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On Software Packaging & Distribution

Casey Key Drum Circle pano
Casey Key Drum Circle.

So, I’ve moved in with my significant other (yay!), and part of that move is a reconfiguration of my office space. Part of this involves me examining things I’ve been holding onto for a while. Those things? Software packaging. Giant, shelf-space hogging, software packaging. Boxes, just filled with cardboard & plastic, so as to take up more space on retail shelves, so that they get noticed by consumers and picked up. I just recycled so much of that stuff.

Now that we’re in the age of electronic software distribution, that won’t be so much of a problem. That said, I couldn’t bear to part with my box for American McGee’s “Alice”, one of the first games I bought for the first computer I bought, all the way back in 2001. So there’s a part of me that regrets this loss of the physical manifestation of software, too. The future of software will be a colder place in that regard.

Eep

Boo! Hey all.
Been a while, yes, I know, what’s new right? But you’re all reading this with your RSS reader, right?
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I’ve been doing well; very busy at work, which is a good thing to be sure in this economy. But it’s left little time for other activiities, such as writing here. I seem to have gotten either a spare moment, or I’m just taking a moment, to take a breath, so I thought I’d give you all an update.
Not even sure if I’ve mentioned it here before or not, and I’m too lazy to go check the archives; in any case, I’ve moved in with Joy and things are going well. I’m almost unpacked; there are a few boxes here and there but it’ll just take another couple hours of dedicated cleanup and I should be moved in!
One of the things I’ve been unpacking is my computer, my trusty old G4/733 Quicksilver. It recently had what I think is a videocard failure; thing is, I replaced the video card with what I thought was the stock card (ebayed for $15), and now it’s giving me a kernel panic upon boot. It’s got Tiger (10.4) installed on it, and I tried booting from a Leopard (10.5) install cd, but no dice. I’m suspecting the card I got from eBay was bad, so I’ll be looking for another shortly to see if I can get my computer up and going again. Optimally I’d like to have it working before the next OS X release is out (Sept?), so I can advertise it on Craigslist as having the “latest OS” 🙂
That’s all for now.. more to come later.

Okay, this is just to get a few words down…

…on paper, because I think it’s the pictures that have been weighing me down the most. This here computer isn’t as fast as it once was, and I think iPhoto is beginning to choke at 29,000 photos.
Music: EM006 – 04-12-1993 – Future Sound of London, Studio Session (thanks Davin)…
Yeah as I alluded to the past entry’s comments, the past four weeks have kind of been crazy. Just in quick bullet point (and I’m not even going to make them proper HTML bullets, cause I just want to get it down):
-Sonia’s birthday party! (Jan 18)
-Going to the circus! (Jan 19)
-Photography meetup group with Louis & Tori (Jan 27)
-Hockey (Lightning vs Canucks, Jan 31)
-Hilary and Brian visit (Jan 31-Feb 3, Feb 8-10)
-I ask out Joy and she says yes, woohoo (Feb 14)
-Work gets crazy (Jan 4-Feb 19)
-I’m in Tampa for a week for our annual trade show (Feb 17-21)
-My team makes it to the city-league championships in Ultimate (Feb 21)
-I get pretty sick, first experience with a US walk-in clinic, turns out to be an upper respiratory infection (Feb 23)
-Hockey: Lightning vs. Bruins (Feb 23)
-Mostly better (Feb 26)
So there it is in a nut. I really need a new computer, hahah…
Update: Okay, the entry just didn’t feel right without a pic… this one is from Sarasota’s beautiful Lido Key Beach. Clicky clicky!

Hallelujah

Praise the lord, etc. It’s Spring Break. Tonight, at the grocery store, I saw no fewer than six women who appeared to be within four years of my age (28). That is — for those keeping score at home — exactly six more than usual. Of course, I had the guts to speak with exactly none of them; all had guys hanging off them, except one, with whom I exchanged a smile, twice even. The irony is that today was where I decided, fcuk it, I’m not shaving and I’m not putting any product in my hair. I couldn’t have cared less about my appearance, and look what happens. What the heck’s up with that?