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  1. #1
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Christmas Progress

    We are moving into high gear getting ready the kid to come home for
    Christmas and for holiday guests. I started earlier this week with a
    major kitchen clean-up, including the oven, a massive clean-up of my
    basement. Since I was going to have to make a trip to the dump anyway I
    leaned out my bedroom closet and some drawers. Today I tackled the
    family room, especially my little computer corner. I threw out boxes
    and boxes of old floppy disks, old application manuals, printer ribbons,
    expansion boards etc.

    I went out and bought a nice Christmas tree and set it up. Then I
    tackled some baking. I made a batch of brownies and some chocolate chip
    cookies. While they were baking I decorated the tree.

    So now I have 8 loaves of fruit cake and a batch of brownies for the
    holidays. Over the next few days I plan to make some mince meat tarts
    and some shortbread. I am thinking of doing the Scottish shortbread
    that I did last year. I liked that stuff.

  2. #2
    Virginia Tadrzynski Guest

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    "Dave Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:49443895$0$5533$[email protected] ...
    > We are moving into high gear getting ready the kid to come home for
    > Christmas and for holiday guests. I started earlier this week with a
    > major kitchen clean-up, including the oven, a massive clean-up of my
    > basement. Since I was going to have to make a trip to the dump anyway I
    > leaned out my bedroom closet and some drawers. Today I tackled the family
    > room, especially my little computer corner. I threw out boxes and boxes
    > of old floppy disks, old application manuals, printer ribbons, expansion
    > boards etc.
    >
    > I went out and bought a nice Christmas tree and set it up. Then I tackled
    > some baking. I made a batch of brownies and some chocolate chip cookies.
    > While they were baking I decorated the tree.
    >
    > So now I have 8 loaves of fruit cake and a batch of brownies for the
    > holidays. Over the next few days I plan to make some mince meat tarts and
    > some shortbread. I am thinking of doing the Scottish shortbread that I
    > did last year. I liked that stuff.


    People like you are why people like me go on a killing rampage around this
    time of year..........all I can think of is the old SNL 'commercial' about
    how Mom can do this, and this, and this, and this......and the question is
    asked 'and how do you think she does it? She takes speed!' I have so much
    crap to get done and all I end up doing is chasing my tail. Feh in your
    general direction.......
    -ginny



  3. #3
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Christmas Progress

    In article <49443895$0$5533$[email protected]>,
    Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I threw out boxes
    > and boxes of old floppy disks, old application manuals, printer ribbons,
    > expansion boards etc.


    I need to do that. <g> I've been trying to get dad to let me throw out
    the boxes of 4" floppies. I've offered those up on freecycle and nobody
    wants them! Same for the zip drives and disks.
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." -- Dalai Lama

  4. #4
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

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    On Sat 13 Dec 2008 11:50:42p, Omelet told us...

    > In article <49443895$0$5533$[email protected]>,
    > Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I threw out boxes
    >> and boxes of old floppy disks, old application manuals, printer ribbons,
    >> expansion boards etc.

    >
    > I need to do that. <g> I've been trying to get dad to let me throw out
    > the boxes of 4" floppies. I've offered those up on freecycle and nobody
    > wants them! Same for the zip drives and disks.


    Who would want them when you can get 8 and 16 GB USB flash drives?

    I still have 1 PC that has a 3-1/2" floppy drive, so I keep a few disks
    that serve as boot disks and utilities in case of problems.

    The rest of the floppies as well as 2 zip drives and all the zip disks went
    to the recycler.

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    Wayne Boatwright
    (correct the spelling of "geemail" to reply)
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    Date: Saturday, 12(XII)/13(XIII)/08(MMVIII)
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    Countdown till Christmas Day
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  5. #5
    Omelet Guest

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    In article <[email protected] 7>,
    Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Sat 13 Dec 2008 11:50:42p, Omelet told us...
    >
    > > In article <49443895$0$5533$[email protected]>,
    > > Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >> I threw out boxes
    > >> and boxes of old floppy disks, old application manuals, printer ribbons,
    > >> expansion boards etc.

    > >
    > > I need to do that. <g> I've been trying to get dad to let me throw out
    > > the boxes of 4" floppies. I've offered those up on freecycle and nobody
    > > wants them! Same for the zip drives and disks.

    >
    > Who would want them when you can get 8 and 16 GB USB flash drives?


    I have an 80 gig desktop drive I use for backup that does not take up
    any more space than a DVD. It's an Iomega.
    I only use flash drives to transport data from home to work as needed.

