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Journal: Slimy 1

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Having to carefully unselect crap I don't want installed on every Java update? Slimy
Rechecking the "stay logged in" button on facebook for me? Slimy
There's so much slimy stuff. Found a new one today. That Win 7 VM I mentioned, it wanted me to upgrade IE. Which I want to do - no problem. As I'm about to hit the Download button I see a small line further down "Download non-enhanced version." My gut tells me I don't want enhanced - do a quick google and I'm right. Non-enhanced means just

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Journal: Storage is Cheap but Come On Windows 1

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EDIT: I cleaned up restore points and that got the space used down to 27.4 GB - still crazy.

I have a Fedora 20 vm that I run in VirtualBox on my Mac. It gives me access to some tools I like, and it lets me run a web server that's closer to what a production environment would look like.

Yesterday I got around to setting up another VM. This one is Windows 7. I started the same as I did the Fedora image, with a 25 GB hard drive. That was fine for the windows instal

Comment: Re:Moo (Score 1) 5

by stoolpigeon (#48378419) Attached to: Things I Can't Avoid Knowing

I've still got an American passport and I'd need strong reasons to ever get rid of it.

As it stands now, it is the only one I have. I'd love to have a passport from an EU country but that takes some effort. I had hoped having great grandparents that emigrated from Hungary would have helped, but now I don't think so. I could go the traditional route but that requires a level of proficiency in Hungarian that I doubt I'll ever attain.

Comment: Re:Moo (Score 1) 5

by stoolpigeon (#48378197) Attached to: Things I Can't Avoid Knowing

Yep. American, living in Hungary.
 
I agree about Reddit, in terms of the defaults. But I view it logged in. I've unsubscribed from that stuff that I find useless and learn a decent amount from the subreddits that I do read. The smaller subreddits have less activity, so they are easy to keep up with and they have a better signal to noise ratio.

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Journal: Things I Can't Avoid Knowing 5

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I spend a decent amount of time at Reddit. The key is finding good subreddits. I usually hop on Facebook a time or two a day as well. As an expat it is a good way to connect back to home.

Anyway what's interesting to me is that sometimes things happen and those sites just go kerbonkers. Like, for example, if it rains in Phoenix my facebook feed will be absolutely full of it and I'll see it about a million times.

With reddit it is more noticeable because certain e

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Journal: A World Clock with an Analog Face 2

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I'm still learning a lot about my Mac and getting better at using it. Today I was going over trackpad gestures and learned that there is this "Notification Center" that I can pull out by swiping in from the side with 2 fingers. I had no idea it was there. It's mostly useless. I don't care about stock quotes. I don't use any of the Apple calendar, reminder or other stuff. But I did think that the world clock thing was a good idea.

On my living room computer that is hooked to my

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Journal: The Sixth Stage of Grief is Retro-Computing 2

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The Sixth Stage of Grief is Retro-Computing

This is just a beautiful piece of writing. It doesn't match my experience perfectly but so many notes really resonate with me. It's funny, I've been on this Steve Jobs video binge lately and this just fits right in.

I had to scroll down to start reading the piece, which threw me for a second, but again - I really recommend reading this. It'

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Journal: My Spine 4

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I have a herniated disc (disk?) (Apparently disk if I follow AMA guidelines. huh.) in my neck. Apparently in a common place. It's protruding pretty far into my spine and pushing on my spinal cord. I think it's also in contact with nerve roots. I don't know all the right terms. I make my wife crazy because medical stuff doesn't interest me. It's like car maintenance. I just want to hand it off to people who know. But since it looks like I need surgery, I have to be more involved in this as it'

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