Haruka's Diary
Chasing After Rainbows: March 2010

28 March 2010

Alternate Dimension (Part 47)

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The summer vacation has arrived before I knew it. I am in the mood to treat all my club members to have an overseas trip to Europe or something, but they have their own plans as what I heard. This ranges from supplementary classes, taking part time jobs, to even playing their home console or computer games for the whole vacation. (I myself have played ones that would take hundreds of hours of gameplay and know the excitement of wanting to play them.) I was slightly disappointed, but I don't want to show off my wealth around. The last time I brought people for a vacation was about three years ago for a classmate who has somewhat like an an amnesia and needs to meet up with a friend of her father from university. Besides me and Haruna, the people who came along include Haruna's boyfriend, my director's daughter, and three of Kotomi's siblings.

Did I say that there were the two of me? I was the one who couldn't move and was in a wheelchair. The other me is my counterpart of that dimension: same set of parents, born on the same day and place, but as a girl instead. Since my current body is a clone of her, I inherited her behavior, knowledge and everything she owns. However, I remained in this same body with my counterpart's things brought along as mine instead upon returning back to my original dimension. This caused a lot of confusion as my other half who stayed behind didn't know I exist and was shocked to suddenly have a "cute younger sister". Even I have to introduce myself to my own parents with documents saying that I really am biologically related to them. Me and my original body's DNA are exactly the same, except for the lack of a 'Y' chromosome. However, my other half is treating me is worse than my counterpart as the latter was clueless as to what to do to me, but the former physically abusing me. I'm afraid I have to now call my other half by my former name, which I'm uncomfortable with. How did this all happened? I don't know as I was asleep when it happened. The two of us are actually the same person, but in separate bodies of different genders. At least I like my new body better as I feel more comfortable and can think better.

Ever since Takagi's graduation day, I've noticed the same odd-looking doll from three years ago appearing at my desk at the clubroom. What does it want with me? People who claimed to have seen it are rumored to have their lives changed completely, but my life has already changed, and I don't want to change back. I don't need this thing, so I'll put it aside and hope it would disappear. Until then, I shouldn't wish for anything near this doll.

This summer holidays means that people with weak grades (quite a lot) would have to attend supplementary lessons and the annual school festival, but let's not talk about that: I've been through too much and famous students in the school like me (somehow) get picked by more people. As for the stall my club would be involved in during the festival, I've place a current third year member to be in charge and requested all the club members not to rely on me as they have always been for the entire period of the preparation and the festival period as I need a break. What I didn't say was that I would help out only if requires me as the club president or things are needed to be done in an impossible timeframe.

I was walking to the student council room to check the status of the availability of the auditorium (my members had classes) when my classmates caught me unaware.

Female classmate: "Hisakawa-san! Thank goodness we saw you. I know you were not involved with the supplementary lessons, but we couldn't understand what was being taught and we need your help."

By "we", you don't mean the three guys behind you who are in an unofficial school fan club of the girls here that I'm pretending to be completely unaware of it? They are responsible for the croud outside my club last year and the photos they have "secretly" taken of me (I could tell) and selling them to other guys for profit. I hear pictures of me are the most popular of all, with me looking at the camera directly (I was looking at one? I don't recall.) and smiling being the most expensive.

Male classmate A: "We need a change of studying environment. Something that would inspire us to do better."

Male classmate B: "Something like a mix of the public library and a high class hotel, but have it all to ourselves."

Me: "Something like a high class library that is conducive for study?"

The only place I know that has all of that is one of my houses at Inami city (井波市) where I lived and is also where the first branch of the Hatsuya Institute I had worked is at prior to coming to this city. It's too far for me to bring them there. The next best thing I know is a little known visitor's waiting room and the way to it looks as though visitors shouldn't be there. It's not part of my house, but it does belong to the company I founded.

Male classmate C: "Say, what about if we are to head to your house to study? That seems like a good place, considering how well you scored."

Me: "Well, it really depends on your motivation to study. You can't achieve in something if you don't put your effort into it. Since the hot summer weather is not suitable to study in, I'll show a place where you can study."

I sensed a happy, yet disappointed feeling from the guys: happy because I am talking to them personally (Um, what? Are guys, including my other half, attracted to me that much?) but disappointed as they don't get to see my living environment.

