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greyautumnrain
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Why is the T terrible every single time I try to take it? Either I am cursed, or the T is really bad. I suspect a little of each. Monday’s two hour trip home was truly spectacular, but the previous time’s handicapped-entrance-not-working-unless-you-had-a-pass trouble seemed more targeted at occasional T users with strollers. Cambridge Honda tried to cope with yesterday’s fiasco by attempting to set up an after-hours pickup, but of course the only station we didn’t spend five minutes idling at was the only one with cell phone reception. Bonus points to Cambridge Honda for calling me back after the call dropped. This is why I drive to work.

We’re all looking forward to Hongmei’s arrival. Cat is fine, but she’s temporary. Margaret still misses Jomkwan. Whenever her name comes up in conversation she hopefully asks, “Jomkwan?” Yeah, kid, I knew losing her was going to be traumatic, but I hadn’t planned on it happening so suddenly and unexpectedly.

Cat does not have her own computer, which means I am having to leave myself logged out of mine so she can use the guest account. This is non-optimal. Jomkwan came with her own laptop, and I guess I took it for granted. We bought the Airport when Jomkwan arrived and that was that. Being a nerd I kind of feel that computers are like toothbrushes – each person should have their own and not be expected to share. I don’t know if Hongmei has one, but if not I think I want to buy her a netbook to use. I understand you can pick one up for about $300. Does any one have suggestions? I need something that can talk to the Airport and will run a web browser, and that’s about it.

Ravelry is cool. Someone who works for Plymouth Yarn saw one of my projects and asked for permission to use it in the company yarn blog. I am insanely flattered by that sort of thing. http://blog.plymouthyarn.com/2010/06/03/naturale-knitting/
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arcanology From: arcanology Date: June 9th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Remember if you buy a computer you're going to end up sysadmining it when it gets viruses or just is stupid. Might want to pick up a used mac rather than a windows netbook.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: June 10th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Much as the thought of buying a windows machine pains me, it's probably easiest to buy a new netbook than anything else. She's probably used to windows machines. Also, I doubt she'll ask me to sysadmin it. Poor English skills tend to mean that people's first reaction is to try to fix it themselves rather than ask for help in English.
From: tirinian Date: June 9th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel like the redline has gotten substantially worse in the last 3-4 years. I don't know what happened.
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: June 9th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think they stopped maintaining it. Certainly ringrose can more reliably run to work than get there by train.
fredrickegerman From: fredrickegerman Date: June 9th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, the T ran out of money and the started skimping on maintenance. Which is why we had 15mph limits between Porter and Davis earlier this year (among other insults).

Also, I think the older Red Line trains are now showing their age. We probably need another round of replacements. Remember how flaky the Red Line was in 1992-3 or so?
izmirian From: izmirian Date: June 9th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got one of the "Acer AO532h-2382 10.1-Inch Onyx Blue Netbook - Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life" from Amazon recently which is selling for $295. I've been super pleased with it. I was sort of expecting a somewhat slow machine that was only usable for web browsing but I run all kinds of things on it including my software development environment for work.
merastra From: merastra Date: June 9th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I second the recommendation for this netbook. Small and cute (compared to my regular laptop) yet still surprisingly powerful.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: June 10th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. That sounds like the sort of thing I'm looking for.
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