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Working So Hard But Gettin' Nowhere [Jul. 2nd, 2009|04:16 am]
Tomas Gallucci
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |Panic at the Disco - Pretty. Odd.]

My vacation has been anything but. But I'm not complaining.

I started off Saturday night by going and playing Warhawk and then chatting about the history of computers until 0500 Sunday. I don't really recall what I did Sunday. Maybe that was when I watched all those random House episodes. I really need to purchase Season 4.

Monday I went to the 'rents and helped them move furniture until 0030 Tuesday. Tuesday, I wrote the Christie Carden interview and was interviewed by ehowton. I got a call at 1730 from a previous client asking me to come enjoy dinner at Chilli's in exchange for helping him and his daughter pick out a laptop for her collegiate career. I scheduled it for 1700 Wednesday. I finished Tuesday by going to see Public Enemies.

Wednesday I got a call from Beth at 1030 asking to do lunch at 1130. It sure was good to catch up with old friends. When I got back at 1300, I published the Carden Interview, concluded the Howton interview and then had to leave to make my evening's appointment.

Dinner was great. We looked at Sam's, hh gregg and Best Buy at Wintel laptops, but of course, I already knew what she would be happy with, both from previous conversation with my client and from talking to her over dinner. So we ended at the Apple store where she got a 13" MacBookPro. Her sister met up with us for a bit and then parted ways with us. I must say that both young ladies are rather attractive.

While at the Apple store, my client ran into a "friend of the family" who was also buying a notebook for their new collegiate and also an iMac for the family. However, she was under pressure to make dinner reservations, so she got my name and number and offered to reimburse me for my services of helping them find the right machine for both needs as well as setting up the machine(s) upon getting them home. I could really get used to this.

We went to my client's place where, after a lengthy demonstration there in the Apple store by me, I walked her through applying all her updates and then downloading and installing Open Office. Of note, her high school had previously switched all of their computers to Open Office to avoid paying the Microsoft tax, so she was already comfortable with Open Office. I also hooked up a printer for her dad which required a trip to Walmart to purchase a USB cable, ran his rebates and did more hands on demonstrating of iPhoto and Leopard.

I was treated to a few bottles of a three-syllable Belgium beer that begins with "B". I also was given another vacuum pack of the most awesome spaghetti I've ever had. It has pepperonis and turkey and beef and a very thickly cut stake.

I left at 0200.

I didn't have time to review Public Enemies today for obvious reasons. It's on the agenda for tomorrow as well as Paul_Partisan's interview. Still to do this week is get my driver's license renewed and make business cards. I've haven't had time to do all the writing I thought I was going to do this week nor have I been able to just sit on my ass and get caught up on movies. C'est la vie!
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[User Picture]From: darkest_writer
2009-07-02 10:39 am (UTC)
I love the Apple store, it's such a shame that everything in that store has to be so damned expensive

Oh boy, I want to see Public Enemies so badly, simple because it starts Johnny Depp and Christian Bale.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-07-11 04:18 pm (UTC)
I love the Apple store
Me too.

it's such a shame that everything in that store has to be so damned expensive
It's not as bad as you may think. Yes, typically, Apple has had a higher cost to entry, but they recently dropped their prices to a very attractive level. You can now get a 13" MacBook Pro for $1199. I'm just pissed I didn't wait another couple of months to get mine so I could have cashed in on those Pro features. And in all honesty, if you're going to a community college or finishing up high school, the Whitebook is just fine.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-07-11 04:18 pm (UTC)
Oh boy, I want to see Public Enemies so badly, simple because it starts Johnny Depp and Christian Bale.
So did I. Then I saw the film. Now I want my money back.
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[User Picture]From: siempre_ame
2009-07-02 11:43 am (UTC)
Wow - you still got your vacation though. I got a MacBook, not a Pro sadly. Mine was on sale, but i still love it though. I need to update some of the software as theyonly have '08 versions instead of the more useful '09 versions though. Such as Garageband - wtf can I do with a virtual keyboard that sounds like... a machine with no expression to record my songs?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-07-11 04:29 pm (UTC)
I'm happy for you that you finally got your Mac. Still loving it? What did you name yours? I think you'll do just fine with the Whitebook. It will get you through high school and maybe even a year or two of college. Don't forget to upgrade to Snow Leopard when it comes out in September. It costs US $9.99, not sure what that translates to Canadian. I'm guessing just under $15. And remember, if you're about to start your junior year, you can always stick your parents for a new laptop when you graduate high school. You could then give your current laptop to your brother. Just a thought.

Did they give you an iLife '09 upgrade disc? '09 has been shipping standard for over six months now.

Garageband was designed for people with either MIDI devices or running straight in on a stereo 1/8' line in.
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From: brutal_truth
2009-07-03 10:49 am (UTC)
Try Fallout 3...
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-07-11 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thankfully, this is a once-a-week thing, so I'm not too hung up on what gets played. We like Warhawk. Have you played it?
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