We walked along the route I usually take to reach home, except that we would use the front gate instead of the back I normally use. The place is quite huge.

Male classmate B: "By "near your house", you don't mean one of the houses around the headquarters of the Powell Institute that look like tiny houses in contrast to the building's massive size.

That is the annex building where the main entrance is built in such a way that it doesn't destroy the landscape prior to it being built. My house is in one of the rooms of the maisonette-like building closer to the back entrance.

Me: "Yes, I live around here. Weren't you paying attention to the people who greeted me along the way?"

Female classmate: "She's right. I did notice people waving at us or calling Hisakawa-san from far, especially closer to this place."

Male classmate A: "Um, guys. The security guard is watching us..."

Oh yes, I forgot about him. Unlike the security guards at the front entrance, the ones at the back would immediately recognize me without me showing my pass. The ones at the front don't.

Me: "Let me take care of him."

As I walked there, I took out my staff pass.

Security guard: "Hold it right there young lady. That pass doesn't seem valid. Please register..."

Ignoring him, I scanned my pass. My real identity is displayed to the security guard.

Me: "I don't like to show my face because they would think that I'm a kid and won't take me seriously from an experiment that went wrong. I intentionally have "visitor" to appear as my job title on the pass, but the overall design makes them think that it's a fake until I scanned it. Inform the guards who manages the back entrance that I'm entering the front instead of the back. They would know who I am more than you."

He seemed shock to be a young lady to be one of the most important people of the company he is protecting. I may look 15, but I'm actually 19. Wait, that's not much of a difference...

Security guard: "Hisakawa-sama? You're the founder of the company? Of course, you can go through. Oh, and here are the passes for your friends you brought along. I can't guarantee that you would be stopped by your own employees later on with how you are dressed up now, but I'll explain to them should they contact me."

He gave me regular visitors' passes. I walked back to the rest.

Me: "Here you go. I'm already wearing mine."

Male Classmate C: "That was quick. What did you do? His face changed when you did something while he was talking to you."

Male Classmate A: "Your pass even has your name and photo with a better design too. How did you get it?"

Me: "Well, I come here so frequently that the founder noticed me and gave me this special pass."

I don't know what I just said.

Female Classmate: "Sounds like you like to study there a lot."

Male Classmate (All): "What is she like? Tell us!"

How should I explain to them? I can't say that it's me.

Me: "Well, she looks a lot younger than the majority of the staff, quite respectable, but very rarely shows her face around. Most of the staff don't even know what she looks like, but knows that she exists as she replies to messages and requests. She usually doesn't involve herself on how the company is run, but she can override orders by anyone of high position in the company."

These aren't lies, but I convincingly made it sound as though the person in question is not me.

Male Classmate A: "She sounds like she's the shy, but smart type to be able to have founded one of the largest and youngest company at such a young age. By the way Hisakawa-san, are you sure you know where we are heading to? The staff are looking at us, and there seem to be only offices and research rooms here."

Me: "Well, this room is in an obscure location that is far away from where most visitors would most likely to go to. Don't worry, the corridors that lead up to it are not off-limits, though the rooms like you mentioned along it are."

We reached a lift lobby along the corridor that is quite some distance from the entrance. I'm having trouble remembering what level it's on as the number does not have a 0 or a 5 and neither is it near the very top of the building, on top of me never been there before, but know about its existence. Though there are a lot of levels in between, the elevator moves so quick that it seems almost instantaneous, but not without our ears feeling funny.

Each level is designed differently, so you could tell what floor you are on. This ranges from the position and design of paintings and (fake) plants you can see outside the elevator, which is the standard, different interior design, or even the type of elevator doors. Most have the same as the elevator interior, but odd ones have analog, bulb, or OLED display that says the level (ones inside the elevator and on most floors are dot-matrix red LED displays above the door) , call buttons from old-fashioned buttons on the wall that requires some strength to press, to mid-air holograph buttons that feels that you aren't touching anything but the air. Even the doors open differently from the elevator door itself, depending on the "theme" of the floor it's on. (1950's, futuristic, high-class office, disused subway, middle-class apartment, etc.) Some doors open upwards and downwards, or even manually. They are part of some project during the time the elevator shaft was built with the reason ranging "nostalgic for the senior staff" or "develop future technologies in our daily lives" and developing advanced hardware in what appears to be old-fashioned equipment so that it wouldn't look out of place if someone wants to time-travel into the past. I have to agree that the design does match the era the theme is based on, until you see the elevator inside being very out of place. I don't know who's idea is it to come up with such inconsistent floor design themes. At least my elderly staff like the old-fashioned themed floors that they even move their office there for the "nostalgically" and work better.

