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Things I bought this weekend:

  1. Infrant ReadyNAS X6 with four 250GB Seagate Barracuda drives pre-installed, based on the advice of my readers and this review from Tom's Networking. I bought it from, which does not appear to sell the exact model anymore (but they assure me that mine is in the mail as we speak... er, type... and they still sell larger models). The actual NAS is based on Debian GNU/Linux, and Infrant appears to comply with the GNU/GPL.
  2. Canon PowerShot SD450, based on the further advice of my readers and reviews at and Bought from my local Apple store, ironically.
  3. Lenovo ThinkCentre M52 with 3 GHz dual core processors. Despite the recent switchover to Lenovo, I still get an IBM employee discount, which amounted to several hundred dollars. I found ThinkWiki to be an invaluable resource while I was researching the compatibility of various components.
  4. Seagate Barracuda 750 GB hard drive, based on advice from my readers about Seagate hard drives and this review on (This drive also hit Slashdot this morning and Digg this afternoon. I feel so au courant.) I will install this in my new ThinkCentre on day 1, and then I will install a Free Software operating system on it.
  5. A real fucking keyboard, which I found via links from other bloggers. OK, technically it's called the Customizer 104/105 Black. But at lunch today I was trying to describe to Brett exactly what sort of keyboard it was, and I said something to the effect of "Do you remember those IBM Model M keyboards that you had to push real hard and they clicked when you pressed a key, and if you could type 100 words a minute it sounded like the world was coming to an end?" And Brett said, "Oh! You bought a real fucking keyboard!" So in this house, it shall henceforth be known as "the real fucking keyboard." It even comes with a real fucking USB cable.

Astute readers will notice that this marks the end of my 22-year love affair with Apple. I actually went to the local Apple store this weekend -- checkbook in hand -- to decide between the new Mac mini, MacBook, and MacBook Pro. I walked out without buying any of them. Bye, Apple. Thanks for the memories.

So, what Free Software operating systems are people running these days?