Minorities in cartoons: Lobo

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Lobo. No, not the more familiar DC Comics alien bounty hunter, but a Western hero published by Dell during the 1960s. Lobo’s significance is being comics’ first recurring African-American character to headline his own comic book series. While there are preceding comics starring Black characters, they tended to … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Lobo”

Laptop Search 2012 continues (now with more Ivy Bridge!)

To keep up the tech side of things on the blog, I thought I’d post my progress on looking for a newer laptop. Now that Ivy Bridge-powered gear is finally being released, I’m ready to actually buy a replacement for this one (a three-year-old HP laptop that’s worked well, but I want something newer). So … Continue reading “Laptop Search 2012 continues (now with more Ivy Bridge!)”

More new laptop stuff, plus Ubuntu 9.04 (AMD64)

Updating my previous post on my new laptop: after noticing the default Ubuntu 8.10 install didn’t recognize all 4GB of RAM, I decided to upgrade to Ubuntu 9.04’s 64-bit version (8.10 and 8.04 ‘s 64-bit versions failed to work properly when trying out the live CDs: they both hard-froze when I tried to play any … Continue reading “More new laptop stuff, plus Ubuntu 9.04 (AMD64)”

New computer: an HP laptop

After looking for weeks at various models, I’ve finally bought a new computer, a 15.6″ Hewlett-Packard laptop (model dvp-1230us, bought on sale at Office Depot): Amazon.com: HP Pavilion DV6-1230US 15.6-Inch Entertainment Laptop: Electronics While it came with Vista, I wiped the default install and installed Ubuntu 8.10 over it. However, since it has 4GB of … Continue reading “New computer: an HP laptop”

New acquisition: a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop computer

Photo from itBox24 (though originally from a Dell ad…). As of several days ago, I became the proud owner of a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop computer, running with 2GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, a Pentium dual-core processor (at 1.86Ghz), and wifi. No webcam or built-in microphone, battery life so-so (2.5 hours on average, … Continue reading “New acquisition: a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop computer”

Dude, you’ve got a Dell… with Ubuntu!

Apparently Dell plans to start offering models with Ubuntu Linux preinstalled… While great news for Linux (a major computer vendor offering a popular Linux version preinstalled, which might make compatibility issues smoother in the future), it almost makes me wish I’d waited a few more months before buying my current Dell—an n-series model with no … Continue reading “Dude, you’ve got a Dell… with Ubuntu!”

New computer update

Update on the new computer: it arrived a lot sooner than I thought—namely, yesterday. Everything with the machine seems to be OK, and it’s nice to finally have an LCD monitor. It also feels faster than the old machine, including startup time. Can’t say much for the included keyboard and mouse, though, so I’m still … Continue reading “New computer update”

Anthony’s new computer

After much thought and listening to various remarks from others (ranging from “buy a Mac” to “build your own PC” to ” is a piece of junk”), I’ve finally decided to buy (and ordered yesterday morning)… a mid-range Dell. Specifically, the Dell Dimension E521 without Windows preinstalled (from their operating system-less “n-series” line). Specifications on … Continue reading “Anthony’s new computer”