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It occurred to me the other day that if Americans still celebrated Christmas properly, instead of starting in August, today is the eleventh day of Christmas, and the Feast of Epiphany on Tuesday. One of the girls in my office is Eastern Orthodox, and she hasn't been able to eat anything with meat, milk, or any dairy the entire season, with the fast ending, of course, with said feast. Instead of being tired of Christmas and having boxed everything up and put it away already, it would just be winding down.

I didn't plan to, but I ended up spending today cleaning up in the office here, because it was turning more into an attic than anything else. I wish I could figure out how to make this computer fit in Willie's old case, because PART of what I don't like about this one is the case, which is snazzy looking but hard to open and because of the curved front it's hard to seat new drives (which is why I opted for the DVD drive instead of the CD burner, but I may have to salvage the CD burner from Willie, too, since it seems I need it). I need to also back up my music folders again to the external drive, since I've added a lot of files lately. I suppose what I ought to do is program iTunes to automatically use the external drive, 'cause then I could move it between computers easily (theoretically).

As I recall, the main reason I stopped using the desktop is because Tivo is in the living room, so most of my stuff from the last year is now on the laptop...

Anyway, I do wish cats would barf where it can be seen, so you don't discover quite so much of it when you move things you haven't moved in a while...

Now it's time for a new desk and filing cabinet in HERE.

Much junk has been cleared out and tossed, many things cleaned, two boxes ready for Goodwill. Because of Barb's new desk, we have recycling material for at least three weeks' worth of pickups (last week the smallest box went out; but the bin is full of regular stuff and the two BIG boxes are still out there).

Still have a lot to do, though. The de-junking process is very hard...

Putting Die Hard with a Vengeance on television forces writers to be MUCH more creative with their insults than they were originally. I'm fairly certain Zeus did not just call John McClane a "melonhead."


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Jan. 4th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Melonhead. Hee.

I got completely confused by your explanation of what you want to do with your computers. I think having two of them (of my own, since I do have a work laptop as well as my own) would be like having two houses. Whatever I wanted would always be in the other house/on the other machine. More power to you for figuring out how to make it work.
Jan. 4th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
Well, I used to have only one computer. Willie. He was a desktop, the first brand-new computer I bought and chose for myself, and he was a hell of a deal for the price. I even paid him off before the end of the "six months, no interest," so it was cash. And he served me well for many years.

Then a combination of things happened that I still don't understand because I don't speak computer, but it involved his battery going out and even when it was replaced, I couldn't keep him booted (he'd randomly turn off and/or wouldn't boot up at all).

A very dear friend (whom I don't do enough for), who restores and refurbishes computers, sent us a refurbished desktop AND this laptop last year for Christmas. I do love this laptop, and I love working out in the living room, again, because that's where Tivo is. But it's not got a lot of memory or a large hard drive, so all the important files from Willie (including his extra drive) were all loaded into the desktop. I have a 500-gig external drive, and if I get myself either a new computer or just more memory for this one, I may be able to use it more.

Almost everything I work on regularly is on this laptop, but a lot of stuff, such as all my music files and backed-up Tivo shows, are on the desktop.

It's all connected via the wireless, more or less. I of course haven't set the ENTIRE computer to "shared."
Jan. 4th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
[applause for the decluttering process]
Jan. 4th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
*crossed fingers!*

Jan. 6th, 2009 09:14 am (UTC)
Old computers do pile up. I want to get the other desktop working again as a backup, the old laptop sort of works if it's plugged in (doesn't connect to the internet, but okay for old games and word processing), and then there's the computer that died after we moved back to Arizona in the closet that I have to deal with, and a hard drive or two that need to be stripped. And Steve wants one of those mini computer/netbooks.

I still had our first computer knocking about in LA, but I finally deep sixed it. It was a Pentium 75, and it was $2500 new, so it was hard to throw away, even if they do sell for about $50 now. :/
Jan. 6th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
We discovered reading the box of specs for a new HP (at CostCo) that HP recycles computers (any make and model), so we considered finding out how they do it and taking care of Willie's old bones that way.

I kept my crappy old laptop because for some reason it was the only place that would run the software for my Insurance course; now that I'm done with that, I may clean it off and put it in the discard pile... maybe.

It is very painful to see computers that laugh at our old ones selling for a fraction of the cost of those old ones... my original PC2 with that massive 170-MEG hard drive cost over two grand, too. The one we were looking at had a 560-drive, 300-gig memory, came with a 21-inch flatscreen, DVD/CD RW, etc., etc., for about $900.

*sigh* No geeks like the old geeks.

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