1. So...my current laptop has been dying in stages for a while, but last night was the last straw. The screen is going. It's all filled up with white horizontal lines (usable, but who knows for how much longer).
I had been planning on getting a netbook for my birthday anyway, because I find even the 15" laptop kind of a pain to lug around (nice for just using in the other room, etc, but heavy for taking places), so I thought, well, if I'm getting a netbook, then no need for my new computer to be a laptop.
So we borrowed my grandparents' car and went to Fry's and looked around. After looking at the desktops and not being super thrilled with any of them, I thought, well, maybe a laptop after all, but I didn't really see a lot that excited me there, either, and the one I sort of wanted was $650, which was more than I really wanted to pay. So after much wibbling, I ended up going with a nice compact desktop that was $450 and a 20" full HD monitor that was on sale for $110.
The PC is a Gateway. Windows 7, Core 2 Quad, 4 GB RAM, 640 GB hard drive. And it has 9 USB ports! So I'm pretty pleased with that. The specs on the laptop would have, of course, been much worse, for almost $100 more than the desktop and laptop combined.
And then since I wanted my portability now rather than end of June when it's my birthday, I decided to get the netbook yesterday, too. (But am still being good and counting it as a birthday present.)
The netbook is a Toshiba. It's got XP, 160 GB hard drive, and 1 GB RAM (I was ready to get the one that's a step up, Windows 7 and 250 GB for $50 more, but they were sold out). The best thing about it is 11 hours of battery life, which means when I take it places, I really don't have to take the cord with me most of the time, unless I plan to be away for a long time.
Everything I have fits easily on my 320 GB external drive, so the internal desktop drive will be more than enough storage. With the netbook, I'll just do as I do with my current laptop and only put things I'm interested in reading/watching in the near future on it (a season or two of a TV show, a few movies, a few manga series), and keep the bulk on my desktop and external drive (which is a tiny drive and very portable itself, so I could take it along with the netbook if I wanted to).
It's going to be odd having to think about using two computers and moving files between them. The last time I regularly used a computer other than my own was um...eleven years ago? when I was still at UCLA, and for that I used floppies if I wanted to work on stuff in the computer labs or at work (where we were highly discouraged from doing anything but actual work on the computers, even if there was no work to be done). So I'll have to look into my options. helens78
recommended Live Mesh, but I haven't really checked it out yet.
I also haven't set up the computers yet and am still working from my old laptop, white lines and all. I knew it was going to take a lot of time (I am very, very picky about how my computer is organised, and it take a lot of work to get it from out-of-the-box to that point) and had other stuff I wanted to get done first. I did set up the netbook a little. Got all the cruft uninstalled at least, and got Firefox and Avast on there. No other programs installed yet, and I haven't begun to organise the start menu to my satisfaction or transferred my files, but it is at least looking slightly more welcoming. The desktop and monitor aren't even out of the box.
2. We couldn't go to Fry's and not go to Book Off(s) while we were down there. :) Carla got several new CDs in the $3 section and I found one vol. of manga I needed, plus...volume one of Ekiben Hitoritabi! Which I have been looking for since I saw telophase
's post about it two years ago
. I had prety much given up looking for quite a while, but yesterday I thought I'd give it a try again and what do you know, Book Off actually had a copy! It was $5, but that's still quite a good discount for large-format manga, which is usually $8-9 new. I'm looking forward to reading it. :)
3. When Carla went over to my grandparents' to get the car, they gave her a photo they'd found somewhere of me and my mom and dad in 1988
. My mom and I are wearing matching flannel shirts. XD I don't really remember that particular one, but I was big into flannel for several years there. This is the flannel shirt I wore pretty much non-stop for all of fifth grade.
Anyway, take a look at my mom's hair in that picture. Her hair is naturally stick straight and very thin and baby fine. It has zero volume. So to get it like in that picture, she used to have to get a perm, plus use curlers on top of that.
Anyway, I am surprised that picture is from '88. Actually, I think maybe it's not. Might be '87 or even '86. I didn't have bangs in 7th grade, and I could have sworn the sporadic visits from my dad had become non-existent by that time, too. *rummages* Hmm, yeah. I do have bangs in my 7th grade school photo
, but my hair is a lot longer and I just generally look more mature. Here's my 6th grade photo
, which looks a lot closer, so yeah, I'm going with '87 after all (maybe the film was developed in January '88).
Aha! Solved the dilemma! It's handwritten '88 on the back of the photo, but looking at the printed date on it, it's just a squishy six, so it was actually '86. That makes much more sense.
4. I am nearly over my cold! After just three days! Awesome! On the downside, my ear is stuffed up again. It was clear for one blessed day before the cold came on. *sigh*Daily Happysong:Placebo - Infra-red
I never really got hugely hooked on their Meds album, except for this song, which is one of my all-time favorite Placebo songs.