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October 18th, 2008


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06:02 pm - Yep, that's what it actually took to motivate me to do this
So, this morning my laptop (aka my normal computer) went and threw a hissy-fit of epic proportions.

And by hissyfit, I mean it just stopped working.

And as you can sort of guess from that statement, there were very many ways is which this was just not good.

Anyhow, Lancelot (the Laptop) is currently at a repair place up in Coburg, waiting for someone to work out what's wrong and give me a quote on getting it fixed.

And as for me?

Well, I've spent the entire afternoon getting the computer I'd had sitting in the living room actually properly set up and all. (Including the necessary programs, and trying to remember all the sites I had bookmarked) People who've been to the iPartment know which one I mean (Sorry, Josh, you can't use the epic screen to play games on any more).

Fortunately, nothing real important was lost when Lancelot threw his hissy-fit, 'cos most of the important stuff was on the external hard-drive, and the only thing I was in the middle of when it went kerblewy was reading HP fanfic. I do seem to be missing the play counts on all my songs in iTunes, alas.

Anyhow, aside from the futility or trying to remember just what I've forgotten to set up, there are a couple of things I do still need for Teh New Computer.

Firstly, is a new wallpaper. All the ones I have saved were sized to fit the laptop's screen, which was rather smaller. So, if you guys could drop me links to wallpapers you think I'd like (you're on my flist, you should have an idea of what sort of things and fannishness I am into) or ones that are just plain good - and sized 1440x900, could you drop a link to this post?

And the second - and naturally, more important - is that said New Computer is in need of a name. The Laptop was Lancelot, the iPod is Darth, my memory stick is Clementine my external HD is The Oncoming Storage: a suitable name is essential.

Key features of the PC, for characterisation purposes: Epicly large screen, speakers that actually work (I've been using headphones on Lancelot for four years), and the on the front of the actual computer, on of those little panel things that covers the gaps for inserting extra CD drives and whatever is missing 'cos someone poked it too hard.

Names, people. Names!

PS: Everything is going Just As Planned, computer-wise right now. But if anything starts being wonky, expect posts from me begging for assistance.
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From:persiflage_1
Date:October 18th, 2008 09:16 am (UTC)
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Ugh!! I hate it when computers throw a hissy fit!
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From:drakyndra
Date:October 18th, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)
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Yeah, it was not the Best Day Ever.

I should be grateful I didn't lose anything of vital importance when it gave up on me.
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From:persiflage_1
Date:October 18th, 2008 09:33 am (UTC)
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That was lucky 'cos when mine threw a hissy fit a couple of months ago, I lost *everything* on the hard drive (luckily I had most of my fic backed up on a memory stick)... I was not a happy camper!
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From:drakyndra
Date:October 18th, 2008 09:37 am (UTC)
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That's the magic of an external hard drive!

Then again, Lancelot didn't have a real lot of memory, relatively speaking. Nameless New Computer has about four times as much.
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From:persiflage_1
Date:October 18th, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
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That's the magic of an external hard drive!

Yes. I want to get a 32Gb memory stick - takes up less space than an external hard drive (and is more portable).

Then again, Lancelot didn't have a real lot of memory, relatively speaking. Nameless New Computer has about four times as much.

Nice!
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From:drakyndra
Date:October 18th, 2008 10:01 am (UTC)
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Well, the extrenal hard drive I have is 200Gb. So I think it's balanced out in terms of weight and size.
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From:persiflage_1
Date:October 18th, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
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Whoa! That's huge! Mind you, I've mostly got fic on my HD - and that doesn't take up that much space (compared to AV files, at least) - since I don't photoshop or vid, I figure a backup of 32Gb should last me a fair while!
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From:drakyndra
Date:October 18th, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
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Before I vanished into the ether, I'd just finished transferring over my 45Gb of music.

Trust me, I need the space.

Edited at 2008-10-18 10:48 am (UTC)
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From:persiflage_1
Date:October 18th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
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Ah. I don't use iTunes or have an equivalent device. Just got a handful of fanmixes on my H/D.
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From:drakyndra
Date:October 18th, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
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I've got, oh, 150+ CD albums, plus a huge collection of fanmixes, plus all sorts of other random music.

It's a hard life.
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From:persiflage_1
Date:October 18th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
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It sounds it! :D
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From:sundayave
Date:October 18th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
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There are some fairly fannish desktops here: http://iconfactory.com/freeware/desktop?page=1

They're all 1920x1200, but they should fit your screen alright, seeing as they're widescreen.

Edited at 2008-10-18 02:51 pm (UTC)
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From:drakyndra
Date:October 19th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
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I shall have to browse at my leisure.
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From:fireflyfaery
Date:October 18th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Have you heard of foxmarks? It backups your bookmarks and is awesome, especially when shifting computers. (You *do* use Firefox, right? :D) Maybe late for getting links off the laptop, but could help keep the laptop and desktop in sync when they're both running. :)

Also, no names, sorry. I has the dumb.
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From:drakyndra
Date:October 19th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
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That will be useful. Well, once I get teh borked laptop back and thus can do things with it.

And yes, I use Firefox. Duh.

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