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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 5:42 am    Post subject: New Toy Glee! Reply with quote

Got me a new machine (No surprise, the household's 7th such addition) but still, it's a special one.

I decided to go with a Tablet PC, since I can't reasonably afford both a new laptop (I needed one, the Pentium 3 850 wasn't cutting it anymore) and that sweet Wacom monitor I wanted to draw on. I thought this would be a nice compromise, and (as always) I was right.

I got the M4, but customized the hell out of it... pretty much maxed it out. Now I can draw and color (no need for scanning) where ever (like on the ship), and I'm pretty sure it'll play higher-end games (which keep me from drawing and coloring).

Yay, progress!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm gonna start putting together a new gaming rig over the next several months. Money is a little harder to come by now, but I'll get one assembled (hopefully) before June or July next year.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I came really close to buying a tablet PC last time I needed a portable. I ended up rolling with a Sony T instead though. (Mine's actually an older model, but same basic stats I think)

Its way overpriced for such a slow machine, but I couldn't possibly be happier with it. I ended up not getting a tablet PC because my handwriting sucks, and I don't draw. I was going back to school and needed a new machine as some of the Java development stuff didn't work on my old laptop.

In a week or two give us a review of it and some of the +'s and -'s of it. I didn't think I'd use the handwriting part often because I can type faster than I can write. Although the few that I've played with the tracking is just awesome and the handwriting recognition is great.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I imaged some Dell Tablet PCs at my last job. I was pretty impressed with the recognition software that was installed from the get-go.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can write a more comprehensive review in a couple of weeks, but here's my first impression:

Yea!
-Handwriting recognition is easily superior to Graffiti (Palm OS), which I've been using for ages.
-Screen surface seems surprisingly sturdy (though I'me still terrified of scratching it)
-The act of drawing on this thing brings sunlight and rainbows to my cobweb filled heart.

Nay!
-Comes with trial versions of a ton of sweet software. Trial. I hate that crap.
-I don't really care for the pen... not terrible, just a little more slippery in the hand than I like.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, wipe your hands off after ... you know...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 1:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Reply with quote

Mongolio wrote:
Well, wipe your hands off after ... you know...


Wouldn't that make his hands sticky? That's what happens when I do it...Ummm I mean that's what I read in this article. Ummm yeah....
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
Ummm blah!


is exactly right.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Penny Arcade's new baby
Penny Arcade's Tycho wrote:
Gabriel may have oversold my abilities, somewhat. I'm exceedingly grateful that he was able to deliver yet another comic strip, and I'm grateful to you as well for your patience while I have been welcoming my unbelievably beautiful baby son.

I.

Craven sham that it is, typically the vile consortium of formula manufacturers and department store child photographers has already chosen the Baby of the Year by September, leaving their despicable agents to go on evil vacations or whatever it is they do. But there are times when a spoiler baby, or spiele-katzen, crops up 'round November or so, and a deep fracture forks up their trained facade.

Elliot Jacob Holkins is just such a baby.

II.

The doctor loosens his white coat. Is he too hot? He seems uncomfortable.

As seen on television, a row of X-Rays are held up to an illuminated wall with a series of clips. He removes what I think might be a Bic Ultratip from his pocket and begins to tap different parts of each, in a poignant way, hand shaking slightly so that each tap actually ends up being two or three distinct sounds. Tap tip tap.

Tap tip.

"You can see here, where the dendrites are joined," he says, in his bulshit doctor language.

I don't really see anything, I tell him.

"Your son, " he says, hesitant, "is a Snugglebug."

I sit down in a chair, which I assume is his own chair, and he sits in the chair that I probably should have sat in if I gave a fuck about the medical hierarchy.

I ask him what it means.

"It means that he is the cutest, the wutest little Snugglebug in the whole wide world," he recites, robotic, a white-clad bipedal dictionary.

Are there treatments? I mean, is there some kind of, I dont know, cream?

"No," he says, piercing my heart. "You will need to cuddle him daily."

He is quiet for a moment.

"Indeed, you may even need to huggle him."

III.

He tells me that his own son, Gabriel, was born on "nine, nine, ninety-nine," the anniversary of the Dreamcast launch. He stands before me on "eleven, twenty-two, two-thousand five," which he admits doesn't have the same ring, but he fairly exerts himself pounding home the significance.

It's the launch day of the 360.

I dimly recall that there is such a thing as a "three sixty," and that it is a thing which can be launched. So I'm told.

"I know you don't believe in a higher power, or whatever. But God damn, man," he spits, exasperated. "Come on."

IV.

I am not trying to jostle for primacy over the birth act, the utter valor of which is indelible - I'm fairly certain the credit is going to the right people. There is, however, a parallel experience that I never hear much about, something amazing and profound about the helplessness, the desperation of events which are perhaps a million long miles beyond your control. I just want to find other fathers and, looking at them across the aisles in the grocery store, hold my right fist aloft. I am with you.

Let me suggest that the hilarious episode of Three's Company which depicts a human birth is not sufficient to prepare a man for the genuine article. I can tell you that Brenna managed this shit like some kind of fucking Amazon warrior priestess. I told her that she probably just had indigestion, even when she was shuddering over a holiday display at Fred Meyer. So it's good that somebody had their shit together.

They handed him to me, eventually. Not first, now - that's not done. The physchological weight of him nearly shattered my legs. This must have been how Ultra Magnus felt, I thought, when Optimus Prime gave him the Matrix of Leadership.

I'm kidding.

I very nearly buckled. Not struck dumb, but struck, as a string might be struck, into sound:

It's me, I said. I'm the one who sang to you.


Quoted in case it's lost.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. That makes ya wanna run out & be a father.

Or own a tablet, whichever.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is curious placement of that post, Khim-chan.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think of kids as fun playmates because they're easier to relate to. But... only so long as I don't have to care for them at the end of the day.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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We are going to have to stick a pin in a map, set fire to something and carry on until the earth looks flat! -- RandyMac

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2005 12:41 am    Post subject: Re: Reply with quote

I would run screaming from that.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2005 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, look at the gaping maw on that girl. I'd run too.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 4:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Reply with quote

So back to the new toy discussion.... I recently got my new toy. A Dell (I like Dell) XPS 600. Now of course it is a nice system and fast as all get out but here is the coup de grace, I got it with a 24 inch Ultrasharp flat panel. I have to sit in the next room to play my games but damn it looks good. I also have to buy a new desk for it to live at because this one is too small.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lucky bastid!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it the 2405FPW? Got the card reader on the side and USB splitter? The cool stand that lets you flip it on its side, which basically serves no purpose, but is still part of the WOW factor? If it is, that's the same one I got, and its absolutely amazing Smile

The other kicker with that one is that it supports HD in with 1080p. There's not a lot of TV's out there supporting 1080p right now.

The only problem I've ever heard is that it has issues with some DVD players with macrovision, but I'm not too stressed with that.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 3:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Reply with quote

Yep! That's the one! It fucking rocks my socks. CoV completely maxed out and full sized is swwweeeet!
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