trinityvixen: (science!)
I got a free tablet stylus from the vendor fair this weekend. I wish I'd won the iPad in the raffle, but I never win anything in a raffle, so this is pretty good, too. All in all, it was one of the best vendor fairs in terms of swag I've ever gone to. I got a free umbrella (useful!), a free USB drive, a free lunch bag (and a free lunch), and lots of pretty cool free pens. Not a bad way to close out a week with winning a raffle, either.

Have a great weekend folks!
trinityvixen: (Default)
I have probably 20 bottles of lotion/shower gel at home, but I couldn't resist another sale at Bath & Body Works because I've discovered that I really like the body creams (less greasy, more moisture-retaining, and therefore better for all-over use than their lotions) and that I use up a lot of it quickly. So I wanted some more of the scent I really like right now (Be Enchanted), so I ordered some more (and some other things to make up for free shipping, of course). One of the travel-size lotions I bought (I'm crossing fingers that I have a lot of traveling to do for interviews and thus need such things) opened up a little in the packaging. I didn't lose a ton of it, but it was still pretty annoying. I've written to ask them to give me some site credit at least (it would cost more to ship back than it's worth). I know, I know, somebody call the waaaaaaahmbulance.

Other things bothering me today: I was looking at pre-orders for Mass Effect 3, and it seems like the best deal, vis a vis bonuses, is GameStop, which makes me feel incredibly gross. I hate giving them money for a pre-order, only because it's an inconvenience to go to the store (versus having Amazon ship it to me by release date) and it would be rewarding their business model whereby they harass you to pre-order shit every time you ring something up. I may be spared having to go there for the pre-order, though, as it seems they may be sold out. I looked into extras with other retailers, and they're average. Honestly, just the bonuses from the Collector's Edition should be enough. I would have plunked down money with--of all retailers--Best Buy right away as they gave out bonus Reward Zone points and $5 off if you pre-ordered. However, this was only for the standard version. Which is ridiculous. I will probably just go with Amazon again.

I also do not approve of using voice commands through the Kinect to play Mass Effect 3. I am heartened to see that Penny Arcade agrees with me. It's not faster--speaking commands is not going to be faster than clicking around a command wheel unless you're reaaaaaally clumsy with that wheel. The potential for error, too, is one that would prevent me from utilizing that command structure. Not to mention that you'd have to have other people being quiet for it to work, wouldn't you? On top of that, I'm sure my roommates don't want to hear the dirty, dirty things I would be whispering in Garrus' ears...

HEEE.

Oct. 25th, 2011 01:18 pm
trinityvixen: (pornography?)
Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiighing with happiness right now because my Captain America Blu-Ray just arrived. Yes, I pre-ordered something that arrived as a present to me even though it's actually my sister's birthday. (She isn't complaining--got a Kindle from me and my other sister and freaked the fuck out about it. Amazon is a many-tentacled gifting octopus.) Yes, this is enough to make me blissful right now. I have the "I am a consumer whore (and how!)" LJ tag for a reason.

And now my pre-Avengers collection of movies in which various Avengers star is complete. I just need to, like, buy a Blu-Ray player to play half of them on so I can get me some special features. I also need to schedule my pre-Avengers Avengers-in-their-own-movies marathon. Which is not a marathon but will be spread out over several weekends because everyone is not me and won't just sit through several hours of movies to see a couple of hot guys with their shirts off for a collective length of a minute. (Everyone should be me, though. I'm fun!)

I'm starting to eye the calendar for next year. The Avengers is the May Movie, which means that I have to get through five movies before the first weekend in May. Since I'm also turning a significantly old age this year, and trying to go to PAX East, and a number of other things will probably come up relating to school, I should probably plan to do these sooner rather than later.

What weekends are people free in January?
trinityvixen: (got nothing)
In all seriousness, yesterday, one of our post-docs, S, said I was a hipster. He said that I had told him as much. Buh-whaaaaat? Obviously, there is no way I would ever, ever say that, even as a joke. Today, in talking about it again, two other people gave him the O.o face as well, including A, whose response was pretty goddamned vehement. S maintains that he used to hang out with hipsters in Cincinnati, so he knows from hipsters. I came up with many defenses against my supposed inclusion into hipster-dom, but probably the best was this exchange.

S: "So what are hipsters like, if not like you?"
Me: "Let me put it in terms of movies: hipsters like movies in languages nobody speaks. I liked Thor."

