The All-Thing

All stick and no carrot, since ought-three.

各位能夠讀中文得來賓您好。小的這還在學中文中,恐怕中文寫得不太好,希望你們還看得懂。


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Mon, 06 Oct 2003

Gateway 200X

I finally bought a laptop: the Gateway 200X. Yes, I realize it's not any of the four I was previously considering. I decided that, as cool as minimizing physical dimensions was, there wasn't that big of a cost in terms of weight and size to pay for a 14" screen, a nice keyboard, and a dvd/cdrom drive.

And despite my misgivings about purchasing an oh-so-uncool brand, this looks like a really good machine and has received very positive reviews. An inch thick, 4.3lbs, and at a great price-point—I configured a ha'gig of RAM, a two-score-gig hard drive, an internal 802.11g wireless card, and the extra battery for about $1700 total. The only difference between that and the XL model, as far as I can tell, is a dvd burner, a slight increase in processor speed, and $600.

Now I just had to suppress these flashbacks I've been having to junior year in high school, the last time I bought a Gateway (or, for that matter, any complete machine, as opposed to components from 50 different vendors to be lovingly hand-assembled in the basement).

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Wed, 24 Sep 2003

Laptops

I've been thinking about buying a laptop recently. I'm looking for something very small and light. I envision mainly using it for coding, so I'm not overly concerned with performance, though obviously better is better. I am also willing to forgo having a CD or DVD or floppy drive in it for the sake of reduced physical dimensions, though I realize that may make installing Linux a pain.

After some research, I've narrowed the choices down to four. These have 12.1" screens, are an inch or less thick and weigh around three pounds.

Sharp Actius UM32W
Cheap! At $1100, it's the cheapest of the lot by far. An external CD drive is included in the deal. However, it's also the heaviest (3.1lb) and apparently has a slightly sub-optimal keyboard. (Review). Linux support seems fine.
Toshiba Portege R100
Despite the stupid name, this is the sweetest of the group by far: it's the lightest (tied with the Toughbook), thinnest, and smoothest-looking machine. It's also the most expensive: $2300, aka over twice the price of the Sharp. And Linux support is sub=optimal: in particular, the built-in wireless will never work due to Centrino issues. Not sure I want to support that kind of kak. My heart was set on this for a long time because it's just such a sweet machine, but it's hard to justify the price when compared with the others.
Panasonic Toughbook T1
$1880. Built-in wireless; not sure whether it will work with Linux or not. Thickness varies from an inch (slightly thicker than the R100) to 1.5" where the battery is in the back, which is weird. But it has incredibly low weight of 2.43lb. The cool thing about this one is the Toughbook characteristics—spill-resistant keyboard, shock-mounted HD and screen, hard case. Very damage-resistant, which is pretty appealing, and Panasonic has some neat videos of dropping and banging the thing.
Dell Latitude X300
Despite losing any geek points for buying a computer from a company with such irritating commercials (which, despite never watching TV, I still somehow manage to know about) this looks like a pretty cool machine. About $1650, 2.9lb and slightly less than an inch thick. Pretty-looking, too, except for the Dell logo on the cover. Offers a choice of three internal wireless cards, none of which is supported under Linux (and this is because the chipset manufacturers have been refusing to release specifications on the cards, not because of slacking on the part of the Linux community, let me assure you). Good reviews of the keyboard and screen.

It's a toss-up between the Toughbook and the Dell, I think. The lack of wireless support is completely irritating as I'll have to use a PCMCIA wireless card, but it's not fatal. The Toughbook is pretty appealing but it's not clear that it's worth $250 more than the Dell. Decisions, decisions....

UPDATE: I bought a laptop. It's not any of these.

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Tue, 16 Sep 2003

AC

It's taken me two and a half years to figure this out, but when I switch the vent selector in my car to the windshield setting (i.e. to defog), it automatically turns the AC on without toggling the AC indicator light. What the FUCK is that about?

I realize AC air is drier. It's often the case that one would want to turn it on while defogging. But a) maybe you live in a dry climate anyways, b) maybe you're running low on gas and don't want to be forced into a tradeoff between visibility and stalling, and c) maybe you don't want fucking cold air blowing out of there on a cold day and regular air is just fine if you turn it up enough thank you very much you fucking brain-damaged dogwankers.

And why would you not toggle the AC light? Simply because you know people will get pissed off?

Do all cars do this? Or is this a Subaru-specific feature?

Maddening.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2003

茶盤

今日原來不錯,我的朋友 鄭先生 從他仙鄉 回來了,雙手代者禮物。他送給我的東西中有一個竹茶盤,請看相片: Tea tray

我在美國找茶盤找了很久,後來只有找到 天任公司 的一種以金屬做的,其實我覺得沒任何特別的,而趨近不好看。因而我滿高行在家理總算有了好茶盤。

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