Sunday, June 29, 2008

look what I'm looking at!


Can you see what I see? Ha ha... no more will I complain about my husband going out for a couple of giant sized pints: Tonight after the children were in bed, he went out to the car, and came in with a box. Harvey Norman's SuperSale. Whoo hoo hoo! The long-lusted after laptop! It's black, it's shiny, it's sleek, it's gorgeous!

I have a couple issues:
  • It gets very hot - will it set my sofa on fire?
  • How do I stop myself hunching over it until my neck, back and shoulders seize up and I morph into an old hunchback woman?
  • How do I stop myself getting RSI from the stupid mouse pad thingy I'm not good at using - I'd clearly never make a lesbian.
  • How do I turn down the brightness?
How can I make Microsoft let me type in Ireland to register for an Office Trial, instead of just giving me the options of America or Choose Your Country with no choices. Idiots!


Apart from these little things, and the last is of course Microsoft's fault, I love it already. It's countered my late night/earlymorning 4 hours sleep exhaustion.



Clickety clickety :)

11 comments:

Alleged Comedian said...

Go to tesco, buy a usb mouse and keyboard from technika. no more hunching....

jothemama said...

HA, I actually have gone through two of those already - they kept getting dropped on the flor by my daughter or just not working - I@m back to a plain ol' indestructable cabledy one now.

And you should see how I sit in the not-for-short-women-at-computers chair we have at the PC - I'm virtually inverted.

Still, I've been told slouch is the new sitting up straight...

Péitseoga said...

let me know when you've found the solution to the hunching! oh, and what do you do with the laptop when your lap becomes less accessible, i'm reluctant to place the laptop on the bump...
we're probably going to sqeeze a small desk into the living room when we turn the study into a nursery, i wonder will that sort my hunching or will i still prefer to slouch on the settee rather than sit at a desk.
i've though about TV Trays and Breakfast in bed type trays, but haven't tried them yet, mostly because i don't want to buy something if i don't know it's gonna work...

Péitseoga said...

PS do you have the Touchpad that you move your fingers over and tap on? or the 'nipple' as i like to call it, in the middle of your letter keys, that you push in different directions? I find the 'nipple' easier to use.

jothemama said...

Yeah, I'd prefer a nipple, but it's only a touchpad. It's fine sometimes, and unco-operative at others, or some reason. I'll get used to it. I have trouble highlighting and dragging though.

I think Rob's right, and a mous and keyboard would probably solve your woes. I would say DO NOT put it on your bump, I'm not planning to have mine on my lap at all.

I want to use it on the sofa too, at least this way I might spend the evening in the same room as my husband, though I worry now I'm in the sitting room he'll retreat to the PC, but we'll see! I put it on a sofa cushion, and perhaps two will be better.

Péitseoga said...

by the way, thanks for linking to my blog, unfortunately it's linked to peitseogE instead of peitseogA... here the correct link

http://peitseoga.blogspot.com/

jothemama said...

ok, here goes, 4th time lucky, would you believe?

Holemaster said...

Keep the laptop higher than you would a normal keypad and sit straight, back upright. Get up and walk around every so often (not a problem for a mammy!)

The best way to use the touch pad properly is learn to play piano or imagine your fingers are ice skating around a rink.

Happy laptopping

What's his/her name?

Lottie said...

Ooh - aaah.

I think the over heating issue effects all laptops. I discovered an ingenious and highly complicated way of stopping mine from doing that. I stick a pen underneath it. Eureka!

samcrea said...

make sure there is airspace between the bottom of the laptop and your lap. if you look you will see a vent on the bottom, if there is no airspace, it will overheat!

Happy Lapping!

Péitseoga said...

thanks!
i do realise now that maybe i should have picked an easier to spell and pronounce blog name... i got this one out of an irish dictionary, it means 'peaches' which is my nickname (only my husband calls me that).
'Peaches' of course has lots of connotations (is that a word?) from miss geldof over lesbian jargon to the actual fruit... and i wouldn't have been able to get the name and email address etc... I've been lately thinking of changing to 'Persiken' pronounced [pear-zic-ken] which is peaches in our local dialect at home (platt) but i might run into the same problems!