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New iBook!

Woohoo, I have a new iBook! Trading in my old Powerbook today. So far the transition of data from my old to new laptops has gone pretty smoothly, thanks to Jeff. The iBook is lighter than my old computer, cost less, and has a smaller screen. It's also more powerful and has more storage space. Go figure. From the advertising, it looks like this model is being marketed mainly to students.

One motivation was switching was because I plan to work on my writing out of my home office as much as possible. I find being online too much of a temptation ("just gotta check e-mail one more time"). When I'm home, however, I can hook it up to my big monitor and work as usual.

I've named my new iBook "Samantha". Was tempted to name it "Samwise", but this time I wanted a female name.

At this point, I can't recall exactly how many computers I've had over the years. As I've mentioned a long while back, my first computer was a TRS-80 Model I (upgraded soon to a Model III when they came in stock). Then came the Commodore 64 and a long series of Macintosh computers.

Got back yesterday from the cottage. Our friend Scott D. arrives later today, and is staying with us for a few days before we leave for the cottage again. I'm going to ask Scott to do a Guest Blathering, but I suspect he would rather have chopstick splinters shoved beneath his nails first (he's not the Blathering type).

Hey, any of you on ICQ? My number is 70032255.

Today's Blatherpics:

- Me and my new iBook.

- Michael Cecutti with a model airplane, on Wasaga Beach.

Feel free to suggest a daily poll question.

Today's Poll:

Did you ever have to use punch cards when programming? (if you don't know what punch cards are, just pick 'NO')

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