This caused another post-doc to splutter loudly at his desk and set off a round of discussion about why or why not Thor was a good movie. At least I'm not defending myself against being a hipster any more!!!

Also, this reminded me that I needed to pre-order Captain America. Which I have. Come to me, sweet, sweet Blu Ray!!
trinityvixen: (face!)
No one told me that Mass Effect 3 was coming out March 6, 2012. You are all so, so fired. I had heard only rumblings that it was super delayed and, like, never coming out.

Well, at least I can finally use up that $50 gift card I have to Best Buy! No, in all seriousness, when I've wanted things from Best Buy, I've been at a loss as to what to get. This is at the same time as I can easily drop $50 at any other site on DVDs/Blu-Rays I want. That's because their prices aren't ridiculous. But video games are ridiculously priced everywhere unless you can wait until there are cheap-ass discount used copies available. (The Darkness: a game I wouldn't have enjoyed half so much if I'd paid $17 instead of $7 for it.) It's going to be $80 anywhere. I will thus be able to use my monies up at Best Buy. Unless, of course, BioWare borks that idea by releasing it to other stores with better pre-order bonuses. ::crosses fingers against that happening::

Yes, I am aware that it comes out only a month before my birthday and that I should wait. Fuck that. I want it on release day. I want the $80 collector's edition even though I didn't think the collector's edition was really worth it the last time. I want it. I want to have its babies. I spoil myself. By that time next year, I'll probably be staring down another season of applying to vet school a second time. I'll need it. Yes.

Balls.

Jul. 19th, 2011 03:29 pm
trinityvixen: (blogging from work)
I think I'm getting sick again. This is ridiculous. I've been sick easily twice as much in the last half year as I was for the two years previous. Bitching about symptoms. )

In other news, the women at my work are fun, but they're not geeks. Sometimes we talk about movies, and I'm right at home in the conversation. Otherwise, they're all totally into fashion and talk about using the internet to help them plan outfits. As someone whose outfit "planning" consists of picking out the least dirty geeky t-shirt to pair with the same jeans I've been wearing for a week, this interest of theirs is a little baffling. I like Project Runway and I appreciate fashion as an art form much more than I do as something relevant to my life. Perhaps I could learn something from these discussions, but I doubt it. I'm more likely to feeling amazing in my N7 hoodie than in something tangentially inspired by Versace.

Three things make a post: Overstock.com has superb customer service. I called about some face cream I ordered from them arriving with the cap cracked. The product isn't leaking out, but once I remove the seal on the cream, or try to take on/off the top at all, it will quickly cease to keep the cream from drying out. They don't accept returns, so they're sending me another bottle, free of charge, to replace the cracked one, and I don't have to send back the old one. That means that if it doesn't dry out entirely (alas, not a likely situation, though it is a possibility), I'll be getting two for the price of one, no questions asked. I feel like it's worth mentioning when I get good customer service. It seems I'll never run out bad CS stories, but it's worth it to make a note of the good ones.

Man.

Jul. 12th, 2011 12:32 pm
trinityvixen: (blogging from work)
Amazon's free prime service for students lasts only a year? Damn. At least I get the next year for 1/2 price? Amazon, how you do suck me in. I've been totally suckered and I will probably renew this although I'm less than happy about spending money to get "free" shipping...
trinityvixen: (Default)
$50/month, unlimited movie pass to movies still in theaters.

On the one hand, this would be nice for those times when you want to see something but not so much as to pay the highway robbery price of $13 a pop. But, then again, that's what matinees are for. Plus, even if you see four movies a month, that still only saves you $2 over the standard ticket price. You can get a better deal online with deal sites that let you buy Fandango money or AMC gift cards for something like 10% off of the price. There's also the issue that the theaters playing stuff I might make more of an effort to see, were I to have such a pass, would probably be independent theaters that wouldn't buy into this plan.

It boggles the mind that you'd have to see more movies than I do already to make the most of this pass. There have already been some summer weeks, notoriously the most jam-packed with lots of genre films I want to see, where I haven't wanted to see anything. (Bad Teacher? Are you kidding? Cars 2?) If even I cannot make the most of this pass, what hope do mere mortals have?
trinityvixen: (fangirl)
I shouldn't have this much to say about Thor. At least this isn't about Thor really?

