ad network provides the best payout
  • Determine which ad network provides the best reporting
  • Find the optimal placement for ads on a website

My long term goal(s)

  • Generate enough monthly revenue to cover my car payment

So where do you start when you want to create a blog that can (and will) generate revenue from 3rd party advertisers? I’ve learned from experience that “Content is King”. The more articles you’re able to put on your site, the more visitors you’ll attract. I think that’s going to be my biggest hurdle… finding enough time to write enough noteworthy articles. My starting point was to setup my blog with Categories that interest me.

  • Entertainment
    • Television Shows – Heroes, 24 (there are plenty other shows that I like, but we’ll save that for another article 😉 )
  • Finance & Investment
  • Gaming (I’m a big fan of the Xbox 360)
  • Photography
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Tech & Web Stuff

Now that I’ve got my categories laid out, my first step will be to create content for each of them. Once I’ve got content in each category, I’ll be focusing on getting my site crawled and indexed by all large search engines. Once my site is indexed on a couple search engines, I’ll begin documenting the revenue that I generate from this site.

Until next time.