There are several things making me “tech-happy” right now. The acquisition of a Mac mini affectionately known as “Big Mort” has a few things to do with that. The top 5 for today:
5) While it is noisy, my laptop (aka Mortimer) isn’t dead yet. I have the luxury of copying a crazy mish-mash of files from the laptop, the original laptop drive, and various backup drives, into some kind of logical order on the new machine, and then….
4) … get it all set up for use as a home server to access stuff centrally, as well as remotely if I choose. Mmmmm, geeky goodness.
3) I did spring for the wireless Mac keyboard and mouse. Neither were a necessity, but the keyboard works ever so nicely with my iPad which extends its awesome and day to day usefulness. The mouse is cooler than I expected, with touch features on the surface…. whaaaaa? I didn’t read enough to see that coming. It is pretty slick.
2) I did *not* get the Mac remote control. I don’t remember if that was a conscious decision at purchase time, but —- wait for it —- the remote that I got with my laptop 5 years ago works juuuuust fine, thank you very much. A luxury that will live on for many a good year without another penny spent. (I also didn’t get the Mac external superdrive for CDs/DVDs…. while it’s a little peculiar, my cheap-o Polaroid — yes Polaroid — external drive also works just fine.)
1) I did *not* get the wireless Mac trackpad, which I actually had some opposite “buyer’s remorse” over very briefly. It was the first real moment of “dude, I’m not in Mac laptop land anymore…. what am I getting myself into?”. THEN, the moment of realization came. I also have a Wacom Bamboo pen and touch tablet….. which is a fantastic tool that will be used much more often now that a desk set up is back in my life again. Trackpad? Check — I’ve got that and better. Right on.
Also…. the Bamboo is what helps create the fabled Olive of the Day cartoons, among other things…. I’m really hoping for this as the return to the creative side once again.
Aside: I also have been setting up a virtual machine with Windows 8 on it. A legal copy, but man…. what a pain to install. And then to use…. sooooooo, not tech-happy about it. But eventually, I’ll have it set up just so and find the advantages to having a Microsoft environment at the fingertips when it’s the best tool for the job. (Hopefully it won’t be too often. ;)