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Green Room - Break Week - Day 8

Good morning Idolers!

For Christmas, I lost my voice - but not my ability to post! :)

What did YOU receive?

Heck, even if you don't celebrate Christmas, what have you received recently that you are especially excited about?

Cynthia bought me a new Chromebook.

Which... yeah, I definitely wasn't expecting that. Although, looking back, her comments about how I needed to get a new computer because the old one was *literally* falling apart should have been a clue. (There were a couple keys missing - thanks cats!! and it would frequently freeze up to the point that I had to remove the battery and reboot)

I've *never* owned a new computer before.

Every previous computer has been passed down from a friend - or in the case of the last one, it was a refurbished one. (Which was *awesome*, and I'll never forget the people responsible for giving that to me.) So this is all new territory. I also have to figure the ins and outs of a Chromebook. (I'll be keeping the other one as well, as backup - which is a luxury I could have never imagined having)

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theun4givables
Dec. 26th, 2014 03:08 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the Chromebook family, Gary. :D They're awesome, and also surprisingly fucking durable. Which has come in handy over the past year or so that I've owned mine. Because seriously. I don't think I've had a netbook last this long, ever. EVER. There is virtually no damage done to this machine. :D
xo_kizzy_xo
Dec. 26th, 2014 03:08 pm (UTC)
First?!?

Happy Boxing Day!!!!

My laptop is on its last legs so I've been poking around Best Buy and other places trying to figure out which one would be best for me and how the heck I'll pay for it.

I looked at Chromebook a few times. I like it's handy practicality. However, if you do graphics or play games or do something that requires a lot of memory, it isn't for you.

Edited at 2014-12-26 03:15 pm (UTC)
theun4givables
Dec. 26th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the playing games thing sometimes has its drawbacks, but I thankfully didn't play many games before on the computer, anyway. :) I don't mess around much with graphics or use heavy memory programs, either.

Also they are cheap. And durable. The fact that Bob has knocked into this thing a thousand times and knocked it out of my hands even more AND dumped banana pediasure on its keyboard and it works like it just came out of the box and is still in one piece, well...

I have a netbook in my closet that I can show you to prove how amazing that is to me.
xo_kizzy_xo
Dec. 26th, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, I have no doubt as to its durability, especially when there's a little one involved :)

I remember SO and I standing in Micro Center one day last summer. Micro Center does a brisk refurbishing business, so I was looking at all the laptops in my price range and comparing them to the brand spanking new ones compared to the netbooks compared to the desktops...aieeeeeeeeeeee! SO told me off the bat that a netbook wouldn't touch what I'd need it for. Since he's the IT guru, I listen.

OTOH I have a tablet I think I've used maybe a half dozen times. It's got a Kindle reader on it which is the only reason why I still have it.
theun4givables
Dec. 26th, 2014 03:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I wouldn't recommend a netbook to anyone unless they were using it for "light" computing, which is essentially what I do. Except when I occasionally play fb games or go on tumblr. :)

We have an iPad mini that's really Bob's, and he's been ignoring it in favor of the new toys he's gotten for Christmas. But I'm sure he'll go back to playing it, too, at some point. I don't think I'd use it if it were for me. I have a phone and a netbook, thanks. That does enough. xD
xo_kizzy_xo
Dec. 26th, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I see a tablet as sort of redundant because my phone can do everything that it does PLUS make calls...if I ever make a call, that is.
theun4givables
Dec. 26th, 2014 03:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah -- this is ultimately one of the reasons why a good friend of mine got like the biggest smart phone ever. Because he was going to basically use it as a tablet, for the most part.

I was like BUT IT'S TOO FUCKING BIG, hah.
xo_kizzy_xo
Dec. 26th, 2014 04:02 pm (UTC)
SO has what he calls a "phablet" -- it's a mega smartphone that's too small to be called a tablet but it's got all the functions of one, including the memory. He uses it for EVERYTHING, including whenever he has to do a presentation for his work. Everyone who sees it is like "WTF is THAT?!?" Then when he explains they're like, wow, that's cool.

I'll no doubt inherit it when he upgrades. I'm just trying to picture how I'd carry the damn thing seeing as I don't use purses and such.
clauderainsrm
Dec. 26th, 2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, I don't really do much with graphics and the only game that I play is THIS ONE! :)

(Really never got into video games at all. Heck, not overly fond of most board games now that I stop and think about it!)

So hopefully that will work out.

