Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Thunderbolt & Other Conversation Pieces

Sorry for not posting in a while. This week and the one before have been extremely busy, and this past weekend I didn't feel like doing much of anything at all. There has also been a lack of extremely interesting events... just nose-to-the-grind-stone (what does that really even mean?) school stuff.

One exciting thing did happen though, and it is actually very exciting to me: I got a new computer! I had been in the market, as it were, since last summer, since I've been wanting something more powerful for encoding (and possibly with a discreet graphics processing unit that would let me play games other than Age of Empires... but that was secondary).

This spring I started to consider it even more seriously, looking at a MacBook Pro as the obvious upgrade to what I had at the time. All the forums I looked at though said that the next major upgrade was probably just around the corner, and I decided it would be wise to wait for it.

Sure enough, the week before I left for Latvia, they announced the new lineup of Pros, just last week I worked up the guts to buy one (it took some effort... they aren't exactly cheap and I always tend to over think financial decisions). Anyhow, it was worth it though. I got the 15" model... not so much because of the size (I was always perfectly happy with my 13") but because that model is the one that makes the step up to a Quad Core processor and a discreet Raedeon GPU. It also has the new I/O called Thunderbolt, which is apparently something like ten times faster than USB 2.0 and has created such a stir in the tech community that some people are now calling this edition the "Thunderbolt Macbook." This sounds really cool, but the problem with really new technology is that there is nothing to use it with yet, so for the only thing I can really do with it is talk about it.... 

So I finally have a new computer, and almost as a good omen, I found out just after buying it that Rome: Total War Gold Edition, possibly my favorite strategy game ever, was just redone to run on Macintosh... so in the end, that was what I did last weekend (along with some homework, naturally).

I'm right now in the midst of at least the 2nd, craziest week of the semester so far. I had a fairly major presentation today in Intro to Lit. Tomorrow I have a test in Spanish 2,  a major paper on Hamlet due Thursday, and a take home math test which is due next Monday, and another video project for Triangle, which is complicated by the fact that Thursday morning at 5am I will be in Washington DC at an IJM convention and not getting back till late Sunday night. So I'm not really sure when I'll do all of it, and feel like it may have been a mistake even writing this post when I could have been sleeping or studying... but then, I've spent most of the last 16 hours doing those things (only about two of those hours were sleeping) so I guess it's okay....

Hopefully DC will be fun. Will def. try to post from there.

6 comments:

eanthony4507 said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one stressed this week with everything going on! Hang in there...you can do it! :)

ASweetRead said...

Maybe you can teach young Thunderbolt how to do your homework while he's waiting for technology to give him something else to do...

Andrew said...

Thanks Erin =)

Yes, Michael, I would appreciate it very much if I could get my computer to my homework.

Isaac said...

Being your younger brother I would immediately start begging for the older windows Rome game, but then the fact that we don't even own a windows PC comes to mind...

Have fun in DC!

mattea k said...

I just read somewhere that you are not supposed to study for more than 6 hours a day, otherwise it leads to undue stress (ya think?). Obviously the colleges haven't heard of that rule yet...

Andrew said...

Obviously.