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21 June 201003:11PMlifereview

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So. Toy Story 3. Yeah I saw an advance screening. Yeah I was the oldest non- parent in the theatre. No, we didn't do anything to get tickets as far as I know. Yes, the 3D gave me a headache.

The movie is brilliant. I can't really say much more than that, because of spoilers, and also because its probably against some kind of rules of preview screenings, I don't know. What I will say is that the opening sequence is probably the best thing I've seen in a cinema ever, and that the end almost made me cry, and that it surprisingly manages to be pretty fresh despite being a threequel (although the oh-no-you-thought-they-were-caught-but-then-when- the-bad-guy-takes-a-second-look-the-toys-are-gone thing is getting a little overused, and the villian is predictable as far as who it is and why he is the way he is (It's really really hard not to give anything away goddamnit). And that's probably about all I can say, other than see it.

The other T is the T91, which is my new netbook, which is in front of me right now. It came from eBay, in a box, and with a virus which rendered it incapable of doing anything other than showing me a gigantic pink porn banner, which is not necessarily a bad thing except that I generally expect more out of a computer than that. I eventually ended up wiping the whole thing and starting from scratch, which was probably a good thing because as far as I can tell it belonged to a teenaged girl who used Internet Explorer and had no antivirus software at all. Anyway, it has better specs, a bigger screen (but is actually smaller than my last one, the Eee 701) and most awesomely, a touch screen. Touchscreens are fantastic. It leaves me in no doubt that it's the most intuitive way to use a computer, although after a point, adding gestures becomes more arcane than clicking buttons, which is about where Apple has got to right now with shoving touch gestures on anything that moves whether or not it makes sense.

A few hints: The graphics chip, a GMA500 sucks under Linux, but Mandriva 2010 supports it with a binary blob driver, although the video decoding acceleration is a bit dodgy. The touchpad is an Ideacom, Googling T91 touchscreen gets the driver, but using the touchscreen for any prolonged period causes a seemingly random freeze, and I have no idea how to find the cause. The Windows software works pretty well, and it comes with XP so it's pretty fast and stable- I'd stick with it until graphics acceleration is properly sorted, which is mostly in Intel's court now.

And that's about it, cause it's 11pm on a Monday night and I gotta go to sleep. Night everyone.

EDIT: If anyone is interested in buying a 2-ish year old slightly pen-marked netbook with a dinky screen, let me know.

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