After the debacle that was shoe-horning in Black Widow into iron Man 2 and all the Avengers stuff that Jon Favreau clearly wanted nothing to do with, I was, despite my abiding love of Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson (who I think is way more interesting than Samuel L. Jackson as Fury), quite done with the crossover stuff to a degree. I knew that there would be some Avengers stuff in Thor, especially a much talked-about cameo by spoiler! ). The aspect of a cameo, in particular, annoyed me because it would either be a throwaway scene that stopped the momentum entirely or would be a literally nothing scene where you couldn't tell who or what you were supposed to be excited about.

As it turned out, the cameo was more the latter than the former, but it worked for me. It was just significant enough that you went, "Wow, we seem to be more involved with this one guy than we have any of the other faceless SHIELD agents," and no more involved than that. If you didn't know who it was, you didn't really notice. This is in direct contrast to the very heavy presence of SHIELD in the movie. Some people felt that it was still being studio-mandated or whatever into being. I think that setting up Agent Coulson as a means to throw Thor and his human companions in together a little more firmly really helped instead of hurt the film.

A.O. Scott's review was extremely negative despite the fact that he, for the most part, conceded that the movie was good. It's funny because he was especially upset that the movie was good and it exists, in part, to be a prologue to the Avengers movie. There's a point to be made there, that this movie, however good or bad it may be, is part of a money-making scheme that obligates you to return for more later to get the entire payoff. I understand that, but that's more a criticism that should be lobbed at a not-great movie that boosts its popularity by demanding that you see it in order to understand what comes later (Iron Man 2) versus one that is good and has some elements that will set up a later movie (but doesn't require that you see it for something else). Look, Marvel made its bones on its crossovers, but people liked those crossovers. Yes, it's a crass commercial calculation, but if it also pleases the audience, it isn't just about money.

All this is a long way of saying that my antipathy towards the advertising for The Avengers has been mostly dissipated. In fact, I think I threw myself firmly in the opposite camp and now I want alllllll the franchises to go into a blender. I think I, in all seriousness, endorsed an Ocean's Eleven/The Fast and the Furious crossover. I would love to see Vin Diesel and George Clooney plot a heist together. For real.
trinityvixen: (bored)
I AM SO BORED. Here, I'm going to post about some things.

This actually excited me a lot until I realized that the article was about the release date of Mass Effect 3 being pushed back. As [livejournal.com profile] feiran  likes to say, balls to buttfuckers. However, that picture makes me inordinately excited. Mostly because NEW PEOPLE WITH SHEPARD AND ONE OF THEM IS AN ALIEN AND I LOOOOOOFFFFFF THE ALIENS. I am not rational about these games. I just...I'm not. Color me impressed with the anonymous human however: they found a way to make a reasonably attractive male character! Trust me, this has been impossible in the games so far. I have kept on playing male characters, but they are all, despite HOURS of investment on my part, incredibly ugly.

Oh man, if they dropped the price of the Wii by just, like, $50 more, I would get one. Mostly for this game. But even at $150, I can't justify buying a system with games I don't play, especially with the new system coming out in a friggin' year. I can't get an entire system I wouldn't hardly use for one game. They really, really, really need to port this game over to, like, the Kinect. You hear me, Microsoft? I will buy your stupid attachment if you get House of the Dead: Overkill. Hell, I'll buy a goddamned PS3, even with the massive problems they've had with losing customers' credit card data to hackers lately. GET ON THIS.
trinityvixen: (cancer)
A new version of the Kindle will be cheaper because it'll come with ads.

No matter how I tried to calm myself by muttering to myself about books have always had ads in them--mostly for other books, but still--and so on and so forth, I fucking flipped about this. I think this was made worse for the fact that I watched a TED talk where some speaker put up a picture of a town in Brazil that had banned outdoor advertising. It may have made me a little sensitive about advertisement culture and how unwillingly I am stuck in it. Especially in this city.

But, really, ads on the fucking Kindle? Is there NO PLACE you can avoid ads? Not even reading a book? This is exactly what I don't like about reading on the internet. Worse, can't you just picture how very invasive those ads will get over time? The internet had banners. Then it had side ads. Then ads embedded in the articles. Then ads that if you accidentally moved your mouse over them would pop up larger and start playing movies and/or music. Ads are fucking metastatic cancer--they don't ever retract.

The best point about this is that it doesn't save you nearly enough money to compensate you for what will undoubtedly be a barrage of ads. You want a fancy-pants e-reader? Pay for it. Save yourself.
trinityvixen: (question)
Nevermind that test I should be taking the slow day at work to study for! I have computer purchasing questions.