The level we got off resembles somewhat like one of the most expensive hotels I know in the capital with warm lighting along the sides, carpeted flooring, and ambiance music. We finally found the the study room.

Female Classmate: "You're right. There is a visitor's waiting room here and it looks quite nice that the only thing out of place are those vending machines there. How big is this room?"

Those vending machines (自販機) are the same as the ones you can find out on the streets, but are priced lower. It's ironic that there is a water cooler (冷水機) next to them.

Me: "The founder was the one who had told me about this place when she saw me studying and referred me to this larger, and better looking, waiting room. I'm sure she doesn't mind me bringing you guys here."

Male Classmate C: "For her to own a company this big with these kind of facilities... She must be a rich, yet kind-hearted person."

Female Classmate: "Shall we get started with studying before we get distracted?"

I thought them what I know and they are actually absorbing. I don't know what I know as ones I didn't learn myself are not visible in my mind, like the answer of a complicated math equation: I don't know how to answer it, but as long as I see the question and have the intention to solve it, my hands move by themselves and writes the correct answer, including how I would arrive at that answer. Even my mouth talks by itself in my voice if asked a question I can't answer. Some of them though, are what I do know, but aren't at the top of my head when asked, or is obviously not what the human mind is capable of like the full value of π (pi).

During break, I decided to head to head to the restroom to wash my face (can't use it for anything else besides looking at myself) as I'm starting to feel sleepy. That is where I heard a familiar voice.

Takagi: "Hisakawa-san? What are you doing here? I never thought I would meet you again in a location like the toilet of a random floor of the Powell headquarters."

Takagi had told me 4 months ago that she had found a job at my company through the same programming competition I entered to be employed by the Hatsuya Institute. I knew I would meet her again in a Powell-owned property, but not this soon in a location like this. Her behavior tells me that she still doesn't know that I am the founder of the company she just joined as she's not giving me the level of respect of what one would do to their superior, despite my name appearing in the official messages and the company's history at the museum at the ground floor.

Me: "I came here to study with my classmates at the nearby visitor's waiting room. They were the ones who dragged me here."

She looked almost angry. Wonder why...

Takagi: "Must have been tough on you, considering your past. Say, why does your "visitor's pass" has the design that only my higher ups would wear with your name and photo in a Mihara uniform?"

Mihara uniform? You're right, no wonder the clothes I wore in it looked familiar. My company is founded around just before I started my high school, but that photo is of my counterpart of the other dimension and not me. No wonder I was renamed to Saeko from Mamiko upon returning.

Takagi: "I know that you and your "brother" are working for the Hatsuya Institute, a major rival of the Powell Institute. Well, they are more concerned about another major rival of theirs from stealing their secrets and receiving threats, but we're not that cunning. In fact, we don't do anything unless attacked. Your disguise is so poor that you can't even fool my colleagues. It's a wonder how the security guards had let you in or not notice you with that pass."

Why do I feel the threat of me being thrown out by my own employees like an intruder just because I'm not wearing what they expect the founder to wear and look to the point that they think I'm someone else?

Me: "Okay, I admit. I am the founder of the Powell Institute. Well, I inherited it from my counterpart while I was in the other dimension and still an employee of Hatsuya Institute... and... and.. I don't even know myself..."

I was lucky there was no one else around when I said that. I would rather remain as the anonymous founder than to people to find out that I'm young and, over time, why I don't age.

Takagi: "I know that the name of the founder is Saeko Hisakawa, but I didn't think that it would be you... Are... you sure?"

She's speechless.

Me: "You still don't believe me? I can send a message through the company's messaging system or that office in the main building that none of the staff could open."

