Category: "road trip!"

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06/26/07

  11:55:38 pm, by EdB   , 264 words  
Categories: road trip!

one more night at work

One more night at work then it's road trip time! I'm not the brightest bulb in the box, so I'm really excited that I can take a picture with my phone, email it to me, get it on this box, and then (of course) post it in this blog. I have to set the image size down to 320 wide, but that's not a big deal.

So yeah: road trip real soon!

Gonna have to figure out how to make the laptop go to sleep so I can leave it powered up while I'm driving. That way if I do see a nice pair of ... er ... a nice scenic view along the road I'll be able to snap it and send it and blog it before pulling back onto the highway. Tomorrow when I leave the house I'll do a photo to see how long the process takes me from snap to post.

I am gonna tear up the highway :D

Did this once before, only not quite the way I'm doing it this time. After my Dad died I tossed my return airline ticket and rented a bright yellow Mustang for the trip back to southern New Mexico. This time it's a Torch Red 2005 Thunderbird, a laptop and a cellphone, a few changes of clothes, and a pocket full of cash. And it's MY Thunderbird. It'll have a name before I'm done. And 50% more miles than it has right now.

I hope I can walk when it's done, but that's a forward looking concern that I'm just not going to give much energy to.

06/24/07

  12:32:54 pm, by EdB   , 688 words  
Categories: road trip!

The default category is 'road trip!'

I just my new phone and broadband access card and laptop, removed Norton and Google toolbar and Yahoo Music Jukebox (or some such shit), installed AVG and ZoneAlarm and Firefox and Thunderbird, set Firefox as my default browser, set my home page to (what amounts to) the write tab, and so far I am NOT impressed with Vista. Or Verizon's ripoff broadband access.

That damned warning that pops up every time I install something on this box is gonna piss me off. Scratch that: HAS pissed me off!

Anyway I figured since I just got the basics going on the computer I'd do the blog thing. Still a couple of days from actually hitting the road, but they're work days so I pretty much had to get everything done today. I'm not done. I still gotta make up an email addy on the real PC and tell Thunderbird all about it here, and I gotta get the basics of the phone figured out. Popping out the stupid little memory chip isn't gonna do on the road, so I reckon I'll be emailing myself photos from the phone so I can post them. I'll be the bastards at Verizon will charge me extra for that... I gotta actually open the connection manager and connect to my damned account! Verizon Sucks.

And just to round things out, I can't desensitize the touch-pad enough to not click on stuff for no reason. Now I need a freakin' mouse to go with my laptop. That's bad, but Vista Sucks Worse. LESS THAN 4 HOURS AFTER INITIALLY TURNING ON MY SHINY NEW LAPTOP VISTA DECIDED TO SHUT ITSELF DOWN - THEN TELL ME IT WAS SHUT DOWN IMPROPERLY AND WHAT WOULD I LIKE TO DO? Unfortunately I've no idea what my choices were because moving the cursor inadvertently made it click on whatever is default. :-/

What started out as an day that could have turned out to be pretty expensive and all kinds of cool turned out to be pretty expensive and a total drag. On the upside I got a doggie door for Q-me and installed it mostly, and I got Sue the dog lady coming over twice a day to take care of her, and I got this place looking less like a dump, but I put way too much time into stuff that shouldn't have been as time consuming or annoying as it was.

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A road trip test drive blog, meaning I take a road trip and check out b2evo v2. From PHX to ISP by ground. In an '05 Thunderbird without a map. Not that I don't know where I'm going - it's the thought that counts.

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