Still Journeying – Upgraded A Computer – Got An Old Computer Fixed

Not every collector is a collector of many things. Some collectors only collect certain things, others collect things they make themselves. Others are collectors without even knowing they are. Others are super proud to be called a collector and they go to collecting groups to meet others with the same interests. Me, well, I’ve been travelling still, traveling into many focuses and one thing I found myself collecting is old school computer video games. I’m talking like really old school computer video games like Doom and Miner from the mid 90s where some of my peers think high end to-the-minute personal computer technology was best.

To facilitate my recent collecting spree I upgraded a second hand computer from Craig’s list, removed all the bugs from it and wiped the hard drive, installed new graphics cards and even got the computer tower screen fixed, some fans replaced and I was looking at a heavy investment before I broke down in a fit after playing Doom for 4 hours straight.

I had realized 4 things!

  1. I didn’t need a fancy 21st century gaming computer to play games from the 90s!
  2. Downloading the game online is nothing like buying the real thing!
  3. These high def monitors only stretch out the old games. I need a monitor from the 90s!
  4.  Ok, screw it, I’m going to build my own historically accurate 1996 computer with old school windows, fans that squeak, a mouse and keyboard from the 90s and everything attached!

With those 4 realizations effecting my rational thinking, my collecting interests took a glide and I traveled up around my area in thrift stores looking up old keyboard and mouse model numbers to see if they were from the 90s. In a matter of a month I bought 5 keyboard from the 90s, one of them from the year 1990 itself, and also 3 old ball mouses from the 90s as well, and they all work. i even found an old windows computer that had windows 95 and Doom already installed on it! i was playing right after I had turned the thing on for the first time and I felt like a had felt when I had left my country for the first time! Things were getting exhilarating again.

Until …

Everything crashed!

Yup, you heard me. The computer I had bought for $50 crashed right before I was about to beat a level and I nearly broke one of my precious keyboards. Not knowing where I’d turn I searched for a quick fix because I’m not a super nerd when it comes to everything about the inside of computers and I found this great great computer repair Victoria BC company I think they deserve a shot out. After a bit of call time, the mobile computer nerd came out to have a look and I must have been the luckiest man in the world because, I don’t know how he did it, but my computer was fixed and I’m back on my collecting spree!

I got the original CDs for Starwars: Dark Forces, Warcraft 2, and tonight I’ll be playing some Stonekeep, but I have to give the disc back to my friend next weekend.

It’s funny how life can take a collector of travelling experiences to collecting memories. These memories I’m building just enjoying the old technology I love to touch and use. If you’re a gamer who loves older games then I highly recommend that you show your passion some love and play those games on devices that were built in the same year as the game was made. It makes the whole gaming experience so much more authentic.

I forgot to mention a special pursuit I took. In order to get a special shipment of old computer parts from Winnipeg, I had to hire a special driver. I was so excited for these parts that when I found out my driver’s car broke down before he could even leave his city, I ended up paying for his tow truck Winnipeg service, even giving the tow truck driver a big tip. Nothing was going to stop me from getting these rare computer parts. Each part has stopped being manufactured for over then years and will one day be worth a lot more money than it cost me to pay for the driver and his towing service.

Well, I’m glad to say the parts have arrived. That’s why I updated this post. I never thought my old curse of collecting old computers would come back. But it did! I thought it was just a faze but here I am in the New Year playing the classic Doom on my ancient PC.

So cheers to old school video games!

A Traveler’s Journey

This Is A Journey Of An Explorer.

Like most people, I also dreamed of travelling from a very young age, and it kind of sparked the snowball effect.

Reading stories and watching movies about other countries and the different cultures around the world were the primary things that inspired me to become a world-class traveler. And like most people, I realized at an early age that you don’t just become a traveler because you decided to. More often than not, life gets in the way of living or in this case travelling.

I am a collector of experiences… 

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I guess I’ll get my feet wet first!

I am the first featured collector to this new website! I am looking forward to sharing, here we go!

Staying at my workshop, cutting boards and building cabinets is just a day in my life as a carpenter. From sunup to sundown, my mind, arms and body are turned towards my work table, finishing drafts to calculate the proportions and executing these plans. I’m always busy with my hands, working with raw materials to build structures.

But making furniture, doors, and window fittings is not everything I do. I also take construction projects to work as a framework carpenter, establishing the building frames for commercial and residential properties. It all seems like a lot of work, but I have been doing this my whole life – Now, pounding on nails and drilling are no different from breathing, for me.

Continue reading I guess I’ll get my feet wet first!

It all started with coins.

As most collector’s begin young, as did I. My collecting began with the desire to withhold the oldest coin in the city. This didn’t last long as the urge to obtain more and more items sank into my skin so quickly I can’t even begin to explain. Some people call it hoarding, though I am not one to think of collecting as “hoarding”. Materialism is one thing, I understand I can not take any of these things with me when I pass on to the afterlife, though what I can promise is that when I am here, I will cherish these things. 

What do you collect?