March 25, 2006

Geek news

Posted by Scott at 10:06 PM

Events - I was looking up something at Wikipedia when I noticed that today's featured entry of the day is … Electrical Engineering. Who-hoo. Remember, you can't spell geek without double 'E'. Actually, what I tend to do day-to-day is more like computer engineering or digital engineering (if there is such a thing) rather than electrical engineering. I rarely concern myself with volts, amps, hertz, etc. anymore.

Tiger CDAlso, for Mac technorati like me, yesterday was the fifth anniversary of Apple's release of OS X, their very unix-like operating system. It was OS X that wooed me back to Apple after several years away on Windows and Linux. Mac OS X was the only out of the box platform I knew that was preconfigured with unix like tools, yet could also play ReaderRabbit, KidPix, and Photoshop. I guess one could also say it's been five years without spyware, adware, or computer virii.

If you are a Catholic or Orthodox, today is the feast of the Annunciation (March 25th). Funny how it's exactly nine months before Christmas, eh? And how Mardis Gras is always right before Ash Wednesday and … Hmmm…maybe there's a method to this madness we call the liturgical calendar.

It was a pretty vanilla week. The highlight of the weekend was an annual dinner for members of the Souhegan Valley Family Connection. The kids had a good time there tonight and were very ready for bed when we got home.

Work - In the “it's a small world” department, I found out Friday that a former co-worker from my last job will not only start in April at ATI, he will be right across from my cubicle and likely be my supervisor. I'd worked with him for over seven years at my Nashua job. He was very sharp and good to work with. It'll be déjà vu to see him again.

Ahh well, it's late and we have to get up early tomorrow for 7am Mass. I must get some sleep while I can….

Hey Scott- more 'geek' news for you...I bought a computer yesterday!!! I had to do it, I could no longer take the only being able to email, download, etc from work or river grove. I had some consultation from Chris and my boyfriend. I went to Spent a good chunk of change, but still had a great deal. It has the basics; CD burner, wireless internet card, etc. I really didnt need anything to fancy. I finally will be able to play with my itunes and podcasts down here! I'm very excited!

Posted by: Suzy at March 27, 2006 06:07 PM

Hi Suzy,
Dudette! You're getting a Dell! I can't get over what a large number of folks buy Dells anymore. You'd almost get the feeling that there's really only Dell and HP out there anymore in PC land.
Anyway, congrats on getting re-enabled. Are you going to get some internet connectivity back at your apartment now?
If I could give you a couple of pieces of advice: don't open things in email that don't look right, avoid "free" pieces of software that add "cute" functionality (they're often spyware), and for heavens sake, stay off the peer to peer software. As *soon* as you can have Chris or your boyfriend get you setup with virus and spyware checking software and keep it updated!
Enjoy podcasting!

Posted by: Scott at March 28, 2006 05:45 AM

Here's to the liturgical calendar! When I was a kid I thought its observance was something for the pious ... as a haggard adult I now realize that its observance is a great tool for keeping healthy and sane in face of the sagging, non-pious human condition...

About Dell ... got a laptop... love it!

Posted by: Ernesto at March 30, 2006 01:12 PM

Hi Ernesto,

Yep, my last job's "daily driver" computer was a Dell Latitude laptop. It provided years of good service. Our IT department put some nice virus protection on it with automatic updates so it almost always ran smoothly.

I think that in the same way that birthdays and anniversaries help "bring us back" to important events, the events of liturgical calendar give us similar reminders of important tenets of our faith. In a small way they bring those events forward to the present time and have the potential to help put us in a mindset to relive it, if you let it.

Posted by: Scott at March 30, 2006 01:43 PM