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Restoration Project! (update 5)

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 11, 2014, 11:25 AM

Restoration Project!
Update 8/22/14
Welp, I'm on my way to getting that new PC... I can now knock a hundred dollars off from the $852 total. I'm helping a neighbor to restore their apartment and he's paying me $13.12 an hour!! If I keep working with him till his apartment is fully restored I may be able to buy my new PC and then some before the end of next month! Oh, I almost forgot! I got my HDD Enclosure yesterday and I spent the majority of last night sifting through it, saving my stuff on my fathers PC... then re-formated my HDD to work as my External HDD and I didn't have to pay a lot for it either! When I get my PC, I'll finish the requests I promised and then I start SERIOUSLY taking in commissions!

I'll keep you guys updated with any changes if they come around.

Check out what I've been listening to! Just turn up the stereo and BLAST that bass!! :evillaugh:


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Into the Fray
Update 8/16/14
I just read my email and I was accepted to the Salvation Army Health and Fitness Center, I just have to go in sometime today to get my "sign-in volunteer ID card" and I can came an go when ever! Awesome, I reviewed the pay and it's above minimum wage, wow; pretty close to $10 and hour ($9.12 for those who are REALLY curious and have to know) XD. I have been conversing with ChaserTech about my computer options and with his help, I've ironed it out to a semi-budget friendly PC setup. I went back to CyberpowerPC and adjusted a Gamer Xtreme 1000… for $852; I did a little more research on gaming PC's and these thing can handle some pretty wicked games off the bat. Even more so with a higher quality and more expensive PC setup!

It's a Saturday morning still but, I'll might as well work today so I'll read all your lovely comments later this evening!

Check out what I've been listening to! Just turn up the stereo and BLAST that bass!! :evillaugh:

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Reviews and Plans
Update 8/13/14
I called the Volunteer HR at the Salvation Army fitness center and they're reviewing my resume and application for a position within the kitchen as well as for volunteer openings. I'm gonna have to call my grandfather to see if i can work with him at his contractor business for a while.

Meanwhile, I've been looking online at desktops and I'm starting to notice a big difference in performance between home computers and workstations. There's no way around it, I'm gonna need a workstation and these things are not cheap; the lowest price for a custom workstation that I've managed to configure is about $1k and that's just the computer tower! It does not include the other hardware (i.e. monitor, keyboard, mouse, sound system, internal wireless systems) and software (i.e. photoshop, microsoft home premium suite, Windows 7) stuff. I'm gonna order the enclosure tonight with the help of my sister. I also looked at the NEW Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) and the setup is interesting. So no more out of date software everything is upgraded with new subscriptions by monthly or annually ($240 for single apps or $599.88 for the complete set) depending on the plan; not bad for the new system... there are even perks too!  

Anyway you guys aren't gonna see any digital art from me for a while *sad-face*.

I think I'm gonna work on getting an inexpensive laptop to gather, use and learn from reference material and just to enjoy personal entertainment. Then work on getting the workstation that's independent without internet access; that way I can keep my mind focused on the work instead of being distracted from stuff on the internet. I also need to get in the habit of saving my stuff on an external hard drive that way, when the computer crashes on me again, nothing is lost.

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A Little bit of Good News
Update 8/12/14
So there's a little bit of good news, First... I won't have to go to staples to PAY those guys to transfer the data that's on my dead laptop onto a new computer. Thanks to ChaserTech, I learned about these Hard Drive Enclosures and what they can do. I've been looking at a few models on TigerDirect and I'm thinking about getting this one... link. I wish I knew about these sooner, I would have saved myself the embarrassment of those computer tech guys looking through my personal files from my last data transfer. I worked at Staples for a while and these guys are jerks in their office space. Anyway, a big thank you to Chaser, man I had no idea these things existed!! Thanks for much!

Second bit of good news, I may have a chance at finding volunteer work at a local Salvation Army Health/Fitness Center, by car it's about a 15 minute drive but, since I don't have a car (yet) I'll have to ride my bicycle... and knowing from experience, it could take me anywhere from 20-30 minutes to get there. I don't mind the distance, I need to strengthen my lower body anyway. Honestly, I would feel more comfortable working in the kitchen because I've had past experience for two years working as a waiter and cook. Both jobs are hard, especially being a cook staring over all that food and having to let it go *sniffles* to hungry mouths. Best part, my aunt works in the same building as well as a family friend who just so happens to be the chef of the kitchen there! If my aunt can pull some strings for me there and I do get the chance to volunteer my time and eventually get a job there as well... I would be very happy. I'll be calling their Volunteer Human Resource Manager, Steve, tomorrow to see if there are openings.

Cross yours fingers guys!  I've messed up plenty of times on my first job... I've since learned from those mistakes and they WILL NOT be happening again. I still want to continue to pursue my artistic career though and because of those past mistakes, I'll be handling everything differently if and when I get a job.

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I think my laptop finally died on me.
I went to bed yesterday and turn off my computer, I guess sometime while I was asleep it decided to turn on and stay on up until I woke up today.

I figure because it was on for a long time the heat built up and burned something on the inside... the screen does not work.
Aside from my laptop not working a bigger problem... ALL my current work and artwork was on it and now I can't get them out!

This means all request artwork, all personal artwork, and personal stuff is now locked away.
I basically can't do anything now! The only reason I'm able to tell you guys this is by borrowing my fathers laptop.

I'm gonna have to use the money I have saved up for a new computer, NO MORE LAPTOPS! Sure their portable but I've learned that they can't handle really big projects, have poor color graphics and computing power is limited.
MAAAN, this sucks!

A little bit of good news, I guess... all the stuff in my laptop is new, almost none of my past artwork is on it.

New PC Progress

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