Not exactly a beauty anymore. Which, in itself, would be no reason at all, but which also was only one of the symptoms. The poor thing, being almost six years old, also sounded like a helicopter about to take off all the time. Plus, the 3D part of the graphic card was broken. Plus, it was effing slow.
While it was still doing an OK job with most everyday stuff, current games were out of the question, current being used in the very broad sense of the word here. As I said, no hardware support for 3D whatsoever... While I don't actually game that much anymore, there's a world of a difference between can't and won't. Also "not that much" is not exactly the same as "not at all" ;) Most important though, because of the overall crawling attitude, I really wasn't too keen on doing video editing on it anymore either. A whopping 100 GB of hard disk also weren't helping.
It had to be a notebook again as the old one definitely was going to be retired. Still, I'm not actually carrying it around a lot. It's much more of a easily portable desktop PC than a real notebook. And I really dig big screens, especially during vidding. 17" then. And I'd really like to have a decent screen, thank you very much.
After much research I decided on the Studio line from Dell. Owing to my funding, it's kind of in between their rather low key office notebooks and the real powerhouses. It's a very decent in between though: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 4 GB of RAM, 350 GB hard disk, a reasonably good graphic card and, behold, a very bright, by now very much loved LED TFT display. A numpad - can't stress that enough... Plus, interfaces for pretty much everything. Including eSATA which is going to become important soon enough :)
As was to be expected, I ended up paying a bit more than I had originally intended. Ah well, I still am very happy with my choice, so it was definitely worth it. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is it:
While I was tempted to get myself a colored lid, that had no chance of winning out against more RAM... Still, it was possible to get an "ornamental" lid without paying extra, so that's what I did:
The beauty arrived and I decided that, this time, I'd not succumb to my inherent laziness and just go with the initial set up. Now it's running on Windows Vista Business 64. VMWare Player is kind enough to provide the rest. (Very short diatribe on Vista - it's still Windows with all its numerous flaws and not that numerous, but rather important, advantages. After turning off most of the unnecessary, resource-hungry gadgets, I've grown rather fond of it. Usability has been notably improved, in my book. Going 64 brings its own sets of problems though.)
Now, how to name it? If I had gone for color and the color had been red, I'd have considered Laura. The lines on the lid made me think Mercator for a while. I finally settled on Mimir though.
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
"Mímir (Old Norse "The rememberer, the wise one") or Mim is a figure in Norse mythology renowned for his knowledge and wisdom who is beheaded during the Æsir-Vanir War. Afterward, the major god Odin carries around Mímir's head and it recites secret knowledge and counsel to him."
As with lots of old mythology, it's a bit on the grim side of things, but I rather dig the 'carrying around for knowledge'-part. Also, should I need more names, I can expand both Norse- and Gods-of-Knowledge-wise.