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My New Office/Batcave

I was getting bogged down with work that I’m not even supposed to be doing in the office, so I moved myself away from the other employees. Yes those are all my computers.

Don’t call me a nerd or I’ll kick your ass…online.

Remember when Apple was cool?

I’ve been an Apple user for a long time now. I’m not one of those people that was using a IIe. I’m not even one of those people that were using the first iMacs that looked like rainbows threw up on them, but I am one of those Apple users that had a Mac before everyone and their mother had one.

My first Mac was the Titanium PowerBook. OS X hadn’t even been released yet and OS 9 was terrible! The processors were PowerPC processors. They were slow and ran hot. All the good games were written for Windows back then too. Still, when people saw me sitting on campus with that bad boy, it drew stares especially from the ladies.

Apple products have come a long way. They are leaps and bounds better than when I first started out with them. Still there’s part of me that longs to be a part of that club that wasn’t all that cool but it was special. Now you can’t step foot into a coffee shop without seeing a few glowing apples.

Maybe I’ll get a Dell. No one has one of those.

Give Me Two Nerd Points

I finally took the time to figure out what I need to do to tether my laptop to my Blackberry. Now I will never be without full computer Internet access as long as I have cell phone reception. There is no danger in me crashing into you while texting. Now you have to worry about me crashing into you while running “apt-get” commands.

A Cluttered Mind

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This is where I (pretend to) work. I actually have my own office now, but I haven’t moved away from this desk in the middle of the bullpen. I am a mess. Unlike the rest of the guys that have L-shaped desks and shelves in their cubicles, I resort to pulling out drawers and usingĀ  the top of my computer. It’s a miracle I get anything done.

What’s your work space like?

Snow White MacBook

I stumbled across this on a Flickr account from one of my friends shared items on Google Reader. I’m not a big fan of Disney, but this laptop artwork is incredible.

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Shouldn’t she be asleep by now? These chloroform apples never work.

Free Yourselves from Windows!

If you have any love for things technology, you know the hottest trend in the past year has been netbooks. They’re light in every sense of the word. They are easy on the wallet, low on the processing power, and easy to carry around. Every company has come out with one. Dell, Asus, Acer, MSI, HP, Lenovo. You name it. They’ve made one.

A lot of these little netbooks come with Windows XP as an option, some with Windows as the only option. Unfortunately with as light as they are on the processor power, XP does not provide good user experience. Fortunately, there is a great alternative OS for these netbooks. Lots of documentation and support is available online on how to install Ubuntu, a very popular version of Linux, onto these netbooks. The beauty of it is that it’s 100% free.

For those of you that have made the jump to Ubuntu but don’t know where to go next, there is an awesome reference guide. You can pick it up here for free as a PDF or if you prefer, you can pick up your own hard copy on Amazon for a price that is recession friendly.

You have alternatives to Windows that aren’t Apple. Be free.

Huge Nerd Here

I never got into computers until late into high school, and I never had my own computer until I went to college. Since that time I have always been interested in computers and software, but I never really considered myself a huge nerd until about a week ago. I was arguing with my friend about UI and spitting out a whole lot of terms that left him scratching his head.

It finally dawned on me. I know a whole about computers.

There is one area of computer use that I have not conquered yet. Linux. I had a brief encounter with Linux in college, which involved my friend coming all the way down to UCLA from Berkeley to sleep on my (filthy) floor for a couple days and install Redhat for me. I spoofed people on ICQ for a few days and uninstalled it.

I decided to take another crack at it. I have been wanting a Netbook for a long time and I grabbed an MSI Wind. I was fortunate enough to get mine as an open box item, so it was significantly less expensive, but I could tell it was brand new when I opened and booted it.

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First time booting it. Windows?! We will have to fix that.

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Second time booting. Now how do I remove the Windows sticker and button?

I just opened it last night and wireless doesn’t work right off the bat with Ubuntu on this particular model, so with some guidance tonight hopefully I will get that up and running. Other than that, this computer is pretty nice. It’s got a decent response time. I just have to get used to the cramped undersized keyboard. This is going to be great on trips, whether half way around the world or just to the couch.

