Saturday, June 20, 2009

PC Paint Job

I was never into painting stuff. But those guys on discovery channel doing custom paint jobs on cars and bikes always amazed me. The wonders they make with spray paint and tape are simply fascinating. So for a long time I had it in my mind to try and do something with spray paint, and I wanted to customize my PC's casing! After grooming the idea in my head for a long time, I bought a can of red spray paint and some masking tape about a couple of months ago. But still I couldn't get painting, until recently. Only a few days ago, I finally did my first paint job on my PC, after going through a couple of test runs of course. I had a tough time deciding on the design. I kept drawing different patterns on a pad and finally I made up my mind on one.

 
The casing taped up and the design cut out. The design shows "A-19".

I did it like the pros. I taped up my PC's side panel, drew my desired pattern, cut out the part where I wanted the paint to be, and then unleashed the spray paint. I did read some important spray painting tips on the net before going for it, and the tips really helped a lot.


When I finally peeled off all the tape from the casing, the finished product was really satisfying. It's just an ordinary single colored design, but for me, who has never painted anything before, it was a good start. Thanks to Allah, I did something new in my one week summer break.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Widescreen Bliss

[I don't know why, but recently I'm feeling a strange reluctance to sit and write here. Not that nothing noticable is happenning, but I just don't feel like putting them in words. Anyway, now that I've finally got myself here, let's get to the topic]

I've always had my eyes on my big bro's LCD monitor. It's nothing extraordinary, but I always knew it would be a great addition to my PC gaming experience, as so far I was playing games on my old 15'' monitor (4:3). A few weeks back, my bro got a Sony Bravia LCD TV as a wedding gift. I couldn't wait any longer. I plugged in his PC to his new TV, and took his monitor for myself!
The monitor is a 19'' widescreen LCD monitor from Philips. It's not high end or anything, but it's 16:10 ratio, 1440X900 display is indeed a fascinating addtion to my rig, and it was probably the upgrade I was missing very much. The change it brought about to, not only my gaming, but also overall PC experience is awesome. The 16:10 ratio looks much better than the 16:9 format of widescreen display (which my Dad's got).It gives you much more desktop space to work in. Browsing in full screen never felt better.
I've always been a collector of cool wallpapers from all over the net, but most of my wallpapers are for the 4:3 resolutions. So now I'm digging for some widescreen walls. And the screens I've got already are pretty amazing indeed. Thanks mostly to the widescreen walls collection at deviantART.
As for the gaming, I don't think I need to say anything. I've been playing Burnout Paradise, Mirror's Edge, and currently X-Men Origins: Wolverine on my new monitor, and all I can call it is pure gaming bliss. A few weeks back I've also got myself a couple of more gigs of RAM, so now the 4GBs of RAM is good enough to back smooth enough gameplay in the higher resolution in the new monitor. Some highly anticipated game titles are gonna hit the shelves within a few weeks, bring 'em on I say!