Sunday, 7 January 2007

laptops and lacerations

Our new laptops have arrived!

Well, B and Young Keith's have arrived.

Mine is in Telford.

Telford is an hour's drive away.

I don't understand why the chap who delivered them all to India-Next-Door whilst we were away didn't leave mine as well. But I am slightly miffed.

We are going to collect it tomorrow, on the way to Merseyside. 'On the way' is perhaps a slight misnomer, but you know what I mean.

It has 2 GIBABYTES OF RAM. My first machine for work, back in the dark ages of 1997 only had 1.5 GB of hard drive. I am impressed, and very excited. And looking forward to playing both Caesar 4 and Second Life, neither of which work on the machine I have now. And of course there is a business need for me to have an upgraded machine, as I do a lot of graphics thrutching for the marketing we do.

Honestly.

In other news, we had a very, very lovely time away and I heartily recommend The Watermill Inn at Ings, near Windermere. Also, the lovely people who came for a couple of days to look after the house and have a bit of a break whilst we were away got a) chased around the garden by Cockerel George, who has suddenly entered a rather truculent adolescence. And b) got lacerations from Betty, who was a bit nervous of their dog. I am rather mortified, but they don't seem to hate me. (*waves*).

I go now, to drink elderberry wine, print out diaries and to-do lists for our planning meeting tomorrow and eat vegetables and hummous.

13 comments:

  1. Remember that our first PC when we were just launching our business in 1992 had 16MB of RAM! Hard to believe now...

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  2. Commodore 64 had 64kb of RAM, that was old school.

    My first PC in 1997-98 was a P75 with 8MB of RAM, 800 MB Hard Drive and 14.4Kb Modem, costing us upward of £1000.

    Oh, and I was about to write a Second Life rant, but I feel guilty as now you play it, and I feel like I'd be offending you.

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  3. Commodore 64 had 64kb of RAM, that was old school.

    My first PC in 1997-98 was a P75 with 8MB of RAM, 800 MB Hard Drive and 14.4Kb Modem, costing us upward of £1000.

    Oh, and I was about to write a Second Life rant, but I feel guilty as now you play it, and I feel like I'd be offending you.

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  4. No, no Rhys, you rant away. I haven't started playing it, so I won't be offended :). Yet.

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  5. No, no Rhys, you rant away. I haven't started playing it, so I won't be offended :). Yet.

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  6. Congrats on both the laptops arrival and the nice trip! I hope such a nice start for the new year results in the entire year going well for you. :)

    Regarding the laptop, 2 gb of ram is super cool! You can play games while working on cs2 on it. I need something similar, or at least 1 gb of ram. Was it a good holiday deal that you got?

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  7. Congrats on both the laptops arrival and the nice trip! I hope such a nice start for the new year results in the entire year going well for you. :)

    Regarding the laptop, 2 gb of ram is super cool! You can play games while working on cs2 on it. I need something similar, or at least 1 gb of ram. Was it a good holiday deal that you got?

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  8. Was in Second Life for three months, but then came across some seriously vile people and decided to pull out. One wanted to try and make my time there as unpleasant as possible. It's entirely lawless (anarchy is beloved of gamers) and it desperately needs some kind of societal structures beyond just the free market porn and shopping fest that it has become.

    A shame because I was really into it for a while, completely absorbed in its 'reality'. You do find plenty in there who seem to have been eaten whole, who seem like their SL identity is much more authentic to them than their real one.

    Well that's my rant about it anyhow!

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  9. Was in Second Life for three months, but then came across some seriously vile people and decided to pull out. One wanted to try and make my time there as unpleasant as possible. It's entirely lawless (anarchy is beloved of gamers) and it desperately needs some kind of societal structures beyond just the free market porn and shopping fest that it has become.

    A shame because I was really into it for a while, completely absorbed in its 'reality'. You do find plenty in there who seem to have been eaten whole, who seem like their SL identity is much more authentic to them than their real one.

    Well that's my rant about it anyhow!

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  10. Bes - it's a four year finance agreement with Dell via their Business Leasing thingy, which works out more tax effective than buying up front. We had a per-month budget of £100 and thought we could only afford two machines over three years (because the guys need pretty sharp graphics cards to render all the visualisations they do). But when I actually spoke to them, they were prepared to do three machines over FOUR years for £115 a month. So that's what we've gone for. Mine doesn't need quite such a whizzy graphics card, so I've gone for a 12 inch screen - it's dinky and I'm in love :).

    Jo - I had heard some things like that about it; I think I'm curious really. I don't think I've got enough time to get really addicted to it. I hope.

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  11. Bes - it's a four year finance agreement with Dell via their Business Leasing thingy, which works out more tax effective than buying up front. We had a per-month budget of £100 and thought we could only afford two machines over three years (because the guys need pretty sharp graphics cards to render all the visualisations they do). But when I actually spoke to them, they were prepared to do three machines over FOUR years for £115 a month. So that's what we've gone for. Mine doesn't need quite such a whizzy graphics card, so I've gone for a 12 inch screen - it's dinky and I'm in love :).

    Jo - I had heard some things like that about it; I think I'm curious really. I don't think I've got enough time to get really addicted to it. I hope.

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  12. Me and my girlfriend spent the weekend in the lakes also, the weather wasn't too bad, although snow would have been prefered! We stayed at the waterside hotel in grasmere, I wouldn't really recommend it (it was ok, nothing special), but I would definately recommend "The Jumble Room" in grasmere for a fantastic evening meal.

    Might try the pub in Ings, sounds great, I always think that village is missing part of its name though!

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  13. Me and my girlfriend spent the weekend in the lakes also, the weather wasn't too bad, although snow would have been prefered! We stayed at the waterside hotel in grasmere, I wouldn't really recommend it (it was ok, nothing special), but I would definately recommend "The Jumble Room" in grasmere for a fantastic evening meal.

    Might try the pub in Ings, sounds great, I always think that village is missing part of its name though!

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