The customer for whom I would be looking to buy a computer is looking for something cheap. Emphasis on cheap. We're talking netbook cheap, here. She is nervous about spending too much money in this economy, saw my netbook, and loved it. I should say she loved the idea of it--how portable and basic it is, for her needs are basic and she does not need bells, whistles, or other such gee-gaws. She wants something purposefully discreet. Not because she plans on doing surreptitious computing but...well, okay, she's planning on doing surreptitious computing. She has to because otherwise her kids might see it and want to take it over from her as they have done the family computers. The less attention the machine draws to itself, the better.

Personally, I'm not sure that a netbook is what she should have. She's older and slightly heavy, and I'm worried that a combination of tiny screen and tiny keys would make it frustrating to use. Better to spend maybe $100 more and get something even 13-14" range with a nearly-100%-sized keyboard. I know some netbooks have 92%-sized keyboards, and those would be fine, but I do still worry about the screen. I'm sure I can find something still relatively portable with a larger screen.

So, here's my question. Two of them, really. One: am I right that a netbook is probably wrong for her? And, two, if I am, where would I go about getting a decent laptop for less than $500?

One option I have found is this coupon for some Dells. They're all, like, four years behind the curve, though. Seriously, my 2006 Dell that I bought (at like four times this price, damn it), had some of these specs. But, like I said, I'm not so sure that that would be terrible for what she needs. It just grates on me because a netbook has better specs, it's just the size that's a problem. Damn it.

Help, tech-savvy friends?
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I have a 2010 Season Pass to Six Flags. I can't lie, it's been fun having it. For one thing, it makes me slightly less of a psycho when it comes to amusement park outings. (Sorry [livejournal.com profile] viridian, that first time I went back with it? I was still in total psycho mode.) Knowing I can pop back in at any old time and that, having basically already spent the entry money ages ago, I can afford the day-of upgrade to a fast pass does wonders for my mood when I'm there. I don't have to spend the entire time at the park seething with frustration that my interminable waiting around is never going to make the most of the cost of the trip. In addition to sparing me that irritation, I think I got my money's worth out of the season pass. I went twice in the fall, and that's all it takes to break even. I then went once in spring and stopped, briefly, in a different Six Flags from New Jersey one time upstate. I'm still debating dropping in there again for a short visit when I next go up that way.

Long story short, I'm not sorry I did the whole thing. I am, admittedly, a little over-exposed to the NJ Six Flags at this point. Despite how large it is, it's a surprisingly sparse park. The majority of it is empty space--purposefully empty, of course, as we're talking about a theme park to serve an area with a population in the tens of millions. Gotta make space for those people. The rest seems to be pay-per-ride attractions, something that is incredibly irritating to me, considering that a) I've already paid a lot to get in and b) anything you win from the pay-to-play games has to be stored in a locker because you can't leave it on the side of rides any more. Point is, I have done all the rides at the park. They're still all really fun, but I'm kind of bored now.

Of course, I say this, and then I almost immediately jump at a 2011 pass offer I got via e-mail. I'm such a sucker for a good deal. My inner cheapskate immediately starts calculating whether I'd be likely to go to Six Flags this year the two times or more it takes to make the pass worth a damn. If four or more people sign up, moreover, you get a free season pass parking ticket ("a $45 value!" the e-mail would like you to know). Still thinking it over. What will probably be the decision maker for me is a visit to the Six Flags in MA near my sister's new place. It's five minutes from her FABULOUS AND NEARLY FREE TO STAY IN housing. I could pop up, bring one of my coupons with, and go with her to check the place out. If it's a nice enough park, I could see maybe trying out a season pass in 2011 again. If not, hey, I got to it for basically nothing this year and that's the end of it.

I'm a sucker for amusement parks. Always will be. I think, though, that I've been thoroughly spoiled on them this year and I'm not appreciating it so much any more. It's like the opposite of my trips to Disney World three years ago, where it was something to look forward to in the winter, and only then. It was a treat, and it was quite the treat, seeing as we got exclusive passes to the parks after dark thanks to being there with the cheerleaders. (Thanks, littlest sister!) Then again, Disney World has infinitely better line management than does Six Flags, so it's entirely possible that trips to Six Flags, whether they happen once a year or once a month, are just going to do more to discourage a repeat visit. I miss Disney, I do, though I'm worried I'll never be able to go back there after how utterly spoiled I was by those exclusives. Oh dear. Time to find a new theme park I guess.