    >
    > I still have 1 PC that has a 3-1/2" floppy drive, so I keep a few disks
    > that serve as boot disks and utilities in case of problems.


    Mine has a CD drive/burner. No floppy drive.

    >
    > The rest of the floppies as well as 2 zip drives and all the zip disks went
    > to the recycler.


    Yep!
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." -- Dalai Lama

  6. #6
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Christmas Progress

    On Sun 14 Dec 2008 12:47:56a, Omelet told us...

    > In article <[email protected] 7>,
    > Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On Sat 13 Dec 2008 11:50:42p, Omelet told us...
    >>
    >> > In article <49443895$0$5533$[email protected]>,
    >> > Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> I threw out boxes
    >> >> and boxes of old floppy disks, old application manuals, printer
    >> >> ribbons, expansion boards etc.
    >> >
    >> > I need to do that. <g> I've been trying to get dad to let me throw
    >> > out the boxes of 4" floppies. I've offered those up on freecycle and
    >> > nobody wants them! Same for the zip drives and disks.

    >>
    >> Who would want them when you can get 8 and 16 GB USB flash drives?

    >
    > I have an 80 gig desktop drive I use for backup that does not take up
    > any more space than a DVD. It's an Iomega.
    > I only use flash drives to transport data from home to work as needed.


    I have two identical drives in my desktop PC that are set up in a RAID
    configuration, so I don't really worry about other backups.

    >> I still have 1 PC that has a 3-1/2" floppy drive, so I keep a few disks
    >> that serve as boot disks and utilities in case of problems.

    >


    Mine is an older PC, but I've kept both the hardware and software upgraded,
    hence theoriginal 3-1/2" drive. I don't think anybody puts one in new PCs.

    Mine has a CD drive/burner. No floppy drive.

    I have a CD drive/burner, and a DVD drive that's just a reader.

    >> The rest of the floppies as well as 2 zip drives and all the zip disks
    >> went to the recycler.

    >
    > Yep!


    My laptop is practically brand new and has all the bells and whistles. If
    this desktop machine ever bites the dust, I may just not replace it. I
    love the laptop.


    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    (correct the spelling of "geemail" to reply)
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    Date: Sunday, 12(XII)/14(XIV)/08(MMVIII)
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    Today is: Third Sunday of Advent
    Countdown till Christmas Day
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  7. #7
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Christmas Progress

    In article <[email protected] >,
    Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:

    > My laptop is practically brand new and has all the bells and whistles. If
    > this desktop machine ever bites the dust, I may just not replace it. I
    > love the laptop.


    My sister went that route and never went back.

    I still don't own a laptop. Just has not been a priority and finances
    are tight. ;-)
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." -- Dalai Lama

  8. #8
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Christmas Progress

    On Sun 14 Dec 2008 01:09:05a, Omelet told us...

    > In article <[email protected] >,
    > Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> My laptop is practically brand new and has all the bells and whistles.
    >> If this desktop machine ever bites the dust, I may just not replace it.
    >> I love the laptop.

    >
    > My sister went that route and never went back.
    >
    > I still don't own a laptop. Just has not been a priority and finances
    > are tight. ;-)


    Mine was a "gift", in lieu of a cash bonus from my company. It was a $3K
    laptop, probably worth more than what I'd have gotten in cash.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    (correct the spelling of "geemail" to reply)
    ************************************************** **********************
    Date: Sunday, 12(XII)/14(XIV)/08(MMVIII)
    ************************************************** **********************
    Today is: Third Sunday of Advent
    Countdown till Christmas Day
    1wks 3dys 22hrs 49mins
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  9. #9
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Christmas Progress

    In article <[email protected] >,
    Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:

    > > I still don't own a laptop. Just has not been a priority and finances
    > > are tight. ;-)

    >
    > Mine was a "gift", in lieu of a cash bonus from my company. It was a $3K
    > laptop, probably worth more than what I'd have gotten in cash.
    >
    > --
    > Wayne Boatwright


    Sweet!
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." -- Dalai Lama

  10. #10
    Janet Baraclough Guest

    Default Re: Christmas Progress

    The message <49443895$0$5533$[email protected]>
    from Dave Smith <[email protected]> contains these words:

    > We are moving into high gear getting ready the kid to come home for
    > Christmas and for holiday guests. I started earlier this week with a
    > major kitchen clean-up, including the oven, a massive clean-up of my
    > basement. Since I was going to have to make a trip to the dump anyway I
    > leaned out my bedroom closet and some drawers. Today I tackled the
    > family room, especially my little computer corner. I threw out boxes
    > and boxes of old floppy disks, old application manuals, printer ribbons,
    > expansion boards etc.


