See, a week ago my dad ordered a computer over Onsale, that online auction thing. We managed to get it at about half the store price, and of course Otou-san liked that because he doesn't like to spend a ton of money (hehe, that's an understatement). It took almost a week to get here (got here today, finally), but I think it was worth the wait. Anyway, I'd transferred all of my files to one of those Sparq drive things (it's like a portable floppy disk, only stores lots more stuff), and then (this was kinda stupid of me, but...) I unplugged my old computer and stashed it away in the garage once I'd gotten all my files on Sparky (the Sparq drive). So that's why I was unable to update, because my computer wasn't really functioning.
Then yesterday the new one came. It's a laptop, and it's by NEC (a Japanese company, because the N stands for Nihon, which is what Japan is called in Japanese). It's only about seven pounds, and it's gray (like most computers). It came with a CD-ROM drive, and a separate floppy disk drive (you gotta plug it in, and it's like an extra attachment thing). It has a touch pad instead of a mouse, which is not a good thing. See, you move your finger across the pad to move the cursor, and if you touch the pad it clicks. So if I accidentally touch the pad while I'm typing, it could just screw everything up.
But another thing that I'd like the computer companies to know (this is what makes this a rant article): a computer is NOT a cheap advertising ploy! They put all these ads on my computer, and free services and junk that I don't even want (it came with AOL, CompuServe, AND Prodigy), and I assume these companies pay them to put crap on my computer so that I'll want to buy their products. Although I liked the free AOL IM that they stashed on here, everything else I just deleted and now it's festering in my recycle bin (where it belongs). Please, if you're gonna sell a computer, don't clutter it with ads, okay? It wastes the 4 GB! I hate ads, they suck.
Anyway, now that I'm out of rant mode...I actually named my computer. Its name is Ayanami, after Ayanami Rei from Evangelion. I must have agonized for an hour over what to name the thing. Among the possible names were Pikachu, Raichu, Hotaru, Makoto, Tomoe, Asuka, Lina, and some others which I can't remember at the moment. But since I can't really picture a computer named Makoto or something like that, and Ayanami seemed like the best name for a computer, that's what I called it.
Aside from the stupid baka ads, Ayanami came with Windows 98, Microsoft Word 99, and MSIE whatever the latest version is. MSIE sucks, so I replaced it with Netscape...uh, whatever the latest version of that is (I know it's Communicator something). All I can say is this Netscape better be worth it and it better not crash, because it took an hour to download. It also came with, as I said above, an AOL Instant Messager. I haven't used it yet, but I've signed up under the name Ayanami12 (in case anyone wants to IM me, there it is). It looks cool, kinda like ICQ (which I need to download to Ayanami, like, soon). I also installed PSP 5, which has been lying around for a while but which I hadn't installed until now.
So that's my tragic computer plight (not really tragic, but that just sounds good). And now I'm back, yay.
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