All posts by Chris Pirillo

Why God Made Backpacks

Well, I finally did it. Against my better judgement, I ordered a Dell Inspiron 8100 laptop. Furo gave me the nudge I needed. I got the unit with 128 MB of RAM, which I'll probably turn around and eBay to someone else. I ordered 2 256 MB DIMMs from Crucial with the Lockergnome group discount (15% off).

The heat issues shouldn't be a problem. I let my uncle crank on it playing Quake III Arena under Windows ME and it would hang after a while, likely due to overheating of the graphics chipset, but I haven't been able to make it hang since the BIOS upgrade, so it would appear that something has changed. Other than Quake, I haven't seen any heat-related issues yet. It's quite comfortable to have sitting on my lap for long periods of time, even when the hard drive is spinning playing MP3s.

Yeah, but I'm still not sold on its weight. With the second battery inserted, that baby will be close to 10 pounds! This is why God made backpacks.

I unplugged tonight to cozy up on the couch, and after 1 hour of work, I still had 4:14 remaining on the battery life, so figure 5+ hours with 2 batteries. I've basically been doing email, surfing and text editing. That's with a wireless network card and USB mouse running, so completely unplug and I'd bet you could probably add another 30-45 minutes to that. Not as bad as I thought.

Even though Hewlett-Packard's Omnibook 6100 was in my sights for so long, I couldn't wait any longer. The Inspiron's desktop chipset is still a thorn, but it was the lesser of all evils. The HP order process just became too much of a hassle in the end. Dell made it easy to configure and lease their unit(s). And if this thing falls apart on me quickly, Furo is gonna get lashed, bashed, and thrashed.

Inbox (David South)

As promised, I took a few pictures for you while I was at Disneyland this past weekend. There wasn't really all that many places that
Jack was around the Haunted Mansion. Because I was not able to use a flash while inside, I wasn't able to get that great of pictures on the actual tour.

I'm Drowning In My Tears

My wife finally has her own blog. I just woke up, came upstairs, and she's written umpteen thousand paragraphs about the dream(s) she had last night. Boy, this is going to be real fun. Aren't you glad I unleashed the power of the blog to her? Or, you… as the case might be.

The only thing I can remember from my dream last night was meeting Eugene Levy. He kept making false graves for his friends. And… please, would someone shut this fellow up – I'm drowning in my tears.

No Time Like The Present

It's high time I started my own blog. I launched Lockergnome's Bits & Bytes on Blogger, but found it missing personality. Technology is my life, but every once in a while I gotta use a word like 'boobie' or 'poop.' And you just can't do that in Lockergnome, sadly.

Following the advice of a Gnomie (and a link from Leoville), I downloaded and installed the free Movable Type personal content / blog management system on Lockergnome's server. It's very nice so far! I wasn't terribly impressed with the default page template, but at least I can create and manage more than one account. MT creates a “syndication ready” XML document automatically, and Weblogs.com can be notified of new posts as they are uploaded – but I still can't parse RSS feeds to stream headlines on the site.