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My tablet pc has been acting up lately. Blue screens of death with cryptic stop errors on them that don't stay up long enough for me to try to figure out what caused them, mostly. Something about an IRQ, but it's beside the point.

The point is, the tablet may be dying.

This is unfortunate, as I have been using it for note-taking and homework-doing in my comp sci courses and it has been magnificent and I don't want to lose that ability. So I've been poking around a bit to see what a replacement would cost me.

For an actual tablet pc, it looks like it would cost me between $500 and however much I was willing to pay.

And then I found this: The iRex iLiad

And I'm not sure what to make of it. It seems really shiny from their website, and most of the reviews back it up, and I swoon at the idea of writeable e-Ink. But at the same time, the reviews also had a couple of things that were so-so and I can't tell what the impact would be on my studies, since I'd want to be making heavy use of the note-taking functionality and want about the same if not better responsiveness than I get from my tablet. Also, that $700 price tag seems like a bit more than it's worth. That's really the question for me. I can see myself getting it and if it works the way I want it to--or close--I would probably consider the money well-spent... but if not, that's a little more money than I want to spend on something that'll mostly just be sitting on a shelf.

(The other thing I can think of is that it's _not_ a laptop and doesn't support a lot of laptop-y things, but the main things that I used my tablet pc for were notetaking, reading, surfing the web/e-mail, and a little bit of development work. It looks like it does a good job of the first two and might even support the third, but probably not the fourth. It would be a bit of a disappointment, but I could get used to it--especially if I could get software that would convert my writing to text and therefore I could still write code on it and just copy it to the target box when I got back. Wouldn't allow for debugging, of course, but I could still get the major framework parts in place... and it's also a Linux-based operating system, and has at least something of a homebrew community, which seems like it has a _lot_ of potential.)

Anybody out there have experience with this?
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I may Need need to get my internal roleplay engine back online. I also need to realize that it's been about fifteen years since I used it with anyone else, so trying to start having that kind of interaction with people is going to take some serious refurbishing (to say nothing of having to overcome a small mountain of inhibitions, shynesses, and anxieties hadn't really had time to form when I started playing like that the first time).
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Dar Williams continues to rampage through my head, but fortunately this is apparently one of those rare brainworms that actually has something useful to say. (I suspect that it doesn't help that I finally hooked up the remaining 2 of my surround sound speakers for my computer last night just so that I could get the full-immersion effect, but there are some songs where I just want to soak in them like that...)

And then I got a link to [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna's post here and [livejournal.com profile] matociquala's post here and [livejournal.com profile] geekchick's post here from my fiancee, [livejournal.com profile] gipsieee, and that thread all clicked together with the switch in Are You Out There from the fragment that I posted yesterday:
And when I turned your station on
You sounded more familiar than that party was
You were more familiar than that party
and this subsequent chunk of the song:
So tonight I turned your station on
Just so I'd be understood
Instead another voice said I was just too late
And just no good....
It feels incredibly relevant to what all three of those other entries talk about, with wanting something but being afraid to ask for it, or being afraid to even admit to wanting it, and developing coping strategies to protect ourselves from the pain that we perceive as accompanying those things. Those two song fragments are a perfect example of the sort of thing that causes us to build those walls: we find something that we can identify with, a source of support and familiarity, and all we have to do is reach out and ask for it... and then one day we reach out and it's gone, with no explanation, no forwarding address, replaced by a chastising reprimand. Faced with that, it is no surprise to me that we rapidly learn not to ask for things unless we absolutely desperately have to...

And though the static walls surround me
I am out here, can you find me?
I am out here listening all the time...
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Most of the time I am rather happy with the idea of being an eccentric recluse. The problem is that I get lonely. I want to be an eccentric recluse with other eccentric recluses. )

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