Random ramblings of a mind damaged by years of disuse and abuse. Also a place to go to be bored to tears.
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Words to live by...
"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."
(The right to looseness has been officially given)
"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."
Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The New Computer
I spend way too much time on my computer. Most of it is wasted. Nearly all, in fact. Now that I have got into blogging, that would range around the 99th percentile. Before that, I would estimate only 95 percent was truly wasted. I recently purchased a new computer to replace my old one. There was nothing inherently wrong with the old one, mind you, but I was challenged. I was about to embark on a journey (64 miles) to the Sam's Club to pick up supplies when Faye remarked "Don't come back with a new computer." Well, I certainly hadn't intended to until then. Now I had no choice.
The new computer runs Vista. Those of you who are laughing, please stop. I actually like Vista. I am a PC guy. I have been for many years. I have played with other operating systems but I am stuck on Microsoft. I suppose it is all part of the Great Conspiracy to destroy our minds, steal our souls, and reduce us to automatons controlled by Lord Bill Gates (PBUH) but it could be that it just does the job for me and I am used to it. You have to understand (and sympathize with) me. I started out on unix (which was linux before it went through therapy) and CP/M. I also had to deal with operating systems that had no name that anyone ever told us which ran massive computers which turned your voice into little bits of data and then back again. Obviously, I was doomed from the start and I am too old to change now.
Here's a glimpse at what I used to do before I came to my senses after 34 years.
Those of you who aren't computer geekish or Phreaks (phone system hackers and such) won't be interested in that so I won't go into detail.
After I booted up the new computer, I spent a few hours trying to move the important stuff over from the external backup drive onto it. I was almost successful. Fortunately, I gave the old computer to my sister-in-law, Frannie. Which means that if I ever get her (now) computer connected to the wireless router, like her old one was, I will be able to recover those files I really wanted but didn't bother to check were backed up on the external hard drive. My family and friends think I am a computer guru. Man, have I got them fooled...
We have four computers now. 3 desktops and 1 laptop. Actually 4 desktops if you count the one sitting behind me on the floor that is not hooked up to keyboard, monitor, or electricity. That's Frannie's old computer which used be one I kept at work so I could play games and sneak onto the internet without the company knowing. The laptop is for when we go on vacation or when I am sitting in the living room and I just have to look up something I saw referenced on TV.
I like this new computer. It has more RAM than my old one, a faster CPU, and a bigger hard drive. I can now lose files much more quickly than I ever could before. But it's a bit arrogant and rude. It won't play with my old, way out of date, scanner.