The main building is actually a lot smaller than the newer annex building, but that building is (supposedly) used to be one my houses. As proof to Takagi, I typed:
Hi Takagi-san. I'm standing right in front of you in a female toilet. Hope that you would excuse my appearance as something went wrong during one of my first few experiments out of curiosity. I forgive you for the things you said to me a while ago as you didn't know who I was, and my pass printed "Visitor" instead of my actual job title. You forced me to reveal my real identity after you threaten to throw me out of my own company. I'm also the same girl you saw as a club member at Kamisugi High's computer club in the previous academic year. However I'm studying there only because my current body is the property of the Hatsuya Institute who forced me to repeat High School for the rest of my life as my body's age is stuck at 15 instead if 19 as I should be now, which is why I appear in the eyes of my employees very rarely. Even I don't like to see myself as a robot with some random serial number on the Hatusya website as you saw when researching my background to be the club president.
The message is private and have it to expire in an hour in case someone else were to see the message. The media attention I would get if I'm too careless is high. Takagi seem to have received it immediately.

Takagi: "This message... It has the same unique sender ID number as what my superiors told me the founder would use. It even answered the questions I have about you for quite a while. Okay, I believe you. I'll keep your real identity a secret."

Me: "Good. Excuse me while I have guests to attend to."

I feel bad to surprise her with my real identity, but sometimes, I really have no choice. The words I said to her made me sound as though I might dismiss her if I found out that she had leaked the information about me out, which I have no intentions to do so.

Female Classmate: "Hisakawa-san? Where did you go? You have gone away for quite a while."

Me: "Sorry, a staff stopped me while I was on the way back from the cafeteria. I wasn't wearing my pass at that time and they had to check if I really was allowed in."

Chapter 10

21 March 2010

Disorientated Feelings (Part 27)

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As the days pass by, places that I remember during my childhood days, to recent as two years ago, has changed a lot: from the roads to the vehicles. Empty plots of land or poorly maintained buildings had sparkling new buildings in their place. I still keep in contact with my university friends and some of my middle and high school friends. As for my friends from primary school, I've lost contact with them: the well known social networking sites we know didn't exist until I was in high school, and nobody that I knew back then, except the grown-ups, has a mobile phone with them.

My eldest child is about to enter kindergarten, so the house is chaotic. I don't know what my children knows, but they are able to identify me and Itsuki as their parents. According to Saeko, my uncle would drop by at random when I'm not around to "examine" my children. Is he checking if they had inherited something abnormal from their parents? I roughly know the possibilities on my husband's side, but me? I've only heard that, with the permission of my mother, I was a test subject of one of his many projects that happened shortly after I was born. There was no mention of this or had any errors on my birth certificate. I am unhappy that he did something to me and nobody is telling me what it was. With the exception of my feelings, there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with my body, and it's functioning just like any other female body. Did he modify the way I think or behave? I could be doing what he wants me to, and not know it. I too noticed that I was able to hide my actual feelings somewhat or remain calm in otherwise stressful conditions.

14 March 2010

Stuff to do

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There's just too many things and so little time to do things that I have to sort stuff around according to priority, but I might forgotten what they were along the way.

Screenshot of a post I did last night early this morning.

It's not obvious, but there are already several things to fix or already fixed in this picture alone.
  1. The new watch list has been un-bold.
  2. Width of the background image of [1] needs to be change to wider than 230px. Of  course, there should be empty spaces on the left too.
  3. Width of the entire blog is too wide, but this would affect [2]. Well, the width is already percentage based anyway.
  4. The search bar at the bottom right that stays there regardless of how much you scroll. Should it be there? It behaves differently in IE.
  5. The page that [4] would lead you to is outdated and looks awful, but it's on an external website whose settings are obscure and needs manual editing.
  6. [1] has been moved up.
  7. Should the numbers of the paragraph before the second image of the main post be in full-width or half-width?
  8. Do I even need a tooltip-like thing when hovering over text?
  9. Besides [2], the image should be aligned to the right with no empty space on the left.
  10. Navigation menu: It's inconsistent across all of my blogs.
  11. Should I change the font to MS PGothic or something similar?  No, that would be like staying in the past.
  12. I know that the old version of [1] in there does not blend well, but they would be ending in 1-3 weeks anyway.
  13. There's too much pink/red and white.
  14. Frame around images in post should be changed. Maybe removing it and have a shadow effect in its place would work.
  15. Correct typing errors.
  16. Colour used in the caption in the image should change.
  17. Maybe I should have uploaded the image as JPEG instead of PNG, but that would cause distortion around text, despite the size being smaller.