Hooray for new toys! I’ve got some more in the pipeline, so stay tuned while I single handedly bring our economy out of this doldrums.

Skinnier

Michelle has already told the world that we are in a battle for sexiness, both for ourselves as well as against each other. It’s time to get back in shape. So far, not so good. We had an after Christmas party. Why? Pretty much because we had the option.

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At least there’s salad and fruit there, right? I didn’t touch it.

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Vegetables and split pea soup. Nope. I went straight for the ribs.

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Chocolates, crackers, chips, dip, and cheese. Awesome.

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This is filet mignon seasoned with bacon salt. It really is awesome. I no longer regret my purchase.

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Chicken, also seasoned with bacon salt. Delicious.

I’m sure some of you are looking at this and thinking, “Well it’s a lot of food, but you can run that off in a week or so. It’s the holidays. Live a little.” Yes I could do some exercise and burn the extra caloric intake. Instead I did this, because my friend was in town and wanted to hang out but do something low key.

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We’re all Apple users, except the poor sap on the far left. We even have a telecommuter on an Apple, coming to our social gathering via video chat. That’s me on the far right. I was doing some research. Apparently Google can’t find the droids I’m looking for either.

Spend $1,000 or More in 60 Seconds or Less

What defines a good shopper? I like buying things, but I don’t really like going shopping. Making an outing to a store just to look around is not my idea of fun at all. Seek and destroy is how I shop.

I like to look at items that I stumble across, but I will almost never buy them right away. Generally I hold out telling myself, “I don’t really need that. I can’t justify spending money.” I go through shopping droughts, which is why I can keep my credit card bill under $300/month, including meals and gas.

Eventually I end up buying whatever it was I was refusing to buy, buying it all in a storm. All the things that I haven’t bought get purchased all at once. My credit card bill will soar over twenty times my normal spending. Now is the calm before the storm.

Alarm Clock – I have no idea why, but my clock is not getting the job done. The analog controls for the radio sometimes leave the radio sitting in between stations, giving me a quiet static rather than loud radio. I’m thinking of getting this one, or even going as far as getting an iPod alarm clock like this.

Jeans – I am a shorts and sandals guy through and through. It’s not that I hate dress clothes. I don’t really even like wearing jeans. For the few times it does get cold enough, or if I am going out where shorts are not acceptable, I have one pair of jeans. I need to get some new ones.

Shoes – I need work shoes. I have been wearing my work shoes without backs on them. Imagine black leather clogs. They’re super comfortable for making my way around the office, but I need some steel-toe shoes for entering different customers’ facilities.

Fish Stuff – I keep a couple aquariums and have been neglecting them. I need to get some things to clean up a bit as well as get some new fish, since I never really finished stocking my fish tank. I also promised Michelle I’d get her a real fish tank with filtration and all so she can share in the hobby with me.

Christmas Gifts – I do need to pick up a few things for gift exchanges with friends. The girlfriend should probably get something too. It’s birthday or Christmas, right?

UMPC – An ultra mobile PC. I absolutely don’t need one of these, but I have been eyeing one for almost a full year now. I’ve had my eye on either the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 or the Acer Aspire One.

I know there’s a whole list of other things I need and want, but I think that’s a good jump start to help the economic healing. After this splurge, I will go into spending hibernation as usual and the economy is on its own.

Just Call Me Boo Radley

I am a shut-in. I have been working all weekend on a design project for work. In the past thirty-six hours, I have been out of the house for a single hour. The family room has been my domain for 2/3 of that time. I’ve watched movie after movie while working. Combined with what I’ve watched earlier this week while working, the list really adds up.

The original Star Wars Trilogy.
Mission Impossible 1 & 2. I don’t own the third one.
The Wedding Singer.
The Rock.
Family Guy Movie.

I haven’t been alone. Michelle has been by my side for a good amount of the time, the whole while complaining that she is bored, but still by my side in spite of this. I did have to set up the Wii Fit for her to play a couple of times.

The only thing that made this weekend bearable was the fact that I got to stay on my computer the whole time, with my new sticker. Unfortunately as soon as I put it on, I realized I’ll probably be replacing this laptop within a year. Mell, I need another one!