When an old laptop is better than a new one

It’s a very odd situation, but occasionally I need to take a laptop to work.

Currently, with one machine making a smooth, albeit extended, transition between distros, I found myself dragging the fastest (but not biggest) one into the office.

That was a huge mistake.

Mostly because that’s the one that has both Warzone 2100 and Wine-plus-Icewind Dale on it.

The hours ticked by like minutes.

Which was a good thing in a way, because that was part of the problem — large periods of time with nothing specific to do.

On the other hand, I know I should be working a little harder either on job issues or minor tasks.

But that is simply an impossibility so long as the burrows of the lizard men need cleared, or there’s another skirmish waiting in Warzone.

Next time, something so underpowered as to be no kind of distraction. :)

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8 Responses to “When an old laptop is better than a new one”

  1. 1 technologyunit 2011/01/19 at 8:33 AM

    Game vs. Write a 12 page paper for college? easy choice. Unfortunately my grade won’t agree with me.

  2. 2 Dmitry 2011/01/19 at 6:44 PM

    Even underpower computers can have games… Tetris, Xenix &Co were written on 286′s or even before!

  3. 3 Luca 2011/01/19 at 6:56 PM

    I wish I could do this at my job :)

  4. 5 cthulhu 2011/01/20 at 12:00 AM

    Aren’t you worried about CPU load? I’m guessing you’re running at 100% CPU usage when playing those games?

    I mainly use dosbox. Best thing ever!

    • 6 ErSandro 2011/01/20 at 12:06 AM

      Even if under wine he’s playng Icewind Dale on a dual core, i don’t think cpu(s) is (are) stressed too much :)

  5. 7 RandyNose 2011/01/20 at 3:46 AM

    Hmm… Well, I was “on call” today due to lack of work, so I worked on a blog post, made a PDF for someone else’s blog, and now that it’s almost 2pm, I guess it’s time to be inspired by THIS post to fire up the N64.. And while my paycheck won’t be bigger due to it, I guess that it might be time to go goof off until the wife comes home….

  6. 8 evidex 2011/01/20 at 5:29 AM

    How about some awesome free mainly text games for those underpowered machines? The Trilby games are particularly great.


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