Yes, this are a list of things I would do based on this image alone on top of other things, like heading out to by several TB of drives (SATA? IDE? Built-in? HDD? SSD? USB? 2.5"? 3.5"? Location/Brand/Price? I don't mind where they were made, but it does tell me about the price and quality/durability.) as additional backup to stuff already on CD/DVD. Earliest backup is about 4 years old already. Oh, and is only a small portion of what I should be doing. What I didn't mention have the ones that are higher in priority, and if I were to list what I know, it would probably be longer than all the stories I've written here.

My review of Durarara episode 2 (I know it's at 10 now) is not yet done, but I've already written quite a bit.

13 March 2010

An Unexpected Wish (Part 6)

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Nanami reaches home one day to see that neither her grandmother nor her cousin were around when she reaches home. Her cousin is working as usual but the grandmother this time is having the rare occasion of going out to a community center with other old people. If her immediate family members were still living, her mother would be at home and, not long later, the sound of a motorcycle fading in, indicating her older brother's arrival, but now she misses that. She tries hard not to cry about the empty house, but flashes of what she saw that night in her mind made her cry.

"Do you really want them back? No matter what?", said a voice out of nowhere.

"Yes, I really miss them so much. It seems impossible for me to live on without them.", replied Nanami, still not looking at where the voice came from.

Nanami was too sad to realize that she was telepathically spoken to by an odd doll that Takuya had found in a box belonging to the computer club president of the past two years who had graduated already. The history of the doll is unknown or confusing due to it being able to travel through time amongst other abilities. One thing for sure is that it originated from somewhere in South America. Besides photos and sketches of it, it was difficult to study it as people known to came in contact with it had their way of life changed completely, but it's difficult to prove who they were.

"Nanami, I'm back! I brought home your favorite... ARGH!"

Nanami's cousin was blasted backwards and saw rapidly flashing green lights. She was puzzled as to what just happened.

"Those lights... isn't that what Saeko claimed to have seen several times about five years ago? Something that if that happens to someone, they become someone else of their desire? Oh!!! NANAMI!!! First, it was an overseas colleague of mine with a childhood friend at Mihara called Haruna, and next, my boyfriend, next, it's escaping my own death in a dimension where my boyfriend is a girl along with a clone, and now my cousin. Why must this happen to those close to me?"

Well, Nanami's cousin has went through a lot of things that she's become more frustrated the more abnormal things happen to her. As for Nanami herself, she is entering a different world.

07 March 2010

Alternate Dimension (Part 46)

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Itsuki: "He has already been eliminated by your current time? How? When?"

Kotomi: "Well, all that I could say is that there would be a lot of confusion, even more confusion than anything Saeko has already went through: Nobody could tell who's who, as everyone's appearance has changed overnight. I was surprised to suddenly see a lot of foreigners with hardly any locals, but, apart from the confusion, all were behaving like one. I've seen a grown-up crying like a baby, and a child driving a car. I didn't think I was affected too until I looked at myself and my family. Everyone was forced to corporate with each other to solve the problem, by that, I mean thousands, or even millions, of people."

So how do we know that the Kotomi here is the one we know and not someone else if you're telling us that everyone's appearance had changed? I'm guessing that it's already been fixed, or you're someone who has known her close enough to not raise our suspicious when we first saw you, or the problem was undone when travelling back in time, but if the last part is true, she would look the same as the Kotomi of this time. It's also possible that Kotomi herself sent someone or an avatar who looks a lot like her here on her behalf to pass the message. Nobody knows how exactly the future will be, and predictions have proven to be different, like in the 1960s or 1970s of how 2001 would be like with all that space travel, but the computers that are nothing more than bulky things with flashing bulbs and query results are printed out like a large receipt or screens that looked like a large box with a curved glass that appears gray when not in use. Technology for video calls that they predicted is already here, but since people don't want to seen or know their location, it never became big and is now limited to online chat and business meetings. Kotomi didn't seem to bring along technological things except the ones of our time or earlier. Odd that what was released 3 months ago she had looked quite old, like she actually had it for a long time and not buying it just for this trip.

