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July 31st, 2007 (05:38 pm)

current mood: amused

Eek! Mokkun has arrived and is currently being set up. He's purdy, but the touchpad is a bit annoying when typing. I'm the sort who usually has the hands against the palm rests when typing and it sometimes interferes when using the touchpad. (My left keeps brushing it.) I might have to see about disabling the touchpad and using the mouse that came with this thing. Shall see. So far, I like the machine although the glossy screen might give me problems over time. (Eye strain could be a definite issue methinks.) As it is, I think I'll get either a laplander, an iLap by raindesign, or some other notebook cooler that can be used on the lap. I think this laptop could get quite warm and I can use the added height of a stand.

So far, trying to figure out how to install the language bar (which didn't really need installing per se) has been a half hour adventure. ^^;; I'll have to decide what else I'm going to install. :P And since I have no idea if Telus has finally updated their access programs for Vista, I'm currently working on dial-up. (Besides, the desktop just booted my old lappie out of the rotation and I don't feel like booting FSU's system out of the rotation next. :P ) I really must figure out how to set up a wireless network... ^^;

Anyhow, so far so good, Vista's UAC isn't driving me to distraction yet, the system's a lot more sturdy than I'd hoped for (I'd seen a low-end Asus at the store and was decidedly unimpressed, but this one seems decent), so we'll see how the rest of the set-up and installation goes. :P Here's to hoping everything gets finished up tonight and everything gets cleaned up too. Boxes, and stuff everywhere. ^^;; (And why is my hand constantly drifting right in search of a mouse...? :P )


Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: August 1st, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)

Yay! Hi, Mokkun!

Can we see pictures of the pretty machine?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)

*laughs* We'll see. I have no idea where I put my digi-cam. ^^;

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: August 3rd, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)

Welcome back XD

Posted by: Hybrid Paradox (yunaura)
Posted at: August 1st, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)

I have the same problems with a touchpad sometimes. I've learned to slant my hands off to the sides, but since my laptop came with two types of mouse (touchpad and touchpoint), I've adjusted to using the touchpoint and disabling the touchpad.

Well, I have a mini-mouse to use now, and the few times I have pull it out to access both of my external hds, my hand drifts around for the mouse too. ^^;

Glad to hear Mokkun's up and about. :]

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)

^^;; I never took to the trackpoint, and would avoid systems that came with it compared to the touchpad. This is the first time the touchpad's given me quite this much trouble, but it's not inset either. :/ Now that it's been disabled things are good. ^_^

Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: August 1st, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
Rin smiling (kawaiiayu)

Mokkun! *cheers* Good luck getting him set up!

I hate touchpads quite fiercely, and adore the little mouse I bought for Jiip. Mind you, his touchpad seems to be particularly annoying...

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: August 1st, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
No good can come of this!

Yay! So glad it's arrived!

iLap is shiny! OGiVi's already asking me to buy it a present. *_* This is a bad sign for our relationship, isn't it?

I often accidentally leave my left thumb hanging around on the trackpad and then wonder what the hell is wrong. *sigh* I really can be quite creative in my PEBCAK errors; at least there's that, right?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)

Isn't it though? I think the iLap is pretty-much a mail-order only item as I've never seen anyone carry it here. :/ Magazine adverts can be evil sometimes. :P

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2007 10:53 am (UTC)
GH - Mai *shakefist*

Magazine ads? *shrug* They never get me. My downfall is naughty Shadows who post links to the shinies.

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: August 1st, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)

I'm going to join the chorus of people saying "I had the same problem with the touchpad". I eventually trained myself to avoid the touchpad area. But I ended up buying a regular mouse to use. I found the I never got the precision control with the touchpad that I could achieve with a mouse. (This was a real problem when working on my art projects.)

After you've used Vista for a while, I would love to read a post from you saying what you think of it. Vista will probably be the OS of my next machine but I haven't heard too many opinions on it yet from people I know.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2007 06:11 am (UTC)

*laughs* I know the feeling. I don't mind using the touchpad if it's a good one, but speed and precision just aren't there. I remember how much of a revelation it was when I first switched to using a tablet. I didn't think I'd necessarily install the tablet this time since Mokkun wasn't going to be my out-and-out system, but I decided it was easier to install it. :P

Vista... I can see why people hate it and why they complain about it, and at the same time, it's not quite that bad. As it is, my experience so far with Vista is definitely leading me towards re-ordering the Compal soon with XP on it. There's still too much work that needs to be done with it to make it a fully functional OS, and it's already been out for ~8 months now. :/

Posted by: A faint shadow in the void (soruk)
Posted at: August 1st, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Lucky Star: Konata 1

I'm guessing from your description you're using a USB broadband modem? You might want to look into getting a router-based broadband setup and connecting the computer via ethernet. That way you shouldn't run into driver issues (unless Vista doesn't support your onboard ethernet port!) and you would benefit from the added layer of security of your Vista machine not having your public-facing IP address. With NAT routers (as almost all home broadband ones are) if you haven't set up any port forwarding rules then no incoming connection can reach your machine from the outside.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)

Pretty much right. Right now, we have an ethernet connect to the broadband modem but no router. Trying to get the firewalled wireless router working was an adventure and a half into dismal failure this weekend, so I think we might try a regular wireless router, but... The security issue definitely worries me. I'll have to double check with the ISP and see what they suggest about networking systems. Hopefully they'll have updated their software for Vista as well (not that their virus scan didn't cause some interesting problems. It ate several game programs because they were infected with a "virus", so I had to disable it and go strictly with a different program). ^^;

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