it strikes me as good timing that the same week i get a new dell laptop, strongbad gets his own laptop computer. my prior computer has seen me through many years. i built it as a pII-350 back when that was smoking, with a killer 128mb ram and a...get this...2x speed cd-r drive by ricoh. does ricoh still make, well, anything?
over the years it grew and parts were replaced. it finally ended up a lean-and-mean p3-866 with 384mb ram. actually, i was more than happy with my computer. i wasn't playing any new games on it, so the need to upgrade wasn't really there. a new larger hard drive would've been sufficient, and maybe maxing out the ram and processor on the same motherboard, all of which would have been very cheap to do. but since i'm'a moving and orienting my life in the direction of elsewhere, i figured i was not going to be able to take my 19" aoc monitor on a plane, nor the chassis itself--especially when none of the pci cards were screwed down, the entire thing held together with chewing gum, practically.
so, i now have a nifty top-of-the-line laptop computer again. and a lot of desktop parts to get rid of. i also finally moved from win98se to xp. so far, so good. after you turn off a lot of the crap it still looks like 98 and runs faster. and so far, not a single crash. very nice. not that i'm saying anything good about microsoft (i won't even give them the obligatory blog-link). in fact, i was close to getting an apple, but for the cost of migrating my software. i mean, as it is the hardware is more expensive. then you gotta buy all your apps again, or run them on some kind of windows emulator or whatnot. bah.
i am now in the process of cramming the hard drive with my ripped cd collection... and games, since my brother-in-law left me a few he'd finished.
19 hours ago