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May 17th, 2018 at 1:20 PM · technology rocks, 2015 means doing better, wtf an update
I think I can call my previous post's experiment concluded, with pretty much the results I had expected: not many people reading, but those who do are important to me. I had been a little worried that I was totally filtered off of everybody's friends page. I'm not sure why I thought so. Habitual social anxiety? Something to ponder another day. I'm glad I'm not just mumbling to myself in here though.

Nobody guessed that I had gotten an MRI. That's a bit of a tale, one that I intend to tell, but it's longish and full of old stress; I haven't the energy today. It's not a big deal anymore - I have a minute benign growth and the problems it caused are fully manageable with medication. Aside from motherhood-related fatigue, I feel better today than I have in years.

Two of the other entries in the guess list were inspired by things I am considered, but have not done. I'm toying with installing Linux on my old Win XP laptop, or at least running bootable USB or disc Linux. I'm so pleased that the old thing keeps shambling along (its predecessor died at maybe 1/4 this thing's age), but it's no longer safe anywhere near the Internet and it's gotten slow enough to be genuinely enraging. The right Linux distro could get it safe and peppy again, I think. (Although I did recently dig out my old Palm m125 and sync it to that box; not sure I want to try installing Win98-era Palm Desktop on my cranky Windows 10 tablet unless it's my only remaining option.)

My Palm is out because I'm attempting to use it as an ersatz e-reader. I'd like a Kindle, but I'm trying to see how much I would even use it before I put money into it. Unfortunately, I'm having problems. Like, four out of five attempts to HotSync result in a BSoD. And you have to HotSync to install (I think? I haven't used this thing for over a decade!) or back up. And the error is an IRQ thing and all I really know about those is that they're a tremendous pain in the ass to diagnose and fix and ugggggh. I am pretty Dutch when it comes to money but it might be worth the cost of an older, used Kindle to have it Just Work. I'm putting that aside today; I have a few ideas to try tomorrow, but first some distance because this isn't worth getting worked up over.

I'd avoided Kindles for years because of money and because I felt I wasn't the bookworm I was in my childhood, that I wouldn't use a Kindle "enough" to justify the expense. I still rather think that I wouldn't use it enough to spend $80+ on, but older used ones seem to be in the $30-ish range. I don't read many novels these days, but I use the heck out of my Instapaper account, which can wirelessly deliver unread articles to a Kindle and can deliver over USB to basically any reader (they support MOBI and ePub; Kindles read MOBI and basically everything else supports ePub or both).

I did (at long last) get a smartphone when my old phone mercifully gave out, and I've had the Kindle app on there for about a year (and now Instapaper, love me that Instapaper). Problem is that I use it enough, and get few enough good opportunities to charge it out of the baby's unusually long reach, that I run its battery down and have to turn it off and of course that's when the kid deigns to nap and I have nothing to read on. (I do have a Windows tablet but it's prone to spontaneously powering itself off, so it's frustrating to use for much of anything, most especially something as immersive as reading a good novel. Also it's rather big, so if it manages to stay on, it becomes a chore to hold.)

Ah well. I have some ideas to try tomorrow (try a different USB port; make sure m125 isn't trying to sync software that isn't on the desktop, e.g. the late lamented AvantGo; try installing Palm Desktop in Win98 compatibility mode; give up on Desktop and just take advantage of the SD card and already-installed MobiPocket to see if it can read Instapaper exports without crashing to menu!).

Do you use an e-reader? What do you like or dislike about it? (Apparently there is at least one model of Kindle - the Kindle DX - that doesn't do WiFi, just 3G, so you get charged a few cents for every single wireless delivery. This sounds like a kind of punishment for Kindle bargain hunters. If I don't learn how to distinguish that model from other Kindles, I'll have to avoid them all to avoid stupid fees or sullenly content myself with only USB deliveries.)

Much love, folks.

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let's play a little game, reader(s)

May 5th, 2018 at 10:40 AM · 2018 means time is never enough
I've managed to seize a few more minutes with a mighty keyboard instead of just a touchscreen, and that means I'm going to see who even reads this thing.

Here's our game: I have done at least one of the things on the following list within the last two years. Guess which in the comments! I'll reply and tell you if you guessed right. Even if you have no idea who I am and somehow found yourself here, feel free to join in! You can't do worse than the folks who don't even try!

Of course, if nobody guesses, I won't have any guesses to reply to, and I'll have a reasonbly good indication that nobody reads here. If that happens, I'll sulk awhile, possibly delete my account since I won't be using it, and stalk off to other corners if the internet. Either way, I'll live.

Have I...
* adopted a pet?
* moved to a different continent?
* gotten divorced?
* gotten pregnant?
* gotten an STD?
* gotten an MRI?
* converted to a non-Christian religion?
* converted to a non-Microsoft operating system?
* converted from paperbacks to an e-reader?

(Grr, that was *supposed* to be a formatted list. I thought this thing supported Markdown but all it did was eat my newlines. Oh well, I'm nearly out of time so asterisk bullets will have to do.)

Have at it, and have fun!

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