Mood: Winter Downs
Watching: Late Night Crap
Playing: Super Smash Bros.
So, another Christmas gift arrived for me in the mail - a new(ish) re-furb laptop with better processing capabilities from my old one. So far, there's some good, and some annoyance.
Annoying things: I do not know why Windows 7 / Explorer on this likes to log me out/not remember my name when I come back to a website, even after I hit the little thing that pops up that TELLS IT TO. With the exception of my e-mail, I have to plug in my name and password EVERY TIME I come back to a site.
The bar on here is kind of weird. It's like, clear at the top, which is kind of a visual freak-out for me.
The text and general layout on here is kind of small. I think if I made things bigger, it would stretch out and mess up everything, though, so it's just something I'm going to have to get used to.
I don't have AIM or Trillian installed here yet and I'm trying to figure out the thing in general before I mess with stuff like that. My previous laptop is still functional, so if I need that system (if any of you whom I actually talk to on it say "Hey, I'm on again" ), I can go ahead and get on it.
Good things: I am not having nearly the problems with it stalling up whenever I run until an obnoxious blind-siding ad on here. My old lappy would start growling at me and overheating whenever I navigated somewhere and one of those stupid runs-automatically video-ads which I loathe came up.
Video on here is AMAZING. Last night, I watched several Nostalgia Critic / That Guy With The Glasses site videos and the first long episode of a GOREGOUS Ghibli TV-anime / fairytale series that AN procured ( "Ronja, the Robber's Daughter" ). The video ran absolutely smoothly, unlike on my previous machine, which sometimes staggered and stalled even on things I had fully-saved to the hard drive. This machine also has viewing in HD, so I get really nice sharp picture.
The battery on here is nice and long. The battery on my other laptop cuts out at about the 2-hour / 1-hour 30 min mark. The battery on this thing is supposed to last for 6. This means, come Spring, I can take this to the park if I want to write outside without relying on my notebook scrawl (I often have trouble reading my own handwriting, especially when I write excited / on a tear).
Anyway, I've been transferring some of my creative-files from the old machine to this one so they can be worked with and generally have another home. It's kind of interesting what I've found.
First of all, AN put in my screensaver / background picture from my old machine. It is unique. It is a piece of fan art / illustration done for me by someone I haven't seen hide nor hair of in at least five or six years. I used to know someone going by the name of ABO from Trigun fandom, on the "Trinut" message board. In talking to the members of that board, I shared some of what was, back then, an in-progress novel of mine, "Malarkey and Belinda." I have some artwork I've done for it here in one of the folders on my gallery. The main story is done now, but it's pending yet another edit (after several edits already) because I am not yet entirely happy with it. Anyway, ABO was so interested in what I had up and had shared of the story that she did a WONDERFUL digital-painting of my main character-gryphon flying against the sunset and my world's triple-moons. Then, ABO just up and disappeared. She pulled her art off DA, the last I saw her was some exchanges on Trinut before I drifted away from the board. Seeing that my last days there were filled with me being overemotional and stupid, I'm worried that we parted ways with her thinking of me as an idiot. I even wonder if she ever regretted doing art for me. Well, if she's still out there, still alive, still comes to DA every once in a while... ABO, I still treasure that piece of art you made me... and I still use it, after all these years.
I am thinking of stowing the art in favor of something of my own as a screen, just to make the new lappy different from the old one, but I don't know what I want to put up yet (just so long as I have that wonderful piece saved and on file to inevitably use again. I do like it that much).
Then, in transferring my writing files, I make a few interesting discoveries. I found something I should re-read and put up as a Zelda fanfic piece, since I haven't actually done anything pure-Zelda in a while. (My fannish attention has been carried away with Super Smash Bros. and Kid Icarus). I discovered an "academic paper" written by Shad of Castletown about the history of the Hylian race and the Oocca. Finished, but never published. Upon finding it, I remembered that I did that piece for a site called North Castle back when I used to be on their forum. There was a proposed project among the regulars to create a comprehensive history / mythology of Hyrule for the site (before the Hyrule Historia came out). I wound up putting a bid in for writing from the perspective of Shad and I made a creation myth couched in a text / academic paper. A little dry as far as fanfic goes, but what I skimmed was interesting. It's like... "Wow, I forgot all about that."
So, yeah, I'm making some interesting discoveries in trying to adjust to a computer upgrade.
Oh, and on Smash Bros. tonight, I WHOOPED THE MASTER CORE'S BUTT with Ganondorf, of all characters.