(By the way, if you know anyone who wants one or four season passes, I'm happy to pass on the e-mail. Nothing, I'm sure, is in it that can't be found on their website, but just in case, I do have it.)
trinityvixen: (life is a joke)
Stupid Apple. They can't seem to let me just pay for a quote I generate with them. They keep insisting that it's been placed and paid for, despite the fact that the quote not only lacked a shipping address, it had no financial information on it at all. That's...hardly placed, much less paid for, is it?

And I spent the entire bike ride to work on the phone with them. If I were less aware of my surroundings, if New Yorkers weren't, on the whole, pretty aware drivers, I wouldn't be here right now. Right, time for that goddamned bluetooth.

Speaking of biking, I've decided to keep track of the number of trips on the subway/bus that my biking saves me. When I get to 100, which is roughly $225 saved, I'm gonna treat myself to something. I could conceivably hit this within a month, seeing as I pick up extra trips when I go visit my former roommate.
trinityvixen: (balls)
I was so excited about this past weekend. To be fair, I did get a lot done this weekend. In that way, I have nothing much to complain about. I got my bed frame moved against the wall before the new mattress arrived, so it's now flush with the wall, and I got all the space back that I wanted. I then, even with a bad back, got two queen-sized mattresses up a flight of stairs apiece at my parents' place all on my own. I caught up on at least three television shows, watched all my Netflix movies, got to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] hslayer and [livejournal.com profile] viridian and tried out a nauseating form of mini-golf. (BLACK LIGHT IS NOT MY FRIEND.)

Nonetheless, I started out the weekend bummed as anything 'cause the bike I ordered was warped enough that I couldn't use it. The front wheel supports, the fork that goes around the axle of the wheel, weren't aligned properly. With one of the supports at a funny angle, I couldn't install the front wheel. It's such a bummer. I had to rebox the bike, drag it to FedEx, and send it back. The place that sold it to me is going to have another shipped to me as of Wednesday. But it won't be here until the week after, so that eats about two weeks worth of what's left of summer (since no matter when it arrives, I'll still have to assemble it and get it tuned up). Which, well, is almost the only time one can comfortably and safely ride a bike in the city. Sigh.

Balls indeed, little icon bear. Balls indeed.
trinityvixen: (clock)
Some more updates on the fly:
-My dearest former roommate, Ms. Lisa Beans got married. It's been a long time since I've seen any bride both so incandescently beautiful. My friends have all been gorgeous brides, [livejournal.com profile] viridian and [livejournal.com profile] jethrien this means you (keep on keeping on, you fabulous ladies). Lisa was just striking in white, with her darker skin, and the dress she chose made her look like a model--dye it another color, it could have been a Oscar dress on a movie star. This is where I wish that any of my pictures had come out so I could show you all. Alas, the venue didn't have the best lighting in the world. I've seen some of the professional photos online, and she DOES look like a model. I'm a lousy photographer, so I'm easily impressed by good photo work, but even still! I will totally buy some prints to show people. The photographer got both pretty and emotional shots that captures Lisa and her husband (!) to a T.

-In the interest of saving money and getting back into exercising again, I took a trial bike ride to work. The trip is just about perfect. It's the right length, about 30 minutes, challenging but not impossible. It even starts off easy, scaling up in difficulty before ramping back down, so I get a good work out--warm-up, heavy exercise, and a cool down period. So I went ahead and bought a bike so I can do it every day. It's a full-sized folding bike, which is expensive but ideal--I don't have to leave outside where it might get ripped off and it stores neatly inside my room. As soon as it arrives, I'm going to be riding it all over the place. So excited!!

-In other purchasing news, I am also swapping out mattresses on my loft. The queen is manageable, but a full really fits my platform bed better. Without the mattress hanging off the edge of the platform, I get about 5-10 inches of space back. It's not much, but it would open up the space enough so that it's less of a squeeze. I also won't have to grope blindly around for the ladder I can't see nor risk banging my head on the ceiling (the new bed is less deep, too). I also bought cute sheets for it, which was fun because there are almost no fun sheets for bigger beds. Bah-humbug to that.

-With those last two purchases in hand, and with [livejournal.com profile] feiran gone now for longer than a week, it's finally settling for me that I'm in my new place for good. Through no fault of my excellent new roommates, I've felt almost like I was still a guest in the place. It's not easy to shake the idea of home being uptown, after living there for four years. I'm having the same trouble with work, actually. My boss left for a week, and I was anticipating her return, but I was still taken aback when she did come back and wasn't my old boss. It was like I'd forgotten whom I was expecting. It didn't help that she left so soon after I started. I think I repressed a little to my mindset of the last year where my old boss was gone more than she was around. But I'm starting to come around.

