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 thoughts on “When an old laptop is better than a new one

  1. cthulhu

    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!

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    1. ErSandro

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

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  2. RandyNose

    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….

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