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Those of you who follow me on Twitter, and have been keeping up with my updates, will no doubt be aware that I purchased a new Droid 2 today. I've made and received some calls on it, and finally added the custom ringtone of my dreams. Now nobody will ever call me on it again. For those who know that I got a new Droid 2 today (which should hopefully be everyone reading this, or something is very, very wrong with you), I'm also posting this entry via a new means - a new laptop that runs programs without reminding me of a one-legged puppy staring up and whining at the person urging it to jump through a flaming ring. I haven't set up quite everything on it yet - I need to bring over some of my files from the old laptop, and contact Worst Buy to find out whether they advertised "Comes with Office pre-installed" when what they meant was "You get a stripped-down ad-supported version that most people will be satisfied with, and you'll have to buy the full version if you want it." There's no product key in my box, as far as I can tell. I can probably get by with this, but I shouldn't have to. That's dirty pool, Worst Buy. Even the box says "Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010", nothing about what's effectively a non-time-limited trial version. It should come with four full versions, not two trial versions.

I've asked @twelpforce about it, anyway. Maybe they've got a good answer.

With all of that going on, I didn't get mnuch work done on the video, but I went over my Linux notes a bit and have time to do more with them. I also discovered that DOSBox 0.74 handles the CD audio for games like Lost in Time and Return to Zork... as well as the Gobliiins games and Alone in the Dark 3. That would have made my LPs of those games considerably easier. I would definitely have done the Gobliins 2 bonus video had I been able to do it without needing to separately record and sync the audio. However, this means that the Goblin's Quest 3 CD and Lost in Time LPs will definitely happen. Not that anyone cares, but I've wanted to do both for a long time. This will be awesome. For a certain value of awesome, anyway.

Key Lime Pie is not a good flavor for cupcakes.

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sakanagai
Aug. 16th, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
Limited Office trials are quite common for new Windows PCs and some OEMs have the 60-day trials preinstalled by default. You might be able to check for fine print and get a full version from either Best Buy, Dell, or maybe even Microsoft in its absence. Otherwise, you are still entitled a digital download of Office for $10 or so if you haven't already claimed it.
nidoking
Aug. 16th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Online reviews praise this model for including the full Home & Student package, and I found a forum post from someone who had to go through a convoluted return and repurchase process to get the activation key. Consumerist will be hearing of this, whatever comes of it.
bufi44
Aug. 16th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
Congrats on Droid and laptop. I know the laptop has been an issue for ages.

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Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")

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