April 16, 2005

Meet George Jetson

I'm sitting here in the master bedroom, as physically far away as is possible to get from our new wireless router switch and still be in the house, getting used to this new laptop keyboard. Signal strength is good, wireless security is about half implemented (I still have to set specific MAC addressing, 128 bit encryption is in place. Major thanks to Victor, Rich, Stephen, Shank, and GEBIV for steering me to the know-how to do this the right way).

The new router switch has wired ports too. Maybe they all do, but when I saw that I did the happy dance because everything that was connected stays connected.

The other day for Liz's birthday I asked her over lunch what she wanted as a gift, and she kind of freaked when I offered her a choice of laptop of DVD burner.

The laptop solves a couple of problems for the family. Liz's embroidery machine uses input files that she stored on her PC in the living room, which meant she had to run up and down the stairs when doing her sewing. Big pain in the butt, metaphorically and physically, especially when her fibro is flaring up. With this new magic beastie, it sits on the desk next to her sewing table and everything she needs is right at hand.

I've also installed the Sims2 on it. I got it for Christmas, and then we realized that we didn't own a PC with enough horsepower to actually run the darn thing. I piddled around playing God for an hour last night. It looks like it could be fun.

It's going to be a beautiful day, so I'll close for now. There's yardwork and rocket fins to cut and laundry to catch up on (still). If you see me outside you might notice something different about me, a certain extra coolness (if that's even possible), because I have a laptop.

Well, I do when my wife lets me use it.

Posted by Ted at April 16, 2005 07:04 AM
Category: Square Pegs

Yeah, aren't they fun? I was really excited that I could use my laptop with the wireless network in the back yard, until I realized I couldn't read the screen in the glare of the sun.
Speaking of sun, don't forget the sunblock this weekend! ;-)

Posted by: nic at April 16, 2005 09:19 AM

Haha. I had a laptop over two years ago! Now Mom isn't jealous anymore because her laptop works and mine doesn't.

Posted by: Robyn at April 16, 2005 11:06 AM
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