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Meet Pip. =)

Short for Philip Pirrip, of course. =) He's slightly less than 3 pounds, from Osaka and is a Fujitsu Lifebook P7230. Not terribly exciting really. I just wanted something smaller and lighter. Pip has a lot of things that I'm not sure I'll use... like the built in webcam and the fingerprint sensor.

So far, it's a little cramped, but I think it will be okay. It gets interesting if I'm on AC power and need the USB port and I want to eject the CD slot. I much prefer to use my USB mouse over the touchpad, so I plug it into the other side. But that means I'll have to figure out how to plug my memory stick in. =P

I opted for XP. I've finally gotten the environment to a point where I've stopped having the urge to dig my eyes out with a spoon again.

Office 2007 looks like an ass clown shat all over it. Holy cripes, I hope whoever designed that has long since OD'ed on whatever they're snorting, smoking or shooting rather than have to live with the embarrassment of being credited with that piece of shit.

On top of the eye-bleeding ugliness, there's a big fat yellowy-orange Office button that DOES NOT STOP BLINKING and couldn't be turned off easily. There is no way to revert it back to a "classic" UI without buying and installing third party utilities. I uninstalled it, I didn't even want to try it for the whatever duration free trial I have. I would use OpenOffice in a heartbeat, but there are too many quirks with trying to open/edit/view/save the same files between MS Office and OpenOffice. You either can't fix certain things or you have to keep fixing them every single time.

Speaking of pieces of shit (it never ends, does it?), IE 7 is somehow displaying images from domains that I have redirected to in my /etc/hosts file. I've saved changes, cleared the browser cache, deleted cookies and temp files, restarted the browser and even rebooted (shut down, count to 10, power back up). I know it's been done correctly because SeaMonkey behaves as it should with those blocked domains.

Anyway, my Mother-in-Law will be using my Dell.


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Aug. 4th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
South Park reference AND sailor mouth? This post is a winner!

"redirected to"

See, Microsoft knows that you must have accidentally done that, because you really DO want to see ad banners from Doubleclick, so of course it ignores the hosts file in that case! It's a feature.
Aug. 4th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Did I say South Park? I MEANT Great Expectations. I blame this keyboard; some of the strangest typos.

Aug. 4th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
That's one helluva typo XD
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Aug. 4th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
I can't stand Firefox. I use a combination of SeaMonkey and /etc/hosts (redirect the domains to myself and I run a tiny local web server that serves up a transparent pixel). But there are a few things that I have to use IE for.

But this way, it's demotivation for using IE. So, in a way, it's a good thing.

I used to like the Apple UI before OSX. I prefer clean and crisp lettering in my on-screen fonts. I hate fuzzy, anti-aliased crud.
Aug. 5th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
Okay, "like an ass clown shat on it" just made my day. Spectacular.

I am fearful of Vista and all of its unholy brethren - I haven't yet experienced it firsthand but the parents installed it recently, reiterating at the time how happy they were that Remote Assistant would allow me to diagnose and fix what is soon likely to become a troublesome environment from wherever I happen to be on the planet at the time.

You can run, but you can't hide.
Aug. 5th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
Is Remote Assistant compatible between XP and Vista? I'm hoping Vista will just go the way of ME or Bob. I was glad I could still get XP from either Dell or Fujitsu.
Aug. 6th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
BTW, I've created an LJ feed for your blog so I can read from my Friends list: canadian_abroad =)
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