Posted 13 August 2008 - 09:28 PM
I am a first-time user, of this Site. I found it via Jerry Pournelle's Chaos Manor.
Right now, I have a WinMe machine running as OK as WinMe can manage. Grin. To my right, a WinXP Home machine is pouting, because I just changed-out both the Firewall, and the Anti-Virus.
On the Computer-tear-apart Table, is a Win2000Pro machine, which does not want to start. It is going to get ye Format both C, and D, drives, and I start over!
A perfectly good Macintosh G3 is under the head of the bed, waiting to get it's tabletop back.
Here and there, are 4 or 5 other IBM-style machines, waiting for me to figure out their ouchies.
In real life, I surveyed Seismic, for 30 years, (looking for rock layers that _might_ hold hydrocarbons), which led to 10 trips to the Arctic, and the High Arctic, of Canada, one trip to the North Slope of Alaska, all in Winter. I can report that a Sponge Bath, in 40° below zero, is not only possible, but freeze-drying speeds the brush-cut drying something wonderful! In 1972 I got a look at the Sahel, in the NE part of the Republic of Niger. In 1986, it was Tanzania, in October, until I fell off my Quad. However, I _did_ quit smoking, after arrival in Tanzania, so the six months of recuperation, and having my arm twisted by my Physiotherapist Cousin, here in Alberta, was a net positive. Grin.
I am Mountain-born, in the Crowsnest Pass, in SW Alberta, Canada. I grew up, after the age of 6, on a mixed farm, sw of Claresholm, Alberta, and now live in Lethbridge.
I am a Mountain Snob, as was my Sister, who once remarked:
"You call those _mountains_? My Uncle, in Alberta, raises cows on taller hills than _that_!"
She had endured 4 hours of driving, north from Montreal, Quebec, to a Ski Resort. Her friends were _very_ crestfallen, at her reaction to the things that the ski slopes were laid out upon....
At age 69, there are few subjects that I have not arrived at firm opinions upon.
One subject is about Computers: They are just like 3-year-olds, who do whatever you tell them to do, even if it is wrong! Or refuse to do anything at all.... Grin.