March 21st, 2006


New Shiny

weather: mostly sunny
outside: 6.7°C
mood: ...
Dell sent me an Inspiron 630m. Yay, shiny. The specs online say it's supposed to be heavier than the 600m. But when I picked it up, the 630m somehow felt lighter even without anything attached in the 600m.

I've been reading bad reviews of the VAIOs. I may keep my 630m afterall, but I keep flopping back and forth on that. For every recommendation of a good lightweight notebook that I get, I read/hear at least a few others that say "don't EVER get that!". userinfoThe Husband, his Boss Lady and Boss Man, just about spat blood at the suggestion of an IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad. =P

But here's the huge disadvantage of invoking your warranty and making them send you something new: you have no choice as to what they're giving you. They're only obligated to send you the same thing or a better, but comparable model, subject to availability. Whatever they have is whatever they're giving you. You may not like it. I even tried to trade down. I asked if I could have an Inspiron 330m. No kewpie doll.

I hate the screen on the 630m. It's exactly what I would avoid if I were buying something anew. I've never used one for any extended period of time, but from casual use, I tend to hate the 1.6:1 screen ratio (kinda-widescreen proportions). I get this weird "low ceiling" or "glass lid" feeling that drives me blazing loony.

And The Peanut Gallery can shut up about me being blazing loony anyway, uh-kay? XD

The other thing is, I hate the fucking fingerprint magnets reflective screens for the ghosting of the reflection when there's a large black window like I'm apt to have - I use the Command Prompt and CygWin a lot; I SSH here, there and everywhere.

I'll give it a fair try though and see how I react to it once I start using on a long term basis.


Vivian & Stephen's Wedding Toast

weather: raining
outside: 8.4°C
mood: nostalgic
On the evening that my userinfoHusband's cousin Vivian got married in South Africa, I was appointed, right then and there, to make a toast for our side of the family. Somebody neglected to explain to my Husband's Mother and Aunts that if I wanted to have speech jobbies like that sprung on me, I'd have my Able Toastmaster accreditation by now. =}

As quickly as I could, I pulled together stuff off the top of my head:

A marriage, which is the union of the dragon and the pheonix, in Chinese is called "Double Happiness". We're very happy to be invited to attend this double-happiness occasion.

On behalf of the Chung family, thank you to Auntie Janet and Uncle Attie and all of the M-------- family for welcoming us into your home on our first trip to South Africa. We give our most heartfelt thanks to you all.

And Auntie Yue-Hsiao [Vivian's Mom] also wanted especially to express how happy and honoured she is to see that her daughter will be accepted and loved in her new family.

To Vivian and Stephen, 表姐 (biǎo jiě) and 表姐夫 (biǎo jiě fū): here's wishing you both all the best in the journey of your new life together.

I guess it was okay for zero preparation at all. I wanted to be sure to refer to Vivian and Stephen by the proper titles to symbolize acceptance into the family.

I want this written down so I can reuse it if I have to. =} I'm really upset at myself for losing the little note pad that I wrote down almost everything in on our November 2005 trip... which, BTW, is why I don't have more written about my vacation. But that's what I could remember of my blurb that evening.