The Compaq we looked at mysteriously did not show up on the site we clicked on to look - another case of "didn't up date the Pricewatch ad" and while they had other comparable ones (none with USB ports mentioned) they couldn't be reached by phone at all. One look at the list and the laptop priced just a bit less than the Compaq - actually a substantial Less - was a great looking Toshiba. Click on its site. There it is. They have nine of them. The price is as listed on Pricewatch, order online - and there clicking on details was the USB port that made the Compaq a bit special. Along with sundry and numerous other ports and connectors. Toshi even has an infrared port and if she meets another of her kind can wink across the room and swap data without any cords. Or with a cord, output to a big monitor or take a spare keyboard or mouse or pretty much anything including a docking bay.
And she's beautiful. I had looks down on the bottom of my list, all of my practical and impractical reasons for a laptop centered on emergency and health reasons and features. But some years ago they started making some, not all laptops with black or graphite cases instead of Utilitarian Putty or Glaring White, as all but a handful of desktops are - you can get candy colored Macs with transparent cases that show the works or semi candy colored like red and white, but the black desktop of doom is a great rarity.
Keep in mind that I have blogged before on the subject of Gothic Interior Decorating, something that I'm pretty good at with a strongly Medieval Eclectic slant. Gothic Martha Stewart shows some of the types of things I tend to do to the places I live. I like to make everything in my personal possession rich and visually powerful. I go for gypsy grandeur. The more important something is to me, the more likely I am to eventually apply some crafts or some art to it and fall back to a fine old human trait: show its importance with ornamentation.
Now with my life what it is, I literally spend a lot more time at home than most people. Keeping it simple is important for someone who goes out a lot - but even there, the difference between something that's got a pattern and something that doesn't is just a matter of taste. My favorite color scheme can be summed up in a stained glass window - rich deep or bright hues against black and black outlines. I tend to wear black, or the same bright or jewel tones in medieval garments. I'm self employed, so I can surround myself with my favorite things and do NOT need to even out my life into carefully inoffensive beige.
If anything, beige is very offensive to me. It tends to remind me of the kinds of offices where petty office politics cause grinding daily abuse, power trips abound and people conform - lying through their teeth and dragging themselves through resentful misery. Bit like Dilbert. Dilbert sums up the beige thing. Even if Sheila says the universe is beige, I'm pretty sure the other colors are right in front of my eyes.
So the neat black laptop is a tiny little detail of it that warms my heart as an extra. I had already decided that this time I was fed up with Putty as a color scheme for computers, and made plans to pick up two or three rolls of Contact paper - black, maybe a couple of brilliant colors like red or blue and gold metallic. Then cover the external surfaces of all my equipment with a day's puttering with an Exacto knife set doing faux inlay. For years I'd toyed with doing that with acrylic paint. I've seen some good examples of painted furniture in vivid colors and intricate patterns from assorted artists and musicians, and thought that would give the "creative artistic profession" look to my equipment.
Then I remembered what the Baroness down in Axemoor did with her big liter-sized travel cup coffee mug. Those are as non medieval as it gets. They usually have a gas station imprint or something like that, or come in various colors of plastic - but they are so functional and SCA people have a tendency to hang out spending long hours outdoors doing fun creative stuff. She just got three shades of woodgrain Contact and covered it, cutting out shapes as if doing inlay work on furniture or cabinetry, but with far less fuss. Bordered it with light diamond shapes and put a winding vine with leaves design occuping most of the middle against a darker tone of woodgrain. It looked gorgeous - and while it still didn't look medieval, it looked as if a medieval craftsman got hold of some plastic and the idea. Culturally it was a lot closer to the SCA than to K Mart or Exxon.
My apartment or wherever I live isn't period. But it has that flavor and I think I will try the Contact paper project for it. Easier to spend just one day and a lot less mess decorating it - and I might do something similar to the desk eventually. At the moment every stick of furniture I own is black except the desk. I can either keep the desk as the Odd Object or spend a little while making it blend with the rest... haven't totally decided since the gunmetal and green is antique too.
And in just days, probably around the middle of the week, I will be geeking in splendid comfort with my bad leg propped on half a dozen pillows while Sonata merrily downloads goodies.
Robert and Ari >^..^< (Food. Food would be nice around this time of night...)