School and New Laptop

School starts pretty soon. I'm taking a bunch of computer courses, one of which requires a computer or a removable hard drive of over 16GB capacity (it was not recommended to use any solid state stuff). It was mentioned that the TAs don't know how to work with macbooks. I don't have a macbook. I have a powerbook. An old one. My guess is that they want us to boot off some linux deal, or something.

So, I've purchased an Asus eee 1000HA. I wanted the H, as it has bluetooth (and 802.11n draft, but I don't have any way to make use of those speeds anyhow), but it was selling for $100 more. I don't think bluetooth is worth $100. I think its worth $20, as do most people who sell them.

It will be my first new computer since I got this here powerbook. I also got 2GB of RAM for it. The new one has a much larger storage capacity, much better battery life, and a built in webcam. Surprisingly, it also has a faster processor, as this aging computer has a 1.33ghz G4, and the new one is running an Atom. It is also about half the size. I'm looking forward to getting it. It should be arriving some time early next week. Saturday if I'm really lucky.

In other news, I think I'm going to revive my hobby of playing the ocarina. After coming across this gem of the internet, I thought about playing some songs on my ocarina, but I realized that perhaps my ocarina lacks the range to play it. A little exploring led me to find sltocarina.com, which has a few large-range ocarinas, including 12 holes and 2 or even 3 chambered ocarinas, giving up to 3 octaves. I was highly impressed by some videos and the specs of one of the two chambered ones, and am considering an investment in such once I can pay off school and the aforementioned computer.


Official Christmas Report

Christmas was pretty good. It was nice to see some family, and I scored some sweet gear. I've got a wifi powered skypephone now. Its pretty sweet. I won't be able to use it until Jamie and Sterling drive up with my box of goodies. I've also gained some waterproof uno cards and some RC helicopters. The kind that battle with lasers.

In other news, I'm getting Nathan as a roommate starting winter semester. Should be fun. I've not really had a non-mission roommate before, but I guess this is about the closest thing to it.

The beginning of 2009 will also mark the end of going to the stake singles branch. Even as much as I like the people there, it needs to happen.


Made it home

I made it safely to california last night. I was picked up by a shuttle, which took me to the Salt Lake Airport, and proceeded through airport procedures. I waited there for about 2 hours while eating a sandwich from the deli and watching Monsters Inc. on my ipod. It was fun. I was worried about watching it before the flight, but I brought candy as a backup entertainment solution (there was a large amount of candy).

Once on the plane, I picked the first window seat from the front of the plane that was available (its always the one next to the wing). A man sat down on the aisle seat a short time later with a C++ book. It would make sense that the two most computer oriented people on the plane would have sat in the same row. I was able to have a lengthy 2 hour conversation with him about various nerd topics, such as AES 256 hashing, rainbow tables, our mutual dislike the the GPL in favor of BSD-style.

So that was pretty fun. Much better than trying to read "SkyMall" magazine...

Now I'm back home using Luke's computer. I don't like his keyboard a whole lot. It has one of those funny, large-sized enter keys with the backslash to the left of the miniature backspace key. So when I try to enter a backspace, it does enter instead. Highly frustrating. Although, I do seem to be able to pull a decent WPM on this thing.

Anyways, I'm home for christmas for the first time in two years. It should be pretty cool. I also received a christmas bonus at work, which is awesome. And now I have noticed that a string on my shirt is unraveling, so I'm going to utilize the fact that I'm here with my mom, fix the string and end this post. Happy Christmas!