What I Want From My PC

After yesterday’s whinge-athon about my PC woes, I told myself “harden up, Princess” and decided to start the search for better more appropriately. Here’s what I want to do on my computer and which OSes I’m using to do these things with right now:

  • Write. (Linux Mint)
    • Articles.
    • Short stories.
    • Novels.
    • Web log posts.
  • Call folks via Skype. (WinXP)
  • Browse the web. (Linux Mint)
  • Back my Motorola RAZRv9 phone up. (WinXP)
    • Sync it with a contact list that my e-mail client can access. (Not happening now.)
  • Download, process and archive e-mail. (Linux Mint)
  • Maintain a music and podcast library synced with my iPod nano. (WinXP)
  • Print to and accept scans and faxes from a Brother MFC-465CN printer (ideally across a wireless network). (WinXP)


  • Play games. (WinXP)
  • Be portable.

I’m after an “at my fingertips” computing experience, where everything I want to do is a handful of clicks and a smattering of seconds away at any given moment. To me, this tends to rule Linux out; I might be willing to do some initial configuration at the start but I’m not interested in being a power user, fiddling with dual-boots or emulation or any such, which if I want to hang onto my game library would seem to rule out a Mac.

Someone pointed out the Alienware m11x gaming laptop yesterday; at under $1,500 for a pretty beefy base configuration and with a funky design and support by Dell, it’s looking extremely tempting.

What do you folks think?

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Rob F.

At times described as "an ideas explorer," "the grin with legs," "flighty" and "geek," amongst other things, Rob is trying things new and old in order to find out just what his thing/s is/are. Three things he always enjoys, though, are sleek futures, giant robots and turning the things he discovers about life and living into blog posts.