March 26th, 2006
On the Lookout

Dh and I went out to do our normal weekend browse. It’s a bit of a ritual for us. We just stroll the shops and grab some lunch or breakfast, depending on the time.

Today our jaunt out actually had a purpose. We’re looking at computers for me. My current machine still works fine, it’s just a little slow. (Okay, perhaps I’ve installed a few too many items on it.:) Yes, I need them all. Really. (wg)

Anyway, I’m considering a big change. I think I may buy a Mac instead of a PC this time around. I’ve never owned a Mac. I do not buy into the Mac zombie philosophy, BUT I must say that the machine I looked at today has some pretty groovy things on it. Things that would make ‘writing life’ much easier. I haven’t made any hard and fast decisions, but I am seriously considering it.

After our computer safari, we ended up at a sushi joint…which happens to be next to a Barnes and Noble. Can I help it they’re so close? (Looks around innocently, while hiding evil grin.) I was actually looking for Vivi Anna’s new book, Hell Kat, but it wasn’t out yet. Sigh. I had to appease my book lust with Nightlife by Rob Thurman. No, I’d never heard of him before buying the book. I actually read the first two pages and it grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go. Guess how I plan to spend the rest of my evening…grin.

Tomorrow after the gym I’m meeting a friend for coffee, then I plan to come back and type. I still haven’t finished typing in the changes I made on hardcopy. Tuesday, I have a local RWA meeting. Trying to decide if I’m going to go or not. I plan to work outside of the house this next week, so the blog will probably drop to every couple of days. Sorry, but it can’t be helped. Hope everyone has a fab week. See you on Tues. or Wed. 🙂 In the meantime, here’s a great link from Vanessa, who swiped it from Anna Genoese.

25 comments to “On the Lookout”

  1. No Hell Kat yet, damn it!!!

    There was a Austin TX sighting this weekend, and an OZ sighting….so it should be in your area soon…I love book sightings! LOL

  2. Jordan, my very first computer was a Mac. I loved it. The operation was very, very easy. I only switched over because I was collaborating with someone who didn’t have a Mac os, which made things difficult at that time.

    But I wouldn’t mind owning one now. 😉

  3. Oh, man, I forgot tomorrow night is the RWA meeting! Ack! A Mac would be a big change. I think it’s one of those things you either love them or you hate them. I’m too stuck on my Dell. 🙂 Good luck with your computer shopping!

  4. Oh I read the blurb for Nightlife! Let us know if it’s any good! And good luck on the computer decission.

  5. I was thinking about getting one of those new beat-the-crap-out-of-it-and-the-thing-won’t-break notebook/laptop thingies. I’m hard on computers so that one would suit me just fine.


  6. Tanya, you’re looking for one of the ‘rugged’ notebooks. On the minus side, they are pretty heavy. We want pics if you get a new computer! 😉

  7. Vivi Anna, I’ll keep looking for it. I’m sure it’ll get here eventually. 🙂

  8. Raine, Apparently, the new one I’m looking at has a Linux operating system, so it’s as stable as they come. I made sure it could handle everything I do from day to day. That was my biggest concern. If I need my PC, I’ll still have it running, so I can access stuff. I like the fact that for $40 I can scan my entire library of books into the machine and have a record of what I own. Not to mention the screen is easier to read. Crisper. 🙂

  9. Chey, I figure as little as I shake things up this wouldn’t hurt me. *g* I’ve always worked on a PC, so it should be a challenge initially. I do like a lot of the things available on the machine. I could put many to good use. 🙂 It’s time to see how adaptable I am. *ggg*

  10. Chey, Forgot to say have fun at the meeting. 🙂

  11. Thanks Cece! Reading the first couple of pages I would’ve had no idea the book involved teenagers. It doesn’t read like that, but then again, I like smartass characters. (wg)

  12. Tanya, For the longest time, I considered getting one of those. I just don’t like working on a laptop all the time. Some people swear by laptops. I think it depends on what you’re used to typing on. I have a split keyboard, so it’s hard for me to type onto straight keys.

