On Computer Maintenance

Warning: this blog post is long, it may sound to some like a rant or self-advertising, but I assure you that there are a few morsels of “wisdom” to chew on herein.

I love my computer. I see my computer as a part of myself, indeed, a part of me that extends and enables me in nearly countless ways. And <<blush>> I actually feel more at ease with my computer than I do with people, generally speaking. People who know me, though, know that I am no introvert or anti-social misfit. So here is the story.

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Reading Zero History

“She watched as he sank instantly into whatever it was that he did on the Net, like a stone to water. He was elsewhere, the way people were before their screens, his expression that of someone piloting something, looking into a middle distance that had nothing to do with geography. p. 179, Zero History

New World of Social Networking

A lot of my contemporaries register reservation, frustration or even contempt for the evolving world of cyberspace. For example, in one social group that I belong to, the median age is about 75. We meet monthly. A couple of the members have just given up on even email. Others struggle bravely with Google, cell phones, or even online commerce. Crashed computers, online failures, and virus problems are rife. Just a few, mostly dragged there by their middle-aged children, are registered facebook users.

I am widely known as a computer guru, but that is quite far from the truth. I really don’t have a quick answer to most problems that people have. Rather, it’s more like, me and computers, we are as close as my index and my flicking finger. Most people see computers as unpredictable. Whaa?!! I see people as unpredictable. Computers I can figure out. I like to have staring contests with computers, I hate that with people.

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Adding a Drum Track

For starters, let me just admit that this is a blatant brag on the Macbook Pro and Apple’s OneToOne system of instruction. When tech gurus debate the pros and cons of Apple vs. Windows, rarely do I see it said that what you get with each Mac computer is about $3000 worth of free integrated, ready-to-use, and intuitive software. Since this blog post could quickly disintegrate into boring technominutae, let me just make the brag very easy to understand.

My vocalist, Heidi, and I have built a home recording studio and produced a demo CD using this Mac and the tools to do it cost less than $500. You can hear the quality of these recordings at our FaceBook page, Just in Time: Heidi and Jim.

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