My girlfriend was recently looking into getting a laptop and so I was looking around at the various options. Because price was an issue I was thinking a clone, or a cheap brand name laptop that I could then stick linux on would be in order. After looking around I realized that even clone laptops aren't cheap. The best I could find for something new was in around $900+ before tax. The other things she wanted in a laptop were small size, and good battery life. Which made finding a good deal even harder. Then I started looking at the iBook's and found they weren't all that expensive and had far better features for what she was looking for. The price on the online apple store was about $1300 before tax so still a little more than she wanted to spend. So I took a look on ebay and found a few. Did some bidding and ended up with the laptop she wanted (12" G4) for $1060 after tax and shipping.
I've never been much of a fan of the Mac interface and the one big button, but after using it a little you really start to get used to it and it does make alot of sense. I'm really quite impressed with it overall. And it's something I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a computer that doesn't want to deal with all the problems that seems to arise when using windows. A linux desktop is a good choice as well, but does require a fair amount of knowledge to setup and such which usually leaves me configuring and maintaining it :)
posted at: 09:15 | path: /general | permanent link to this entry
Comments on the blog haven't been working since I upgraded to wordpress 1.5 back in April. Shows just how much attention I pay to this thing these days :) I think it had to do with the semi-custom theme I was using which had it's own comments.php file and wasn't being loaded properly in the newest version. The interesting thing is that I was still getting a bunch of comment spam (I guess because the spammers just use a script directly against the comments file and don't actally need to load it through the site). But anyways, it's fixed up now...
posted at: 08:13 | path: /general | permanent link to this entry
Reading slashdot today I came across a link to a project called Beagle
. It looks really interesting and something that would benifit people like my mom or others who don't care to understand how things get stored on the computer. They have some nice demos that show beagle in action on the site that are done in flash. Worth checking out if your interested... Installing it is a little more work as the filesystem needs to support extended attributes and possible inotify (in order to have it pick up changes to files instantly). Extended attributes aren't hard to setup, but inotify does require a patch to the kernel at this point. I think I may give this a try later if I can find the time.
posted at: 10:50 | path: /debian | permanent link to this entry