For about ten years now I have used a Dell desktop. It wasn’t top of the line when it was new (as I recall it was about $300 with shipping) but it served me faithfully. I paid for it with money I made from writing and graphic design. Porn, actually, I wrote and rendered a lot of content for a friend of mine who was starting up a BDSM website. (There’s something I can put in my author bio–“Misha Burnett’s first two novels were written a computer he bought with profits from S&M porn.” Or is that TMI?)
In any event, Colossus (from the classic Sci Fi film Colossus: The Forbin Project, naturally) has been ailing for a while now, and the time has come to let it retire with some dignity.
Fortunately my awesome son-in-law happened to be selling a used laptop with a docking station, and I snagged it a couple of months back. I have been putting off transferring files and whatnot, but yesterday I decided that there really wasn’t any point in putting it off.
So here’s my new set up. I have never been a fan of laptops, because I’m not exactly what you’d call dainty, I have big hands and I like a full-sized keyboard and mouse. With the docking station, however, I am able to use regular peripherals–I have a standard keyboard, mouse, speakers, my printer connected, my external hard drive for backups, all my old toys. Also, since I planned on the transfer I had time to get all my files organized on a flash drive to move them over.
The coolest thing about my new set up is that Windows: Soylent Green or whatever version shipped with this laptop supports duel monitors, which lets me use the laptop screen for the operating functions and write in full screen on my old monitor–which takes some getting used to, but I can already see it’s a great way to work.
Now I need to set up my Google Docs and my Dropbox so I can have two on-line places to back up my work, in addition to my external drive and my flash drive. Because, you know, paranoia.
I also took the opportunity to redo my office a tad, move things around, adjust the cat’s scratching post that I use as my desk chair (which has needed it for a while).
So there’s that. Now I just need to actually get on with the writing stuff.
Well, I still need to name the laptop. I’m thinking Continuity, after the AI in Mona Lisa Overdrive.