Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

passing of the computer guard

I woke up early this morning. I posted my Secret Mixter upload and reviewed others' songs. I ate a bowl of Kix Cereal and skim milk. I walked at the Chisholm Trail in Plano, where I watched an Eastern Phoebe flit from place to place. At my Weight Watchers meeting, the computers were down. I was up a bit over two pounds, just as last week I was fairly inexplicably down all but .2 of the same pounds.

I went to church at First UMC. The young man who is the Recreation Minister gave a good mother's day sermon about having in the past year married a woman with two children. He went from a single man in a one-bedroom apartment to being a family man helping to raise two daughters. The service was good.

After the service, I ate two soft beef tacos at Casa Taco. I went home. I took Beatrice for a walk around the neighborhood pond.

Recently, I bought a used 12" laptop on eBay. My $ 54 cheap eBay laptop capably served its job as my workhorse work travel laptop for a bit over three years. But it seems, despite an adequate battery, hopeless at charging. I have not sorted out its issue, which may be fixable but is beyond me. The new laptop cost $ 102, cord and all. It is also a 12" laptop, but its i7 CPU, 4 GB of RAM, and 320 GB of hard drive storage make it more impressive than the prior computer's U2500 Core Duo, 2 GB of RAM and 60 GB hard drive.

I had an Elementary OS installation disk handy, so I tried installing that. But something went amiss. So I created a new Q4OS disk and installed that operating system. Soon I was loading the desktop mega-package and programs like Audacity, WINE and OpenShot that I regularly use. I still need to add a few things I use to make music, but it was good to get it set up.

I drove to Green Park and walked about a bit more among Northern Mockingbirds and swooping Barn Swallows. Then at home, my wife made an impressive 7" flatbread pizza with Canadian bacon and low-fat mozarella. We watched "Wallander" on PBS. I fired up the old $ 53 laptop and extracted onto a USB stick all the files I want to move to the new computer. At some point, I will wipe its disk and sell it on eBay as a parts-only system. Who knows? Maybe the buyer will know how to fix it.

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