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National Condom Day [Feb. 10th, 2009|04:01 pm]
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The Dutch have a National Condom Day. It is February 14th -- one day after the day when it really mattered. (I suppose good Hollandse sex happens after midnight?)

I have a laptop again! Finally. It's a Toshiba Portege (not a typo!), and it's a tablet PC. You cannot imagine the delight of dragging windows around Minority Report style. However, I must recommend against Toshiba as a brand: too much bloatware, and you must wait for all of it to install on the computer when it first arrives -- the operating system doesn't exactly come preinstalled.

It came with Vista. I tried to give it a fighting chance, I really did. They messed up the Start menu pretty bad, though, and the minor chrome adjustments that I saw were not really worth the extra wait at boot time. Toshiba kindly sent me Windows XP Tablet Edition restore disks instead of Vista restore disks, so I'm now running XP again.

(But I will install Kubuntu Linux on it sometime soon -- once I can wrap my head around what this guy did.)

pwext is almost finished as a bookmarklet. There is a delay because I don't yet have a framework that I can use to publish applications. I'm working on learning Django so that I can create something nice on drostie.org -- possibly with an eventual comment system. Also, I still need to create a setup script that will generate your pwext seed from random keypresses, et cetera. It's a bit of work, but it's going.

With a tablet PC, One Dark Dream (a webcomic/webdrama story that has been kicking around in my head for about a year now) can possibly start up. I'll have to see how long it takes for me to write the first few comics, draw them out, assemble them, and publish. One thing I don't like: in Windows, the cursor has this nasty tendency to lag behind the tablet pen, which might smooth the curves but it might also be annoying. I don't know yet.
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