Steam Sale

I just picked up Skyrim, Arma II: Operation Arrowhead and Tribes Ascend pack on sale for  a total of $50 off of Steam. I saw that Amazon had the games for the same price, which is awesome, but I don’t want to keep track of another service. When I bought a game awhile back I got a steam code but when I got Battlefield 3 I got the direct download. I guess it’s a toss up on how you get the content. Now I can play Day Z and get Steam achievements in Skyrim.

In the end I got awesome games for a great price and love the fact that Amazon is price matching.

PS. Comcast Blast is AWESOME! (7MB/s!)


How to stop HP Laserjet from Printing

I just got a HP Laserjet 1022n and used the generic HP driers from their website. When I would print anything it would keep on sending the job to print wasting a lot of paper. After a few days of this and using other XP machines I figured it is an issue with Windows 7.

I found this post and it has the solution. Go to Ports under the printer properties and uncheck “Enable bidirectional support”. Click OK and bam. Issue resolved.


Thought – New Home Testing Lab

I’m thinking of getting two new computers so I can test out clustering in my home lab. Below I have a list of parts that I’m going to buy in the next few months.  My goal is to be a little above $500 but since I want to test new virtualization technologies I might have to up my budget. Hopefully I can make it back with selling my first gen test lab components. 

CPU: Intel Xeon X3430 – Has VT-d and VT-x [$233]


Motherboard: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL-F-O LGA 1155 – Has dual NIC’s and remote management [$179]


SSD: 128 Samsung 830 SSD – [$129] (Or 256GB [$274]


RAM:  Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) KVR13E9K2/8I – Cheap and is ECC [$63]

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 – [$44]

Total: $711