av8rmike: Futurama's Bender in Jeffries tube, text: I'm done reconfoobling the energymotron (energymotron)
So, I got a new car on Saturday. It only took about 5-6 hours at the dealership, with all the wheeling and dealing and "I've got to go check with the manager." But in the end, I got a 2010 VW Jetta TDI, which are pretty highly in demand now. It seems VW's marketing plan of raising interest and demand while keeping supply low worked out pretty well for them.

Jamie took this picture yesterday afternoon. It was pretty late in the day, so you can't get a good sense of the color:
av8rmike: Man in suit at computer looking pleased, text: Internet/serious business (serious business)
So, as of Wednesday my choices were 1) wait for Verizon to restore my DSL service on May 26th, nearly two weeks after the connection had been disconnected, or 2) pick up a Comcast cable modem and self-install kit and be back online that night.

It ended up being a simpler choice than I thought. =) Even setting up my wi-fi network wasn't too much trouble, and it's so much faster than pokey DSL. Calling Verizon to cancel all my accounts was pretty satisfying.
av8rmike: Futurama's Bender in Jeffries tube, text: I'm done reconfoobling the energymotron (energymotron)
Now I've gone and done it. I've installed Ubuntu 8.1 on the laptop, and I'm trying to clone one of the Dreamwidth repositories.

Where did I leave my SSH key?

New Toys!

Apr. 21st, 2009 02:34 pm
av8rmike: (blinkie ponie)
(Plural because I'm testing out the DW-LJ cross-posting option)

After talking about retail therapy a few months ago, I finally went and did it: I bought a laptop ("good for you!", my dad said). I had plenty of money from my tax refund and just decided to get it over with and buy it. I even took pictures of the un-boxing as if it was a PowerMac. It's just as beautiful as I was expecting, even though it is running Vista. Nothing I can't solve with PC De-crapifier and Ubuntu, if necessary.

This week is also Brahms overload week: Sunday I played the Symphony #2 with the Chamber Orchestra of Mount Vernon Place, we're working on the 4th symphony with Columbia, and playing a watered-down arrangement of the Variations on a Theme of Haydn in my other orchestra. Nothing really wrong with too much Brahms.
av8rmike: Photo of pile of Korean money (money)
...And by "everyone", I mean "at least two people other than myself".

I want a laptop, for some reason. It's not because I'm a grad student and need to spend all my waking hours in a Panera or Starbucks (Hi [livejournal.com profile] helenseidolon!) Everyone has one these days, even my dad. He uses it while sitting in front of the TV, but that's because his desktop computer is 30 feet away in another corner of the house. And have you seen these widescreen HP models? They are beautiful.

Problem is, I really don't need one. It would serve more as a desktop replacement, but my existing desktop still works reasonably well, and is right next to my TV. Even with the discounts, it's still not an insignificant chunk of change. I guess I'll have to stick to spending my money on smaller things like CDs and concert tickets.

WTFF?

Mar. 6th, 2008 10:44 am
av8rmike: Aqua Teen's Frylock, text: Bitch, are you for real? (frylock-forreal)
I do not understand how these stupid podcasts work. I subscribed to three different ones last night through iTunes, downloaded them, and synced them to the iPod. I even checked several different times in the iPod menu that there were six items under the main podcast menu on the iPod. I was all set to listen to them here at work, when I go into the main menu and it tells me "no podcasts". They were just there last night, why the hell would it delete them? I thought Apple products were supposed to be user friendly. =(

New Toys

Jan. 25th, 2008 11:34 am
av8rmike: (violin)
So, yes, I went with the safe choice of the 80GB iPod Classic. I did like the look of the 80GB Zunes, but the fact that nobody seemed to be carrying them (except Circuit City, eww) was something of a red flag. Also off-putting was the limitation in many MP3 players to only allow browsing by song title, artist, playlist, and album. To a pedantic classical music enthusiast like me, who would actually want to tag files properly, or see everything I have by Carl Nielsen, that would get irritating.

I'm about 50-60% through my collection, taking up a measly 5GB. The iPod is telling me there is about 70GB free, so there must be firmware or something making up the rest. Dark matter, perhaps?

I also used the downtime while ripping to install the new set of Eudoxas that I'd been pre-stretching on the old violin. I'm writing that here so I don't have to wonder how old the strings are and the last time I changed them.

Yay!

Jan. 24th, 2008 02:14 pm
av8rmike: Penny Arcade Jesus, text: Wooooo/What can I say? Jesus is fucking metal (metal)
IT'S HERE! IT'S HERE!

Only another hour or so before I get to go home...

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