Yay, I'm not mad at anything this week. So far, that is.
My 2TB HDD finally came back from being RMAed, and it is working. Currently filling it up with anime. I'm still pissed off at Newegg for knowingly selling me a defective drive, but I can't complain with Bason's RMA service. They accepted the drive, despite the fact that I bought it 'open box', and they replaced it with a brand new drive. My only gripe is that they waited a week before sending it out, and they mistaken;y told me UPS in the invoice, when they actually shipped it via Fedex.
Anyway, my total HDD space now totals 5.56TB (Well, it would if I had enough outlets to plug all the externals into). Sadly most of that is full. I can't win for losing :(
Inside the house that mom just bought, there is a box full of PC parts. One whole side is nothing but HDD's. Most of them are 20GB and 40GB, but there are a couple of 80GB's. Dunno if it's worth it, but I am considering getting a HDD toaster, and swapping them out as mobile storage. Who knows, there might be something interesting on them, if they aren't fucked from sitting around in a moldy room for two years.
In other news:
A few weeks ago, I broke down and decided to get an ebook reader. Not really for reading books per se, mostly for manga. I didn't want to waste money on a locked-down/proprietary reader, I wanted something open-source. But the options there are limited, it's pretty much a game of sacrifices: Are you willing to give up wi-fi and 1" of screen space in exchange for being able to use open formats? In the end, I decided yes, I was willing, so I ended up buying an Ectaco Jetbook Pro. Let me tell you, it was a GREAT decision.
There is almost no limit to what this thing can do. It can read .txt, .doc, .rtf, .pdf, .epub, pretty much anything except .lit and .pdb. For pictures, it supports .jpg, .jpeg, .bmp, .gif, and .png. But besides that, the Jetbook has a plethora of advantages over the Kindle and Nook. The internal storage (200MB IIRC) is higher, it has a better battery (Charge last from 18-22 hours, full recharge in 20 minutes), and it has an SDHC slot (Supports up to 32GB, 64GB with newest f/w). Hell, it even plays .mp3's (No speakers though, must use headphones). But, to me, the best feature is the screen. Instead of the sucktastic 'eInk' shit that Amazon and Barnes & Noble use for their ebook readers, Ectaco chose to go with a 'transflective' TFT (thin film transistor) LCD screen. Yeah, that's quite a mouthful, but when you hear what it does, you'll appreciate it. Basically, what it means is, the screen is 100% glare proof. Rather, when the screen catches any light, no matter how faint, it sucks it in and reflects it back out, as if it were a backlight. You can read outside with this thing at high noon with the font set to 8 point and not miss a single word. It truly is beyond awesome.
There is a drawback, however. Not with the reader, but with the availability of files for it. 99% of the ebooks that are free/posted illegally on torrent sites are fan-made, and are rife with typos, missing information, and are horribly HORRIBLY formatted. I downloaded some that were basically one giant run-on sentence, a massive 'wall o' text'. It has frustrated me so much that I have begun correcting these things myself. So far I have re-formatted the entire bibliography of David Eddings and Orson Scott Card, and have now moved on to Richard Matheson.
While I'm doing all of this, the Mrs. has commandeered the Jetbook for herself. She insists that she is not impressed with it, and doesn't really like it, but for FOUR DAYS now she has not put it down the entire time she has been home.
It's amazing sometimes the lengths people will go to keep themselves entertained. After this year though, I think I am all caught up on modern tech (I don't plan to go 3D HDTV, not now, not ever, so yeah, I am current). Right now my routine is: Plug in a HDD, download lots of HD goodness, unhook drive, bring to bedroom, plug into ASUS O! Play, and watch 720P-1080P anime. When you add in the fact that I can have 5 HDD's hooked up to the O! Play at once (4 USB and 1 eSATA), you begin to see that this is pretty much pure win.
Maybe next year I can finally concentrate on building a new AMD box, and this PC can replace the one that's hooked to the HDTV in the bedroom.
Not TWO HOURS after posting this, I get a text from Ashley telling me that she fucking broke the Jetbook. *Sigh*