Sunday, June 10, 2012

New Computer or Where the Hell Are All My Product Codes?

I got my new computer on Friday.  It's got an I7 processor, 10 gig of RAM, 1.5 terabyte harddrive, Blu-Ray Player, and a 1 gig Vid Card.  But the best thing about it is its quiet.  The recent computers I've had sound like one of those Everglade fan boats.  Loud.  This one I can't even tell that its running.  Now Ivy wants one.

With a new computer comes a little game I like to play called, Where the hell are all my product codes.  Absolutely love this game.  In the past the main reason I got a new computer because my old one took a dirt nap.  And guess where all those codes are at?  At least this time I was able to get some of the codes from the old computer, but the rest I had to scramble to websites I forgot about and passwords I had no chance of remembering.  But I got skype running, Fantasy Grounds going (but not completely up dated), my Xara program, GURPS character assist, and iTunes.  There is still a lot of work to be done, but I happy with the results so far.

With my new computer I plopped down a few c-notes for MS Professional Office to get Publisher.  I thought about waiting for the new version release later this fall, but that's later this fall and I need it now.  I think it will be a huge help with the projects I've got boiling in the stew.

Because of this computer switch I fell behind a little on a couple of things I promised for other people.  I apologize and plan on hitting your projects next.  I hope I didn't inconvenience anyone. 

Meanwhile, I am gearing up for Free RPG Day this Saturday.  I hope it will go better than last year.  Ivy has the day off so that means I'll get a second item.  I'm planning on picking up a new copy of DCC.  I've heard so much about it, playtested it and bought the fan zine so Goodman Games has hit from every side.  Might as well and get it. 

Off to search my other computer for a few more files.


  1. Nice! Can I ask what you dropped down for that and where you go it? That is a beast of a machine and I would be really happy with it's twin sitting on my desk. :)

  2. I had to go to the HP website. None of the stores in my area had a computer I wanted. I plopped $850, includes tax.

    Here's the link to it.

  3. I always keep all the program codes in a file that gets backed up offsite... the catch-22 you mentioned about everything being on the dead computer has bitten my posterior too many times. :)

    Nice to see another Xara guy out there!

  4. We have matching computers by the looks of it. I love it.

  5. I concur with Purple Sorcerer on offsite listings of your codes and such. Something like google documents (or google drive as it's called now) or any cloud based storage is wonderful

    And congratulations on the computer upgrade.

  6. I figured out what that d port is. It is a display port.

  7. Use the cloud, Tim!

    I keep my codes in two different clouds.

    First, since a lot of codes come by email, I keep a folder in my web-based email for them. The other advantage is that it usually has the customer support email for the company.

    Second, I use Mozy for online backup. I have an external hard drive, but I never remembered to actually do the backup. Mozy just does it twice a day in the background. This has seved my bacon several times, from moving my data from a dead computer to reloading my current system after a really nasty zero-day java exploit.

    The other thing I keep is a list of all the programs I have installed. This helps avoid the time when you click on a file and forgot to install the program for it.