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Is it possible? [Jan. 14th, 2009|09:07 am]
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I'm starting to think I have too many PCs in my house.

I have my Acer Aspire One, which I bought for use while traveling, and it works really nicely, but it doesn't *quite* have enough power to stream high def video from Amazon. Video was a bit jerky. But what could I do? My laptop was shutting itself off.

Well, the replacement parts for my laptop showed up, and maybe I didn't need them. The fan and heat sink were clogged with dust, and maybe I could have just cleaned them. But, having fresh parts meant I could just drop them in place instead of spending lots of time trying to get bits of very old, clingy dust out of a fan assembly. Plus - what if the fan was dying? I'd have to take the laptop apart again. So, yeah, fresh parts were good.

But then I realized I couldn't futz around in Sacred (a Diablo-like game that Pat and I have been playing) while watching a movie that I only have on the laptop; the Aspire won't play Sacred. This isn't horrible, but I've been leveling a new character to have for our higher level game. That's when I remembered that I have a Dell GX270 I bought as a Linux box. I hadn't booted it up in a long time because it always had trouble with its SATA drive, but didn't I have it's original IDE? Why, yes, I did. So I loaded a spare copy of Windows XP on it, and it plays Netflix streaming beautifully.

(Did I mention I bought a Sony Bravia 26" LCD TV with the money I received for Christmas? It has VGA input, you see. Low resolution given the screen size, but I think that's because it's intended to be used as a TV, not a monitor. Isn't that weird?)

But before I could watch TV, I had to set up some video conversions; I'm ripping my Buffy disks to MP4 files so that I can watch them on an iPod or Zune. So I did that on my main desktop.

Well, that's only four PCs for one person, and that's not *too* bad. (We'll ignore the old PC that's at Pat's place, or the laptop I gave to her, because that would make a total of 6, which is probably excessive. And besides, they're *hers* now.)
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[User Picture]From: nolly
2009-01-14 05:58 pm (UTC)
I have a netbook, 2 larger notebooks, and a tower, all in full working order, as well as at least one not-quite-entirely-healthy system in the garage.
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[User Picture]From: susandennis
2009-01-14 06:04 pm (UTC)
Exactly as pointed out... there is no such thing as too many computers!!!

I have bedroom netbook, living room work laptop, all purpose desktop and backup desktop/server. I do need at least one Mac.

Too many computers? That's just crazy talk.

Too many computer parts? Well, maybe. Turns out that yesterday I discovered I do not have a single 10 foot USB extension - not in use - in the house. So maybe too many computer parts isn't crazy either!!
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[User Picture]From: glinda_w
2009-01-14 09:09 pm (UTC)
I don't have *room* for spare computer parts. (OK, I've got one extra USB-to-USB cable, for some reason.)

*chuckle* Gordon was here yesterday - he'd had to go to Silverdale to pick up his computer, which was in the shop. He decided to bring it into my apartment, 'cause I've got this nifty pc-to-pc file transfer USB thingy, and he could use it to acquire some of my music.

Except... He set the computer down, and said "Oh, and I'll need to borrow a power cord." Which was a cue for my Granny-Weatherwax patented glare, modified somewhat by sheer bogglement. He's the one who um, disposed of, the spare computer parts when I gave up the Kirkland apartment, so he knows I don't keep a stack of 'em. Also, if I *did* have a power cable, would it necessarily be the right one? (Especially since his 'puter is a Mac...) I'm afraid I'm a very bad person; I wasn't able to suppress my laughter. :)
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[User Picture]From: merlin_t_wizard
2009-01-15 03:41 am (UTC)
Too many computers? Nah. Maybe not enough house? That's my situation anyway.
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