I recently purchased several parts on Newegg.com so that I could build my own computer. It is quite a substantial upgrade compared to what I once used as my main desktop. The setup consists of an Asus M4A78T-E motherboard, an AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz processor, 4 GB of DDR3 1600 memory from Corsair, a Samsung 1 TB harddrive, an Antec Three Hundred case, 5 case fans (3 of which have Blue LED lights),a 700 Watt Power Supply, and an Asus Radeon Video card.  I am running Windows Vita 64 bit and plan to upgrade to Windows 7 shortly once it comes out.

However, I did run into a problem with Windows Vista recognizing an old DVD drive I placed in the case.  When trying to install Windows Vista I receieved an error message early on saying a “required cd/dvd drive device driver is missing.” In order to work around the problem, I had to first install Windows XP 64 bit and then install Windows Vista 64 bit on top of the previous Windows XP install. Once Windows Vista was installed the DVD drive was still having problems. Whenever I try to use it by inserting a DVD or CD, it causes the operating system to freeze. Microsoft really needs to sort this problem out since it seems as if many others have similar problems.

All in all I am pleased with the setup and have noticed a large performance increase. I am also using 3 monitors to help increase my productivity.

So I received my season tickets via FedEx for Northwestern University Football for the 2009 season. I am pretty excited about this upcoming football season and college football. The following are the current locations, times, and dates of the Northwestern University 2009 Football Season.  A * means a Big Ten and conference game.

09/05/09 vs. Towson Evanston, Ill. 11:00 a.m. CT
09/12/09 vs. Eastern Michigan Evanston, Ill. 11:00 a.m. CT
09/19/09 at Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. TBA
09/26/09 vs. Minnesota * Evanston, Ill. TBA
10/03/09 at Purdue * West Lafayette, Ind. 11:00 a.m. CT
10/10/09 vs. Miami (Ohio) Evanston, Ill. 11:00 a.m. CT
10/17/09 at Michigan State * East Lansing, Mich. 11:00 a.m. CT
10/24/09 vs. Indiana — Homecoming * Evanston, Ill. 11:00 a.m. CT
10/31/09 vs. Penn State * Evanston, Ill. 3:30 p.m. CT
11/07/09 at Iowa * Iowa City, Iowa TBA
11/14/09 at Illinois * Champaign, Ill. TBA
11/21/09 vs. Wisconsin * Evanston, Ill. TBA

I just returned home from a visit to Washington, D.C. It was mostly a business trip for a company I am currently working for this summer. Even so, I was still able to go and visit most of the popular attractions such as the Lincoln Memorial, White House, Vietnam Memorial, World War II Memorial, and Smithsonian Museums. Here are a few pictures from the trip.

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I went to a White Sox Game at U.S. Cellular Field on June 24, 2009, when they played and beat the L.A. Dodgers 10-7. There were a lot of home runs in the game and it was quite a long game. Even so it was a good experience and a fun time. Here are some pictures from the baseball game.

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