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New toys!

Today is a day of new toys for me!

  • Dell 3100cn Color Laser Printer: I finally got myself a decent color laser.  After years of ink jets, I am done.  I don’t print much, so often the ink would dry up or leak or get all used up the 1 time a year I print a photo.  Also, the ink cartridges often cost more than the printer is worth.  I’ve had printers break/die/make bad noises, soft often when I need new ink, I just get a new cheap printer (like the Lexmark Z605).  Last January, they had a 30% off coupon for the 3000cn, but I waited too long to order it and it expired.  So earlier this week, I found a 40% off for the 3100cn and hopped on it.  Talk about nice… thing is damn big though.  Should get a stand for it once I move.  Finally got nice big paper feed, manual try for the occassional other stuff, built-in network card for network printing… nice.
  • Sealy Posturepedic Chair: Previously, I’ve always used basic, armless task chairs which are torturous on my neck/back.  They’ve never gone all the way up to the back of my head, and I’m always leaning back in them, which gradually bends them back, causing even worse back support.  Plus, I always wear through the padding and I’m down to feeling the bolts on my butt after about a year and a half to two years.  Working at home now, I am at my desk nearly all day, so I am merely accelerating that process, and causing more neck/back pain.  So I finally went out and got a nice chair that leans back, gives good support, and has arm rests (that alone caused most of my agony).
  • Uniden 5.8ghz cordless phone: Living in an apartment, you are automatically in a major hotzone for a ton of 2.4ghz traffic.  On my laptop, it easily detects about half a dozen wireless basestations from my room.  All this was causing major annoyances when using my 2.4ghz phone at night.  During the day, it worked pretty good, since then most people are gone to work.  But at night, everyone is home and on the internet, and using the phone blows.  Finally got a 5.8ghz phone since far less people using 802.11a than b/g.  Now I just need to get past its 15–20 hour charge time.

Yay, so bunch of new toys.  Now to pick up all the boxes/packaging crap around my room and get back to work.

Friday, March 11, 2005

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