BOGzilla

 

You’ll be hearing from me fleetingly if at all over the next few days— I’m off to Kawasaki for HAL-Con 2014, with a mixture of fear and excitement and the profound hope that I’ll be able to find my way home again afterward. One nifty thing the HAL Con folks do is put out an exclusive private minicollection of stories from their author GoH— the iteration to your right having been illustrated by this year’s artist GoH, Hotaru Unno.

I’ll be accompanied on this trip by the new Light of My Life, which I’ve spent the past few days stroking and loading and introducing to the rest of UnicornSquidNet: meet BOG, the latest and shiniest addition to our Laptop Family:

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Count on the anime style to make Lenie Clarke look happy.

Count on the anime style to make Lenie Clarke look happy.

Seven kilograms of quadcore goodness. Four separate fans to keep it from scorching the flesh of your legs right through the denim. An entire backside dedicated to every kind of video interface from mini to semaphore. A function bar reverse-engineered from Cylon technology, over a keyboard whose programmable LEDs pulse in enough colors and frequencies to induce epilepsy in all but the legally blind. Built-in subwoofer. The power brick alone is the size of a cinder block.

They say you shouldn’t even boot this baby up if you’re more than fifty kilometers from the nearest nuclear reactor; further than that and the sheer suck of power through attenuating cable melts the hydro lines. Homely and massive and magnificent— just like its namesake.

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So anyway, I’m outta here. Wish me luck.

Transoceanic flights haven’t been getting the greatest press lately.

This entry was written by Peter Watts , posted on Wednesday April 09 2014at 05:04 am , filed under On the Road, public interface, writing news . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

17 Responses to “BOGzilla”

  1. Now’s a good time for you to start playing Kerbal Space Program.

  2. We need to have a chat about the former ASUS Light of Your Life when you get back. Hope you have a good trip.

  3. Yes, but will it run Minecraft?

  4. Awww yisss – new hardware! Is there a glow more pleasant than that emitted from a brand new device?

    It sounds like this puppy is going to throw off more heat than a thousand suns, so you might want to consider some secondary form of cooling pad. There are lots of choices out there – many can be a little bulky.

    For my money, I purchased a pair of these mini-risers for less than ten bucks (USD): http://www.laboratory424.com/project/mini-riser

    The risers elevate your laptop by an inch or two, allowing air to flow freely underneath and cool the device a little. As an added bonus, it helps to create a slightly more comfortable angle of attack for your fingers on the keyboard.

    It’s a simple solution that some might argue as being TOO simple, but it’s worked well for me. Of course, you can raise your laptop in this same fashion using ordinary household materials (I was using wine corks for a while), but the mini-risers were so cheap that I decided to just go for it.

  5. My condolences on your flight to Japan. But you should try two similar trips (Japan and Korea) in a span of six weeks. With the amount that I have been flying, I now opt for the lightest laptop I can find.

    I am currently in Oslo. Great city but $34 for a Big Mac and $20 for a beer is a little outside my budget. Looks like I will finally have an opportunity to lose those extra pounds.

  6. That’s some serious terafloppage there… Tell me you’ll use it for gaming. Can’t have that kind of heavy duty rig and NOT use it for gaming. That would be a disgrace.

  7. The battery is a pack of TNT, right?

  8. That is one tough looking cat. How’d he grow the goatee?

  9. A surprising amount of anime lately is made up of novel adaptations, it would be cool if you got one. Stranger things have happened. Mamoru Oshii does Blindsight. Hmm.

    Cool laptop. Very metal.

  10. I am surprised by the number of scientists and such that drag the taskbar onto the side of the screen.

    Never quite figured out why.

  11. How much time does it take to hit warp 5?

    I’m betting 4.5

  12. I’m eying that keyboard suspiciously and waiting for the “fuck, squid have gotten good at urban camouflage” post next week.

  13. Manga has some really mentally torn up characters and they don’t look at all happy… they just emmit a supernormal signal of cuteness.

    Also, I am not quite sure as to why, but the Beebe station vibe remind me of Haibane Renmei’s.

  14. Is that a photo of one BOG attempting to unplug another BOG?
    Sibling rivalry perhaps?

  15. JF Stackhouse:
    Yes, but will it run Minecraft?

    That’s what we had the Linux box for. Before the Linux Box turned into the Linus Brick.

    Barry:
    That’s some serious terafloppage there… Tell me you’ll use it for gaming. Can’t have that kind of heavy duty rig and NOT use it for gaming.

    Hey, it’s marketed as a gaming laptop. I’ve got really sick of the inflexibility of Playstation games when it comes to popping the hood and playing with parameter values. (I would very much have liked to get remarried in Skyrim after sacrificing my first wife to Boethiah, but nooooooooo….)

    Steve Holley:
    That is one tough looking cat. How’d he grow the goatee?

    Many hard years of outdoor living. He grew up in a junkyard. Slept in an abandoned car for eight years at least.

    digi_owl:
    I am surprised by the number of scientists and such that drag the taskbar onto the side of the screen.

    Never quite figured out why.

    You cannot claw your way up the ladder of success if you leave it lying on the ground.

    (Actually, now that I think of it, you can. It would even be a lot easier.)

    fvngvs:
    Is that a photo of one BOG attempting to unplug another BOG?
    Sibling rivalry perhaps?

    That is a photo of BOG getting in my face until I fill his little ceramic bowl with half&half. Our cats, life is tough for them.

  16. That laptop was a gift, right?

  17. gregm:
    That laptop was a gift, right?

    Nah, the one it’s replacing was the gift. Which did the job even if a third of the screen was dark and only one of the USB ports worked.

    This one is over a year old so it’s nowhere near cutting-edge — but if I’d got anything more recent I would have had to deal with Windows 8. And anything the critics raved about for its gaming abilities last year is good enough for me.