If you didn't notice, you're not paying attention.
Perhaps I was on a high from surviving the recent avalanche of holidays, but last week I heard myself say-- out loud-- that when (Yes, when!) I get 500 subscribers I'll buy myself a new computer. It didn't seem like such a big number until I realized I've been blogging for months and only reached 22.
478 subscribers to go.
Any of you got friends that need new random rants to read?
It's not that I can't just go over to Best Buy right now and pick up that pretty pink Dell I've been eyeballing. It's just that, it doesn't make sense to do such a thing. My current laptop works just fine, if not a little slow and probably riddled with more viruses than Mr Burns. This laptop has been with me through two apartments in Philadelphia, two in Jersey and this house in Louisiana. It's been packed up, dropped, had the "T" key pulled off by a toddler, and subject to the fevered typing of many angry blogs and e-mails. There's a brown stain on the keyboard-- evidence of countless trips to free wi-fi coffee shops and cafes-- and a worn out sticker that I thought was clever for all of ten minutes a year ago on the back.
The thing is, I know it's desperately time for an upgrade. Parting with ol' Lappy T. is the technological equivalent of breaking up a relationship that you know has run its course. Of course there are better, more attractive, more exciting and new fish in the sea, but none of them are the fish you know so well.
Sure, when I come home every afternoon I have to turn my laptop on then go kill time for 15 minutes while it boots up only to hopelessly freeze on me ten minutes into reading my e-mail (Three times yesterday!), but...
All my favorite pictures are on here and I'm too lazy to transfer them to disk.
So, perhaps I was deliberately putting off replacing Lappy a little longer when I made my grand declaration of readership. Or maybe I'm just so arrogant I really think I'm that good. Either way, despite the fact that I can buy a new laptop whenever I want, I'm standing by my word.
As long as Lappy T stands by me.
Scientists from the RAND corporation have created this model to illustrate how a "home computer" could look like in the year 2004. However, the needed technology will not be economically feasible for the average home. Also scientists readily admit that the computer will require not yet invented technology to actually work, but 50 years from now scientific progress is expected to solve these problems. With teletype interface and Fortran language, the computer will be easy to use.
WTF is the big steering wheel for?