In case anyone's looking at getting a new PC but doesn't want to switch to Vista yet, MS has extended XP sales until June 2008. This is good news for me as I was trying to figure out how to comfortably manage two trips to Vancouver, two new laptops, and a trip to Japan in the course of 6 months. At least I now have some more breathing space. ^^;; (Mind you, Japan still isn't a certainty due to the passport issue. >.> )
As for Vista, after two months of using Mokkun, I really don't have much thought on the OS. It's there, it's pretty, it's a major resource hog and eats an amazing amount of my system memory, and there are compatibility issues. On the flip side, unlike someone I know *cough* Mona *cough*, it hasn't given me so many headaches to the point of wanting to throw Mokkun through the living room window. *pause* Come to think of it, I haven't been tempted to throw Mokkun through the window at all. That's good because I'd often had that impulse during my last year with Yggy. That said, I'll also admit that I haven't fixed the graphic program issue (Photoshop Elements 3 is incompatible with Vista) and VLC and MediaPlayer Classic aren't entirely compatible with Vista. So really, Mokkun's acting as a nice light-weight online system with minor compiling, but compiling on the vid side generally seems workable. It's when I try doing anything more esoteric that things start to get nasty (audio compiling is still a no-go). Despite that, there's nothing about Vista that makes me *want* to use it either and there are things that annoy me. I've long since disabled the UAC (are you *sure* you want to do this???x10^millionth time), for some reason my keyboard suddenly switches to French Canadian layout and I have no idea what key combination I'm hitting to cause that, I have to make *how* many clicks in order to disabled my wireless connection, control manager is a bit annoying/weird to get to, default file manager settings are worse than useless and global changes don't always stick or don't always get applied (this seemed to happen on occasion with XP though; also, customisation settings look more like what you'd find in your address book than things you'd apply to your filing cabinet), and it's generally much more resource intense (I have 2.5 GB and seem to be okay, but I'm glad I'm not doing anything too demanding with this system either). On the pro side, it's pretty. I wish... I think it's Linux that allows users to have multiple desktops for one account? I wish it had that functionality as it would help clear up the clutter on my laptop and would justify using Vista over XP for me. Having a games desk, a subtitling desk, and a "general" desk would really help clean things up. *sigh*
Oh, and to be fair, every peripheral I have attached to Mokkun is brand new and bought around the same time as him, so the probability of my having a peripheral issue with Vista was near nil. I'm probably at about the same point now as I was with Neya when XP had first been released except back then it was Corel's Photopaint Essentials that wasn't working.
A friend from Australia recently emailed me and mentioned Nova's (the company we both worked for) financial woes. I feel sorry for the many foreign workers in Japan that are going through serious uncertainty especially those who've been there for a very short time. It'd be pretty scary stuff to have to live through in a foreign country.
And one person emailed about the demise of Geneon's vid distribution. I haven't really thought through what it means yet or if I'll do anything about things, but from what I can tell, it means I probably won't get the last and possibly the second last R1 Maoh S2 DVD. >.<;; I never got around to buying Saiunkoku or Shounen Onmyouji before the announcement was made, so I'm not sure about going after them. All of Saiunkoku S1 and Shounen Onmyouji R2 DVDs will be bought though. Surprisingly, I haven't watched Saiunkoku S2 since Yggy crashed back in April/May. >.> Shall see if I do anything to fix that over the weekend. It's hard to say as I'm not sure if I'm taking Mokkun with me yet. *sigh* I think someone mentioned Tantan being in S2 so I'm a bit curious about what they did with the story and how far they're going with it. ^^;
And... Hoshi wa Utau. Another series I haven't been following since Ch2... Maybe it's the usual slow start / new series issue, but I haven't been interested by this at all yet. We just got HtY with Ch 6 in it in the mail today, so maybe if I read all 6 chapters in a row it'll get me interested? Another see how things go. Actually, if I pull it onto my computer, I can probably read it on the flight or while at the airport or something. Sadly, Mokkun's battery life is pretty pathetic, so I'll need to keep things short on that front. *sigh*
Otherwise, the new anime season is starting. I'm looking forward to seeing how Ghost Hound goes. Beyond it... shall see. FSU is doing the primary pulling of vids this time and she's the one being subjected to the initial round of horror, pain, amusement... *laughs* Shall see what finds its way to me therefore. :P
Anyhow, it's time to go feed... Feeeeed meeeee... *zombie-mode*