Out with the old, in (soon) with the new!

I sold my desktop a couple of days ago.  The one year old shiny one, not the linux machine I use for writing.  It was a great gaming platform – superb quad core cpu, great graphics card, 23″ monitor.  Great computer.
Also made more noise than some jet engines.
Sitting at my computer in the living room, I literally could not hear the TV set unless it was turned up painfully loud for those closer by.  It’s not a big room, folks.  The computer was just too loud.
And I’m not really gaming anymore.  Oh, I might pop back into a game once in a while.  In fact, I’m sure I will.  I played MMORPGs for too many years to think I won’t *ever* play them again.  But it’s not my main focus, not even close, so having an obnoxious machine whose primary redeeming quality was being great for gaming just didn’t make sense anymore.
Sold it.
Bought a new laptop.  It’s on order, should be arriving Saturday.  It’s an Asus U30JC-B1, which string of ridiculous numbers means this:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003UNF1B2/ref=oss_product
Got the email from Amazon offering this $899 computer for $649 while I was in the middle of researching what machine to buy…  I kept looking, but it was a great deal for a very nice computer.  CPU almost as good as my desktop, 4-7 hours of battery depending upon what you’re doing, an Nvidea card – not as good as my desktop’s, not even close, but enough to handle most things well, and even the occasional game OK.  And the thing is under five pounds, with a 13.3 inch screen.  I’d been looking at netbooks, but the keyboards are a tad too small.  So something like this is just big enough, and not too big.
Really looking forward to seeing the new toy!


8 Replies to “Out with the old, in (soon) with the new!”

  1. Seems to be new computer time. Mine broke down for the third time in less than a year, so I gave up on it. Yeah, I bought it used, but that was no excuse. So now I have a shiny new Mac Mini. Cute as a bug in a rug, and several times faster. And with a hard drive the size of Texas, that I’m never going to fill up.

  2. Seems to be new computer time. Mine broke down for the third time in less than a year, so I gave up on it. Yeah, I bought it used, but that was no excuse. So now I have a shiny new Mac Mini. Cute as a bug in a rug, and several times faster. And with a hard drive the size of Texas, that I’m never going to fill up.

  3. You know, I thought about a Mac Mini, Catana. But we’re still pretty heavily invested in PCs around the house, and being able to buy only one copy of a game (like Civ 5) to play with my wife is a plus.
    Really want an iPad at some point, though!
    Best of luck withe the Mac – heard great things about them, should be an awesome writing machine.

  4. You know, I thought about a Mac Mini, Catana. But we’re still pretty heavily invested in PCs around the house, and being able to buy only one copy of a game (like Civ 5) to play with my wife is a plus.
    Really want an iPad at some point, though!

    Best of luck withe the Mac – heard great things about them, should be an awesome writing machine.

  5. I got turned to the Mac side a decade ago and have never regretted it. The iMac I just trashed was the first one ever to give me major problems. I figure any machine can be an awesome writing machine with the right software — and Scrivener is it. I’m glad the Lit and Latte people decided to port it to Windows, and I hope you’ll be happy with it

    1. Oh, I am. Was. Happy with it, that is. 😉 I already tested the beta during NaNo 2010. I’m just not so sure about making a full switch over while it’s still in beta. And, I’m still pretty happy with OpenOffice (LibreOffice) overall, so it’s hard to think about swapping to something else.
      There’s a new Windows Beta of Scrivener due out like, today or tomorrow though. I’ve been considering installing that and putting it through some heavy duty paces.

  6. I got turned to the Mac side a decade ago and have never regretted it. The iMac I just trashed was the first one ever to give me major problems. I figure any machine can be an awesome writing machine with the right software — and Scrivener is it. I’m glad the Lit and Latte people decided to port it to Windows, and I hope you’ll be happy with it

    1. Oh, I am. Was. Happy with it, that is. 😉 I already tested the beta during NaNo 2010. I’m just not so sure about making a full switch over while it’s still in beta. And, I’m still pretty happy with OpenOffice (LibreOffice) overall, so it’s hard to think about swapping to something else.
      There’s a new Windows Beta of Scrivener due out like, today or tomorrow though. I’ve been considering installing that and putting it through some heavy duty paces.

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