|David Bowie - Life On Mars
Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she's hooked to the silver screen But the film is a saddening bore
For she's lived it ten times or more She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on
Sailors fighting in the dance hall Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show. Is there life on Mars?
|This page is dedicated to making the inside of my computer look good. I'm not talking about modding the inside of my case
here. I never have any company, so no one really sees my computer except me. And I spend enough time inside the case
cleaning out cat hair anyway. No this is about modding my XP operating system. Since I look at the stuff on my screen a lot, I
decided to spruce it up a bit. Change how all those little boring things look. This basically requires messing around with 3
files in my windows folder. ntoskrnl.exe is the main operating kernel for XP. explorer.exe changes the wording and look of
some buttons and tool tip items, and logonui.exe covers the logon screen, where you sign in after the ugly XP boot screen
with the MS flag blowing. So here is a little guided tour of my windows XP, or what is now called Alien XP. Being a space nut
of course it is a space theme. However I am walking a fine line here. In other words I am not a Trekie, and tried to avoid going
there, as much as possible. There are sites you can go to like ThemeXP where you can get the screens pre-made, but doing it
yourself is more rewarding. The Boot Screen is very grainy. That's because MS uses a special 16 color palette, so it's hard to
get an image that reproduces decently. Anyway enough of that, time to have a look. Click on thumbnails to view full size.
WARNING! There are some swear words in here, so if that is gonna bother you, or if you are under age then please stop here!
I definitely don't want any mamas yelling at me. I have ex-wives that do a good enough job at that already, thank you!
|Logon Screen Detail
|Tool Tip Details
|Did you know that much of the fan noise is caused by wind blowing through the vent holes. You can see how
I cut away much of the metal vent holes. This decreases noise and improves air flow. The rear fans (on the
right) have since been replaced by one 120x120x35mm Sunon fan with 98 CFM air flow at 35dBA The fans on
the left are the front intakes. The dust filter has been removed. The blue is the filter holder and fan mount.
|This Water Ice Lake photo was just released by ESA (European
Space Agency). Taken with The Mars Express Orbiter, the crater is
22 miles (35 kilometers) wide and has a maximum depth of roughly
1.2 miles (2 kilometers) beneath the crater rim.
Click on image for larger size (1024x768)
|Phobos was the name of one of the attendants who
served Mars the God of War. Which is how this martian
moon got it's name.
ESA Photo Click on image for full size
|Velvet Underground - Venus In Furs
Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girlchild in the dark
Comes in bells, your servant, don't forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
Downy sins of streetlight fancies
Chase the costumes she shall wear
Ermine furs adorn the imperious
Severin, Severin awaits you there