DECEMBER 12, 2008
Car with a 'tude...and a 'do
There are lots of cars that blend into the traffic, and then there's this one. I made a U-turn and drove back a half block to get the picture, since I don't see cars like this very often.
Wish I'd have seen the driver. I picture him (her?) with a similar hairdo, but maybe all the expressiveness comes out in the car.
More office improvements
Since we had our plumbing emergency that drenched a section of my office, day by day I've been going through boxes and files, throwing out some things and reorganizing others. At one point today I had four computers running as I tried to move work from the oldest to the second-oldest, and to get the one I recently stopped using ready to move to its new position second in the pecking order. Fortunately my first-string computer has been behaving itself, so it didn't pose any problems in this transition.
It's the oldest one that not surprisingly gave me the biggest headache. I needed to move an interactive project off of it, but the question was how. The project was too big for its 1.44 MB floppy drive (remember them?) and its CD drive was read-only, meaning I couldn't burn the 24 MB project to a CD.
The solution was an old Bernoulli removable disc drive that has been gathering dust on a shelf for six years or more. I could plug it in, and I did, only to discover that there was no software installed to recognize it.
To the rescue, a cardboard box of old floppies that included—will wonders never cease?—the driver software from 1994. It took a bit of jiggering around with a bent paperclip to get the floppy drive to work, but once it did the problem was solved.
The oldest computer is now labeled "Recycle," its replacement is working just fine, and soon my main work area will be cleared when the second string computer moves to a different desktop. All in all this transition took most of a day (I left out a few of the other complications), but at least progress has been made.
And to make it feel like I accomplished something tangible, I also mounted a driftwood "shelf" I picked up recently at Edgewater Beach and filled it with a few of the things I pick up here and there.
The truck is from my childhood train set, the cover from an old book I just trashed, and the other pieces I found when out walking. It's nice to finally have a place to put them.