And I'm glad for what people are saying about the durability of it, since the keys are missing due to a cat *literally sitting on them* which popped them off.
theun4givables
Dec. 26th, 2014 04:50 pm (UTC)
OMG, seriously? If all one had to do was sit on the keys to make them pop out of my chromebook, well...

I'm pretty positive I would have lost all of the keys by now. Also, the hinges have managed not to snap under the multiple times Bob has decided to throw himself across my lap at random times without any warning, when my previous netbook is literally in one piece by the wires connecting the screen to the motherboard...

Not to mention I am basically the enemy of all electronics.

Popping keys back in on the Chromebook can be done, too, as I think Bob's picked one or two of them off, before.
clauderainsrm
Dec. 26th, 2014 04:56 pm (UTC)
To be fair - Honey was over 20 pounds at that point. I thought it was going to be the standard "walk over the computer" but she stopped, plopped down, I heard something weird, and when she got up there were a couple keys barely hanging on...

(picture is *not* Honey, in fact it's the other cat who would *never* do)
theun4givables
Dec. 26th, 2014 05:02 pm (UTC)
Fat cats are the best cats. :D (Even when they do things like plop on your keyboard and break it...)

Bob weighs about twice that and has tried to body slam my chromebook before. When I say these things can take a beating I mean it. xD
adoptedwriter
Dec. 26th, 2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
What a great gift! Kinda gives yanandifferent kind of "voice" to have brand, new, shiny tech! Yay! All is good here. The best thing I got was time w my kids, hub and birth family. Got goodies for my yard too! Bring on Spring, baby! AW
alycewilson
Dec. 26th, 2014 03:44 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great time!
alycewilson
Dec. 26th, 2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
I also lost my voice for Christmas, which meant my husband had to read KFP's new Christmas books to him at bedtime. :(

So far, I'm otherwise feeling fine: having fun watching KFP build a fancy Lincoln Logs building with his Pappy and catching up on some work. (Yes, this is how I have fun.)

Oh, I also learned to appreciate my cat even more, because he would never be so ill-tempered and nasty as to scratch a little boy who was doing nothing but sitting on a floor with his grandfather and building. I suspect that brat-cat is jealous at having to share my father, but guess what? Humans win! Now she's locked in the back part of the apartment for the remainders of our trip, as she deserves.
xo_kizzy_xo
Dec. 26th, 2014 03:49 pm (UTC)
We had to sequester the housemates' hyperactive adolescent boy dog for a time yesterday because he was just too bouncy and kept demanding all the attention. Needless to say he wasn't happy in the least but, as you said, humans won :)
alycewilson
Dec. 26th, 2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, those sorts of situations are WAAAAY too exciting for young dogs. We had to do that in the past, too.

But even though I'm a pet lover, I have no problems by sequestering a furry family member who can't play nice.

We are so lucky that our Luke only talks tough. :)
reckless_blues
Dec. 26th, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
I got tenaculum forceps! They're really useful. If anybody needs an IUD put in or an artery occluded or anything, let me know. (In the meantime I think I'll try to use them as needle drivers and practice my suturing.) I also got a medical dictionary and some really nice color slides depicting diverticolitis.

Also, lots and lots of liquor.
ryl
Dec. 26th, 2014 10:53 pm (UTC)
I got one of those massager cushions you put over the back of your chair. I tried it out and oh, bliss! Now to work out the kink in my back I got from driving all day long yesterday.
zhent
Dec. 26th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
I received a weekend with my teenage daughters who live in another city! Now to entertain teenage girls...
hosticle_fifer
Dec. 27th, 2014 01:10 am (UTC)
Jessie got everything required to turn apples into hard apple cider, except the tree itself, which we're getting in the Spring. Because if you want your husband to go overboard on your Christmas haul, indicate that your presents will produce alcohol.

I basically got a shotshell reloading press, and then a big stack of books. (A collection of speeches by American presidents, a leatherbound Hobbit to go with my leatherbound LotR collection, Isaac Asimov's Foundations trilogy, and then some of the big classic comics like Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns, and Marvel's Civil War, because I was never a comic book guy but want to hit the highlights.)
aimercat
Dec. 29th, 2014 07:18 am (UTC)
my mother got me an ice cream maker and my boyfriend's parents got me the most awesome perfect handbag that I wanted since i first laid eyes on it (I'll take that as a sign that they really really like me).

My boyfriend got me a really comfy sweatshirt and a lot of other fun stuff.
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