    LOL. Do you do gift vouchers? I might want to hire you as a life
    coach .

    Janet.

  11. #11
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Christmas Progress

    Dave Smith wrote:
    > We are moving into high gear getting ready the kid to come home for
    > Christmas and for holiday guests. I started earlier this week with a
    > major kitchen clean-up, including the oven, a massive clean-up of my
    > basement. Since I was going to have to make a trip to the dump anyway
    > I leaned out my bedroom closet and some drawers. Today I tackled the
    > family room, especially my little computer corner. I threw out boxes
    > and boxes of old floppy disks, old application manuals, printer
    > ribbons, expansion boards etc.


    Great job, and getting rid of all that clutter is like a breath
    of fresh air. You've inspired me to clean out a few drawers
    myself. I really don't know how stuff accumulates the way
    it does.

    > I went out and bought a nice Christmas tree and set it up. Then I
    > tackled some baking. I made a batch of brownies and some chocolate
    > chip cookies. While they were baking I decorated the tree.
    >
    > So now I have 8 loaves of fruit cake and a batch of brownies for the
    > holidays. Over the next few days I plan to make some mince meat tarts
    > and some shortbread. I am thinking of doing the Scottish shortbread
    > that I did last year. I liked that stuff.


    Wow. I'm impressed.

    nancy

  12. #12
    sf Guest

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    On Sun, 14 Dec 2008 06:59:07 GMT, Wayne Boatwright
    <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >Who would want them when you can get 8 and 16 GB USB flash drives?
    >
    >I still have 1 PC that has a 3-1/2" floppy drive, so I keep a few disks
    >that serve as boot disks and utilities in case of problems.
    >
    >The rest of the floppies as well as 2 zip drives and all the zip disks went
    >to the recycler.


    I thought my mom was nuts when she bought her first and only computer
    w/o a floppy drive years 4 or 5 ago. Why? She'd read that floppies
    were on the way out. This was before flash drives were cheap and
    common, but she had no use for floppies either so it was as good an
    excuse as any for her. LOL! RIP, Mom.


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    I never worry about diets. The only carrots that
    interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

    Mae West

  13. #13
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Christmas Progress

    On Sun, 14 Dec 2008 07:59:28 GMT, Wayne Boatwright
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >My laptop is practically brand new and has all the bells and whistles. If
    >this desktop machine ever bites the dust, I may just not replace it. I
    >love the laptop.


    Before you commit, take a look at the new hybrid desktops!
    http://www.dell.com/hybrid

    Now that I have a laptop, I know I'll always have a desktop too.


    --
    I never worry about diets. The only carrots that
    interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

    Mae West

  14. #14
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Christmas Progress

    Wayne Boatwright wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> I still don't own a laptop. Just has not been a priority and finances
    >> are tight. ;-)

    >
    > Mine was a "gift", in lieu of a cash bonus from my company. It was a $3K
    > laptop, probably worth more than what I'd have gotten in cash.



    I am still kicking myself. Shortly before I retired I was issued a
    really nice lap top. I had an old one that never worked all that well
    as the mobile terminal that it was supposed to be but would have been
    fine for lots of other things. When I retired I had to go down to the
    district office and hand in all my gear. When I gave them the old lap
    top they were surprised. They didn't have any record of it or of me
    having it. They never would have missed it.


  15. #15
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Christmas Progress

    On Sun 14 Dec 2008 11:02:06a, sf told us...

    > On Sun, 14 Dec 2008 07:59:28 GMT, Wayne Boatwright
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>My laptop is practically brand new and has all the bells and whistles.

    If
    >>this desktop machine ever bites the dust, I may just not replace it. I
    >>love the laptop.

    >
    > Before you commit, take a look at the new hybrid desktops!
    > http://www.dell.com/hybrid
    >
    > Now that I have a laptop, I know I'll always have a desktop too.
    >
    >


    Oh, I'm not committing to anything. It's way too soon. My old desktop
    machine has a lot of life left in it. It was cutting edge when I bought
    it, and I've kept it well updated. My laptop *is* cutting edge. It's the
    same model I have at work. By the time I'll need to get a new unit, I
    imagine there will be many unist like the Dell. That's a slick looking
    machine.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    (correct the spelling of "geemail" to reply)
    ************************************************** **********************
    Date: Sunday, 12(XII)/14(XIV)/08(MMVIII)
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    Today is: Third Sunday of Advent
    Countdown till Christmas Day
    1wks 3dys 5hrs 33mins
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