What to do on a long car ride?
In a little less then a month, me and my family will be taking a vacation to Michigan…We love in South Florida, so it will be a 24 hour drive (not including breaks and sleeping) and I have my 12 year old (I am a 15 year old girl) brother in the car (and the car is a 2012 Honda Civic). What can I do to make it so it won’t be torture, and also, how do I (if I get bored and not do anything (because I often do)) not get testy with my younger brother…I have a laptop (no car charger), an ipod (nano, so no games) and a small DVD player with a car charger…. But I do not not think I will be able to bring my laptop seeing as it is a long car ride in a tiny car with four people….. If I can bring my laptop, I have Roller Coast Tycoon 1 and 4, and Zoo Tycoon 1 and Dino Digs.. I love to read, but get a little sick if I read for to long in car (and brother interuppts every 5 seconds)…. So do you have any other suggestions? And again how do I not get testy with my brother?
We will also be driving through the following states: Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois (no way in Hell will my dad drive through Ohio) Then we are stopping in the Detroit area, then heading to East Tawas
I meant Indiana…
Get some books-on-tape. Even though you can’t read in the car, you can sit back with your headphones and listen to the books. The library has them. So does Cracker Barrel — you check out a book at one restaurant and return it at another one down the road.
I listen to CDs that I don’t play at home or work. That way they are “new”. I pick up a bunch cheap at our library’s used bookstore.
As for your brother, ask your parents to establish rules that must be followed in the car. That is an incredibly long trip in a Civic.
looking for a cheap, powerful laptop?
first off, im a power user. i dont plan on playing games, just transcoding video and encoding, on the fly. HD or SD, it dont matter but i will be using both.
anyways, id like to spend less than 600, and my MOST is around 800. preferably less, obviously.
the size of the hard drive is irrelivent as all of my data, will beis stored on my 1.5TB external. though, i would like to have a SCSI drive, or something around 10,000RPM or higher. hell, it could be 25gb and thats all i would need. so long as its fast.
i definately want a 64 bit pc, NO AMD. maybe dual or quad core, again, price. realistically i dont care about processor speed, but i know its important in a laptop, especially since i cant simply upgrade it, unlike the RAM.
i would like to have at least 4gb of ram. even that is small. preferably, id like 16 or 32 gigs of ram, or at least the ability to add that much in the future.
the biggest (or smallest) thing thats essential is SIZE. i like netbooks, so something with a 10″ screen would be perfect.
also, i realize netbooks are garbage for the most part. most come with their own OS, and are made strictly for browsing the web. i could care less, because i plan on formatting it and installing linux anyways. i do NOT want a cddvd drive. not only do they make the computer larger, but in this age of technology, why would i want one? i have an external dual layer DVD burner, so if i need it ill plug it in. speaking of plugs, battery life is NOT at all important. since all my stuff is on an external drive, i will plug in the drive as well as the computer 100% of the time.
also, i need an SD slot built in. mostly bc the transfer rate is much faster than usb 2,0 (or whatever speedversion it is right now). i will be using an SD card instead of having virtual memory deticated, on my hard drive. why not, especially if i can use a 4, 8, or 16 gb card to extend my ram.
so, any ideas people? remember, 64 bit, lots of ram (or capable anyways), super small, and FAST hard drive.
what would i be looking at? and, any other suggestions?
i plan on this pc being my deticated daily use computer. it will be a server to stream media files, hence the on-the-fly transcoding. i will also use it to test out the development of my website via apache2. plus, i will use it at work for pentesting. hacking into wireless networks, testing company security for vulnerabilities and more, which is why it needs to be small – plus its 2012, large isnt popular these days.
thanks everyone! feel free to suggest a better hardware configuration considering the computers purpose.
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