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Computer = dead.

I know, I've been bad. I haven't posted here in so long I'm sure people have forgotten all about me. A combination of domestic bliss and harmonious happiness with my partner, [info]kathryntact,  along with the growing fabulousness that is my relationship with my slave animedarling , along with travels across the country spreading the joys of perversion have kept me from writing. 

In short, I'm really really really happy right now. And when I'm happy, I tend to not write, but instead do a lot of reading. I have been keeping this happiness closer to my heart.

But I promise I will endeavor to write some more. Really.

Of course, there is sadness in my life today, and thus a post! My computer died what I'm beginning to suspect is its final death yesterday. It just won't turn on. Well, let's get more specific than that. The computer does turn on (so it's not the power box), it then goes to the initial screen showing my computer manufacturer's logo and the Intel inside logo, and then nothing. No Windows boot up, no BIOS, nothing. Which says to me it's not the hard drive either, but instead the motherboard.

Which really really really sucks. I was planning on buying a new computer, but honestly, not just yet.

Tonight we're gonna shop for a Netbook to hold us over until I can afford my new main machine. Anyone have any suggestions or favorites? Windows please... I'm just not ready for a jump to Linux.


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Nov. 9th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)

I won't say something snarky how about every other post you make starts off with an apology for not posting. I won't.

I'm very happy with the one mud got for me through buydig.com. I did a fair amount of comparison shopping, and they had some of the best prices for the newer models, plus free shipping and no tax.

I gots me the Asus Eee 1005HA. Yeah, it comes packed with Windows XP. I like everything about it except the clicky button which I'm still getting used to, and the MS Explorer browser that comes loaded, so I swapped that out for Safari.

Nayland's a good reference person for these, and he checked out a lot of models and helped me and Lolita choose ours, too. He recommends JR computers downtown which have a lot of models on display to try out, as well as good prices.

I was also impressed with the Acer models.

Nov. 9th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for saying I'm sorry! ;-)

Thanks for the recommendation - the Asus is definitely the front runner for me right now too. I was just curious to see if any other models popped up. I'm probably gonna head to Best Buy as they have their own credit card to make this purchase on - I should check to see if J&R does too.

Also, really missed you last night! It was weird not having you there.
Nov. 9th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
It may be the power supply going, anyway. I had to replace a power supply with similar symptoms. I replaced it with a more powerful PSU, and all was well again.

You may be more ready for Linux than you think. My daughter has been using Eeebuntu Linux on an Asus Eee netbook for months, and she's no Linux maven. Open Office, instant messaging, browsing, videos, music --everything you use Windows for, only not so expensive, resource intensive, or vulnerable to attack. And if you feel like there are some Windows programs you just can't live without, most Windows programs run fine in Wine now--including things like Photoshop, World of Warcraft, and MS Visual Studio. You can even get the fancy Windows 7 GUI in Linux. Considering that Windows 7 is still vulnerable to 7 out of 10 of the latest viruses in recent testing, you gotta wonder what makes it worth the trouble.
Nov. 9th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're happy!!! Sorry I missed your birthday this year :( And don't worry I seriously doubt any of us would ever forget you.

XO and love to KT
Nov. 9th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
If you need a computer to tie you over, I have 2 spare laptops. In fact, Lolita has possession of one of them, you could get it from her.
Nov. 9th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
I do appreciate that! I'm thinking the purchase of a netbook is actually a good idea overall - it'll still be mighty useful even after I have my new desktop.
Nov. 9th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
I hate the EEEPc's. They're useless if you're a touch typist. On the other hand the Acer Aspire One and my HP Mini (this may not be true for more recent minis) both have nearly full size - and thus touch typable - keyboards. I highly recommend both machines.
Nov. 9th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
I write more when I'm unhappy. I comment more when I'm happy. Weird, huh???
Nov. 9th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
I do the same thing :) When I'm unhappy I either need to keep quiet or resign myself to the fact that I'll worry over the comment for the entire day hence more happy commenting.

Edited at 2009-11-09 03:49 pm (UTC)
Nov. 9th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
My Asus EEE 1000HE plus RAM Upgrade has been treating me quite well.
Nov. 9th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Did you find the RAM upgrade necessary? For what uses? Right now the only things I see this computer being used for is e-mail, web browsing, and maybe iTunes via an external hard drive plugged in via USB.
Nov. 9th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
I never even tried it without the upgrade - originally this was only a $25 upgrade, so why the hell not?
I use this to play Kingdom of Loathing mostly, including running the java bot, KoLMafia.
Hulu works pretty well as long as you don't use both main screen and video-out simultaneously.

Email, Web probably don't need the RAM, but iTunes...man, that thing is a beast and a RAM hog; it hurts my regular desktop PC (so I quit using iTunes and went with WinAmp management).
If you're set on iTunes, you'll want as much memory as possible.
Nov. 9th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
I couldn't possibly forget about you, lj or no lj. I don't have any words of wisdom re notebooks, but good luck with the whole technology issue.
Nov. 9th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
I just bought this one and it's great...loads faster than my less than six month old laptop.
Nov. 9th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
Cool, that's supposed to be the update to my 1000HE. I guess it's thinner with a better battery.
Apparently they have a new larger screen option (11.6") with the 1101HA, too.
Nov. 9th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
I can give you Jason's laptop. You'll find it very frustratingly slow though.
Nov. 9th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
My iMac is linux based. . . stupid easy to use, never crashes. It has the solidarity of linux, but from what friends have told me about it, not the steep learning curve.
Nov. 9th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
So who flogs Boymeat when he's been bad?
Nov. 9th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
KT kicks him in the nose
Nov. 9th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
I'm glad things are well with you.
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