Wednesday, November 3, 2004

A weirdly good day

Today was a weirdly good day. I've been feeling pretty miserable due to whatever I've got... I guess a fairly bad cold. Pretty much everyone here has a cold. But, despite that, I was overcome with a strange feeling of contentment today, and I got about a week's worth of work done in about 11 hours. I wish I knew why... but I'm certain that it had nothing to do with the dream I had about (fully-clothed) Jessica Alba (Dark Angel, Honey, The Sleeping Dictionary).

Today I ordered the last component of my Media Center PC, the TV tuner card. If all goes well, in a mere week, I can get rid of my TV, VCR, and DVD player. I'm moderately excited. Now, one could propose that it's not really necessary to have sexy 3D and fading effects when you're looking at pictures or listening to music or playing a DVD or watching TV, and to some extent, you'd be right. But, at the very least, it will be nice to put all that junk away, and get a DVR in the process.

Windows XP Media Center Edition is $5 less than Windows XP Professional, and the only somewhat-important thing that's missing is the capability to save network passwords in a workgroup. (For example, connecting to password-protected network shares on campus.) It's still got Remote Desktop and file permissions and all that stuff. If it weren't for employee discounts (and, previously, student discounts), Media Center Edition would definitely be the way I'd go.

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