py.ohlin at gmail.com
Fri Jun 26 13:28:50 EDT 2009
On Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 5:14 AM, Mark<mstanley at technologist.com> wrote:
> On Fri June 26 2009 07:10:24 am C. Hever wrote:
>> So my old computer broke (or, ostensibly, the power supply did) and I
>> am now using a PIII with Windows XP and about 1G of real memory,
>> because somebody owes me favors and I besides he needs me to have a
>> computer to do stuff for him.
>> ANYWAY, this is the first time I've had a Windows installation that I
>> was able to modify extensively. I installed firefox, ghostscript &
>> ghostview, cygwin (for the purpose of using vim, octave, and tetex),
>> maxima, vlc, xchat, and just one commercial app: winrar.
>> I have to say I really like this combination. I noticed a lot of
>> things are much less of a pain in the ass on Windows if you have full
>> leeway over the system, but you can still enjoy nearly all the
>> advantages of Linux or a similar Unix OS. In fact, I really wonder
>> whether I will continue to use this configuration in the future.
>> So am I hell-bound already?
> Oh yes you are. Just because you painted a turd shiny red doesn't make it
> less of a turd.
> You are in the "first 5 minutes" phase of a clean O/S installation. You have
> yet to face the onslaught of anti-whatever software that is worse than, but
> necessary to combat, malware. You have yet to face an O/S, which after 6
> months, the manufacturer recommends reinstalling to maintain a clean, working
> registry. Blue-Screen-Of-Death sounds nice too, doesn't it?
Well I'm not too worried about malware because I use Firefox, which is
an awful lot like being in Pattaya while wearing an atmospheric diving
Anyway, I'll find out whether my Windows XP installation sours yet,
because I have to hold onto it for a while. :/
"Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the country, sea-shores,
and mountains; and thou too art wont to desire such things very much.
But this is altogether a mark of the most common sort of men, for it
is in thy power whenever thou shalt choose to retire into thyself. For
nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man
retire than into his own soul." -- Marcus Aurelius
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