The New Desktop Has Arrived

Now comes the installmentationness!

YES IT IS A REAL WORD. Because I am a writer and I say so, that’s why.

When next you see me, it will be on this. Unless I screw things up. Which is entirely possible, alas.

23 Comments on “The New Desktop Has Arrived”

  1. No optical drive? When did they take that out? We use ours as a home theater PC, so the drive’s kind of necessary for us.

  2. Bruce Diamond – Flyover Land on the teeming Mississippi River – Despicably proud old man. Text-extruding asshole (thank you, John Scalzi) with a skewed vision on life, pop culture, writing and general assholiness. Not a scholar, not a gentleman, not Martin or Lewis. But still trying to make life fun and funny.
    Bruce Diamond


  3. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang R. Terhune

    Cool roboticity!

  4. Ah… After my last post, I saw the bit on the Mac Mini specifications page about CD or DVD sharing with another Mac or PC.

  5. Johne Cook – Wisconsin, USA – Technical writer by day, creative writer and editor by night, I like prog rock, film noir, space opera, and the Green Bay Packers.
    Johne Cook

    I have both a MacBook Pro and a Windows 7 desktop. I love each Operating System for different things. Instead of either/or, I’m of the camp that loves both.

    (You should totally film Athena doing the unboxing and post it on YouTube, with ukulele background music.)

  6. You know you need a monitor too, right? This isn’t an iMac… :) Though Apple monitors are really expensive, so I suppose you are just reusing the old desktop’s monitor?

  7. Was it the 2020 AD model? If so, was it a DNA quantum computer, or an RNA quantum computer? And did you have to sign in blood that you wouldn’t leave it in a cab or airport?

  8. We have those trackpads in our office, and myself & a lot of folks have found them more comfortable if you back off on the incline (I have the back feet of mine stand on the desk, and hte front-feet stand on my mouse-pad to give it a bit of a boost.). Love it, though! :)

  9. I can’t stand the trackpads. But everyone has their own preferences.

    (Typing on a MacBook Pro, with a Logitech Marble Trackball on the left and a Microsoft Trackball Optical 1.0 on the Right…).

  10. Enter your vaguely snarky anti-Mac comment here…

    Happy new gadget day!

  11. I got a new laptop at work today so I, also, spent the day dealing with installmentationness. (Did I use correctly?) Not my favorite way to spend a day…

  12. One thing for sure, Prez – you won’t spend 2.5 days to configure the Mini, as I did to configure an HP windozer starting Saturday, with 6 glorious hours and $20 spent on just. the. damn. drivers (and still no wired ethernet working).
    You’ll love it. They’re great little machines – a laptop mechanism in a different form factor.

  13. Yes, I believe that “installmentationness” is a real word. Not a real English word, mind you, but a real word nonetheless.

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