As I promised, (or did I threaten? I can't remember) I have returned. (you there in the back row, stop groaning!)
I have a new computer, a new fence and the B/f has a new clutch..in his car, and the Bank has a better return on the money it has loaned us, but most important of all, the local supermarket has installed a new donut machine, so we have donuts for breakfast again. The B/f is overjoyed.
(It doesn't take much to keep him happy, but then you only have to look at me to know that.
I managed to replace the fence for only a couple of hundred dollars more than fixing the old one. I found a handyman who is an excellent tradesman. He worked steadily away all day listening to a Left wing radio station whilst cursing our present Right wing politicians, all so he that could raise his kids. What a nice man.
For those with the curiosity on all geek things, the old computer's motherboard mouse circuitry expired.
I had been promising myself a new computer for September, but was holding out for the new AMD quad cores motherboards.
Unfortunately they did not materialize here and the international reviews are still indicating the Intels as better.
As it was a new machine, I could get Windows Vista OS at greatly reduced cost along with Office 2007.
I am not happy. Oh the computer is fine 6600 Intel quad 4 core with 4 gig RAM plus 2x500 gig Hard drives. What I am not happy with is Vista.
Now before you all go telling me I should have got a Mac, let me explain somethings to you.
I am of the opinion that we humans have a genetic disposition to either Mac or Windows.
Trying to tell me that I should use a Mac is like telling me I should sleep with a woman.
It ain't gonna happen!
And that is what is so infuriating about Windows Vista, If I had wanted a Mac I would have bought one.
At the moment Linux is looking rather inviting as the most readily available OS that will allow exploration of the computer development and environment, as opposed to the Mac and now Windows pre-emptive control over for what and how we use our computers.
To carry my sex life analogy a little further, I rather feel like I have woken up with a couple of transgendered persons (one of each) either side of me, each one trying to be like the other whilst vying to excite me, of course without success.
So in case you haven't got the idea, I detest Vista and Office 2007 has, for all intents and purposes been neutered. I can't see that it will be productive or even reproductive in its present form.
The free office programs are going to be very popular, seducing everyone with with their well known attributes.
I would tell Mac and Windows to go do things to each other but I rather feel they already have.
Oh well, fortunately (to a degree) Xp is more than adequate for my needs and Vista can sit on the other hard drive until Bill fixes it or replaces it, hopefully not with another abortion.
So now I have the joy of rebuilding and installing lots of software.
I just hope it is all worthwhile...
Now if I can just train the b/f not to use my morning wood as a donut rack.
err donut anyone?