A Computer’s Life: The Adventure Begins

This is the first story in the “A Computer’s Life” series. This one’s about how Ethan met Ian and Ivan. (Or in other words, how a ThinkPad T60 met a pair of identical twin T61’s.)

It was a pleasant, summer afternoon in East Hampton, New York. Ethan Turner was in town – having flown all the way from Southern California to stay in his Hamptons vacation home – and decided to spend some time at the beach. Later, he decided to check out some of the places in town.

Ethan was just walking around when he encountered Ian Garten and his mom, Ina. They were having dinner together while at the same time making some finishing touches on Ina’s webpage – which contained one of her recipes. Ian diverted his attention away from his mom when he spotted Ethan. Curious to know him more, he went over to him and introduced himself to Ethan.

“Hi there,” He said. “I’m Ian, what’s your name?” “Hey there Ian,” Ethan said. “I’m Ethan. Nice to meet you.” “It’s nice to meet you too, Ethan.” Ian said. “Come over here and hang out with us.” “Okay.” Ethan said.

So Ethan went over to hang out with Ian and his mom. Ian introduced him to his mom, who seemed very happy to meet him. As they were talking, Ian asked “So, are you from around here?” “Well, I’m not exactly from around here. By that, I mean that I didn’t grow up around here. But I do have vacation home here.” Ethan answered. “That’s cool.” Ian responded. “I, myself, are from around here. Was born and raised here, as was my twin brother Ivan and older sister Debbie.” “You have a twin brother?” Ethan asked. “Yes.” Ian answered. “I have a twin brother. In fact, there he is.”

Ivan came over to where Ian, Ethan, and Ina were. He then asked, “Hey Ian, who’s your friend?” “Hey Ivan,” Ian said. “Meet Ethan.” “Hi Ethan” Ivan said. “It’s very nice to meet you.” “Hi Ivan” Ethan said. “It’s very nice to meet you too.” “So where are you from, Ethan?” Ivan asked. “I’m from Southern California,” Ethan answered. “But I have a vacation home here.” “That’s nice.” Ivan said. “I would like to have a second home in California, as would Ian and my sister Debbie.”

“So what do you do for a living, Ethan?” Ivan asked. “I’m a music producer, lyricist, DJ, and rapper.” Ethan answered. “I also do graphic design.” “That’s nice.” Ivan responded. “I’m a chef. I’m working on a cookbook and I’m planning on starting a TV show and specialty food store, just like my mom. My sister Debbie is doing the same thing.” “I’m a video/film producer and director.” Ian said. “I’m planning on opening my own production company soon.”

Ethan seemed to be very comfortable with his new friends, and his new friends seemed to like him very well. They were quickly becoming good friends. Soon, it was getting late and everyone had to go home. Ian and Ivan decided to invite Ethan to come to their parents home the next day, so he could meet the rest of their family and hangout some more.

“Well, we have to go now.” Ian said. “Do you want to come over tomorrow to our parents house and meet the rest of our family…and hangout some more?” “I would love to!” Ethan enthusiastically said. “Great!” Ian said. He then gave Ethan the directions to his parents house, otherwise known as ‘the family home’.

“We’ll see you tomorrow Ethan!” Ivan said. “I’ll see you guys tomorrow as well!” Ethan said.

…And they all took off.

“ThinkPad W530” lyrics

Lenovo ThinkPad W530

Before getting into the subject of this post, I would like to say something: As of late, I haven’t been able to update my blog as much as I wanted. The reason is because I been very busy taking care of some personal stuff, along with career-related stuff (in fact, it took me a while to finish the material that I made for this post). There have been a lot of things going on in my personal life since the beginning of the year that have made a huge impact – and for the better. This has been a big year for me so far and lets just say that what has happened to me as of late marks the beginning of something new. Something that has been missing my whole life, which took me until this year to find, and that has profoundly affected me. (I might just have to post something at the end of the year about this.) Things are starting to calm down but there is still some work to be done.

So with that out of the way, and before getting to the material that’s at the center of this post, I’m gong to talk about the lyrics a bit. First of all, this song will be on my Lenovo-related, mixtape project called “The Lenovo Album“. The song is about/for – you guessed it – the ThinkPad W530. What inspired me to write the material that’s in the song was the issue/controversy over the new layout of the ThinkPad keyboards. I personified (by using the anthropomorphism technique) the W530 to let everyone know how it would feel about the (senseless) criticism its been getting over the new keyboard layout, if it were a human being. This is also a reflection of me and how I feel about this issue (you’re going to see that I feel quite strongly about the rejection of the new keyboard layout by some ThinkPad fans – mostly “old-school” ThinkPadders).

