Weekly Musings 071

Welcome to this edition of Weekly Musings, where each week I share some thoughts about what's caught my interest in the last seven days.

Sorry about last week's intro being a bit of a downer. It wasn't until after I sent the previous musing that I realized how much the events of a fortnight ago really hit me. What's done is done, and it's time to move on.

This week, an idea that's been churning in the back of my mind for several months got into the slipstream of the essay I was working on and pulled ahead in the race for my attention. The result is what you're about to read. I hope you enjoy it.

With that out of the way, let's get to this week's musing.

On the Netbook

In 2007, I did something that was out of character for me. Just before Christmas of that year, I concluded that I'd been nicer than naughtier in the preceding months and decide to reward myself with a new gadget. So, flush with cash from a couple of recent article sales, I headed over to the website of The Source by Circuit City and placed my order.

For what? The Asus Eee PC 701, the first netbook. If you're wondering why that was an uncharacteristic purchase, it's because I generally don't buy the first generation of any device. I'm a bit uneasy about paying for the dubious privilege of being a beta tester. But there were some things about the Eee PC that attracted me to it.

A few days later, the courier dropped by when no one was home (as couriers do). So, that evening I had to schlep down to a depot near Eastern Avenue in Toronto. When I got home, I tore into the box and plugged the little device in to charge.

After dinner, my new netbook contained enough juice for me to start using it. It seamlessly connected to my wifi network and I spent the next couple of hours installing software and becoming familiar with that device.

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