My apologies, everybody, but I've had to switch to moderated comments after a rash of spam, in French, trying to sell fake Rolexes. Why they're trying to link here I don't know, since I don't speak French, I don't wear a watch, and I didn't think my site got nearly enough traffic to warrant spammers. Nobody ever said life would make sense.
In tangentially related news, my boss's boss asked me today to quantify how much of my eight hours a day is spent with nothing to do. Um... can I plead the Fifth on that? Not that it's illegal to have downtime, exactly, but even with the majority of my floor to support, I do still find myself with several hours a day when nothing's urgent.
What do I do with the time? Well, I won't get too specific, since I know a number of my workmates are aware of my writing identity (or they ought to be, since I have book posters plastered all over my cubicle walls), but what do you think I do with the time? I'm not going to sit here at a perfectly good computer with my hands folded!
This is all the nicer to have since, when I'm home, I prefer to be out in the main room, so as to be with the dogs. They don't get as much human time as we would prefer, since we both have to work, so when we're home it's best if we can give them all the love possible, and there's just too much in the bedrooms that they can destroy.
However, this does bring up a curious conundrum. My home computer runs Windows XP, which is coming to the end of its useful lifespan. I am going to need to upgrade. With the understanding that I am not interested in switching to Apple products and have a limited budget, anybody have a recommendation for a good machine?
To be more specific, is there a budget-friendly laptop that is both fairly easy to type on (I have flirted with carpal tunnel and would prefer to take the relationship no further) and has enough memory that I can play the occasional game without it sounding like a jet is taking off in my lap? Or am I dreaming impossible dreams?
Comments, reviews, hugs, sales, and all other forms of feedback would be very welcome just now, as I am having a case of the late-winter, missing-my-kitties, doggone-it's-cold-outside blues. Now if I just add some reds and whites, I'd be France... hey, wine comes in red and white! Problem solved!
Kidding. Mostly. But the feedback, positive where honestly possible, would be much appreciated. Thanks for reading, as always, and I hope to have good news for you on Thunder Thursday!