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Here’s Annabella…

Call me sad, but I do like to give my computers names. They’re usually female (I swear computers suffer from PMS) and usually slightly exotic but not stupid. So, when I was running my new Toshiba A10 for the first time this afternoon, ‘Annabella’ was the name I chose when asked for one by the setup utility, to go along with her sisters Marissa (my old laptop) and Marianna (my parents’ computer).
So yes, it has arrived, and what a fine beast it is. The only noise it makes is when there is intense disk activity, since the fan is completely silent. It can be booted up and ready to use in less than 30 seconds – Marissa wasn’t bad at getting up quickly but this one is so much quicker. And unlike Samsung, Toshiba actually give you a full printed manual – a bit daunting at around 150 pages but very welcome nonetheless. Certainly it’s better than the 10 page Windows XP quick start guide that Microsoft expects you to use.
The only annoyance so far is the keyboard. While I’m pleased that the Windows key got booted off to the top right (so I don’t hit it every time I miss the space bar like before), there’s no Del key; rather it’s the second function of the . key (requiring you to hold down Fn while you press .). And I still haven’t found NUM lock, but no doubt it’s in the manual somewhere.
No wait, NUM lock is Fn+F11. Naturally, instead of being labelled ‘NUM lock’ it’s got a picture of a keypad on it, so I had no idea what it did.
I’m currently on my second stint at Windows Update; having downloaded all the critical updates, I’m now on the non-critical ones. The third (and hopefully final) stint will get me equipped with the latest DirectX. Fortunately the machine was pre-installed win XP Home SP1 and a couple of updates were already there so that’s saved some time.
Another nice thing is that it defaults to FAT32, with a ‘Convert to NTFS’ option on the desktop. This is good because once the ISOs for Mandrake 9.2 come out, I’ll be slapping that on here so having the main partition as FAT32 means Linux can read and write to it. Samsung make their laptops default to NTFS, which requires a reformat to go back to FAT32.
All in all, I’m very happy with this little baby, and I’m glad I could get it so soon – it’ll make doing my coursework next week so much easier. Or at least it will once I’ve downloaded OpenOffice…

One Comment

  1. Partition magic can convert ntfs to fat32 IIRC. I have to agree that computers are female though.