28 March 2009

New Laptop = New-Sounding Music


Sneaky Studios Inc. is a-changing! I just ordered myself an Asus EeePC 901 (the littler one, look how cute and tiny it is! It isn't even the smallest EeePC, that one's only 7") because my four-year-old hand-me-down Gateway fried a few weeks ago. I saved the hard drive so wasn't too sad about it and figured it would be nice to go traveling without the Internet to burden me down, and then I remembered that without a cell phone, I won't be able to call my parents (or friends or anybody, but my parents would be worried). And I've heard wonderful things about the EeePC, and was especially impressed that it comes with a GNU/Linux option since I've been an Ubuntu user for almost two years and can't stand Windows (not that I couldn't replace Windows with my favorite operating system, but it's nice to think they did it for me). I'm excited to try out a new Linux OS.

Of course, this means recording will be a little different, since I've been using Garage Band on the iMac at school. I'm a great DIY advocate and don't demand much by way of a recording studio. The 901 comes with a built-in microphone which I'm anxious to test out but I won't be able to play software instruments anymore--I tried out LMMS for awhile and didn't like it. I'll have my melodica and mini-megaphone with me and plan on picking up a handsaw, so, looks like that's what The Sneaky Mister will become. If I can get my hands on an acoustic guitar that would help me out some on the busking circuit so maybe it'll sneak into the recordings as well.


Some other relevant facts about the Asus EeePC 901 (since I love making lists, and using parentheses):

  • 1GB of RAM, which is twice as much as my dead laptop so I can't complain

  • a webcam! Never had a webcam before

  • 20GB storage, all memory, no hard drive, which means it should be quieter and more resistant to bumps than a normal laptop (I have a little 20GB external to supplement and will probably get a much bigger one eventually, nobody can believe I only own 8GB of music)

  • weighs less than 2.5 pounds, or approximately one bunch of bananas

  • measures 7" x 9" making it officially small enough to fit in the top pouch of my hiking pack, with my toothbrush and sketchbook and stuff

  • Skype!! Obviously if it didn't come with Skype I could install it, but this is important to me because it's the main reason I'm getting it now in the first place.

I was intensely tempted by a range of $13 sticker decals on Amazon.com that fit on the back and palm rest of the EeePC 901, but resisted. I can make my own goddamn decals, and they will probably own those other decals's asses.

1 comment:

  1. ooh, sweet tunes! can't wait for the album! pb ftw!!!