Actually, I'm an artist in general, into various aspects of art to be precise (3d art, creative writing, singing, acting, drawing) and of course with technical background primarily in computers (both desktops and laptops).
The things I write about are scifi in origin for the most part.
The book itself can be considered scifi, but deals with different possibilities primarily and expands on what is well established in science, but also pushes things to the extreme.
Because let's face it, contemporary ways of thinking cannot really be applied for example 300 years into the future where technology will be vastly different and humans will think in a different capacity (with any luck that is).
The book is set mostly in present day, but plenty of other things will be included.
I'm also doing 3d art based on the book.
Have some things I can easily post for others to see, but not yet.
Just reporting I installed XP SP3 on this laptop and removed the pre-installed Vista SP1.
Everything works fine.
The camera is not giving me trouble like it did to 'kikso'.
I had issues with the SATA drivers (getting the 'your system doesn't meet minimum requirements' error), but thanks to 'werewolfery', I installed the ones from Toshiba and everything works fine now with AHCI enabled in BIOS (after which I installed the ones from Intel site ... same ones that gave the 'minimum req.' error and got the latest version of Intel Matrix storage device)..
I also found fairly recent (from 2008) Nvidia HDMI drivers that work in XP.
Once Windows is done installing some updates for my office 2007 and remaining OS updates, I think I will re-allocate the disk space from C to D and possibly make another partition on which I will put Vista Home Premium SP1 (SP2 as well) 64 bit.
I like the snappiness of XP.
I do miss Aero somewhat, but overall it's not a big loss since my XP essentially looks like Vista minus the Aero.
At least now I shouldn't experience any issues in terms of compatibility with older software.
But I'm also itching to try out a clean Vista Home Premium SP1 64bit (just for my 3dsMax).
Well, XP continues to run just fine, but during start-up the network devices take a few extra seconds to load up into the system tray for some reason.
The boot time on the other hand is about 45 to 50 seconds.
I'll still have to re-allocate the disk space and install Vista 64 bit (most likely during the day).
I don't celebrate holidays, so it's all the same to me.
Last edited by Deks; 24th December 2008 at 07:34 PM.