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This is a little weird – for once I’m telnetted in to my Linux box
from the Mac. I’m working on my father-in-law’s old computer that was
given to him. We were setting it up for him while we were visiting and
it went dead while we were there. This actually wasn’t so bad – much
better than doing it while we weren’t there. We threw it in the trunk
and brought it home. Today I went and bought and old Windows 95
install disk (that’s what was already on it and being an old 486 I
didn’t feel like pushing the enveloped – what was on it gets
reinstalled.)

As these things often go, it has been steps forward and backwards. It
wouldn’t boot from the CD, so I had to create a boot floppy that would
be able to mount the CD so I could get the thing rolling. Because my
Dell desktop case has never fit right since the first time I ever removed
it and pushes on the floppy button too much for a disk to load, I had
to move my big monitor, pop the Dell case all to create a boot
floppy. Once that was done, I was able to backtrack enough to get the
CD mounted and the setup program rolling. What a pain in the ass,
though. Whilst at the used computer store Microseconds in Sandy Springs
to get the Win95, I also bought a cheap soundcard (wish I had thought
to buy a cheap NIC then), some cheap speakers, and a few goodies for
myself like some USB hubs so I don’t have to crawl behind computers to
plug and unplug things.

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Damn it is cold here today! I don’t live in the south because I love
sub-freezing weather! I could be back in Kansas if I wanted that.

I’ve gotten my inbox down under 1600 messages, which is a good
start. Cleaning things out, be it electronic or corporal, is always easy at the
start, and then get harder and harder as the choices get more
difficult. This is a good time for me to be cleaning my office, as I
feel grumpy and unsentimental and more likely to be willing to ditch
what is obviously crap. I have that packrat mentality and keep things
of little or no value on the off chance I might need them one day. If
I feel like pitching things, then by god I should be doing it! That
feeling doesn’t happen often.