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Comment My go-to pens (Score 1) 712

First and foremost - Skilcraft US Government pen, fine point. They write *forever* and I have never had a line bleed or morse code along a ruler. Nice fine lines. My everyday pen. Slightly thicker than you are asking for, but meets the other criteria. Always ready to write. I pulled some 20 year old stock from a storeroom and they started writing right away. No excessive force needed. *cheap*
Second - Zebra F701. Wonderful pen. I've had mine for about 3 years now. Durable and good looking. Finer and better looking ink text and lines. Meets all your criteria and is a joy to hold. All stainless construction.
Third - Fisher space pen, matte black finish. I've had it for 10 years. The ink is a bit smudgy and stays wet for a long time. It's been supplanted by the Zebra. Does not meet criteria 1 or 3. The finish is a bit slippery and fatigues my hand during long sessions. Strong enough to use as a stabbing weapon.
The Zebra and Fisher live in my uniform, even when hung up in the closet. They serve me faithfully and I never let them out of my sight. I'll give away the Skilcrafts all day but get anxious if my "babies" are lent out.

Comment Thank you! (Score 1) 238

From a long-time /. reader, thank you for working so hard to keep the site thriving. Slashdot was one of the first tech news sites that I frequented, and more than a decade later I come back on a daily basis. I have many good memories of wasting time here instead of working. I wish you the best in everything!

Lord of the Rings

Submission + - LOTR Extended Edition Blu-Ray pre-order (

jermz writes: It's what we've been waiting for. WB is releasing the LOTR trilogy extended edition on Blu-Ray. What took so long? (I don't work for WB or affiliates. Just a fan who got an email.)

Comment Let it evolve (Score 4, Interesting) 463

When I do the whole burn-down-rebuild on a system, I let it evolve to my tastes. I like a change of scenery now and then, and a new OS install is the right time for me to get that. I try new apps, new desktops, new ideas all around. I might do KDE next time, I might stick with Gnome. I get new icon sets, experiment with new color schemes and wallpapers. It keeps me entertained and I always end up with a usable desktop in the end.

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