All posts tagged: "computer"

Chrome-ish Book

So, following my little revelatory glimpse into Claire’s desire for her own computer yesterday on this blog, Matt emailed me with some ideas to solve it: and there was no need to actually spend money to make it happen. (Well, I spent six bucks on a memory stick, but besides that…) The end result was that I tinkered away all yesterday evening converting an old laptop –formerly running a broken instance of Vista that never worked well even off the shelf and a dual-boot copy of Ubuntu which was a little too complex for Claire’s needs– and instead repurposing the machine to use Chromium OS. Her class uses Chromebooks at school, and for our purposes this clunky old machine –that used to take ten minutes to boot, had seen better days, and was bound for the Ecostation– may have just found new life as a zippy little lightweight sorta-Chromebook. It’s fast… damn fast. Faster than that machine has ever run anything. And for as much power as that little OS needs, it runs all the little tools that will serve the girl well for school for at least a couple more years. To her chagrin, it doesn’t handle Minecraft. But they don’t teach that yet… at least not in her classroom.

"If you need an idea for Christmas, dad, you guys could just buy me my own computer. I'd be happy with a small one."
... Claire, because apparently she neeeeeeeds one.


19 Mar 02015 | 4 minutes of your time

“I don’t want to wait that long.” She huffs, and I am forced to practice holding back a chuckle at her unrealistic and impatient expectations.

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a sums & pieces for 20 Oct 02014

life happens | scatter | watching & listening 

9 Jun 02011 | 3 minutes of your time

For the entire month of June I’m planning on writing a series of blog-a-day posts based on a …

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critters | informology | technology 

31 May 02011 | 8 minutes of your time

My three-and-a-half-year-old daughter (name withheld because I’m cross-posting this on a couple of blogs) is one of those …

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critters | fatherhood | life happens 

31 May 02011 | 2 minutes of your time

It was one of *those* evenings last night.   Not that there was any prior indication.   All …

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history & archives | scientist 

8 Dec 02009 | 3 minutes of your time

December 8
About ten years back we were all holding our collective breath for the imminent Y2K. I’ve …

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money & spending | technology 

2 Oct 02009 | 2 minutes of your time

It occurred to me a couple weeks ago — about the same time I was upgrading my OSX …

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critters | fatherhood 

22 Oct 02007 | 2 minutes of your time

Claire is one month old today. I suppose I could pontificate on the transformative effects of parenthood, …

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