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Windows 7 Beta 1 Public Release!

Product keys are available! Follow these instructions

I got a 32 and 64-bit key, just in case. Everyone still advises going elsewhere for the actual ISO, as most of the straight-from-Microsoft downloads crap out at about 350Mb. I’m happily downloading the 64-bit version currently, and will probably be able to report back on Monday about what it’s like.

I have been none-too-happy with Microsoft lately, but am willing to give Windows 7 a try. I doubt I will switch back to Windows full time, but I have never used the DirectX 10 capabilities in my video cards, so I’m excited about this release!

Also, I am working on Comic #2, inspired by my friend Chuck Danner. Stay tuned for that!

RadioactiveComputers.net Breathes New Life!

As I’ve said before, I’ve been having issues with keeping older domains around which don’t really warrant any new and exciting projects.

RadioactiveComputers.net was originally started as a company for myself and Roger Shields, which quickly blossomed into so much more.

We ran the business for almost two years, and took some losses and learned some great lessons. I would not trade the $1000+ that we each put into the company for the lessons that we learned in the process. The company was originally an in-home tech support business that was a loose association between myself and Roger. We eventually rented a server from NetSonic, and began reselling hosting space.

Our hosting business never really took off, and I see now that it is due in a large part to a saturation in that business. Most larger hosting companies are able to sell space for next to nothing, and are therefore able to sell more and more plans. Because we were a small operation with a large overhead, we quickly sank into the bowels of misfortune.

We, as colleagues at a day job, eventually parted ways, and it became harder and harder to do anything with the business.

During this time, we had started experimenting with Source Dedicated Server, and began running a low gravity killbox-only Half Life 2: Deathmatch server. Though neither of us had a whole lot of time to dedicate to this, a large community quickly started to surround our server.

On December 5th, 2005, the Radioactive Clan was born. (I apologize for the broken forum thread)

The Radioactive Clan was a loyal fan base of players on our server, who had become acquainted with one another, and formed a team of outstanding players that went on to kick some serious ass.

Eventually, the weight of the custom-built forums became too much, and as the company was going down the tubes, the clan went on to start their own forums where they still exist today.

Fast forward to this week, when I found out that the RadioactiveComputers.net domain was up for renewal, and I found myself turning out my pockets for loose change. I posted a thread on the Radioactive Clan forums, begging for a donation to keep that original domain and forum backup alive.

Fellow member OniTech came through in a big way to donate the renewal fee and keep things going for another long while. Thank you, OniTech for your generous donation!

I hope not to let this domain go to waste now that someone has put the extra money into it. I’m not sure what I am going to do with it, but I am taking suggestions from the {rAc} guys, and we’ll see what blossoms from there.