Doesn't mean I'm not still working for the weekend, as the song goes.(Point of fact, I made that my ringtone for my lab members.)

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trinityvixen: (music)
This will teach me to sleep without my eye mask--I got woken up at 7 am by the light and had so much trouble going back to sleep that I missed my alarm and woke up at 11:30. Awesome.

Of course, today, nobody needs me for anything, so it's hardly like I was missed. To prove it, I'm going to spend the next few minutes on continuing the music meme I started yesterday!

Day 01 – A favorite song
Day 02 - A song that makes you happy

It was a tough call with this one. I have several hundred songs that make me happy, though usually for varying degrees of happy, i.e. songs that make me happy because they feed my angry or sad mood. But there are two songs that never, ever fail to make me happy--actively, smilingly, laughing out loud for no reason happy. They're both, funnily enough, songs by The Cure. I give "Friday I'm In Love" the edge over "Just Like Heaven" because I've liked it for longer and it is even more relentlessly upbeat than "Just Like Heaven." Also because I finally caught a $10 Threadless sale so I could buy this shirt. I've coveted it for months and I was a good girl and waited until it was on sale and soon it will be mine, precious.
trinityvixen: (!!!!)
Okay, I'm super bored at work, but I'd be even more super-bored if I went out to the airport early (for all that they might have working AC, which I do not have at work right now). So I'm browsing and I come across this teasing, teasing art from some official Ubisoft artists.

Now, granted, this is on Kotaku, which is part of Gawker, which, as [livejournal.com profile] moonlightalice likes to say, reports on stuff that they found on napkins in dumpsters--and not even dumpsters near the people who actually make the stuff they want to report on, so take the accuracy of the reporting with a grain of salt.

BUT STILL!!!! The promise of an Assassin's Creed anything gets me really excited, and I'm with the Kotaku person: please tell us where to send you money for more of this plz kthanxbai? No, seriously, the makers of this game and Bioware, who make my beloved Mass Effect could offer to sell me a mystery box with the promise that there could be anything from a statuette to a slip of paper that just says "Congrats on liking our games so much" and I'd be like, "HERE IS MY MONEY. I CAN GET YOU MORE. DO YOU NEED MORE? 'CAUSE I CAN GET IT!!!"

I can, you know. Hook me up!
trinityvixen: (blogging from work)
I want out! It's so nice out!! I haven't redone my toenails (you can still see reddish dye from where I removed the mostly-chipped nail polish that was there), but fuck it, I'm wearing sandals and clam-diggers and I am ready to have it stay warm forever. But, alas, it's not to be. But for today! I am warm.

Also, more proof that I'm not a consumer whore following my last post. Things I am not buying today:

-This hoodie. Tempting. You all know how much I love the Cap.
-This movie. Stop recommending it to me, Amazon. You're on notice.
-All right, all right, this is a little tempting. I have so many bags with no interior pockets. But the name alone freaks me out.

Reward!

Mar. 19th, 2010 11:30 am
trinityvixen: (awesome)
I've been eyeing a netbook for the past couple of weeks. Last weekend, when I wasn't able to fix the cable problem my parents were having, I did manage to get out to Best Buy to play with netbooks and confirm I wanted the one I thought I did. (In fact, I discovered that I wanted the same model but in a different color. Go me.) Regardless of the particular machine, I'll still probably install XP over it. I hear good things about Windows 7. When I get a full PC at a later date, I'll switch over then. But Windows 7 Starter is a non-starter for me.

Anyway, thanks to having some Reward Zone points to use up, I've gone ahead and ordered said netbook. I will pick it up this weekend. (Always crossing my fingers that they don't try to do the "optimization" bait-and-switch--read more about that brand of fail here.) Originally, I intended to get this machine in white and name it Ahab. Now, it's coming to me in a beautiful brownish-red, I'll need a new name.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] moonlightalice and [livejournal.com profile] darkling1 for their aide, recommendations, and the like. I look forward to joining the actually-portable-isn't-that-novel laptop crowd.

(For any who may be concerned, no, I'm not spending money I haven't earned after learning I got a new job. I've been wanting to do this for a while now. Ambrose, my 15" laptop, turns 4 this year. After his recent hard drive failure, it was just made clear to me that I needed to have a backup. Ambrose lives, thanks to my having a nice long warranty on him from back when. But he could use a little help.)

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