I thought it might be nice to start this weblog by introducing myself, but then I thought that since almost everything on this web site is about computers, and almost everyone who reads it is interested in computers, perhaps it would be better to introduce you to my computer instead.
Here’s my desktop right now:
As you can see, it’s a bit of a mess. Like most things in my life. I try (I try *so hard*) to keep things organised, but as my friends will tell you, I am a fundamentally lazy person and these efforts to stay on top of things soon fall by the wayside.
This machine is called flange, and it’s a 600 MHz G3 dual-USB white iBook with 640MB RAM (the maximum it will take) and a 20GB hard disk. I bought it just over two years ago and it is still running very well, having had few problems during its life. Considering the amount of time I have spent using it, it’s doing very well indeed.
It currently runs Mac OS X 10.3.2, and upgrades happen rarely because I still use a dial-up modem connection. This is going to change in coming weeks, when I get a super new wireless broadband network set up in my home (of which you will no doubt hear more on these pages).
I am *very* fussy about software, and something of a flitter. If my browser annoys me for some reason, I will switch in an instant to a different one, until it annoys me too. My current set-up includes Eudora 6.1 for email, Camino 0.8 for browsing (with Mozilla on stand-by for certain sites), BBEdit 7 for text (although I’m seriously considering the upgrade to version 8), Graphic Converter for image editing, X-Chat Aqua for IRC nattering, and lots of other little apps for the other little things that happen less often.
I’m a very text-oriented person. My todo list is a text file that I edit in BBEdit. I keep notes and snippets in Notational Velocity, which stores everything as text, but I’ve often wondered about putting them into one huge text file and just using BBEdit’s search feature to find my way around. I download text editors for the hell of it.
It’s a simple sort of setup, but my needs are pretty simple. I’m a writer and journalist, and text is how I earn a living. Luckily, few of the editors I work for ever require the words I produce to be formatted, and in most cases I can just send plain text in the body of an email message. I love being able to work that way.
There are some other computers in my house. A PowerBook G4 on loan, a NeXTStation that I bought for peanuts from a guy down the road, an X86 box that used to run Windows and currently runs the the Lycoris Linux distribution (it was free with a magazine), and a Hewlett Packard Jornada 820 laptop/PDA. Plenty to keep me occupied.
So … anyone round here like talking about computer stuff?
Feel free to say hi