Posted 08 September 2006 - 11:48 AM
I suffer from malware paranoia. I would add a stick of RAM and move up to a dual core CPU just to accomodate 10 hot, new anti-thisandthat utilities. I have the disease.
On the good side, I love to learn. I'm good at it and I'd like to become more facile with computers. My knowledge is concrete and my thinking is from inside the box. I crave a degree of abstraction in my computer thinking so that I can get out of the box where the birds live. But one thing at a time. I graduated from grade 22 some time ago (M.D.) so, libraries are where I like to hang my hat. And now, the library comes to me. Cool.
I love statistics. Thats not so geekish. I play poker a lot and a fundamental working knowledge of behavioral and low-level mathematical stats is indispensable if you want to bust your grandmother on the green felt. Stats and an unswerving belief in the universality of fear and greed will make you a winning card player, guaranteed.
I love music. I'm 42 and new stuff still sends chills down my spine like it did when I was a teenager. My computer time is split 50/50 between learning about computers and listening to music. For me, the ability to expose myself (that didn't sound good) to new music is one of the greatest joys of computing. And frankly, if it can't bring you joy, or bring you money so that you can access joy otherwise, it's a paperweight. Another joy is that computing is bringing about a renaissance in the art of writing. Our generation will be remembered historically for the quill and ink well being exchanged for another tool. I love it, because from that foundation all arts flower.
That is the Jungian meaning of the computer. It's the archetype for amplifying our most powerful human impulses. Notice that I didn't say "best" human impulses. The moralists among us can sort that out; it's a bit beyond me.
Finally, I love to shoot guns.
With Great Anticipation,
CoolerMaster WaveMaster TAC-T01 Mid-Tower, Intel D975XBX2KR Bad Axe 2 Mobo, Intel® Core™2 Quad 2.4GHz Q6600 CPU, Corsair 4GB [2(2 x 1GB kit)] 5300 DDR2 SDRAM, eVGA e-GeForce 8800GT AKIMBO 512MB SC, Hauppauge HVR-1600, PreSonus Firebox Firewire audio interface/sound card, 4 Seagate 320GB 7200.10 16MB cache HDDs. Seagate FreeAgent XTreme 1TB External Backup.