Vulcan’s Peak

Meet Harriet

February 2, 2008 8:38 pm
harriet glows I’d like to introduce you all to a new member of my little family: I’ve retired the IBM ThinkPad I’ve been using for the last five and a half years and replaced it with a white MacBook.

I’ve always loved naming things, so I figure that giving a computer a description instead of a name is just a wasted opportunity. Last time I re-installed the operating system on my PC (two years ago), I named it Wimsey. That will tell you (what I had been reading recently), but it also seemed an appropriate name for any aging computer (especially one running Windows). I like the idea of naming computers by theme, and Sayers character who seemed the most appropriate namesake for the new machine (i.e., my other favorite character) is Harriet Vane.

I’ve been using Macs at school since I started to learn iMovie in preparation for working at the CCLC (I’m so excited to have iMovie…need to grab some miscellaneous footage so I can play with the new version. There are better, fancier programs, but I have a huge soft spot for iMovie). Still, in turning it from a Mac to my Mac, I do occasionally hit a snag where I know how to do something on a PC, but am not quite sure where to look on the Mac. So far, I’m doing all right. I found the drivers that will let me use the side buttons on my old USB mouse (I want my forward and back buttons, darnit!). And yes, this is the same mouse I was given when I got Wimsey! And I figured out that I can make it do a forward delete by hitting fn+delete. And because Wimsey is old enough to have a TrackPoint (which I was actually rather fond of), I am gradually mastering the TrackPad.

harriet Me and Harriet. Yes, I was exhausted. Look at how much my hair has grown since last summer! I’m starting to spot split ends, though; might be time for a trim. Maybe next month, or sometime this spring… In time for graduation, at least.

8 Responses to “Meet Harriet”

Pug wrote a comment on February 2, 2008

Aww, the two of you are adorable!

You are permitted now to join the Honorable Order of Macintosh Owners, by the way. 🙂

Crunch wrote a comment on February 3, 2008

You look more normal now

Poke wrote a comment on February 3, 2008

Any questions, ask us Mac certified gurus! It’s so sweet: this year, C and I will be studying for the new Leopard certification together.

Aww… Sickening, isn’t it?

Pug wrote a comment on February 3, 2008

Poke: Not sickening IMO, just your ordinary awesome.

Odette wrote a comment on February 3, 2008

Hee! Poke, you guys are so cool.

Brittany wrote a comment on February 3, 2008

I feel like you have joined a cult… Don’t drink the over-priced kool-aid!

Odette wrote a comment on February 3, 2008

Haha!! No kool-aid, I promise. :o)

Courtney wrote a comment on February 12, 2008

Haha. Not only have you retired Wimsey, but you banished him into the livingroom!

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