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Something entirely else - A little less than a happy high
komos
komos
Something entirely else
My apologies for that abortive attempt at confidence boosting. 'Course, that everyone's shots are currently included does explain why there are so many pet and baby snapshots in the mix. I should have guessed.

In more genuine news, my retro came through. This means, at the very least, that a new machine for home is back in the realm of possibilities. I need to decide in relatively short order if that means a laptop or desktop. The latter is a more economical choice and would afford the possibility of a large, graphically-agile flat panel monitor, but I do enjoy the idea of being able to relocate whatever I'm working on to anywhere in the house or even to some undisclosed "off-site" location.

Then again, the holidays are coming up, and it would be nice to break out of the siege mentality I've had around my finances.

I need input.
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komos From: komos Date: November 4th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks much. Both of the pics are posted here and elsewhere. I just saw no need to continue celebrating when the cut hasn't actually been made yet... ^_^
From: uruz Date: November 4th, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Laptops: great for working on the go, and not so good for gaming (unless you spend extra and go for a system made by Alienware, for example). Laptops also become irrevocably obsolete without hope of upgrading.

Desktops: more powerful and expandable over time. More versatile for the different types of prorgrams of you can run. Downside is that, typically, it's stuck at home and can't fit into a courier bag.
komos From: komos Date: November 4th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not really a high-end gamer. Civ IV is a must (and will turn me into a junkie for a while), and I've had my eye on CoH just because I seem to know so many people who are on. First person shooters just make me nauseous.
From: uruz Date: November 4th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
c_m_i has/had problems with CoH on his laptop. I have not extensively tested CoH on my new laptop, so I can't recommend Dell to you in good conscience if that's going to be a use of the laptop.

I will get back to you soon, but I'm really pleased with my Dell Inspiron 6000.
komos From: komos Date: November 4th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
CoH or any other MPORG (or whatever the current string of letters is) is a bit of a stretch, at best. I know he's also had some issues with Civ, which is more concerning.

There's also the work area to consider. I know I could go the "desktop replacement" route, but I know that as the screen gets bigger, the weight goes up considerably.
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komos From: komos Date: November 4th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll add that configuration to the list of possibles. Danke.
From: skygoodwill Date: November 4th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Confidence boosting? What did I miss?

Input for computer purchase:

I would say get a laptop. You love movement. You can buy a flat panel monitor and connect it to the laptop, if you wanted, later on.
komos From: komos Date: November 4th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Confidence boosting? What did I miss?

I had thought to get excited because I found the two shots I had submitted to the Everyman Photo Contest in the gallery for each category, but was reminded that there hasn't really been a cut yet, and that what we're seeing is all of the submissions.

My main concerns with the laptop lie in the graphics agility and whether I can run things like Civ on it. Part of me wants to go the desktop route and get a lesser laptop for tooling around with. Have to see.
From: skygoodwill Date: November 4th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Confidence boosting? What did I miss?

Wow, if that is possible, go for it. A laptop and desktop computer is my set-up, albeit different operating systems. Its useful.
sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: November 4th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Confidence boosting? What did I miss?

A lesser laptop is not a bad idea at all. We picked up mine used from a Computer Renaissance kind of place for very cheap, and it does everything I've ever wanted out of a laptop. It's big and fast enough to run Windows XP, I can play music on it, run songvids and video clips, all my fav programs fit on there, and it's already 2-3 years old (I don't think it was very old when we bought it, but that's how long I've had it).

The one bad thing was that the hard drive died and I did have to replace that, but that's happened to other people I know whose computers weren't used or were newer.

I don't think you'll really be happy if you have specific wants for your system and you don't get them.
prosicated From: prosicated Date: November 4th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Confidence boost for you:
My advisor also entered the contest, and we spent the morning perusing the photos, each pulling out our top 5 from each category to compare. He selected your portrait in his top 5, without my having indicated that I knew the photographer.
komos From: komos Date: November 4th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, that's pretty groovy. ^_^
prosicated From: prosicated Date: November 4th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought you'd approve. I'm so curious about the numbering of the photos, too -- can anything be divined from them??
komos From: komos Date: November 4th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Looking through the 2004 entries and comparing them to the finalists, it doesn't look as though there's any sort of correspondence unless they're using a weird algorithm to assign favorable placement. Considering that they've sworn that judging is entirely unscientific, I'm guessing that's not the case.

Incidentally, which images really stood out for you?
prosicated From: prosicated Date: November 4th, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish I had emailed myself the image numbers I chose, though I wonder if I'd pick the same ones another time through...?
I am going to go through again this weekend, I think, and I'll post my favorites. There are some *phenomenal* ones in the travel/architecture category, whatever crap I find the header to be. The portraits are shakier ground, and a lot of the nature ones are formulaic. I found the b/w and macro/abstract submissions to be most interesting overall, because of the process of categorization, you know?
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