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No More Somedays....

Pixel and I have currently entered a love hate relationship now that I have it back -- or maybe since before I sent it off. I love it, it hates me. I had sincerely hoped that replacing the fans would fix the problems I'd been having. I went with the cheaper of my two options to first determine if the cheaper option would work. Unfortunately, it hasn't. That doesn't mean I've given up on pixel. Pixel is a nice computer and I mean to intend to continue to put love and care into it to get it fixed. But.... and yes there's always the butt....

Tonight the temptation to get a brand new computer off of the Apple website was just too strong. So, I applied for their Apple Credit options thinking that because I just got a brand new car, even though I got a raise, I'd be turned down. Low and behold I was immediately approved for $1,990, very much much to my surprise.

After doing some quick calculations, I determined I could potentially have the MacBook paid off completely by the end of the 90 day grace period for interest. I have some money stashed away -- but I don't want to use it all up front so I can pay it off over 3 months and still make it seem like I'm saving money. I'm potentially getting a Christmas Bonus from work -- though I'm not counting on it, just in case. I have tax money coming back to me in February/March -- depending on when our company gets our W2's back to us -- and I made certain to hopefully overpay my MD state taxes since Fichtner isn't taking out state taxes on my second paycheck with the company. These were all factors in getting the new computer.

Now as to why... Quite simply, I want a new one. I've wanted a new one for the last 10 or so years, when it became abundantly clear that my 6500 Apple Performa would never really be upgradable. Just like with my brand new car, I want a fresh start. I also wanted a computer that I picked out for myself from the very start. Pixel was one such computer, but not from the new stages. I also wanted one of the nifty Intel Duo Core computers, because -- you know -- really there's absolutely NOTHING more enticing than the fact that I can dual boot my Mac into a PC computer any time I want, once I figure out how to make that happen. Not that *cough* I really want to do that or anything, because that's just WRONG! I also want a computer I can reliably depend on if I'm going to seriously start writing, which I am. Plus, I have a nifty firewire drive already that will serve as a nice backup.

So, I extended by neck a bit and got the computer, a USB dial up modem and a carrying case for it. It cost a pretty penny, but every penny was well worth it. I'll feel the squeeze over the next few months, but I'm confident in my choice and that's the thing that counts the most.

Life is complete. There are no more somedays, just tomorrows.

Now I'll just need to figure out what to name the new computer. Suggestions anyone?

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seattlesparks
Dec. 20th, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
I never name the computer until it's arrived and I've had a chance to use it for an hour or two, because usually a name pops out then.

Pixel originally got named 'Pixel' because, of any laptop I'd ever owned, it had the most amazingly crisp and beautiful screen (though, the MBP's screen puts the old Powerbook to shame, alas). I went with 'Duo' for my MBP, given the Core Duo processors.

My PDA is always, always named 'Ping' regardless of which particular model it is, because it sounds cute and small, and plus it is always some variant on an HTC wireless/cellular-Internet-enabled PDA.

My teensy PC laptop was 'Widget,' and my giant hulking Dell -- which was used for networking development on the road -- is 'Packet.'

My old PC desktop was 'Buzzword' (because it had a lot of buzzwordy new-tech when I got it), and my new PC desktop is 'Gizmo' because, well... Gizmo got named Gizmo after two hours of trying to assemble it, and I finally discovered I was missing one of the (three) power connections, and exclaimed, "Oh, for cryin' out loud... it was all THIS little gizmo?!" Tada.

My servers, however, are always named after programming disasters. Snafu, Segfault, Glitch, etc. The 'Glitch' name got inherited by my Mac mini, since it acts as my household server. :P
adamdray
Dec. 20th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
So, can you play D&D Online (Stormreach) on your Mac? If not, there's a good reason to dual-boot to Windows! I got D&D Online for Christmas and I'm gonna delve me some dungeons and dead me some dragons over my two week vacation. =)
nynrose
Dec. 20th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
I think I can, and also City of Heroes/Villains which Tabbifli plays. I’ve only done some preliminary research with Boot Camp right now, which is the software that allows/helps you to set up a dual boot system. I also have to acquire a copy of XP to put onto the computer. I’d need to know the requirements for D&D online. I only got 1 gig of RAM and if it needs more than that then I don’t think I can. It’d need to wait until I can get a 2 gig chip to add so I can have 3 gigs of RAM. Muah! Why go halfway when you can go all the way?
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