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October 16th, 2009 (10:22 pm)

current mood: bored
current song: Rage My Dream - Super Eurobeat

Literally, not a heck of a lot. Just long. :P

So, it hit me the other day that I need to hunt down the driver and program disks for my peripherals in order to set up my eventual future laptop. No problems, right? Umm... O_O;; It took an hour or more of hunting to find everything, and during that time, not only did I find the disks I need, but I also found the recovery disks for my three laptops before Mokkun (Compaq (Win... 95?), Toshiba (XP), and Acer (XP Pro)), three sets of disks for various Wacom tablets (only one set being the one I was looking for), MS Office *XP* Pro, and 3(? more?) copies of different years of Norton's antivirus. Oh, I also found all the project disks for Saiun, Shounen Onmyouji, and GH. ^^;; Something tells me I really need to get rid of some of these things. *laughs*

Otherwise, I tried out male parental's laptop the other night to see if I might eventually be able to work with a bilingual keyboard. >.> It's such an annoying keyboard and I have a tendency to type '\/1' instead of '?!'. *sigh* As it is, I'm hoping to get a system with a monolingual keyboard. This time will hopefully be okay, but I get the feeling that, unless I start buying and importing from the US, I'll have to switch over eventually. >.> The only company that I've seen that still has monolingual English keyboards is Dell. Everyone else seems to have gone bilingual. There are advantages I suppose to the bilingual keyboard. If I ever get the itch to work on my French again, it would make things much easier in terms of typing. But the reduced size of the Enter and the left shift keys were proving rather difficult to adjust to.

And the one thing that's been bouncing around the back of the mind with no answer in sight yet is what to name my eventual new system. >.> So far, my systems have been named Neya (Toshiba, name from Ryvius), Yggdrasil (Acer, name inspired from AMG / Norse mythology), Mokkun (Asus W7S, Shounen Onmyouji), and Haku (Asus Eee, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi a.k.a. Spirited Away). Haku and Mokkun were also chosen because the systems are/were both white. Hopefully I'll be able to think of something, but... *sigh* Suzaku, Dionysus, and Eos are the names I've come up with so far, but none of them really grab me. Benzaiten is another possibility, but... >.> I really don't want to end up naming it 'Nanashi'. ^^;

And working on FSU's laptop is actually kind of nice. (Not to mention it's matte, so it's easier on the eyes.) I used it a fair bit back before getting Mokkun for surfing and stuff. It has passive cooling so it's not meant for any serious applications, but she keeps a lot of music on her computer. I'll have to remember to steal some of her files later. :P

Ah! Which reminds me. Laptops these days are mostly 16:9 aspect ratio aren't they? That means the screen size is slightly different. 1366x728?? ......I think I'm going to need a new wallpaper. *sigh* It's funny how there are so many little things that you need to work out in order to make things "yours". ^^;


Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: October 17th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)

Mizuki is 1600x900. I should get a new wallpaper too. Wonder if BBC has any for Doctor Who. Hmm...

What company are you thinking of going with this time?

Names? Thor? Odin? Nyx! I like Nyx! Touda's a good name too, but your new comp might be ornery. I think the reason my mom's laptop fudged on me so much was because of its name.

Or you could name it The Doctor. Then it'd be really ornery. Brillaint, but spastic. =P

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 17th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)

Oddly enough, I didn't really look for higher res screens even though I'm going 15.6". I'd actually started debating 16" and 17" systems since weight-wise, they've come down quite a bit but ultimately ended up focussing on ~15".

I'm going Gateway this time because of specs. ^^; Shall see how it goes. Acer bought out Gateway about a year ago, so it'll be interesting. (I guess it'll essentially be my second Acer. I actually don't mind them.) My second choice was Samsung, but its specs were a bit oddball in places and it has a bilingual keyboard, so I decided to try out Gateway instead. (I'll admit, the system I'm getting is majorly heavy, so I'm not too keen on that. >.> ) Dell would have been my third choice. It was actually a bit weird going through system specs this time around since I was looking specifically for those systems that came with Ati graphics instead of nVidia. I'm a bit leery of nVidia at the moment, but they seem to be the more common. Thrice bitten for me now. (I'm pretty sure my Toshiba had a nVidia graphics card.)

Nyx is probably going a bit too far from where I'm looking for names. :P Her daughters Erythia and Hesperethusa are more likely though. Touda... he's a bit too cold personality-wise for me. ^^; I had briefly debated Guren, but... considering how things went with Mokkun, I'm a bit leery of going that way. I suspect I'll have to wait until I see the system before names really start coming to mind. ^^; And saying that, the idea of thinking of a name based around it being a 'Gateway' came to mind. The first thought was the opening to Hell. ......Umm, maybe not. ^^;

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: October 17th, 2009 10:34 am (UTC)

The resolution on 16 x 9 screens depends on whether you get a TrueHD (aka Full HD) monitor or not. A TrueHD screen is able to display Blu-Ray disks. They'll be 1920 x 1080. Otherwise, the screen resolution on 16 x 9 screens isn't standard. Many are 1600 x 900 like Aki's. But my 16 x 9 screen is 1440 x 900. It just depends on what system you get.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 17th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)

Actually, 1440x900 is 16:10 which is the same aspect ratio I've had for my last two laptops. The switch to 16:9 means that either I have to find sites that are so up to date that they make wallpapers that size (quite unlikely considering how long it took sites to start releasing higher res widescreen wallpapers), or I have to make my own. I do occasionally use scans and such for my wallpaper, but I've been using HakuYou's wallpapers for the past while now. And since they're all max 1280 wide, I have to find something else now. >.>

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: October 17th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)

I don't think I'd name my comp after a gateway to the underworld, either. That'd open up a world of trouble, wouldn't it?

Heavy weight wise or just everything that comes with the system?

Touda... he's a bit too cold personality-wise for me...

I agree. And isn't it ironic that he has such a cool personality?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 17th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)

^^; That would be my thought. It's a rather spooky thought, and I really don't think I want to tempt fate.

The system is very heavy weight-wise. It's as heavy as if not more so than some 17" systems now. >.> Shall see if it's worth it when I get it. (Actually, I've spoiled myself with my last three systems always aiming for lightweight portables. ^^; Hopefully the added weight will allow for better cooling (hence better system life) compared to my lightweights. ^^;

Not something you'd expect of a fire god. ^^;

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