The Pearl Harbor issue of CyberCoyote
Not seriously: I’ve had a bout of blogger’s block for a while. I’ve been wondering which direction I want CyberCoyote to go. I’ve been writing it for a long time, and it’s gone flat for me. The anniversary merely offered a plausible rationale for writing again.
I’ve made one decision: CyberCoyote, like other posts here [subscribing], will no longer be tied to specific dates or events. I’ll post CyberCoyote when the urge comes along. I hope that improves how I feel about continuing.
Picking a tablet
The notes for the talk on tablets that Sue Diehl and I gave at the last meeting are online. They are in the form of a notebook at my account on Evernote. You’ll have the option to join, or just read the notebook. It only takes a minute to join. and I recommend that you do that. You can explore what Evernote has to offer after you’ve read the notes.
When you get the notebook open, right-click the snippet in the center column for the top note, and then click “Open note in a new window”. That will give the note more room on your screen.
Tale of two computers
I’ve mentioned before that I use two PCs. One for messing about on the Internet, and an old one that I use strictly for business. I went to work updating the newer one as soon as we arrived this season.
There were 65 Windows updates waiting for me that had to come first. While I was taking care of those, many other programs were clamoring for updates too. I got all the updates and some other changes done in a couple of days.
Then it was time to take care of business. I started updating my business PC too, and finally had it nearly ready to go, although weird things were happening from time to time. To shorten a long story, it eventually failed to even reboot.
I tried all the tricks, but none of them worked. I’m sure it was the motherboard or the BIOS that went wonky. I might have been able to fix the BIOS, but I had doubts. And I had urgent business to attend to. It was time to do something.
I built that old PC for around $1,000 in 2003 — cheap for a nice PC back then. But that’s a sunk cost. I made an executive decision to retire it. I didn’t want to simply buy a cheap replacement though. I didn’t want to buy a nice one either, since I would only be using it two or three times each month.
Then it dawned on me: No doubt I was going to replace my newer PC some day anyway. It’s a few years old, so it’s not particularly speedy. Why not re-purpose it now instead of later? But I’d need to purge it before I used it for business.
Windows 8 to the rescue: I upgraded that PC to Windows 8 last year, and Windows 8′s Refresh option would clean it up nicely, thank you very much. The refresh went very well, and I was soon back in business (pun intended). It’s nice to have a newish PC for that job. That’s the second time I’ve used Refresh. It’s great.
At the same time I ordered an HP 500qe with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 6 GB of RAM, and — importantly — a fast graphics card. It has been everything I hoped it would be. I now have a PC that does what I want before I forget why I clicked. And it’s quiet as a whisper. I don’t know what’s with HP’s name for it though. I’d have gone with QE2 myself.
This new 500qe ought to be fast. It has 1.4 billion transistors, and 4 cores in the CPU. The CPU for the dead PC only had 40 million transistors and a single core. According to the parts packing list from NewEgg, it originally had a dial-up modem in it too. No wonder I was pleased with how easily it kept up with the Internet back then. :D
“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” ~Mark Twain
“Delay is like death” ~Napoleon Bonaparte