Sure, why not? After the Facebook craze I went through, my excitement died down and I started neglecting Facebook, only checking it once in a while. So it makes sense that I would neglect my blog as well.
My budget is still going according to plan. I actually have money in my account, and although I had to dip into it to rent some movies two weeks ago, I’ve since put that money back in from my deliveries at the WP. Side income may be hard to earn, but it lets me spend money while still keeping to a budget – I just don’t have much of a social life anymore. What can I say, though? I love money. Speaking of which, it’s been busy for me on the computer repair side as well. It’s almost as if end users worldwide stop using computers during the summer, and then use them again during the fall and winter. It’s reverse hibernation!
The manager at Rogers Video knows that I’m a regular customer, and when I inquired yesterday when they would have Heavenly Sword available for sale as previously played, she offered to sell it to me at $49.99 right then and there. I was only just asking out of curiosity, but $49.99 doesn’t sound like a bad deal, and it beats Wal-Mart’s price hands-down. Hell, it even beats the US price. The thing I’m worried about is – what condition is the disc in? The game has been out for a month, and while Rogers makes sure that all games they sell are in a playable condition, people have no idea how to handle discs around the edges, they just simply grab the discs with their grubby, oily fingers, not realizing that the surface has to be read by a microscopically calibrated laser that doesn’t know what to do if it encounters uneven surfaces (oily fingerprints and smudges cause uneven surfaces on a micro level). I’m very picky and would like for the disc’s surface to be virtually untouched. I guess that might be too much to ask, but that’s why I usually buy brand new. I make exceptions for PSP and DS games, but that’s because they are (somewhat) cartridge based. I’ll probably go make my decision today, since I would like to play it this weekend. If I ever get the time. The problem with overworking isn’t the stress – it’s the lack of time to do personal things like hobbies (I have to do that kind of stuff at work :P) and sorting your MP3 collection in iTunes (also done at work).
So, after much deliberation, I’ve decided to part with my MacBook and sell it. I’ve only had it for less than a year, and it has served me well, but I find myself not using it as often as I need to. Also, I hate the fact that although Windows devices and formats are supported on the Mac a lot more than ever before, it’s not the same the other way around. Why, just yesterday, I opened up a Word document in Office 2004 for Mac, and the 5000 word document loaded up empty. There’s compatibility for you.
So, I have two options to think of. I might pick up another Dell laptop. The one that got stolen was great, but I did overpay for it, now that I think back on it. So, I will be a bit more conservative and only upgrade the onboard components that are difficult to upgrade (such as the video card), but general components such as RAM and HDD will be left at the defaults. I’m not too sure if I will go with an Inspiron this time around – I might go with a Latitude or even the new Vostro, because I would like to have a port replicator sometime in the future, depending on when I do the upgrade.
My second option is to just forego the whole laptop idea for now (since I don’t travel or go out as often as before) and buy a much needed backup solution, and perhaps upgrade my network infrastructure to Gigabit Ethernet. Yeah, that would be nice.