Over the weekend, I decided to pick up an Acer Aspire One which was on sale at Best Buy for $349 and enter the world of netbooks. The One is a pretty peppy machine despite its small footprint, and it actually has more memory (1 gig vs 768 megs) and hard drive space (120 gigs vs 60 gigs) than my old 700m. The Atom processor is definitely capable of regular desktop processing tasks, the screen resolution is very usable at 1024x600, and there is even a tiny little webcam built into the top bezel of the screen for web conferencing. But what I was most impressed about this netbook was the keyboard, which actually is not too difficult to type on, but having small Asian hands help as well :P If I had to complain about one thing, it's the fact that the fan inside the One has to spin constantly all the time, and it's definitely noticeable in a silent room, but I think I'll just phase out the noise after using it for a while. The 700m will now go into the hands of M, who has been complaining to me about how huge her current laptop is to drag around.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Although the headlines at the Olympics have been dominated by Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, and others, in the handball arena, a little island off the coast of Greenland is making their own incredible run as TheDragOnfruitS has been cheering his homeland to the Gold medal round vs France. I've been telling TheDragOnfruitS that Iceland would go all the way since they've beat all the good teams in their round robin section, and so far my prediction is coming true :) So all Veggies should watch Iceland win the Gold Medal on Sunday :)
Update: Doh, guess I must have jinxed the team with my bold prediction. Still, Iceland doubled their silver medal count, so it wasn't all too bad :)
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Having not changed the layout of my blog in 4 years (man...it's really been 4 years), I'm gonna shake things up a bit and try some of the new templates. The brown from the previous template wasn't really a color that I enjoyed yet I somehow put up with it for quite a while. I guess it looked a lot different than the other templates Blogger offered at that time, which is probably why I went with it. Although this one seem pretty Plain Jane, it's clean looking, so I'll give it a shot and see how it goes.
Monday, August 18, 2008
So this past weekend, I was out to New Jersey for a BBQ/game weekend hosted by BlueOrca, and part of the trip involved driving up I-95 north. But when I drove to the ramp from Aberdeen to get onto I-95, I noticed that cars were stopped near the intersection of the ramp and I-95, and as I drove up closer to the cars, a whole bunch of police motorcycles started driving by.
And then the police were followed by a looooong line of Harley riders.
For about 5 minutes or so, the Harley riders just kept on coming, so I got out of my car to get some better pictures and to wave at some of the passing riders.
I posted a quick video of the cyclists here. I learned a bit later that these riders were riding as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
This past Wednesday, when I got back from lunch, there was a box sitting on my desk, and taped to one of the sides was a sample business card with my name and contact info. For some reason, it feels strange to me that I have a business card since I'm still sort of transitioning between the student mindset and the working mindset, but on the other hand, I look at it as one of those achievements/milestones in your life where you can say hey, I've got one! Although I doubt I'll ever exhaust my supply since they printed out like a quadrillion of them...