  13. May, I’ll take pics. Right now, we’ve just figured out a way to rearrange the office. (I’m tired of staring at this particular wall. *g* After we get everything together, I’ll take a shot. 🙂

  14. Actually, it’s not so much a zombie philosophy… it’s a genuine enthusiasm for a gorgeous and stable operating system. Getting used to a Mac is very easy, trust me. I was a Windows user for 10 years when I finally made the switch to my now three-year old PowerBook. (DH recently upgraded to a MacBook and our five-year old uses an iBook.) Within two weeks of regular and obsessive use, I was very comfortable with the operating system. Three years later, I use an iMac at work for 99% of my tasks, whether it’s writing-related, or building presentations, movies, databases and websites. My major programs, like Office, Photoshop and Dreamweaver are available for Mac, which made the transitioni easy, and I’ve found freeware/shareware products to meet all of my other needs. The overall cost for a Mac will be higher, but you’ll get your money’s worth in realiability and stability.

  15. Thanks Mariann! I think I just ran into a few fanatical Mac users. *ggg* 😉 I’ve never had trouble with my PC, so it’s not a stability issue. It’s simply a change to something that allows a bit more creative freedom. We’ll see. I still haven’t decided definitively.

  16. Oh, I love Apple Macs!!! My first computer was a Mac, back in 1989. One of those with the 9″ monitor. Totally cool! *lol* Since I deal with graphic-creating softwares, no other computer beats a Mac.

  17. Silma, I’m looking at the 20 inch monitor. I’d get a bigger one, but they don’t have it in the machine I want. *g*

  18. Jordan…not sure how much this matters but I got a new 19 in monitor at work. You wouldn’t think 2 inches would make much of a difference but it’s also a bit higher and it took me a while to get used to it. My co-worker (who’s real short) had to get a 20 in sony monitor becasue they sat lower than the Dells……Take all that FWIW which may be nothing =)

  19. Thanks Cece! Right now I have a 19 inch monitor. It’s very nice and is easy to work on. The difference between this one and the Mac is obviously the extra inch, but also the cinema display. It makes quite a bit of difference. I’m 5’7, so I don’t have a height issue.

  20. I switched from PC to MAC two years ago, because of stability issues and such. I wanted a computer that I coudl depend on, and really, I only neede it to write and playonthe internet. Then last week I decided I wanted another laptop, and I baught the new ibook G4. (also a MAC) and it Rocks!!
    It could be that I’m so much more inlove with it than the first because I actually know more about using a MAC than I did when I first got the desktop, but it really truly has some fantastic programs on it. I say get a Mac. *grin*

  21. Sasha, Some of the programs definitely have me intrigued. I think I could get a lot of use out of them. It’ll probably be another month before I buy anything. I have to pay for the RWA conference first. 🙂

  22. Lucky you on the height issues! LOL course I”m only 5’6 but I was suprirsed it botehred me as much as it did…..

  23. Cece, I’m surprised it bothered you too if you’re 5’6. That’s strange, but you have to use what works for you. You can’t afford to be uncomfortable at your desk.

  24. Ack. I admit I’m anti-Mac [tried Apple II, iMac, PowerBook, and a G4 Mac]. I have worked with all platforms, ranging from Linux to Mac and from Window CE to Window Vista [yes! the new one!], and I like Windows best because it’s most flexible whereas Mac is ideal for people who prefer the ‘plug-and-go’ approach. IMO, the biggest problem with Mac and its software is it’s so bloody expensive! And it’s not always user-friendly, I think.

  25. Maili, I agree that Macs aren’t cheap. They have a corner on their little market and they take advantage of it…which is why there are more PC sales in the world. I’m going to hold off because I’ve heard there’s a new operating system that has just gone Beta at Mac and when they officially release it, the last of my PC vs Mac problems will be solved. (Well all but the cost.;)