Stocking up

Now that I’ve been engaged for two-plus months and living in Amy’s apartment for one, I’m about to move the geek in me into the apartment.

Now that I’ve been engaged for two-plus months and living in Amy’s apartment for one, I’m about to move the geek in me into the apartment.

First step: I ordered a webcam from CDW yesterday, along with a 15-foot USB extension cord, to install during my vacatio next week. I also bought a router to network the desktop and laptop computers together.

Next Wednesday I will bring my computer downtown from my old apartment, and Friday Amy and I are probably buying the cool-ass SoHo Club 8 computer desk from Bo Concepts. I’m buying my friend’s LCD monitor to replace my 17″ Trinitron (for sale, btw) and streamline the setup.

Also included in the downtown lug-fest will be my component stereo system, which will coexist in the same room as the computer. Always nice to enjoy the comforts of the introvert.

With each added item, beyond the geekiness of it all, comes the real benefit: I feel more and more at home. Obviously, Amy’s place is my place, and I’m happy to go there each night and awaken each morning with her. Filling the rooms with my gadgets and music gives me an added anchor, a reminder that it is my home, not just where I sleep with my fiancee. Having that sense of place, and sharing it with my fiancee, makes everything feel like it belongs, and excites me for my future.

On the other hand, I don’t miss that pulsating N

Dejavu.org has an excellent browser emulator that runs live over the Web. I’m poking around sites with their Netscape 1.0 browser—a flashback to my first days on the Web, using Netscape in my college library and newspaper office. Those gray page backgrounds are great.

I have a copy of Netscape 1.1N on a floppy disk somewhere, a remnant from my first days as Online Editorial Assistant at Kaplan InterActive, when we were squatting in extra office space because the parent company didn’t know where else to put the Internet team. You know, the more things change….