This is on my mind…

I’m a geek!

I’m a geek. I know it, and I’m proud of it. I didn’t grow up with technology. I can still remember the day my parents brought in our first color television set. The thing was a piece of furniture, and not all programs were even broadcast in color!!

My first experience with a camera was my mother’s 1950s Brownie reflex, which I still own. It’s behind glass doors in my own little museum, along with my dad’s Argus from the same era. I advanced a bit more than that to carrying a ton of photo equipment around with me in the 1970s, when I was a very serious hobby photographer. I did my own darkroom work, entered shows, and even had one of my photos picked up by the AP! That seems like a lifetime ago, and now I carry a little Canon in my purse and a Canon SLR in a gear bag. Don’t haul it around like I did the film SLR stuff, mostly because I’m not living and breathing photography anymore. I still do like to have fabulous shots though!

I had no idea computers even existed in any form until I was out of high school, and the ones that did were giants! I had my first taste of that technology working in a firm as a keypuch operator. I jumped in with both feet when I combined my nursing career with IT, and worked for a company that developed and implemented EMRs (electronic medical records). Now I listen to Leo Laporte every chance I get, and breathe a contented sigh every time I get my hands on a new gadget. Which leads me to the story of my new baby “Eeepsie”.

Weighing in a 2.2 lbs, Eeepsie came to live with me on November 6th. She is a beautiful pearl white Asus Eee 900A. I love the fact that I can cause people to drop their jaws to the floor when I pull her out of my purse. (Like I said, a geek). While the operatiing system installed was OK and very usable (Linux Xandros), I just recently discovered the joy of using Linux Ubuntu configured for the netbook. This thing just absolutely rocks!!! My only experience with Linux has been since I started using the netbook, and I must say I’m really impressed with Ubuntu. The only problem I have had was getting it to read my 8gb SDHC card, and that was fixed by very simply commenting out a line in fstab. (Thank God for the user forums and Google!)

I like that I can configure this to suit me, and I do that kind of stuff a lot, that it is quick to respond, and no crashes!! What a novel concept!

One of the first things I did when I bought my baby was to go on the hunt for a great case to protect her. Right now I’m using a neoprene case I bought at Target, which works great, but of course a leather one is a must-have! I ordered one made of pink leather from NoreveUSA, and it arrived today. As expected, it is very nice. A beautiful light pink leather (they call it rose pink), all cut outs are spot on and it smells wonderful, as fine leather should!!

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