So I’m running Linux again. And there is no emoticon for how that makes me feel.
I’ve made several attempts to write up an explanation for this, but in truth my thought process didn’t go much further than: “I need a laptop.”
Which was quickly followed by: “Apple’s laptop prices can blow me.”
Seriously, spending an extra two or even three hundred dollars for a Mac compared to a comparable PC? I can live with that. But over the last couple of years laptop PC prices have been plummeting and Apple’s have remained at the $1,000+ mark.
So I bought a decently-specced Dell with Windows 8.1 for less than half the price of Apple’s cheapest laptop.
And after around 100 hours of dealing with Windows 8.1, I can tell you with certainty that it’s the worst operating system I’ve ever used. It’s so terrible, in fact, that were I to turn this post into a list of all the bugs and annoyances I’ve been dealing with these last two weeks, it’d be as long as an Umberto Eco novel.
As bad as Linux can get–and it can get spectacularly shitty–it’s got nothing on what Microsoft glued together and straight-facedly calls an improvement to Windows 7. So after an irritating adventure in UEMI/SecureBoot land, I managed to get Ubuntu working on this machine.
And there was much rejoicing.
Well, I don’t know if rejoicing’s the right word, but there was much something.
Like last week, this week sees me spending most of my time working on my novel. It’s going…okay. There were a number of problems in the first draft which I need to iron out in this, the second, and that’s just something which takes time–particularly if you’re an obsessive perfectionist like me.
There’s also a bunch of life stuff going on which, while not problems per se, are certainly taking up a fair chunk of time on their own.
Bottom line? I’d like to get a video or two up this week, but it just ain’t gonna happen.
On Monday I mentioned that my daughter was off with her mother this week and that I was devoting most of my thus-freed brain cells to my novel. That’s going very well.
In fact, working on my novel is pretty much the only thing I’ve been doing during “work hours,” so I wouldn’t hold out for a Dwarf Fortress video this week. Or if I do end up getting one recorded and posted, it’ll be later this week.
And on that note, it’s time to get back to work.
My daughter is visiting her mother this week, which means I have a whole lot more time on my hands than usual. And as me with extra time on my hands doesn’t usually go very well, I’ve already filled it all up.
For instance, this week I’ll be…
- Working on my novel until my eyes go crossed
- Working out until my body falls apart
- And playing Guild Wars 2 until I fall asleep
Regarding that last bit, a friend of mine has been talking Guild Wars 2 up for a while and finally convinced me to buy the thing. And you know, it’s not half bad.
MMOs and I don’t often get along these days, but GW2 plays a lot differently from any of the ones I’ve experienced–even Guild Wars 1. True, the combat mechanics are more or less the same as any other–although you do get to dodge around which spiced things up–but the world itself and the activities you can do within it are uniquely laid back.
There’s a strong emphasis on exploration in this game, and there’s an achievement system which tracks various accomplishments such as bunny killing and resource gathering, all of which gives you experience points.
In other words, it’s the first MMO I’ve seen which hands you a world and, right from the start, says “Have at it.” I don’t yet know whether I can call it a truly open-world MMO, but it certainly has that bouquet about it.
Anyway, it’s time for me to put away the browser and go work on my novel for a few hours.
Life with the new toy is going well. All of my non-video files are copied over, I’ve been tweaking the various settings to my personal preferences, and am slowly getting used to life in the Windows world again.
And I’m happy to report that I dove back into my novel yesterday, managing to run the first chapter through a second draft. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to work on my fiction and it felt fantastic to finally get back to it.
Of course, I’m still not quite sold on this laptop’s keyboard, but I suppose I’ll get used to that too.
Anyway, next week my daughter will be visiting her mother and giving me more than enough time to make a serious dent in my book as well as finish up the whole “settling into a new machine” thing.
And until then, have fun!