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Archive for June 11th, 2007

Teaching and Away From Keyboard (AFK)

Monday, June 11th, 2007


When I first got online about 11-12 years ago, I mostly chatted using a local chat machine, with other locals. We went to each others’ parties and met for coffee and the comedy club.

One of the shortcuts we would use when chatting was AFK… Away From Keyboard… meaning we had to leave the chat for a little while. When we came back to the screen (it was painful to get logged back in so we didn’t sign off) we just wrote ” Back.” I feel right now that I have left this chat with you for a little longer than I’d like…. Back. No photos but an update or three.

Teaching and Socializing 

I taught Saturday in Charlotte, a one-day First-Time Toe-Up Sock workshop. It was wonderful. The photos are still on the camera, but trust me that we had a great time.

Sunday I went to Threadbear with Brother Eric and Sis-In-Love Diana, then went to Japanese dinner with Mom and Brian as well as Eric and Diana. Diana lived in Japan for a few years and really enjoys Japanese restaurants of all sorts. It was fun.

Shopping, Ugh!

My computer is really on its last legs (it is 4.5 years old and I push it very hard, that’s a long time for a laptop to keep on keeping on). I am in heavy-duty research mode. I found a machine that looks like great features for a good price (on sale this week) but it has Windows Vista rather than XP. I have several old software programs that probably will not work with Vista.

I’m very excited about the computer itself, just not the version of Windows. My laser printer does offer a Vista print driver, thank goodness. My palm device is really old and synchronizes to a calendar program that I love but that was developed for Windows 3.1 (that was before Windows 95) and that is sure to not work anymore if I go with Vista.

I am also absolutely married to my Eudora email program, it’s where I organize my life. I don’t trust Microsoft Outlook to keep me virus-free, and most email programs do not have an interface I can really work with. I’ve tried a few others over time and actually I do use Gmail for spam filters but then I download the Gmail messages to my Eudora. Yes, I’m stuck in the dark ages but I know the program better than the back of my hand. Sigh… I don’t know if it will work in Vista, they just stopped selling the main version in May.

Many things will indeed translate fine, the only way to know is to try it. I feel as though after I have traveled so much, I don’t have time to mess with all this. I have so many things waiting on the “Important and Urgent” section of my to-do list that I feel guilty when I get tired and need to sleep.

Change is Difficult

I can adjust to the whim of the moment when I knit. I am sometimes stuck in a rut. That is, when it comes to the tools I use to organize my life (which sometimes has more appointments in a day than some people have in a week).

I don’t have to decide anything right now. The sale is on for a few more days. For that matter, I could actually buy a copy of XP and install that instead of the Vista that’s on it when purchased. Just for today I don’t have to make a decision.

Upcoming Classes and Events

I’m teaching a lot more this week… Monday I taught computers, Tuesday is the summer program at Foster Community Center and then a private lesson at Rae’s. Thursday I’m teaching Diagonal Tank/Tee at Rae’s as well.

Because of Fathers’ day I’m not teaching this weekend, though I’ll be working in the studio. Then on Tuesday the 19th I’m teaching Sherbet Socks (summer footies at Little Red Schoolhouse). I have a few more private sessions at Rae’s, as well. I’m still working on getting my new summer schedule all up on my schedule page, but it’s not all up yet.

For now the right move is to go to sleep. If anyone out there has been using Windows Vista and has actual experience, I’d love to hear your take on how it went .