Waiting for a new arrival

So Meg Dickinson and I are both waiting for something new for our homes.

Both are things we’ve wanted for a while.

We have to rearrange things in our homes for both.

And when they arrive, they will take some getting used to – and certainly some adjustment for them as well.

I have the advantage: I’m waiting for a computer.

Meg, on the other hand, is waiting for a dog.

Although I recall the years I lusted for my first laptop, and I cannot count all the times I’ve sated that lust – Dells, some HPs, a couple of Compaqs, even a wayward Mac and a couple of netbooks – I’ve never owned a new laptop before.

I’ve bought used laptops in part because they cost a lot less, and in part because I like figuring out how to open them up and upgrade them.

I am psyched. This machine needs no upgrading. It's an ASUS with a core i5 chip, 4 gigs of RAM and a 640-gig hard drive. I can upgrade the RAM to 8 gigs, and maybe some day I will, and I could try one of those 1TB hard drives, and maybe some day I will.  (Pictures from moofi, and if you don't know about moofi, look at Woot! upside down and you got it.)

I’ve had a new version of mapping software waiting to be installed on a machine that can handle it, and new office software, and at least two other programs that will be way faster on this machine. Thanks to a tip some time ago via Twitter, I’ve got most of the James Bond oeuvre on Blu-Ray but until now I’ve had to use a Blu-Ray player attached to a television to watch them.

This new machine will handle all of that. This is a desktop replacement laptop. Out of the box, it will be faster than anything I've owned.

Wonder if I should give it a name? HAL might work... Nahhhhh. Anyway, Meg, good luck with your new arrival.

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