No forced upgrade…

But cooler toys. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a video gaming console for the last few weeks. It all started when Dallas and I went to Media Play to kill some time before our Monday night ritual at The Flying Saucer. We made our way over to the Xboxes (or Xboxi) and played NCAA Football 2003 by EA Sports. I tell you, it’s the best football game I’ve ever played. Of course, I’m not that skilled at such things, and Dallas, playing as the University of Miami (the one in Florida, not the one in Ohio) beat me, playing as the University of Texas 41-0.

So a few weeks passed, but the urge to buy a gaming system did not, so last Thursday night I went back to Media Play and invested in a PlayStation 2. And that game. I’m getting better, I can beat the computer without fail, (playing as my Alma Mater, of course) Then he’ll come around and beat me playing as Harvard. It’s true.

But I’m getting better.

Forced upgrade to cooler toys – Part II

It was only a matter of time, anyway. For the past six or eight months I’ve been primarily using an old Toshiba Portege 7020ct as my primary computing source, desipite my Christmas purchase of a newly-minted Dimension 4300 1.8ghz P4. The toshiba is lighter, easier to carry around, and since the addition of the wireless network at apartment C4, it’s made the 4300 a little stodgy and redundant. So given this arrangement I have become dependant on having a mobile way to compute.

Unfortunately, the Toshiba passed on Wednesday night. All seemed to be normal at first, but then the hard drive started thrashing about like it was wounded in some way. I shut it down manually by turning off the power and disconnecting the battery. I took a deep breath. I restarted the machine. No dice.

Sooooo… Since I had already decided to purchase a laptop in December, I just moved my timetable up a bit and take the plunge. It’ll be pretty cool.