What really annoys me about new computers is when they don't come with a Windows CD. Yes, okay, I use Linux, but having a Windows setup on my machine is occassionally useful, so I'd prefer to have a copy of it just in case anything ever goes wrong with the machine. Merely being able to "repair" from the hard drive is no good if your hard drive gets trashed!
Posts about Computers
Well here we are. The new PC is up and running and I'm in the slowish process of migrating stuff off the old one and onto the new. More importantly, as is the *nix way, the new PC has finally been christened.
I'd like to say I got a coherent excuse for not getting my PC delivered, but whoeever it was that I spoke to at the "delightful" Walsh Western had the worlds worst phone line possible, and about the only coherent thing I got out of the conversation was a question about whether I have a brown door. Quite why, who knows, cos every time I tried to get anything useful, I ended up on hold.
Well it's 21:42 and still no PC.
Every now and then, you come across a computer programme that really makes a difference to your life - that really makes life easier and is worthy of being hailed. So stand up and say hello to abcde - a better CD encoder.
The other week we went out for a walk with two friends, Jane and Jacko (who aren't a couple - it's just impossible to write two names without making it sound like they are) in Kent, and happened to pass by Lullingstone Roman Villa. Now looked after by English Heritage, the villa itself is inside a quite horrible green corrugated iron building. We didn't go in, but I couldn't help but spot the sign outside...
Well that's it. The answer is clear. I'm buying a new PC.
I can see it now. In forty years time, little children will be running up to us saying "Daddy, daddy! Tell us again about the old days when to upgrade your computer operating system, you had to wipe the whole thing and start everything all over again". And I'll laugh and go, "Well little ones, sit down and I'll tell you all about it...".
This post will only mean something if you know anything about *nix operating systems. If you're not that person, this will be meaningless.
I gave up on Red Hat some time after because I'd updated my copy and everything went wrong. Nothing worked properly - it was a mess. I went onto Mandrake. And it was great.