Thursday, March 26, 2009

Netbook revisited

So, I've lived with the Lenovo Ideapad S10 for about a month and I've just fallen in love with it. It's been nice to have on my month long trip to California. Now, I have a laptop that I can use to handle e-mail and personal stuff while leaving the work computer for what it's for: work.

The size of the laptop is still a bit of an issue. I wouldn't want to write a novel on it, but for short e-mails and surfing, it's perfect. In fact, it's fast enough to play Netflix streaming videos. The laptop coupled with the new LCD tv at the hotel means movies in the room.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It's beginning

So, while in Europe, Feli and I ran into a couple from Australia (via New Hampshire). We chatted for a while, snapped a couple of pictures for each other (hey, when you have someone trustworthy, you want to take advantage of that).

In the end, I found out that the husband is connected to the Dartmouth Computer Science program and works with a professor that's also an ex-IBM'er. Anyway, since I've been looking into getting a Ph.D., he put me in touch with the professor (well, gave me his e-mail and mentioned that I may e-mail)

Well, I finally got around to sending off the initial "hey, I'm interested in chatting" e-mail. It only took me a week of hemming-and-hawing to decide how to word the e-mail. I've already heard back and he'd like to chat.

Pretty cool. I'll add more as it happens.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Let it Snow!

It's snowing here in DC, a real snowstorm (they're saying 5-9" of snow). See below pictures of the snowstorm:



Is a "netbook" lost on me

So, I bought a new netbook the other day (a Lenovo Ideapad S10 if you're curious). And so far I really like it. It's just the right size to carry around and will make a great travelling companion. However, I'm starting to realize that the true purpose of one of these netbooks is a bit lost on me.

I think the real purpose is that of a Facebook or Twitter companion for the digerati technoratti and people with more exciting and mobile lives than I have. Perhaps if I worked out of an office, it may be a bit different or if I had friends all over the world, it might make more sense, but as it is, all my friends (such as the number is) are all local or a quick phone call away.

Oh well, at least I have one, so when I'm sitting at Starbucks, at least I look cool. (Insert emoticon-du-jour here)