Itsuki: "Sounds like something big, like a 8.0 magnitude earthquake or the world war or something."

Kotomi: "Erm, Saeko, I know what you're thinking, but you do know that I'm from the future and can't confirm anything more than what has already happened or known presently. As to why I could say about a cousin's funeral in the future but not being able to say that..."

There was a weird sound that is usually heard when a corrupted video on a disc is being played, what was even more weird was that it came out of her mouth.

Kotomi: "...is my husband is because of a mandatory rule in the..."

That sound again. Though the vocal cords are technically able to make that sound, or other people's voices, nobody is able to come as close as that sound, no matter how hard they tried, if they wanted to.

Kotomi: "...unless necessary. I hate to hear those weird sounds coming out of my mouth if I am trying to say what I'm not allowed to like a while ago. Makes me sound like a computer speaker. Anyways, I should go now as I have work to do, and people from my time might be watching my actions, even if there aren't cameras around."

With that, she runs off to some deserted area to make sure nobody saw her how she travelled through time. The words that the future Kotomi had left behind cleared up our doubts, but also raises questions like how is the mastermind captured? She didn't specify a time-frame of when that would happen, apart from it already over by her time. The way she said it tells me that it will not happen quite soon and she won't be there as the future Kotomi had just heard of it. We walked around the town aimlessly before she head back to her time. What's so nostalgic of this place? She had never worked or studied here, and neither is it her hometown. Could be something that only she herself had experienced.

Itsuki: "I have a strong feeling that her future husband is me. Look at her face: it's as though she is still seeing the both of us very frequently, especially the way she treated me."

Me: "More importantly, how is that big boss going to be caught? She wouldn't have come all the way from the future for nothing you know. It must be important and it's obvious that there are more things she didn't say, but left a lot of hints. We already know that she doesn't show her actual feelings to anyone else besides us, but what we saw is rather absurd. We saw her crying deeply twice, but the way she talked while crying was as though she's not crying at all, apart from the sobbing voice."

Itsuki: Yeah, what did she do? She mentioned "her employees", so it could be something wrong that happened at work. She is one of the people behind what happened to you, though she herself was a test subject by her uncle at birth, with abnormalities not appearing until many years later, though Kotomi herself noticed that her body does things she doesn't understand, but the uncle saying that it was normal like why she fell in love with me, and can't stop thinking of me despite not interested in me at all at first. Sounds like her body doesn't cooperate with her own mind.

Why are you talking about this? I already knew this, and it somewhat applies to me too.

Me: "And that escaped man, we don't know what he's capable of, or anyone he keeps in contact with, but the international police are on the alert. I don't think he's stupid enough to keep his original look and wore a disguise like how he escaped and documents that would even fool the authorities if they were to check. It was hard to tell what he was wearing as people were too focused on me back then and assumed that the boss was one of those who were already arrested or shot."


My task at the Powell Institute most of the time is just to help others, especially difficult and overdue tasks, so it wouldn't make a difference if I helped apart from slightly less work to do, though I do this remotely without showing my face. Being reminded of what Takagi-senpai had said to me, I checked the employee records. There are several with that family name in the records, but different given name. I'm not familiar with the latter, so I should look through their bio and photo too. She did tell me how she was employed here, though unaware that I am the founder. The highest level most of my employees have seen are their immediate superior or one of the directors, but I can overwrite their decisions and give instructions to my employees directly. Unless there is a strong reason to do so, I would normally not interfere with the human resources department on deciding who comes in or gets kicked out. Except the few who saw me during the last crisis, those who saw me would think that I'm just an another visitor until they noticed me in a staff-only or restricted areas, which I usually don't do.

Now that the yearly attract-new-members-to-your-club, period of the new school year is over, the club that I'm now in charge of has seen a large amount of people entering, comparable to sports clubs. Not surprisingly since it's popular, and there were spillovers from disbanded clubs. During that time though, a lot of people came just to see me for the same reason as last year's, though not as chaotic.