I realize that this song may be a bit controversial to some, just because of the controversy surrounding the new keyboard layout, and I accept that. I know that there some people that are going to have mixed feelings about it, but it needs to be said. This song is also something that I’ve never done before: In the past, when I would write songs about ThinkPads/Lenovo PCs, it would talk about the specs (most notably on “ThinkPad W510” and “ThinkPad L Series“, the latter which I’m going to re-make for “The Lenovo Album”) or the stuff they can do (most notably on “ThinkPad W520“). But for this song, I decided to use anthropomorphism to bring the W530 to ‘life’ and let it do the talking. So as a result, this is more like a personal (rap) song, with me using an alter-ego to tell my story (and this song definitely felt more personal).

Lastly, I attempted to use a more complex rhyme-scheme than in my previous lyric, “ThinkPad W520“. I have really been attempting to improve my rap skills as of late and I am making good progress, but I still have some way to go before I truly master the skill, as I am still new to this – so don’t expect ‘perfection’ (but I can guarantee you that I’m working on it and am fully committed to further improving).  All I can say is, I tried my best, and I’ll keep writing to improve.

Overall, this song tells the story of a young man who’s on the rise and as a result of this he now has greater opportunities, which he is using to do bigger and better things. He is really enjoying these new opportunities and worked hard for them. But along the way, he has to deal rejection and (senseless) criticism from some people that he’s known for a long time, who think that his newfound fame and fortune are going to his head, just because of the ‘bigger and better’ things that he’s doing (i.e. the new keyboard layout). In reality, this isn’t true and doesn’t tell the whole story (it doesn’t even tell the real story!) – those folks are either jealous or slow to accept change, but the thing they all have in common is that they’re all being ignorant. He makes it loud and clear that he’s not going to get bogged down by their dogma, pessimism, ignorance, and jealousy – he’s going to do what he feels is right for him, since only he knows what’s best for him. He’s going to use his haters to keep doing what he’s doing.

So now that I have gotten that over with, here are the lyrics to my song, “ThinkPad W530”:

ThinkPad W530
by Eli Turner

[Verse 1]
The W series is back with a bang
It’s the W530 all up in this track
The People’s champ, aiming for the cup, never having a doubt
Just cruisin’ along, movin’ and groovin’, but never slacking off
It’s all been good lately, been livin’ the high life
Been getting’ attention that I’d never thought I would get but deserved
I’ve been feelin’ grateful and thankful for what I have
But lately I”ve been feelin’ some resentment towards some people
Ever since I got this big, I’ve been able to go out and about
Upgraded to some new swag, namely a new keyboard with a new layout
But not everyone gets what I’m doing and they seem to be stuck in a box
So lately I been gettin’ some lame hate mail in my inbox
I’ve must’ve had really messed up this time
‘Cause people keep tellin’ me that I’ve destroyed my heritage
They’re tellin’ me that I”ve changed, that I’m not the same guy from last year
But despite this I feel alright, they’ve got nothin’ on me, I’ll make them dissapear

[Verse 2]
I’m the undisputed king of my kingdom, there’s no doubt about it
Just ask my acquaintances, they’ll tell you the same, so don’t fool with me
Your hatred and senseless words have nothing on me
So think twice before you say something and say it right
Recently, some knucklehead had the decency to to diss on me
Accuin’ me of abandoning my heritage
They be sayin’ that I’m killing everything I’ve earned and worked for
That the fame and the power are changin’ me for the worse
Look, I’m a visionary, I don’t need to listen to your nonsense
I’m all about my business, so mind your own, nosey
Your jealousy will get you nowhere and your ignorance makes you dumb
So if I were you I would back off before bitting my thumb
Just sit back and witness a superstar in the making
I’m about to leave you in the dust, baking and aching
So if you ain’t gonna be a part of this then just disapear
‘Cause I’m about to vanish you into the clear

