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23 Aug 2005 - 18:12 ed blog, instead of doing a final copy-edit of the op-ed Temple & I are writing, is that Ed is now upstairs seeing if he can coax said op-ed to appear onscreen without crashing the system. Again. If he can't, I'm gonna be typing the whole thing into this computer, the one that appears to have survived its ice water bath. The One Good Thing is that I have now officially served notice that: I'm getting a new computer. No more keeping a log. No more noting what I was doing when the crash occurred. No more using Preview instead of Adobe Acrobat. No more using just one application at a time and closing all the others. No more unhooking all peripherals. No more sending away for new memory. No more sending away for a different USB hub. And DEFINITELY no more email advice on keeping logs, closing applications, unhooking peripherals, and sending away for new USB hubs from The Mac Doctor. I am completely and totally finished with logs, notes, and changes in hardware; I am equally finished with email advice about logs, notes, and changes in hardware. It's buy a new computer we can't afford, OR I QUIT. In case anyone is wondering, we bought the Mac in the summer of 2002. The Ed Wahoo. Looks good!
Speaking of stress, I like this StressBunny, too.
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"Of course, it was giving all kinds of signs of being dead BEFORE we paid 5 gazillion dollars for the new Tiger operating system (yes, that was dumb) and then paid The Mac Doctor $500 to reformat the hard drive. (Plus whatever it was we spent on the New Memory & the USB hub.....)" As much as I dislike Gates, I am quite happy with my sparkling, powerful new Windows xp laptop I got for under one thousand. Sometimes it pays off to be conventional. -- CharlesH - 23 Aug 2005
Ooh, Charles, ouch. Don't kick the woman: she's down. Besides, Mac users would rather fight than switch. Catherine, can you transfer the tiger os to the new machine if it doesn't come with it (and I guess it probably will, right?)? department of one-upmanship I have a sparkly new Pentium laptop that I got last year for under 700.00 that runs Linux. So I can have my nice machine and still be a true blue Bill-Gates-disliker, Oh, speaking of which, I have to remember to post about our trip into the Belly of the Beast (i.e. Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, WA) last week. -- CarolynJohnston - 23 Aug 2005
Catherine, I like that stress bunny too! Do you know what EFT stands for? -- CarolynJohnston - 23 Aug 2005
Well, believe me, I am CONTEMPLATING a return to Windows. Unfortunately, I'm severely hooked on Macs at this point--hmm. The stress bunny comes from a web site about hypnosis & stuff...I have no idea what EFT stands for! Here's the URL (I can't even find the bunny on the web site--it came up on a Google search). http://www.magicofthemind.co.uk/ -- CatherineJohnson - 24 Aug 2005
The Mac Doctor has been driving me NUTS. His whole approach to my problems has been on the order of, 'Don't drive so fast you have to use the brakes. Coast to a stop.' Every time I talk to the guy he warns me off another of the programs I use ALL THE TIME. He seems to have no idea whatsoever that NOT USING THE PROGRAMS I NORMALLY USE isn't an answer. FIXING THE MACHINE is an answer. -- CatherineJohnson - 24 Aug 2005
Plus naturally there's been a double-teaming situation with Ed repeating Mac Doctor's sage advice: don't use Adobe. Preview works just as well. This from Ed, who has never used Adobe OR Preview (well, rarely) and has no idea how I use them. -- CatherineJohnson - 24 Aug 2005
I can't wait to hear about Microsoft! -- CatherineJohnson - 24 Aug 2005
Is it true that these days you can avoid getting viruses on your PC by using Firefox?? -- CatherineJohnson - 24 Aug 2005
EFT comes in handy when having trouble with computers. It stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques (whatever that means). -- CharlesH - 24 Aug 2005
Catherine, I am afraid the Mac Doctor has to go. It's really unacceptable for a computer fixer to say "Don't use all your programs at once"; it's more his role to say, "Your computer is insufficient for your requirements; you need an upgrade". -- CarolynJohnston - 24 Aug 2005
I don't think using firefox is a complete guarantee against getting viruses, but it doesn't leave you as wide open to windows viruses as Internet Explorer does. Last year we gave Al a PC laptop for his graduation. When he came to visit at Christmas, it was so full of viruses and spyware that he wanted to get rid of it. Bernie estimates (conservatively) that he cleaned 6000 programs off of it. Most of them came in through IE. -- CarolynJohnston - 24 Aug 2005