Clean and lean

January 31st, 2006

Received my barebones computer late yesterday, transferred some components from my old box, and was up and running last night. It turns out the memory controller on the motherboard went bad in my old machine. Not that four years is that old for a computer, my wife’s is 6 years old and runs fine, but for me, three years use is about par. A CPU fan failed about a year ago, but no problems otherwise.

I really liked my old computer. I got it just after Windows XP was released and never reloaded the OS, as was my normal practice every two years or so for prior Windows versions. My practice of backing up to another hard drive paid off in restoring my configuration. Running dual hard drives works better for me than regularly backing up to removable disks.

Yet I still chose not to simply restore everything back to its original state. I made a fresh install of the OS and, now that it’s over, feel better for it. Some of my old software didn’t make the reinstall. Microsoft Office is out and Open Office now stands alone. Internet Explorer remains uncustomized and Firefox is now tweaked with five old faithful extensions and as many new ones; one of which opens IE in a Firefox tab, if desired. If you are not using Firefox, my condolences.

Not that I’m a foe of Microsoft. I stuck with MS Money 2005 after using Quicken for many years. MS Streets and Trips is again on the menu, along with Gate’s beta anti-spyware.

More old stuff returning is AVG anti-virus, the best anti-virus I’ve ever used (and I’ve used a bunch); Photoshop 7, (thanks to a professional graphic artist friend that goes through software like I go through cookies); NoteTab, my perfect text editor (worth ten times the $5 I paid for it); Filezilla, a no-nonsense open-source FTP client; and IrfanView, for a quick image handler.

I still have some tweaking to do, but should be back up to speed tomorrow. Actually, on this machine, about 50% faster. But at the speed I think and type, that’s irrelevant.

How about the Wimps?

January 30th, 2006

It took almost four years, but talk about primitive thinking…

Some American Indian groups say Southeastern Oklahoma State University officials made a poor decision when they changed the school’s nickname from the Savages to the Savage Storm.

And I agree. Because some early settlers a couple hundred years ago called some American Indians savages, the word in itself is now defined as a native American?

“It remains a slap in the face to all Native Americans and needs to be retired along with other images deemed racially harmful,” said Cindy Martin, a member of the Tulsa Indian Coalition Against Racism. The group says the school should have removed the word, savage, rather than continue to use it in a modified form.

Lighten up Cindy! I suppose you want the school to erase all history of their most famous savage, too.

Let’s stop fanning the flames and just stick to Merriam-Webster’s definition of the word:
Late Latin salvaticus, alteration of Latin silvaticus of the woods, wild, from silva wood, forest
1 a : not domesticated or under human control : UNTAMED b : lacking the restraints normal to civilized human beings : FIERCE, FEROCIOUS
4 : lacking complex or advanced culture

Sounds like an appropriate sports team name to me. Especially for a school from a wooded area of southeast Oklahoma.

I can understand being offended by a racist mascot image, and support eliminating such logos. However, taking great offense of the word savage is a little way over-board. I suppose we should eliminate team colors of red, black, yellow, and white too. Or maybe we should just be glad we don’t live in Indiana.


January 28th, 2006

Basketball don’t get better than this.

Oklahoma Sooners 82
Texas Longhorns 72

Wet dreams

January 28th, 2006

Don’t you just hate it when rain wakes you up at night? Twice!

Me neither.

Okie round-up

January 28th, 2006

Lindsey plans for weddings and Hornets.
Our Tulsa World is hung up on hangers.
North of the Red River has a strange conversation about blogging.
Sister Scorpion questions religious capitalism.
CycleDog gets advice and gives some back.
The Gingus Chronicles rarely tucks.
dustbury labors over immigration.
azoidX makes sense of corporate welfare.
Dan and Angi hopes Gertie gets a home.
Library Stories draws attention to an Oklahoma artist survey.
her victory blames mom.
Roemerman on Record takes his eyes to heart.

Blog spotting

January 26th, 2006

I’ve been working with two trainees and the motherboard on my home computer just got fried. You get the idea.

Tulsa trouble

January 26th, 2006

mjstich is concerned.

Tulsa, once one of the most prosperous and livable cities in America, needs help. Specifically, Tulsa needs leadership and with the upcoming races for Mayor and City Council just six weeks ahead, there may be none on the horizon.

Oklahoma a bore

January 26th, 2006

Joanne has been to 14 states so far.

Now I want to see most states except:

They just seem boring

I’m not sure what it says about me, but I’d love to visit Alaska.

Count on Waldrop for OKC mayor

January 25th, 2006

While OKC Mayor Mick Cornett is deciding if he wants to be mayor or congressman, Bob Waldrop is not hesitating to make up his mind to run for mayor.

If elected, he promises to demand a recount.

The new Miss Oklahoma

January 24th, 2006

Out goes one Jennifer and in comes another. (NewsOK reg)

Jennifer Warren, 22, a registered nurse from Oklahoma City, is succeeding Miss America Jennifer Berry as the new Miss Oklahoma.

I hope there wasn’t any bad blood between the new Jen and the old one. Evidently, Miss Warren didn’t have much faith in Miss Berry winning the Miss America contest.

“I’m just so excited. I just never imagined that this would be an opportunity I would have

Oh well. At least Okiedoke sure got a face lift this week!