A Thrilling Anthropomorphism Remix: IdeaCentre A720

Lenovo IdeaCentre A720

I thought I’d have some fun and do an anthropomorphism remake of Lenovo’s blog post about the IdeaCentre A720 (which was published back in May 21st), titled “A Thrilling Desktop Remix: IdeaCentre A720“. All I really did was replace some words in order to make the post sound like the IdeaCentre A720 is speaking. Other than that, a lot of the stuff from the original post remains the same.  I hope that you enjoy my remix of Lenovo’s post as much as I did (I found it pretty entertaining, if you ask me). Take it away, IdeaCentre A720: 

What’s not to like about me the IdeaCentre A720, a gorgeous new 27″ all-in-one PC? From my slim profile and fascinating adjustable angles to my 10-finger touch capability, I’m a PC bound to captivate as well as to shake up people’s ideas of what makes a desktop a desktop.

From the moment people first saw me at CES back in January–Lenovo employees played “Bugs” and made fun of their colleague Kevin Beck’s piano-playing–they knew there was something special about me, something different (dare I say tablet-like?) about the way they related to me.

I’m slim, I’m huge and I’m beautiful. My specs are fantastic–up to Intel Core i7 processor and 1TB hard drive, tool-less design, Dolby Home Theatre v4, 1080p LED display, optional Blu-Ray and integrated TV tuner, etc. But two things seem to resonate with people the most. The first is my 10-finger multitouch capability, which helps you go well beyond the pedestrian pinch-and-zoom you’re accustomed to on other devices.

The second thing that stands out is the remarkable way I can lean and fold myself to virtually any angle you require. Straight up like a traditional PC monitor, all the way down like a gaming table or somewhere in-between. With all this accordion-like flexing, it’s no wonder everyone chose to associate me with some dubstep-inspired dance moves.

Those of you who work on laptops all day know what they bring to the table, but we also become keenly aware of what laptops are not. If your laptop is your hard-working daytime self, I – the A720 – promise to be your nighttime antidote–nothing but movies and games. Of course, if you have kids, good luck prying me away from them long enough to enjoy me.

What would you do with a giant, touch-enabled all-in-one PC like me – the IdeaCentre A720? Do you think it would change the way you interact with your computer? Leave me a comment below–I’d love to hear from you.

A Computer’s Life: Brian

Brian, the Lenovo ThinkPad R500

In this installment of “A Computer’s Life”, I am personifying a ThinkPad R500 named Brian. The picture above is a stock image from Lenovo, and I’m using it to represent him. This is how Brian would be like if he were human (in other words, here’s a short biography of him):

This is Brian Gallagher. He’s 31 years old. He is the stepfather of Ethan, whom he adopted when Ethan was 12. He has a fiance named Meredith Stewart. His father is Matthew Gallagher, a psychologist in North Carolina. His mother is Sharon Gallagher, a psychiatrist in North Carolina. Brian is an only child from Greenville, North Carolina.

Brian is a coach specializing in training people in creative fields to become better at what they’re doing by helping them work with the techniques related to their profession and with motivation, as well as helping them improve their lives in order for them to work more effectively. His approach is very radical and has been praised by many – including clients – for helping them become more focused on what they’re doing and being more consistent with their work. It has a fun a relaxing nature, which feels almost second-nature. He is running his own business along with his fiance, Meredith. He is considered one of the top coaches in his field.

Brian has a fun, charismatic, and friendly personality. Everyone loves being around him, and clients love working with him – he makes everybody feel great. People can always count on him to cheer them up and make them feel better when they’re feeling down. He and Ethan really get along and Ethan just loves him – he can count on Brian to give him great advice when he needs it, and he can always come to Brian for anything.

A Computer’s Life: Ethan

Ethan, the Lenovo ThinkPad T60

In this installment of “A Computer’s Life”, I am personifying a ThinkPad T60 (with a 14.1” screen) named Ethan. This is how Ethan would be like if he were human (in other words, here’s a short biography of him, as well as a short semi-autobiography of me – that’s right, that T60 would be me if I were a computer):

This is Ethan Turner. He is 22 years old. He has two siblings, a twin brother and a younger brother. He has a step-father named Brian Gallagher, a coach specializing in training people in creative fields to become better at what they’re doing by helping them with techniques to related to their profession and with motivation, as well as helping them improve their lives in order for them to work more effectively. His step-mother is Meredith Stewart, who does the same thing as Brian. Ethan’s biological parents gave him and his brothers up for adoption, when Ethan was 12, because they were just too dysfunctional to raise them. He was born in Fountain Valley, California and was raised in Santa Ana, California.

