Sunday, March 25, 2007

Incrimental Addition to Previously Published Information

Let the chronicles show that the following adjustments have been made:
1- The snuggly flannel sheets have been washed and put in storage for the warm season.
2- Cool flat sheets have been installed on the royal bed.
3- The semi-annual washing of the cotton blanket and mattress pad of the royal bed has been accomplished.
4- The little white car has been washed.
5- An email has been sent to Senator Charles Schumer reminding him that he has no authority to supervise or question the actions of U.S. Attorney General Gonzalez regarding hiring or firing of members of his staff.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


"Update" is a stupid word.
"Up" means above a given position, or a higher position from a lower one, a numerical increase, or movement in a direction toward a goal.
"Date" is a designator of a place in the time continuum.
Technically, the term should indicate an increase in the date.
In practice, it has nothing to do with the date/time itself.
What the term most commonly refers to is changes in information since the last time information on the same subject was announced/released/disseminated.

It came from the industrial segment of our world where the men (the world of business is primarily a man's domain) have to have important-sounding words to describe normal/mundane events and processes.
Perhaps rather than saying update, we should say "incremental addition to previously accumulated information."

Let the chronicles show that today I mowed my little patch of grass, lopping off many of the pretty little wild flower blooms in the process.
In addition, I am 87.3 percent certain that this will be my last week to have my flannel sheets on my bed.
And I may take off my nice new Pendleton wool blanket, as well.

So, you may be wondering, why did I use "update"?
Because I think it is a stupid word.

Sunday, March 18, 2007


Contrary to what appears to be me being eaten by my new computer, I am alive and well.
I have become employed full-time and have less time to play with my new toys.
The new Linux box is up and running.
There is still much to learn about the new operating system and I do not have as much time as I would like to work with it.

I am slowly working through the few remaining issues of networking my Window$ box with my Linux box.
At this point, I believe each of them can "see" the other on the network, but there is a password/permissions problem that I have yet to solve.
When I can get "on" the network and read files off of the Winbox, I will begin to transfer my M$ Office files and convert them to ODF (Open Document Format).

I am still not sure if Samba will be able to read Quick Verse, my bible study software.
That will be the key to closing the Winbox forever or not.

Stay tooned.

Saturday, March 03, 2007


I am pleased to announce that my new computer has arrived.
In addition, openSUSE Linux 10.2 has successfully been installed on the new computer.
I am writing this on OpenOffice Writer.
Let the chronicles show that openSUSE installed without a hitch.
If I had not had to download three CDs worth of files it would have installed in about 30 minutes.
As it was, it took about four hours.
But most of that was internet time downloading about 3 gigabytes of data.
After the install program got everything working, it went on line and looked for updated versions of the files it had installed.
There were 66 of them.
With my permission, it downloaded the updated versions of those file/applications and installed them.
So, today I am up to date with the latest software.
The file update program is seriously smooth.
I am very happy.
As soon as I get my Window$ files transferred to my new machine, I can pull the plug on my Window$ box.
I will have to see if I can get Quick Verse to work on my Linux box.

With four fans running from my two computers (they are both on now) my office/bedroom sounds like Google's server farm.

More details later. :)


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