Dave said you guys have been asking about me. I refer you to:
for the answer. Most of you probably won't understand what I'm jabbering
about, but it takes a lot of effort writing documentation of this nature.
Especially since I find bugs along the way, and even occasionally manage to
fix some of them. I've also added a small feature or two recently.
The pendulum has swung, really. I spent a lot of time in the shop last
year, and didn't accomplish terribly much at Rosegarden. This year the
shop seems too damn hot, and too damn cluttered, and too damn small. I've
fluctuated between having cash in my pocket and being completely broke, and
I never have managed to drag myself out to the lumber yard during one of
those not broke times. No wood, no projects. I haven't yet gotten around
to using that new table saw I so longed for, that I spent so much time
setting up just so. I haven't even gotten around to setting up the jointer
at all. About all I've done shop wise since spring is a few unexciting
It's just the way I am, I guess. I'll go back to the shop some day. I
always do. Right now, I'm more interested in developing Rosegarden, and
writing my book. It's been somewhat exciting lately, with good, positive
feedback from my readers. People are using my documentation, and it's a
worthwhile endeavor to continue working on it.
When I get bored with having to rewrite the same damn chapter three times
because somebody changed something again (and sometimes it's even me :( ),
I'll probably make that improved chess box I have drawn up. :)
It will help when it's less than 99 degrees out in the shop too. Somehow
I'd rather work when it's 50 than when it's almost 100. Of course that's
not really a good explanation why I petered off in Aprilish. I guess
because I got a new, faster computer, and because the AGNULA project asked
for permission to include my documentation, which was at that time in a
disgustingly neglected, incomplete state. I put in a last minute crunch to
try to get something more presentable out the door, and I kept hacking on
So anyway, here I am. I have no idea when I'll ever run my newsreader
again. I finally fired it up so I could go ask some Mandrake Linux
questions. I'm putting Linux on my boss's daughter's computer because she
catches every virus in the known universe, and I can't figure out how to do
anything with XP except reformat the stupid piece of crap and start over.
XP sucks. Log in, then something goes wrong (I don't really know what) and
something (I don't really know what) starts using 99.8% of the CPU. It's
horrible trying to do anything with it. Eventually the task manager
crashes and something pops up to notify me that the system is going to turn
itself off in one minute.
So piss on it. She can do web browsing and instant messaging and all that
crap from Linux. I don't have to worry about her falling into the latest
gaping XP security chasm, and hopefully once I get through the initial dumb
question phase she can continue on her own. My mother never used a
computer before in her life, and she's getting along fine with Linux.
Having one hell of a ripping good time with the GIMP. She's done nothing
for the last 20 years but talk trash about computers, and now she's on the
thing half the day. It's funny how things work out.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
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