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Going without, sorta

Posted on | July 9, 2007 | No Comments

I wasn’t completely honest in the last post about going without “connectedness” devices. I rummaged around the garage and found an old Dell Inspiron laptop and fired that up. Why? So I could stop pestering my wife about using her laptop to check email and post to the Ghost. (If you’re a football fan, you’ll realize that’s a play on the on the famous Oakland Raiders play of 30 years ago Ghost to the Post, tight end Dave Casper being “the Ghost.”)
ANYWAY…. I decided with my copious time and a laptop that is somewhat expendable that it would be a good idea to try to switch the operating system to Linux from Windows XP to see if it runs any faster. (That and I really want to find out what it’s like to run a system almost completely with web-based apps). Well, the Linux thing has turned out to be a bust at this point. I downloaded a version of Ubuntu, then, as instructions required, burned it to a CD and then launched the CD and tried to install the OS on the laptop. It runs painfully slowly. I let the machine run ALL SATURDAY and it still didn’t completely install, so clearly there’s something amiss here. I’ll try again later.
Then again, maybe that was a sign.

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No Responses to “Going without, sorta”

  1. Té la mà Maria - Reus
    July 9th, 2007 @ 9:06 am

    We have happened passed awhile entertained in your blog, congratulations
    Regards from Reus Catalunya (SP)

  2. Loring
    July 9th, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

    There is something that frightens me more than those who could never get used to the idea of unconnectedness – the number of people who grew up with a cellphone glued to their ear and whose consciousness is DEFINED by connectedness. To twist what Gertrude Stein said about Oakland, “there’s no there there” in a significant number of people when you take away their broadband connection. Kinda like the channel surfers who had their ability to follow linear story lines disrupted. All hail silence and reflection!

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