One of the people from the disbanded clubs is a familiar face from the neighbouring art club: Takuya Ishida (石田 卓哉), a second year student. It's a shame to see that club close down, but there's not enough support to keep it going. He seemed lost at first, but felt better when I introduced to things like 3D modeling, and video and image editing. He might not currently understand programming, but he's certainly quite talented in designing and visualizing.

Club activities is the only thing I'm looking forward to these days, as everything else is the same routine I'm so used to. Besides that, the only other thing that's not the same each time is Itsuki bringing me out to places. Are there any major events to look forward to? By major, I mean something that I would really look forward to, or something that are the most notable out from a lot of things that I went through and remember them well. Odd that I can still remember a particular trip to the supermarket 5 years ago clearly even though nothing significant happened and is considered a regular thing at that time.

There's a new club that has been created in the previous school year by big fans of anime, Frontier, Crimson, The Tower of Something, R2 Rebellion, Kokoro wo Taberu and War with the Library, are among the ones that are on TV now, according to them. I checked the schedule, and it airs after midnight. No wonder they looked sleepy or hoped that their recorders had caught it due to the schedule changing by a few minutes from time to time, or, worse, postponed by an another week due to some sports event. I sometimes don't understand what they are talking about among themselves, like the term "Nice Boat" that everyone was talking about about the time it was formed. At least they are the peaceful type as to not beat people up. I can't believe the amount of money spent on merchandise that could be used for more meaningful things.

Chapter 10

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06 March 2010

Connecting the PC to the TV

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If both the TV and the PC hardware support has at least a VGA/HDMI port, and a 3.5mm audio out jack on the PC (may be simply labeled as "headphones"), it is possible to watch videos on the TV without the need for an additional monitor for the PC. This usually means that most CRT TVs (old ones especially) don't have it without using adapters that are bulky, messy, and output video quality is decreased from the original video.

The hardware configuration is more important than the operating system, which determines how good the video plays back. It's best if no conversion is needed just to play the video, so a Pentium 4 PC or older is obviously out if you want a smooth playback of a video that is at least 720p. I have a Pentium 2 PC with 384MB of RAM on Windows XP (upgraded from 64MB on Windows 95), and it's already struggling with any low-res video. In general, any PC in the 2nd-hand store that are from the 2006-era or more recent is capable of playing it smoothly and very likely to come with a LAN port (more below) or an audio port. (You might consider a new one or changing the built-in video card if you want hardware that plays 1080p smoothly)

Unless you watch videos online (eg. YouTube XL) or want to watch videos stored on an another PC, internet connection is optional. Well, you could also transfer files by a removable media, but that would be more of a hassle, especially if you are using anything that uses the USB ports and there are only 2 connectors at the back with none at the front. If you must connect it to a network, you would also need a router: wireless is good if you don't want the hassle of wires, but might be slower than the wired counterparts and a chance of loss/interference of the signal.

As for the operating system, I would recommend sticking to what it comes with, though I would recommend a Linux distribution if you want to save costs and avoid certain annoyance, and stand out from what is common. And, if you choose to connect it online, you might also want to disable automatic updates by at least changing it to updating it manually.

Programs that I would recommend playing the video are XBMC and VLC player as these are cross-platform programs. On Windows, you could also install codecs to make existing players able to decode how certain video and/or audio formats are stored as and play them back that are not included in the OS out of the box. The problem with this is that it's messy and non-geeks would expect a player or application, only to find none until they realized that it "enhanced" the existing (default) player.

Almost forgot: controls. Generally, you can use the standard controllers, wireless ones you can hold with only one hand would be good, but not so for mouse functions.

Inclusion, unless you have old PC hardware lying around that you don't want to throw away, use a dedicated hardware player instead.

By the way, support for IE6 by Microsoft has ended as at 1 March 2010. I'm not condemning it, but the explorer and the operating system that came with it (Windows XP) has is almost a decade old! And businesses are still using it, despite both having preceded by 2 newer versions... Support for Windows XP SP3 ends in 8 April 2014, 12.5 years after it's released... Other operating systems don't usually last that long.

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