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Monday, November 08, 2010

Netbooks are really spiffy

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Help me great pulsating brain at the center of the universe...for I am doomed.

I have 3 weeks of insanity coming up in which I have many many assignments due, as well as a poster presentation and my semi-annual MSc paper and lecture. Oh and, you know, just my regular job...and MSc labwork. I am trying not to wig out. Only 4 more weeks until the semester is over and I get my life back for a while.

In an attempt to try and do more I broke down and got a little netbook so I can uplink to my work PC from home and use the PC compatible software I need at home, as well as have my work PC run all my high powered technical stuff from home (because my netbook would freeze if I tried to make it do that). My little robot is a definitely worth the few hundred dollars I paid for it if it does all it is made out to. I didn't want to buy a whole new full computer and so I ignored the whole PC issue until I did a bit of reading up on netbooks and how they're compatible with my work network and just what I could accomplish for a small amount of cash. I kept ignoring the PC issue because my Mac laptop works just fine, but the incompatibility of it, combined with my desire to not spend 18 hours a day here at work (and nearly losing my mind on a few occasions) ended up with me getting this little unit. I am already feeling it was well worth it and I've only just set it up for use. Sure it isn't very powerful, but I have a laptop for anything more than the basics. I have to say it is cool getting just what I need for something to solve my IT problems in such a futuristic way. I am looking forward to seeing how this little guy helps me out with all my work and keeps me sane in my MSc to come.
We shall see...

But at any rate...like i said. Crazy town time.
I will be so busy I cannot even say for the next while. Don't take it personally if I'm not posting.
I'm just working my ass off and trying to keep it together.Please stand by - I may not be back until the semester is over...wish me luck...

LATER: after initial tests the robit does everything it should admirably. Not as super swift as my Mac...but that'll do pig, that'll do.
Plus it has a webcam.
Giggedy...:)

2 comments:

Trent said...

Not wanting to be the mac fanboi, but you do know you can run PC software on a Mac, right? You'd still need to buy a copy of windows, but it will install quite nicely with bootcamp or using a virtual machine like the free Virtual Box or the cheap VMWare Fusion or ... drat, I keep forgetting the other one's name.

Also, you can link to a PC from a mac, assuming you're using decent software to do it like gotomypc.com. Or, if you're running the mac in boot camp...well, anyway.

Geosomin said...

Trent - I'm tired so this may come off as pissy, but I know all that. I checked all my options out. This research software I'm using is hughly technical. I tried all that. Trust me. It didn't work. It "should" but it just froze up my Mac laptop or gave me gibberish when I pulled it back onto a PC. And I know I can link to the network with my Mac, but again - not compatible with the lab software or the things I need to run on my work PC when files are pulled form system to system. Also, the U of S network is highly secured and only allowed remote access by a specific way that they install and monitor, so I have to play by their rules. The amount of work and $$ and time it would have taken to try and redo my Mac and likely STILL have it not work? I can't have this data and work corrupted or screwed up. I'm already at my limit...the easy solution is my a little notebook. It perfectly solves my problems.


Nyeah.