The soul of a new machine

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.

Jarvis, initiate "Sit down and freakin' get some writing done" protocol, please!

Jarvis, initiate “Sit down and freakin’ get some writing done” protocol, please!

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. 

About MishaBurnett

I am the author of "Catskinner's Book", a science fiction novel available on Amazon Kindle.
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20 Responses to The soul of a new machine

  1. Doug Daniel says:

    Best of luck with your new setup. And backing stuff isn’t paranoia– it’s peace of mind….

  2. My last desktop had the biggest case I had ever seen, so it got named Vlad the Impaler – after the battle bot sharing that moniker of course.

  3. ABE says:

    I like that you can set up your monitors to fight each other. ‘Dueling laptops’ is so cool. Name the new one ‘Deliverance.’ It works on so many levels.

  4. Green Embers says:

    dual monitors is the best, I run with that at work. My only problem is I want a third monitor, lol. I have a feeling no matter how many monitors I had I would always want another one, lol.

  5. lackofharmony says:

    Congrats on the successful move to the new hardware. You’ll find that having a laptop for your stuff might actually be great, because, if you go out of town, you can take it with you. I bought a ball mouse for mine, because I’m horrid with a touchpad and it’s great. My poor laptop is ailing now, though. It tries to do some kind of harddrive scan whenever I boot it. Time for a new one, I suppose. It was the first thing I bought with money from my current job, kind of like a reward for snagging it.

  6. kingmidget says:

    May god help me if I ever go the dual monitors route. 🙂

  7. Sue says:

    My computers are nameless and why does it not surprise me that you wrote porn? I must get a new laptop for travel

  8. Your origin story is even more wonderful than I could have possibly imagined.

  9. Nice setup. Envious of the dual monitors. I think the Misha trivia tidbit about the BDSM sites is worthy of mention. It’s the quirks that catch people’s attention.

  10. sknicholls says:

    The S&M thing doesn’t surprise me. I find it fascinating though. I write about deep and often dark or controversial subjects, but writing the erotic evades me. I would like to know how you do with the laptop. I had one I was not using so I sold it to a friend cheap whose laptop had died. My PC is relatively easily accessed, but I feel tethered and was thinking of getting another laptop. Would absolutely love dual screens!

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