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February 07, 2008
Positive Trend

In what may be a sign of things to come, I made a trip to the office yesterday to get my new laptop configured with all the standard corporate software. The folks there at the office were rather surprised to see me — the last time I was there was a brief stop in June.

In what may be a further sign, the configuration appointment was cancelled by our helpdesk people, and I came home unconfigured to work my shift at my usual desk here.

So I have this nice shiny new laptop that is as yet unuseable for work purposes... and I'm not particularly interested in using it for anything else, either. It occurred to me today that I spend virtually every waking minute in front of a computer... and to be honest, it's getting pretty old.

It'll happen in due course, but I'd kill to be able to go out to the garage and do a little woodworking.

The config appointment is now rescheduled for tomorrow. Driving isn't hard at all, but it's still rather a difficult chore to get cleaned up, dressed up and packed up to go to the office, and will continue to be for a while, but the key thing is that it's getting easier.

Posted by Russ at 06:49 PM, February 7, 2008 in Geekery & Health

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Don't overdo it and try the woodworking too soon. Although . . . it could result in new scars for us chicks to dig. just kidding. Glad to hear you're noticing improvement.

Posted by: Cheryl S. at February 7, 2008 09:21 PM

You should consider a U3 USB drive for the notebook, and pack it up with Portable Firefox, etc. Then you could use it for personal stuff with no risk of cross contamination. (Assuming it runs Windows.)

Or boot a CD or DVD to Ubuntu or something for a similar effect.

(Particularly with the CD or DVD solution, I'm assuming you would then save your personal docs, e-mail, etc. with Google, Xdrive.com, Adrive.com, Idrive.com, or the like, so they'd be securely available from anywhere you have use of some computer and Net access.)

Of course, this would offer precisely no direct help with that "every waking minute in from of a computer" problem.... :|

Posted by: John at February 8, 2008 04:20 PM

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