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This is what you get without Drama

I find nothing more depressing than optimism.
-Paul Fussell

The world seems to be holding its breath today. I’m sure it is the last hurrah of winter before spring sets in again…or I could just be hoping against the odds. That’s what it feels like right now. Grey skies and a cold south wind…yeah…depressing after you’ve had a few nice days of sun. ~sighs~

I’m doing my best to remind myself that there are many things I could be doing that are fun and important. But the long drag of winter seems to be taking a toll on my creative mind as well. Last night I was trying to come up with something to do with my new Chromebook and for the life of me I was having trouble with getting any ideas. I even contemplated doing another backstory for my NaNo this year.

So after looking at the character sheets and the outline as far as I had it I decided to do something else. I decided to journal instead. Not really all that exciting, but it gave the Chrome a workout…and me as well. 😀  Getting my laptop splayed writing style to fit onto a small compact keyboard is tricky. Almost like trying to type on a tablet. 😛

But aside from a few programs that are Windows exclusives the Chrome has been doing wonderfully at work. Which is impressing everyone I’m sure. 🙂 But to me it is a really big deal since it may mean that eventually I can get the office away from Microsoft.

It isn’t that I have anything against them really…its just I hate them. Windows is buggy and way too expensive. Microsoft itself just doesn’t want to support the older versions that actually worked. And now there is this whole subscription for an Office suite that is ‘cloud based’. (Translation: Instead of paying x amount of dollars once you pay z every year.) Technically it isn’t a bad deal. Until you realize that the office suite passed its prime about 3 versions ago.

Okay that’s enough computer chatter out of me. I could go on and on, but I really don’t want to. Right now I’m off for lunch then who knows. I may find something really really awesome waiting for me on the web today. 😉

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Little packages on my doorstep

‘Tis an ill wind that blows no minds.

-Malaclypse the Younger
Be it for good or bad I’ve made the leap to Chrome OS. Considering how much time I spent in the browser I don’t think this will be too difficult. So on with the awesomeness that is my Chromebook. 😀
This thing took less time to load than any Windows system I’ve dealt with. 20 times faster than XP. At least 5 times faster than 7. 8 is the only one that comes close, but the quirks with 8 just doesn’t make it as reliable as say my phone or tablet. Hell, I would take Vista over 8 any day.
The next thing I noticed was how simple and trouble-free it was to load my settings from the browser to the OS. Literally 1 minute after initial updates which took 3 minutes at most. Really much better than Windows can hope to do considering most of their updates take at least 10 minutes after shutdown. A bit annoying for someone trying to get out of the office on time. ~shrugs~
So no I haven’t dropped off the face of the Earth or crawled into some hole in the ground trying to avoid people. I’ve been without a laptop or desktop that functions correctly for a loooong time. But I plan on getting back into my habits again.
Especially the writing. I went to our local art center to hear Erica Bauermeister read from her new book (The Art of Mixing) and stayed for the open mike at the end. It was as good as I remember considering I haven’t been in a long time. A friend of mine from NaNo met me encouraged me to go since she hadn’t been to one before. We had some fun and there was cake.
All in all it was a busy busy weekend. 😀

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