I totally agree....with the replies within THIS forum, I mean.
Seriously, there's a major problem with forums. They all contain asshats. Can't cure that at all. But with places like MaximumPC, I've come to love it here because the crowd just seems a lot more mature. The asshat ratio is fairly low.
What makes it worse is posting your own work and determination out into the public for others to openly review. It's more than likely to be laughed at. Look around our own MPC even. They can't even seem to grasp the glory in the awesome paintjobs Smooth Creations do for the mag. Hell...the last three I've seen are just flat out spotless and very tastefully done. And the ones I see from the outside the mag are just as well done, if not better.
Did you catch the keyword there? "Tastefully". I would be willing to not only bet that NONE of those replies came from people without an old beige box. But ones that still think adding a CCT is a "MOD". I'll go further and wage that they all drive beat up ricers with broken body pieces, LED windshild wipers, and krylon overspray all over. They're complete idiots in general.
Look, I could go on and on how the downfall of this country is the total lack of style and taste. No one is original anymore. Nirvana came out, and every band wanted to copy them. Jesse James' name has been dropped all over the place like 1942 payloads. Fast & the Furious hit us and you can't walk a block without seeing NOS stickers on a beat up Civic with fart pipes. Hell...I almost blew a gasket while flipping through my latest motorcycle mag..."24K BLING GLOVES"..."damn Biker Boyz!" Even since the "media" started talking about video cards, you can't play a game without some poser saying his ATI-6900-Ultra-GT is running good. See where I'm heading?
Do your thing, and do it to the best of your ability. Take the real critisism and make your next project that much better. Truth hurts, but only if it's from someone that knows, and that you're really wrong. Those idiots simply saying "it's ugly" can't do any better. And I'm sure of that. That isn't real critisism at all. It's pointless drivel.
Look at the things people say around here. It's hard to find anything bad at all, isn't it!? It's the crowd you and I are in; and it's a good one. Hell, I'm still trying to get stuff done on my own mods, and after 2 crappy pics I get nothing but "nice job!" replies. It's almost hard to be modest
You've done a good job on that laptop. Some of the things you were going for didn't turn out...oh fregg'n well. I like the wood, LOL! And some of the comments on the drives being silver? Just our own tastes being displayed. It's isn't ours, so if it makes you happy, then keep 'em silver. I thought I didn't like them at all, then someone pointed them out and I thought, "hey, that really doesn't look bad after all!" (I really didn't notice them being silver at first, so it musta fit after all!)
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