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today in computers

Last night, I went off to NH and finally took the plunge.  I bought a 12" Powerbook at the Apple Store there.  I was waffling when I got there, and found out that my chosen Powerbook configuration was not in stock...  but that they did have the previous generation, which is like this generation, but with a smaller hard drive (only 60G) and slower processor (1.33GHz instead of 1.5).  For $200 cheaper.  This still had me waffling, until they pointed out they also had the demo model of the previous generation.  For an additional $200 discount.

So I bought, what else could I do?

It turns out that 256M is woefully inadequate for a Macintosh computer.  But I knew that already, and have plans to upgrade to 1.25G already underway.

Naming the thing is going to be interesting.  I usually use sci fi starship names, avoiding extremely mainstream ones like Enterprise and Galactica...  I've had Roanoke (one of the EA destroyers from B5), Serenity, Heart-of-Gold, Bistromath, Morningstar and Synchronicity (two ships I captained in various role-playing games)...  I'm thinking of naming it after the ship that is the centerpiece of the sci-fi tabletop game I'm thinking of running.

But that would be a spoiler.

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visage
Feb. 18th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
If you want an endless trove of starship name, Iain Banks will deliver.
crs
Feb. 18th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
true. http://www.futurehi.net/phlebas/text/ships.html has a bunch, and i may use one of those... but it feels like cheating since I've only ever read one of the books, and Permabit used (still uses?) that as their naming scheme, specifically ship names from that source.

My workstation used to be Wisdom Like Silence. (well, wisdom-like-silence, technically).
firstfrost
Feb. 18th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)
Andromeda had very nice ship names, from the post-Fall ships like Eureka Maru to the pre-Fall ships like Balance of Judgment
crs
Feb. 18th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
The pre-fall ship names had a definite Iain Banks ring to them, I remember that much from Andromeda.

I think I stopped watching halfway through the second season. Eureka Maru is a very good possibility, though; it occupies the right niche in the mythology for me to like it, I did like the show for quite some time...
firstfrost
Feb. 18th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
When it aspired to a Vision, it was really a pretty good (if campy) space opera variant with a lot of interesting internal party dynamics. Sadly, what with firing the main writer and putting Kevin Sorbo in charge, it degenerated to romping through space hitting bad guys in the nose.
jbsegal
Feb. 18th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
One Of Us! One Of Us!

(And you said on Monday that you didn't want to be tempted... heh.)
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