Just In Time for the Meetup

With a little luck and some excellent timing (and if my recent eBay buyers pay up), I’ll have my brand new sub-notebook just in time for next Thursday’s Harrisburg bloggers / Twitter-users / new media meetup.  The MSI Wind goes on sale here in the US at $399 for the Linux (SUSE) version and $499 for the Windows XP version.  Look for it at Costco and Best Buy — as well as mail-order via Amazon and friends — starting this Monday 6/16/08.

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Emptying The Ol’ Closet

I’m finally getting around to cleaning out my house.  It’s only two garbage cans at a time, as York Waste Disposal doesn’t want to do bulk pickups — even though they’re supposed to — but it’s progress.  One of the things I’m going to be doing is clearing out a LOT of old computer parts in various states of working order.  I don’t expect to get more than a few bucks for this stuff, but $1 > $0.  I just have so much crap that never got unboxed from my move out of Executive House.  Now that remodeling has moved out of my master bathroom and into my master bedroom, I’m living out of bedroom #3 at the moment, and this stuff is EVERY-FRIGGING-WHERE.

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The Macbook Gets Retired

My Mac run has just officially come to a close. Writing this post is the last action this Macbook Pro (yes, the free* one) will see on my beech-and-steel desk before being sold.

After nearly two years of helping to keep my house warm and keeping me company during those lonely overnight shifts in the NOC, my Macbook Pro is leaving today for its new home at a graphic design studio.  This all comes courtesy of what is perhaps the sloppiest, most poorly-written Craigslist ad I’ve ever posted.

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RIP, Analog Cell Phones

Today is the day when AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and a handful of rural cellular companies officially shut off their analog (“AMPS”) networks. While there are very few analog users out there, I wanted to pass this across simply because a LOT of phones from Verizon Wireless, as well as all of the “old style” (sometimes called “TDMA”) AT&T digital phones, still have the capability of providing analog backup. Starting today, that capability is dead.

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