Ethan is a new and emerging artist (in music and design), entertainer, entrepreneur, and brand. His genre in music is hip-hop – he raps, writes, and produces – but he wants to work in other genres as well a bit later. His specialty in design is graphic design. He’s been entertaining since he was little and seems to be a natural at it. He plans on starting an arts and entertainment business named ThinkLab, which is going to function as a record/entertainment company and design firm. In addition, he advocates for Lenovo because he loves the company and really believes in them. He may not have a lot of work out there (he is just starting out) but he has big plans and has the creativity, drive, and motivation to succeed on a big scale.

Ethan can be just like his friend Ryan – quiet a lot of the time and a little shy sometimes, but likes to socialize as long as he’s engaged. Like Ryan, he generally prefers to let his talents and actions do the talking. But don’t be fooled by his silence, Ethan loves to get loose and go wild – especially when it comes to entertaining people (he loves this and has been doing it since he was little) and when hanging out with friends and family. He loves to have fun and seems to have a love for life – you can almost always see him with a smile on his face. In addition, he is always being nice and respectful towards other people, which is something that they really love and appreciate.

If I Were A Computer, I Would Be…

This would be me if I were a computer

…a Lenovo ThinkPad T60. I would have a 14.1” 1400×1050 LCD, an Intel Core Duo processor T7400 (2.16GHz), 2GB of RAM, a 120GB 7200rpm hard drive, a 128MB ATI Radeon X1400 graphics card, a CDRW/DVDR Multi-Burner drive, Intel 802.11abg wireless, WWAN, Bluetooth, a fingerprint reader, security chip, a 9 cell battery, and Windows XP Professional.

In addition, I would have a “ThinkPad T Series” logo in my palmrest and LCD lid, instead of the “IBM ThinkPad” logo like in the picture above (its a stock image from Lenovo). I would also have a Lenovo logo on my clear plate, were the LED indicator light are, next to the T60 logo (so it would look like it says “Lenovo T60”). Here’s an example of how I would look like (except that I would have a US keyboard): http://www.flickr.com/photos/hibbert_not_the_doctor/4903639416/

Here is how I would look like in Lenovo’s support page:

ThinkPad T60 (2008-CTO)

T7400(2.16GHz), 2GB RAM, 120GB 7200rpm HD, 14.1in 1400×1050 LCD, 128MB ATI Radeon X1400, CDRW/DVDRW, Intel 802.11abg wireless, Bluetooth/Modem, 1Gb Ether, UltraNav, Sec Chip, FPR, 9c Li-Ion batt, WinXP Pro

I’m not sure why I picked the T60 but I seem to identify with it…I just see myself in the T60. It’s kind of hard for me to explain it so I’ll just leave it as that.

A Computer’s Life: Debbie

Debbie, the MacBook Pro

In this installment of “A Computer’s Life”, I’m personifying a MacBook Pro (with a 15.4” screen), whom I named Debbie. You can see her on the cooking show Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics, seasons 1, 2, and 3 on the Food Network. The picture above is a snapshot taken from Barefoot Contessa: Back To Basics: Season 3, episode: “Cooking for Beginners”. This is how she would be like if she were human (or in other words, here’s a short biography about her):

This is Debbie Garten. She is 24 years old. She is the older sister of Ivan and Ian, and just like them, she has an older brother. In addition, her mother is Ina Garten and her father is Jeffrey Garten, as well. She was born and raised in East Hampton, New York.

Just like Ivan, Debbie is an up and coming chef and author and people are seeing potential in her. She is planning on launching a series of cookbooks, a TV show, and a specialty food store like him. She has not yet revealed what she likes to call herself because she is still unsure whether she likes it or not, or whether or not its a good fit for her. She decided to take the same career route like her mom and Ivan because she got to see how much fun her mom was having and how fun cooking was that she was instantly hooked. She really enjoys cooking alongside her mom and Ivan, as well as having Ian film her/their cooking.

Debbie can relate to both of her parents and seems to have things in common with both of them in equal amounts. She’s into the same stuff as the rest of her family and has the same kind of personality that her mother and Ivan have. She is enthusiastic, energetic, and very sociable. She is very fun to be around with and always seems to say the right thing to people. Overall, Debbie has an infectious personality that attracts people to her – she gets along with just about everyone.