Friday, November 14, 2008


This summer I bought a new Dell laptop. It's a Studio 17 in a gorgeous coppery orange colour. I splurged and got the LCD screen, bigger graphics card, more ram etc. I debated having it come with Vista or now but decided to take the plunge. It is 3 months later and I love my 'puter. I love Vista. I adore the LCD screen. So far Vista has been awesome. There are a couple of programs I wanted but they wouldn't run so I got newer versions and they were fine. My printer, external hard drive, all the peripherals I use worked instantly with no tweaking. All the graphics programs I use worked great.

I'm an old dog who doesn't want to learn many new tricks so I was quite prepared to not like Vista. Especially after all the horror stories I have heard, we all have heard. I was sure surprised to see how smoothly the change over went.

So! If you are sure you aren't going to like Vista, just try it. Make sure you have a whole lot of ram though. I think this is one of the secrets to having it run smoothly on your computer. A minimum of 2 gig I would say.

I would also highly recommend Dell. This is the 3rd Dell computer I have had, the second laptop, and they have really out performmed themselves. The support is awesome as well. Not to mention the pretty colours. For Linux users, Dell has a series that comes with Ubuntu Linux a distribution I am particularly fond of. For the first time Linux users or the old timers, I think Ubuntu is one of the best distributions I have used and I have used a lot of them.

In my humble opinion anyway.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, someone discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.

More funny Brooke's Law quotes

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Just Stuff

My life is filled with little pieces of stuff that float around me. Every now and again I reach out and grab a bit of stuff and file it in the appropriate places. Sorting through and throwing out has become a major pastime. Will it ever all be done?

This was published somewhere, I think in The Mag.... in 2002. Found it in some papers today while was cleaning out some more "stuff".

Downtown after Dark

by Heather O'Neil

Down in the alley
back of the store
Little Jimmy snorts coke
goes lookin' fo' more.

Angel walks her beat
looking for a john
a rich man from uptown
wants to get it on.

Curtis draws his knife
sticks it in the man
grabs his watch and wallet
runs fast as he can.

Over on the corner
smokin' heavy weed
buncha raggy home boys
thinkin' nasty deeds.

Lights are bright like diamonds
sparklin' in the dew
The night is dark like charcoal
settlin' over you.

Downtown after darkness
writhes with evil's own
Ain't no place for Cinderella
run girl, take it home.

"Love is the emblem of eternity: it confounds all notions of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end." Madame de Stael

"This we know: the Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the Earth. All things are connected like the book that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." Chief Seattle