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Old 09-15-2012, 05:01 PM   #1066
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Yes, Blood Rites is one of my favorites in the series.
I liked that BR did not have that much in the way of action. It just felt right. I expect the next book to be full of action.

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Old 09-15-2012, 05:20 PM   #1067
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I liked that BR did not have that much in the way of action. It just felt right. I expect the next book to be full of action.

Welcome back. No way I could be offline for that long. I have my desktop, laptop, iPad. Plus, there are two more desktops and another laptop.
Oh, I wasn't offline. I just wasn't visiting the usual places because of the awkwardness of the other laptop. It's really difficult for me to type on. And it's not like I can visit here and not type anything. I also have the business computer, but that feels like working, and the desktop, but that's more set up for gaming and music production.
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:23 PM   #1068
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Oh, I wasn't offline. I just wasn't visiting the usual places because of the awkwardness of the other laptop. It's really difficult for me to type on. And it's not like I can visit here and not type anything. I also have the business computer, but that feels like working, and the desktop, but that's more set up for gaming and music production.
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:07 PM   #1069
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I like that! Especially because it has the numeric keypad.

My "substitute" laptop, the Dell Duo, has short, stiff keys, and instead of pg up / down / home / end, it assigns those to the function key + arrow keys. I've noticed that's becoming more common now and it bugs the hell out of me.

BUT the Duo has it's good points - the touchscreen is wickedly awesome with Win 8 RP installed. It's perfect for reading PDFs, using Windows Media Center, general media consumption. Sometimes I use it as a portable TV in the kitchen while I'm cooking, or out on the back porch.

If I had sent the 11z in for repair when it first starting acting up, I'd have had it back three weeks ago. Total turnaround time (including them shipping an empty box to me to pack it in) was only 10 days, including the weekend.
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:22 PM   #1070
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Dell has a laptop called the Duo? Surprised that Apple hasn't sued Dell since they had the Powerbook Duo series from 1992 - 1997. ;P

Would have to check to see if Duo was trademarked on its own or as Powerbook Duo and if the mark is considered abandoned.
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Dell has a laptop called the Duo? Surprised that Apple hasn't sued Dell since they had the Powerbook Duo series from 1992 - 1997. ;P

Would have to check to see if Duo was trademarked on its own or as Powerbook Duo and if the mark is considered abandoned.
Don't know. But the full name is Inspiron Duo if that makes a difference, and it's a convertible tablet / netbook. They only sold them for a little over a year, I think. No longer available. Mine is red.
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:22 PM   #1072
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:50 AM   #1073
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:07 AM   #1074
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Cool 2nd Annual Dresden Files re-read

A year ago, in preparation for reading Ghost Story which had been released on July 26th, I decided to re-read the series first. So beginning on September 17th I started re-reading Storm Front and I finishing reading Changes on October 20th. Then I read Ghost Story and finished it on October 25th. So this year I'm going to start my 2nd annual Dresden Files re-read early, so that when the November release of Cold Days happens I'll be ready. I didn't remember just how long after the release of Ghost Story it took me to even start on my re-read. Oh well, this time I'm starting early enough to begin reading Cold Days right away after the release!
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If I had sent the 11z in for repair when it first starting acting up, I'd have had it back three weeks ago. Total turnaround time (including them shipping an empty box to me to pack it in) was only 10 days, including the weekend.
I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only fan of the Dell Inspiron 11z. It's the machine I take with me on all my travels, and for me it's the perfect combination of portability and usability. An 11.6" device is the smallest that has a usable keyboard for me; I can't type comfortably on 10" devices.

It's a great shame that Dell are no longer selling them, but hopefully mine will last me a good many more years.
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I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only fan of the Dell Inspiron 11z. It's the machine I take with me on all my travels, and for me it's the perfect combination of portability and usability. An 11.6" device is the smallest that has a usable keyboard for me; I can't type comfortably on 10" devices.

It's a great shame that Dell are no longer selling them, but hopefully mine will last me a good many more years.
Yay! Another fan! Nice to find someone who understands the appeal of the 11z. The Celeron Mobile CULV processor in mine is surprisingly robust. It's just perfect. It's so light, too, even with the 6-cell battery. (Speaking of which, even after 2.5 years, I still get nearly 5.5 hours of light usage - web, email, writing - on that battery.)

I've had *a-hem* a few laptops, and this is the only one I stayed happy with for so long. I was sad when I saw that Dell converted their Z models to an Ultrabook line, boosting the specs and the prices.

They did so many things RIGHT with the 11z that they have not done since. I've seriously thought about hitting up ebay and buying some spare parts while they are available.
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The one thing laptop manufacturers have done so wrong is give in the the HD hype. Now we have poor resolution instead of better resolution. 1366x768 on a 15.6" screen is crap. 1600x900 on a 17.3" screen is also crap. The prices they charge now for a 1920x1080 screen is outrageous.

Before we had HDTV, we had resolutions going up and laptop panels that could do 1600x1200. Now we have crap.
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I'm delving back into the Files, too--I started the Proven Guilty audiobook on my train commute the other night, despite my 4-6 other books/audiobooks in progress

All the recaps and character bios early on are a tad annoying, but Harry's world still draws me right in.
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A year ago, in preparation for reading Ghost Story which had been released on July 26th, I decided to re-read the series first. So beginning on September 17th I started re-reading Storm Front and I finishing reading Changes on October 20th. Then I read Ghost Story and finished it on October 25th. So this year I'm going to start my 2nd annual Dresden Files re-read early, so that when the November release of Cold Days happens I'll be ready. I didn't remember just how long after the release of Ghost Story it took me to even start on my re-read. Oh well, this time I'm starting early enough to begin reading Cold Days right away after the release!
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I'm delving back into the Files, too--I started the Proven Guilty audiobook on my train commute the other night, despite my 4-6 other books/audiobooks in progress

All the recaps and character bios early on are a tad annoying, but Harry's world still draws me right in.
I just completed Storm Front and will begin Fool Moon tomorrow. Off to bed I go!
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Just to clarify, I'm still on my first run through the series, taking a break every 2-3 volumes. I doubt I'll get caught up before Cold Days drops and I'll most likely wait for the audio, anyway.
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