d330 110721 space week 2


Well, this is the backup drawing because I don’t have anything. The second drawing I was going to do currently consists of one 1/8th thumbnail and a blank page. In generally just had a lot of eBay stock to process this week, and I spent a lot of time puttering around. It doesn’t help that J’s been sick, so he hasn’t been drawing, which has definitely decreased my motivation somewhat.

Anyway, this is a Slick Wheels class locomotive drawn at the beginning of this year. The round windows are supposed to be like those found on some ships and some Japanese trains. Japanese diesels always seem to have the strangest wheel arrangements.

The rest of this post is dedicated to one year with the x200t.

A lot of things have happened to the fleet since I bought this laptop Summer of last year. The x200t that I actually bought had the multi-touch screen. Sometime in Fall, I traded my friend MK for a unit with the E2E screen, and I don’t think I wrote about it. Basically I don’t feel the need to keep a cloth under my hand when I draw on the E2E screen… it’s an OCPD thing, really. Then in spring I traded ye old E6400 for a T400. At the start of summer, I intended to part out ye old desktop Motoko, but ended up putting her back into service with the death of Colette. t400 and x200t are also both at 4GB of memory, thanks to the *very* low price of DDR3 memory at the moment.

The x200t has more or less been trouble free, but obviously nothing is perfect. My biggest beef with the unit is that I still haven’t been able to make a Windows 7 image that works properly out of standby… no matter what I do I’m seeing a 1 to 2 watt increase in power draw coming out of sleep in certain corner cases. So I use XP, which wouldn’t be too bad if the Wacom driver for XP didn’t suck so hard. I still like XP, but no longer to the point that I’d install it over 7 on a new machine (but that might not be the case on an old machine).

With the retirement of Colette, this is my last XP install, and the last XP install in my house as well. I think J is the only other person I know offline who’s still using XP as well. That being said, as much as I hate to see Colette go, everything is so much faster on Motoko. I can get 5MB/s out on a good day over wireless!

Obviously it could also be thinner and lighter, but so could any laptop. Sadly, I don’t think we’re going to see convertible tablets get much thinner or lighter anytime soon. When I upgrade to the x220t, that’ll be fast enough to run SC2, and I’ve considered using that as my primary machine, and getting something smaller to use as a portable. Therefore I can benefit from a real thin and light, but still have a portable tablet when need be. The main issue here is with external monitors and docking, but I’ll cover that when the time gets closer. Maybe this is what wireless docking is all about…

I liked buying used computers. It’s not even just about the price anymore (though it is still a big factor), but it’s also because there isn’t much newness to deter me from using it. I spent a lot of time keeping my D830 and E6400 clean, and quite frankly, it was a waste of time. Right now that E6400 is pretty much mint. With the x200t and t400, it’s just… whatever. I think I still do a good job keeping them clean and in a good state of repair, but I’m just not paranoid with used laptops.

I think that’s pretty much it for now. Life with the x200t has been quite uneventful, really… there were a lot more interesting things going on with the TC4200. Obviously whether that is a good thing or a bad thing, nobody ever knows…