Monthly Archives: October 2008

New Computer

I pulled the trigger on a new computer. What I got was the Dell Inspiron 1525 I had mentioned previously. I got a recertified model, saving some money, and used a special promotional coupon, saving some more. With taxes (huh? Dell is in Texas!) and a California recycling fee, and counting shipping, I’m paying $571.74.

What that bought is:

  • Core 2 Duo at 2 GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 320 GB 5400 rpm hard disc
  • DVD-RW/+RW (8X)
  • Intel Wireless-N
  • etc. (Firewire, 4 USB 2.0 ports, etc.)

Also a copy of Vista Home Premium, but of course I’ll wipe that as soon as I’ve run some certification tests and maybe a benchmark or two.

My Gym Closed

Signs of hard times? When I went to the gym yesterday to work out, there was a sign at the front desk saying it was closing. Today.

There’s another gym in town but it costs (with a bargain rate for refugees from the one that closed) $10/month more.

On the one hand, that’s a lot cheaper than even one doctor visit. On the other hand, if this is a sign of oncoming global economic catastrophe finally hitting home, do I want to sign away a year’s cash I may need to buy cardboard for my “will preach for food” sign?

Finished with Angel

Well, I’ve finished all five seasons of Angel. It wasn’t half bad. Some episodes were clunkers, but it’s better than reality TV.

I’ve put season one of the Sarah Connor Chronicles in my NetFlix queue, but if I don’t like that, my fallback is to watch the X-Files, starting with episode 1 and going until I get tired of it.

Angel – Season Five (Slim Set)

Terminator – The Sarah Connor Chronicles – The Complete First Season

The X-Files – The Complete First Season (Slim Set)