Nowadays, with OSX, they run UNIX, or something very much like that, so they're more tolerable. They're also common in in work problems that I should become more familiar with them.
With that background, I replaced my ten year old PC running an old version of Lunix with something more modern, it only has 256 megs of RAM and I'm finding more and more webpages crash the browser, like dailykos. I suppose I could go to redstate or freerepublic for a polits fix, but while I have fond memories of surfing the web in the 90's, I don't want to relive that.
I wanted some sort of UNIX or Lunix, and getting a cheap barebones PC and finding a distro with all the drivers I need is a little time intensive, I should just get something that works, for the rest of us. Gah, 1990's me is cringing. Anyhow, I got a five year old eMac for under $200 from Tigerdirect.
Youtube is okay, if blocky, the sound is good at least. I'm still struggling with MacFuse and fues-ext2, I may just power up the Hedgehog and move everything over.
I also got more RAM, because nine year old is getting into FreeRealms, and a half gig on XP doesn't cut it for that. Maybe with 2 gigs I'll actually be able to exit the program, instead of pulling the power cord. It's a serious pig.
Windows switchover, and no, not a software thing
I took out and put away the ac's for the winter, we store them in the attic. After that, I was able to put in the storm windows, many of our windows have replaceable storms/screens. I also fixed some insulation, and was even able to empty a few boxes of books and magazines, does anyone want some PC magazines from the mid 90's?
We still have about six boxes of old textbooks in the attic. I'd like to empty those boxes, but what to do with them? Sure, they're thirty years old, but the math and principles are still good. I can't imagine designing an airplane in my spare time, or solving diffy q for fun though. Maybe I can sell them to a survivalist. Vote in my poll!
four long hard days
Nine year old wants me to go on her four day field study in January, she really, really wants me to. There are usually more parents wanting to go than are accepted, OTOH I suspect fewer dads than moms apply, so I might have a chance. I'd have to pass a background check of course, but I've never been caught doing anything, save for some underage drinking back in Pennsylvania, which was just a summons I think. It would be a grueling four days, and I'm not sure our oldest can get herself up and out of bed by herself. I need to think of honest reasons I want to spend 20+ hours on a bus, 14 hour days, bad coffee, probably no alcohol with dinner or after, shepherding fourth graders around with no margin for error. I lose a kid, I'll never hear the end of it. On the positive side, I'd get to go to Ellis Island, the Tenement Museum, and the Satanic Mills of Lowell. It would be sort of like a business trip, without the meager expense account and drinks at dinner. We shall see.
Anyhow, I stayed up late last night putting down thoughts in coherent order, and trying real hard to raise my handwriting from execrable to barely legible.
Unexpectedly, the swim team won against the big Catholic girls school, 53-43, though it was against their JV Team. 2-4.
A busy night and weekend. Tonight we're heading East to drop off our oldest at a Girl Scout corn maze, tomorrow we're heading West to Grand Island to see my sister's new place. Busy, busy. I visited Walmart this morning to buy new wiper blades, I need time to put those one.
In books, first up is Fuller's
A World Without Islam, where the author talks about what the world would be like without Islam. It's a little nebulous, of course. He did make the point that in the Crusades, it wasn't the Latin Christian Church against Islam, it was the Latin Christian Church against Islam, Judaism and the Orthodox Church, culminating in sacking Constantinople. Without Islam, the Latin Christians still probably would have invaded the Middle East, and massacred Jews, the Orthodox and whoever else resisted.
Later the author examines Russia, Europe, China and India with regards to Islam. Russia is unique in that they're somewhat of a western nation, and they've had Muslim citizens for centuries, sometimes held in high regard, sometimes not. China has two sets of Muslim citizens, some from 1300 years ago that have assimilated very well, they even look Chinese. The Ugyurs in far western China, well, the War on Terror gave China an excuse to crack down hard on them. India, the author thinks the partition was a big mistake.
Finally, the author talks about what to do about Islam (if you're in the west, very little).
I liked the first historical part, suggesting the midEast would still have significant issues with the West even if Islam did not exist. The second part was about "what to due", which boiled down to "nothing", hope the midEast terrorists get co-opted into more representative governments. Bleak.
The second book was a good one, Werner's Iron Coffins about his time serving on U-boats in WWII. It was tense as his boat tried to survive anti-sub attacks, and tense as they stalked the convoys looking for some good shots that gave them a way to escape. You empathize with him, even though you realize he was defending an evil regime, though on the relativist morality scale, the Kriegsmarine was the best of the Wehrmacht. It was good that Donitz's star didn't ascend until it was too late to make much of a difference, Elektroboats in 1942 would have been very scary.
The third was another Narnia book, The Silver Chair, in which Eustance Stubb (last seen in the Dawn Treader) and a fellow schoolgirl flee their abusive schoolmates and end up in Narnia, where Caspian's son has gone missing for a decade. They head off, meet a Marshwiggle named Puddleglum, and see what they can do.
Finally, at the Public Market I picked up Allen's The Yom Kippur War with an odd and distasteful stamp on the front, a Nazi eagle and swastika, with the word Gestapo on it, and a name. WTF? Why is this sick neo-Nazi stamping his books and reading about Israel?
It was a good, quick read.
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