Friday :: Oct 22, 2004

PCs For Pessimists

by pessimist

I want to thank everyone who have offered moral support, money and equipment in my pursuit of reconnection to blogging. Your comments are a wonderful uplift and counter the frustrating effects of being so handicapped.

Some of you wrote to me in a previous thread, and the next page is my responses to those comments. Anyone who doesn't want to read what amounts to public email can pass by without missing too much. I just didn't see the point to posting these on the front page and taking up a lot of space.

Regarding the Project for a New Blogging Computer:

Oh, Pess, I'm so sorry about your plight. You do such a great job with LC. We will wait patiently for recovery operations.
Posted by BushHater at October 21, 2004 10:04 AM

Thanks! I miss you guys too!

Are you in the S-F area? I run an electronics-reuse not for profit and our primary output is refurbed computers running suse linux. We provide them to the public for free and would be glad to hand one to you. If this sounds to good to be true check out ...

James Burgett
Exec. Dir.

Posted by fattatoo at October 21, 2004 04:11 PM

I am not a resident of the Bay Area. If I were, though, I think we would have worked something out.

I like this blog. To get you going quickly, I can contribute some money towards a new computer. If another 50 people do the same, you should not have to wait for Santa Claus. Please let me know.
Posted by Avinash Chitnis at October 21, 2004 07:57 AM

I'll contribute too...
Posted by Kathy at October 21, 2004 03:07 PM

Thanks to so many of you for offering to subsidize a new computer, but I really can't accept cash from you. I have no PayPal or similar account, and frankly I'm not exactly impoverished. Some of the readers have contacted me about providing used equipment and I'm in discussions with them. Not having email readily accessible (it's currently on a friend's computer until I'm back on my feet, so I have to abide by his schedule to use it) slows down the process considerably.

Now if you all could donate some of your TIME, as 168 hours a week just aren't going to be enough for a while, ...


... commuting time has taken up most of my spare time (a normal 1.5 hour trip took as long as four hours this week)

A normal 1.5 hour trip?? That's a long commute, at least by Dallas standards! I pity you...
Posted by Mathwiz at October 21, 2004 09:00 AM

I've been to Dallas, and there are things there to pity that equal the difficulties I face in SoCal. One thing that complicates travel out here is our mountains - something Dallas doesn't have. I have seven routes I can travel to get home from work, so when there is a problem that directly affects only one route, the others end up carrying the additional burden. Take something like our recent heavy rains which affected ALL of these routes, ...

SoCal commuting

Excuse me? You commute 1.5 hours each way? Three hours a day? One and a half months out of each year? One-eighth of your entire life? In a car, in traffic? You need to live somewhere with decent public transportation.
Posted by David in NY at October 21, 2004 11:14 AM

Sorry, that's only about a month each year (750 hours when you leave out weekends and vacations), so you're only ruining one-twelfth of your life.
Posted by David in NY at October 21, 2004 11:17 AM

We once had a decent public transportation network, but a consortium that included General Motors and Firestone bought it and ran it into the ground to eliminate viable competition to the automotive industry. (The Disney movie Who Killed Roger Rabbit is very loosely based on this event.) If you looked at the map of the Pacifc Electric Railroad and compared it to a modern map showing the freeways, you would note that there are many parallel routes. In fact, PE would today have been of service to most of commuting Southern California - even without much of the expansion it would have had otherwise.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, ...

is it normal/legal for a major tv news show such as CNN to broadcast large chunks of Bush's campaign speeches live, and none of Kerry's?
Posted by T2 at October 21, 2004 11:40 AM

Normal? Sadly, yes. Legal? Sadly yes. Without the Fairness Doctrine - eliminated in the later Reagan Years - this sort of news twisting (calling it 'spinning' just doesn't do it justice!) is within current legal parameters.

Arnie ain't gonna fix CA, buddy, just to let you know. The electorate there will discover just how far star quality will slide when the chips are down.
Posted by BushHater at October 21, 2004 10:04 AM

I keep hoping, but I have to wonder. He's gotten away with a fair amount so far.

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