Sunday, January 3, 2016

[mobile post] Current Events

This is just a quick post to recap what has been going on around here. Most of this stuff is relevant to gaming or this blog directly; some of it is related in a secondary manner.






Computer
Simply put, I need a new computer because the desktop I currently own is passing 15 years of use. It has served me well but it definitely not up to snuff anymore. That is why so many of my recent posts have "mobile post" as part of the title. I am not quite sure what I am going to get but I am not worried about playing video games or anything like that; I need something for reading (forums and general web surfing) and writing (blogs, hobby stuff, and other personal writing). I am considering some sort of chromebook for those purposes. Does anybody reading this know enough to give an informed opinion? Can I work on documents offline? Can I install Open Office or Libre Office?






Fanzine
I am a big fan of the games put out by Perilous Journeys Publishing so I want to help spread the word and support Perilous Journeys (fantasy), SteamCraft (steampunk), and new games they release in the future. I figured the best way to do that would be through a fan periodical. I am finishing up on the first issue and it will be released soon.







Reading
I have been on a Brandon Sanderson kick lately. I have read the first two Mistborn novels and I am currently reading Words of Radiance with the last Mistborn novel of the original trilogy and Elantris up next. I borrowed the Numenera rulebook and it is pretty cool; reminds me of running across Talislanta for the first time. I have also begun to really take an interest in the FUDGE rules.




Writing
I am still working on projects in the background. The main ones are currently a game "highly inspired by Adventures in Fantasy", an alternate bio-tech disaster setting book for a zombie apocalypse game, and updating my Toldara campaign world for one or more games.


The holidays are over and I am back to work tomorrow night. More later..





5 comments:

  1. Chromebook = paper weight

    I have no idea why anyone would ever purchase a Chromebook. You cannot install any programs. You have to do everything online. Without an internet connection, you can't really do anything. You only have access to Google Docs to do things. Which of course is what Google wants because it uses that to make money by adds and selling data.

    For the same cost of less, you can get a real computer. You can get 11-15 inch laptops for under $200. This will include a real hard drive. You can install real programs on it. You can save things locally. You can get really nifty laptops (the ones that flip around or have a detachable tablet) for less than $300.

    You pick pick up refurbished Desktops for around $60 on Newegg. New desktops are around $250. A new LCD monitor would run $50-$100.

    Oh, February is usually a good month for computer purchases. The new models start in March/April so they need to clear stock. Also, still a lot left over after Xmas.

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    1. Dang, I was hoping for better but I was afraid of that. Good info on the February timing, though.

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    2. You can pick up a Chromebook that is 11.6 in screen with 2GB ram and only enough of a HD for the OS for $169. Meanwhile, you can get a 15.6 in laptop with 4 GB of Ram, a faster processor, and a 500 GB HD for $199 ($179 if you are ok with an open box.)

      If you were thinking you would save money by going with Chrome, you really don't.

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  2. BTW, the use of Google Docs requires internet connection is that wasn't clear.

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