Newegg rocks. The new LCD got here in a day, and that was with standard UPS three-day shipping. Ordered Sunday night, got the confirmation email on Monday, and had the truck coming up the driveway this morning at 10am. Capitalism rocks.
The new 22″ is functionally identical to the one Robin bought herself a month or two ago, but it has built-in speakers, which hers didn’t have. My audio requirements (window-rattling gunshots in Call of Duty, playing music while I’m folding laundry in the next room) are too high for those little built-in speakers, but Robin likes them better because they save desk space. So I did the Right Thing(tm), gave her the brand new one, and took hers instead. So this is what my desk looks like right now:
Did I get out the second video adapter dongle for the Mac mini and run two 22″ displays in dual display mode for a little while? Yes, I did.
Having DSL again makes all the difference in the world as far as feeling connected goes. I talked to my brother in Germany on Skype for an hour and a half without the slightest glitch. When we were finished, it dawned on me that we hadn’t had a face-to-face conversation in over five years. I know this Skype stuff is old hat to you folks on laser-beam cable or whatever it is you wired folks are using these days, but I haven’t been able to Skype worth a shit on the WISP or the satellite ISP. Video chatting beats calling on the phone by a mile, and it’s cheaper to boot. DSL is the shiznit, as the kids say these days. Our World of Warcraft connection is perfect, we never get kicked out anymore, and now we can actually run dungeons again. (I haven’t been doing those because I didn’t want to burden a group with random lag spike disconnects in the middle of the run, especially since I usually play a healer or tank.)
Anyway, all’s well at Castle Frostbite now, technologically speaking. I’ll just try to forget that the installer told Robin that the telco has fiber-optic cable strung all the way to the intersection with our road, two miles away, and that only the last stretch is copper cable. And there’s nothing to the rumor that I’ve already called them and offered to pay for the last two miles of FiOS line out of pocket…