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How do people do this?

I have taken a board position at The Boy's preschool. To do my job I have been given a Windows laptop running windows XP. For the last hour I have been try to print a single Excel file. That is not entirely true. I did spend 10 of those minutes entering some data on the spread sheet. This is a spread sheet that has been in use for years.

First I installed the printer driver... and nothing happened. So I restarted and tried to print again. Still no printer. Okay, fine I will turn it into a PDF and move it over to my mac. But the print area is off. So I have to try and remember how to force it to print to one page. I am downloading open office for my mac to try and get this to work as well.

How do people endure windows? or the better question is why? Now when I ask that question keep in mind I have used windows XP for years to try and do work at past jobs. So why? to save a couple bucks? because the mac is "locked down" (which is only true from a hardware perspective, no longer software)? I respect your ideology, but life is just too damn short. Seriously, I could have my task list all checked off if this were all on the mac.
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I have just completed reading a series of articles by James Strum regarding his 4 month experiment to stop using the internet. I must confess that this idea has occured to me many times. But I could never see the point. I mean, we are here now. I can't undo the internet at this point. I like the internet. Or parts of it anyway. Strum's articles are interesting, and I am enjoying them however. The best one so far is the fourth entry:

"In my previous column, I quoted a letter from a reader that said, "I wish I had my old life back." For those who grew up with the Internet, there is no "old life." Had I come of age with the Internet, would it have had the same destabilizing effect on me? People who grew up with the Web surely have a less destructive relationship with it. For them, the Web is like a body part they were born with, whereas for me it feels like a recently transplanted organ my body is rejecting. "Digital natives" would probably laugh at my trials and think my concerns about Internet abuse is misguided, like Victorian notions about masturbation. The Web isn't eroding empathy or making us dumber. They'd tell me that so far no one has reported having to shave his palms from too much texting.

But the letters I've been receiving from college students and those just entering the work force make me realize it's not just me or my generation that is having trouble with the Web. These digital natives feel just as crazed and desperate as I did and wish their jobs or studies allowed them to be disconnected more often."


The other thing I find really interesting is the nature of discourse regarding his latest entry, in which he describes the death of some pet rabbits. The man is lambasted for being insensitive and irresponsible. I imagine that when he wrote the column he felt he was being just the opposite. The anonymity of the internet does many things for people. I guess making you perfect and therefore able to criticize everyone else is one I had not thought of before. But the whole thing is fascinating.

Interesting to compare this approach to these articles on the application Freedom. It is fascinating how necessary this seems. Hmmm.
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I found a cool little web site. Well two actually. The first one is the Old Book Illustration Blog. Just neat old pictures, the kind I love to look at.

The other is the WTF D&D feature at somethingawful.com. They poke fun at the art from old RPG books. The pictures are great, but underneath is an IM style commentary about the pictures. This one made me laugh uncontrollably, but I can't promise it will do the same for you. SAs sense of humor is usually too mean spirited for me. I do like their tag line, "the internet makes you stupid".
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I have decided that I am angrry about us, and will be blogging about it frequently.

Yeah so, we suck.

Compared to the attitude of the average consumer in other countries surveyed, Americans express less concern about environmental problems, and they increasingly consider the seriousness of environmental issues to be exaggerated (31 percent, up from 25 percent). American consumers' behavior still ranks least sustainable among all countries polled--as it has since the inception of the Greendex--followed by that of Canadian and French consumers. There were, however, some improvements in these countries.


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