Inspired by Tron, I had fun creating characters for the programs of my laptop. The more I thought about things that my comp had been through - that time I got a bad virus, the incredible improvement of upgrading from Vista to Win7, cracked programs I've downloaded - the more interesting it was to think of them as events and dramas played out by people. It's really fun, you guys should try it!
Btw Atrus is so tall cause my laptop is HUGE. The guy who sold it to me described it as more of a portable desktop than a laptop - true dat!
And the deal with CAS is I customized my sound scheme to address me by name (so instead of the win startup sound, a female voice says "Systems online. Welcome, Rachel.") So of course I had to design the person saying these things.