misha’s house now has internet access

I lost my free home internet access on April 28.  Within 24 hours I ordered AT&T’s Basic DSL package for $20 per month, no contract required.  It cost $75 for the modem.  My friend, Phil, had a router for me with wireless capabilities.  Phil also had to bring over his Windows box to install the modem.  AT&T doesn’t make it easy for Linux users. Fail on them.  I think it is really a fail on AT&T and Motorola, the maker of the modem.  They went with what is easiest for them, I guess.  Phil got it all installed and working for me.  Well, my computer actually doesn’t show that I am connected, but it is, and has been since May 3.

Not quite a week without internet access made me nuts.  It was like withdrawal from cigarettes or caffiene.  Not as bad, but still, I was jittery and freaked out about it not working at first.  I didn’t like having to go to the coffee house to get online either – I couldn’t relax enough to do emails, let alone blog.

And I recently found out Fedora 13 will be out soon.  Phil installed Fedora 12 as I watched.  He is going to talk me through installing Fedora 13, YAY!  I am excited to do something geeky.  I have been faithfully sending in my bug reports to Bugzilla, and installing the updates as they become available.  I even have had to go to terminal and log in as root and install some debugging files.  I felt so competent, because it worked, and I did it on my own.

My Fedora Linux does have bugs, but the crashes haven’t caused me to loose any work and they are isolated.  Sometimes, I need to reboot after start up, for some reason I can’t fathom – it just run too slow.  But it has not ever locked up on me.  The crashes are isolated and mostly in Firefox, which has caused me to contemplate Chrome for a browser.  I am fairly committed to open source software, but unless Firefox improves with Fedora 13, I will probably switch.

Overall, I love Linux.  Even with the minor bugs and crashes, I really love it.  I had a Mac for awhile when I was married, and I have used a few versions of Windows.  I haven’t played with a newer Apple, but even were money no object to me, I am sticking with Linux.  It is as good looking as I remember the Mac to be.  And so much better that Windows can ever be, both in form and function.  It is more stable, the awesome software is free (open source and no cost), and I feel like I am doing something good by using it.  When I send in my bug report, I am doing my bit to keep Linux fresh, vibrant, and the best operating system for the world.

I Love Fedora

I did a little reading and I think Fedora is considered more secure.  I figured out how to add OpenOffice and GIMP.  Yay! I successfully installed both and they seem to be working.  I, of course, have no idea what they can do.  I had been using Windows Word for word processing.  Years ago, I liked word, but the latest one I didn’t.  I originally learned photo manipulation in Photoshop, but that was years ago.  On vista, I had been using Photoscape.  It is a free and easy to use photo manipulation package.  I really liked it.  It was quick to learn and quick to operate.

Now, I get to learn all new software.  I am really excited to have gotten these programs to work on my own.  I couldn’t have installed Fedora on my own, and am so glad to have a friend who knows computers well enough to jump right into this with me.

There are only 2 points that haven’t transfered yet.  One, I use Toggl to track my activities and I can’t get the offline tool to install.  I think it is a matter of waiting for it to show up in my repositories.  I can live without it for now, but I do need to work offline sometimes.  And two, I was using Windows’ Live Writer to do blog posts offline.  I just installed an add-on for Firefox called Scribefire and BlogTK.  I will try both and see what happens.

And I can’t print to my Dell Ink jet.  That’s a bummer.  I will save up some money and buy a printer.

I have been using Fedora for 2 days now.  I really, really like it.  It is faster on all counts and looks more appealing.   If you are at all in a position to switch to Linux, you should.  I am glad I did.

Blogging

I am very new to blogging.  I started Thanksgiving day.  WordPress has a tag surfer feature that I have been using to peruse crafting blogs.  I haven’t left any comments yet, but I have been tempted a few times.  I’m just not sure how much I want to put myself out there.  I started Misha’s Needle to document my crafting.  I had to start Misha’s World to broaden my topic base.  I am going to try initially to something in both blogs everyday.  After they are established, I hopefully will be able to do an every other day for each.

I am very lucky to be able to blog at all.  Our Saint Louis Public Library has a summer reading contest my mom and I always enter.  Everyone who reads 10 books and turns in a form gets a totebag or umbrella and entry into the drawing for prizes.  I won Cardinals baseball tickets 2 years in a row! This year I won nothing, but my mom won this laptop computer I am using to blog.  We did not currently have a computer.  I have tried to teach her how to use it, but she didn’t like it and refuses to play with it.  She said it is mine to do with as I see fit.

Uberlucky, because there are 2 unsecured networks I can use anywhere in my house including my basement, which is where my crafting stuff is located!  We got the computer at the end of August and I have been surfing ever since.  I had access to a computer before this, so I didn’t feel deprived.  But internet access whenever I want is something I haven’t had since 2000.

I haven’t had a computer for 5 years.  I have never had a cell phone or cable.  I can’t justify paying for commercials and I get enough tv from broadcast to satisfy myself.  A cell phone is something I want, but have survived this long without one.  One reason I don’t have one is that I am NOT a phone talker.  I might spend a total of 2 hours max on the phone per month – usually closer to one hour. I looked into getting one to replace our landline and the cheapest one can get monthly is ~30 bucks, which means I’d be paying over 25 cents per minute! Too much!  And a pay-as-you-go option isn’t really better.  Eventually, I’ll have one, but not at this time.

The computer we won is a Dell Latitude.  It has wifi, but not blu-tooth?!  A tiny hard drive – It is not the best computer, but as a freebie, It Rocks!

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