Archive for July, 2010

I admit I wore my first badge on the street

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

My first internship issued me a little plastic badge with my name and picture.  It really did nothing.  I actually carried my bosses extra badge around so I could get through security doors (Yup, Security was tight at the Kerry campaign).  My background check happened three months after I started).  Anyway, I was proud of this badge, and in my first few days I wore it too and from work.  This stopped after I noticed no one else did this.  I thought I would fess up to this “Hilltern” behavior before I posted this video.

Inspiron 600m

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Seven years ago I got my Dell Inspiron 600m.  It was my laptop for college.  Only today has it been officially replaced.  The 600m came with 512mb of memory, a 40 gig hard drive, and a 1.6 Pentium M Processor.  It was a blazing machine, but its day has passed.

That laptop designed three versions of Billikens.com;  drafted an undergraduate and Masters thesis; connected the networks of: Parliament,  Kerry-Edwards 2004, the DLCC, a number of universities; wrote business and not-so-business emails; and created this blog.

I am now on an HP dm4t.  The screen and keyboard are wide, but the machine is thinner and lighter.  Instead of the never used serial port it has one for HDMI.  It does not have a scratch across the screen due to a design flaw.  It likely will deal with more Political Science originated data than that for a political party.  Instead of grad school applications, it will write job applications.  It will present chapters of my dissertation and not state legislative campaign web sites for $40 a month.  Like its predecessors, it will edit a fan site devoted to Saint Louis University and play horrible music.

In 2003, I could never foresee what the Inspiron 600m would do.  I don’t know if I ever really thought about it.  I think about what dm4t will produce, but I am sure my predictions are wrong.  We will just have to wait and find out.

No matter what though…every computer I own will look like it runs Windows 95.