London Burt

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Computer hunting

So once again I am asked to look for a computer for my parents.  Here is the situation this time.

My dad is being laid off at the end of next week and will be losing his work computer. We’re trying to find a decent replacement.  We want him to have a decent computer so he can do some graphics work. ‎”graphics design” is all they told me. I’m assuming they meant the ability to make quality fliers, newsletters, brochures, and things like that but I’m not 100% sure.

I know next to nothing about graphics work, so I’m looking for software recommendations and what the minimum hardware specs should be.  Of course, if you know of anything on sale, that’d be helpful too.

As for price, I’m thinking 200~500 but I may be able to talk them into more if it means we wont have to replace it or get another one in less than 2yrs.

Thanks for any advice

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Europe Travel: The Middle

Day 4: This was the first actual day of work.  At least it was suppose to be.  There was nothing really for me to do.  Before it was just doing measurements and getting stuff in the right spot.  Now everyone was setting up their own stations/computers and there wasn’t much I could do.  My dad was attempting to fix a model that had cracked during shipping but nothing could be done until one of the workers with a car got us the supplies.  So from 10am to about 2pm I paced around and tried to stay warm.

And then in a glorious moment we got the password for the wireless.  I made my post then went checking through 4days of mail, comics, blogs, and facebook.  Meanwhile my dad was fighting with tech support.  When he left town they told him he had to bring a temp laptop instead of his normal one.  Unfortunately, they didn’t put any of his files/programs on the temp.  So 2hrs was spent trying to get to those.  Once that was done he had to download his two videos for the show.  Two 300mb movies going on a 25kb/s connection, and a shaky one at that, was going to take a long time.  Once it failed and had to be restarted for the second time, he decided to bite the bullet and pay for the hotel internet.

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Europe Travel: Side Note

I’m going to start off with some general stuff.  I’ve been very cold for most of this trip.  Part of this is due to the weather.  It is partly cloudy most of the time and staying around the low to mid 40’s.  That I could deal with easily. Except for I wasn’t told the temps while I was packing.  I was only told ‘bring dress clothes’ and ‘try not to stick out’.  My only cold weather coat (since I lost my good one) is a black Harley Davidson jacket with a skull on the back.  Not exactly stealthy so I left it at home.  The other statement seems to be false as well because we leave in 4days and I haven’t touched my dress clothes yet.

Next is about the language.  I’ve been studying Japanese for as long as I can remember.  I have to say that the immersion camps and software don’t compare to actually being in the country.  I haven’t picked up that much French since all of the hotel staff speak English and all the menus have English translation.  But I’m noticing how much Japanese I can actually string together.  For whatever reason, my speech switches over to Japanese if English doesn’t work.  Even if Japanese just makes things worse.

Actually, I’m getting more Japanese culture stuff than I am French culture.  There are a crap load of Japanese (and other Asians) here in the hotel for me to eavesdrop on plus a lot more at all the tourist places.  According to the guide book a decent amount of Asian people live in the district next to the hotel.  Which explain why the restaurants go café, café, noodle shop, café, pizza place, sushi place, café, café, McDonalds, café, etc.   The breakfast buffet at the hotel has a corner devoted for rice, miso soup, and other oriental food.  And of the 20 channels the TV’s get NHK and MTV are the only interesting ones.  It’s turning out to be rather nice.

Navigating around is easy or hard depending on what level you’re on.  Subway is the easy level.  The routes more or less make sense and can take you where you need to go.  Going on street level is annoying and screwy.  Take a look at a street map of Paris.  The streets are all jagged, the names change after 2 or 3 blocks, roundabouts, 5-, 6-, and more- way intersections make is confusing for buses and long distance walking.  Driving is just insane.  Bikes, mopeds, and motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic make it just seem dangerous.  Everyone is cutting off each other or sitting in the middle of traffic.  With as much as I dislike city driving, this place takes it to a new level.

I suppose I’ll save what I actually did for the next post … which should be in the next hour.

 

P.S. I apologize for the horrible grammar in this post.

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Europe Travel: The Beginning

God it’s good to be on the interwebs again. I felt like a technomancer out in some dead zone.  Since I rarely post anything here I’m post my “adventures in Europe” here.  Plus I have nowhere else that I still post things this long. So here we go, from the top.

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Travel Breakfast

I’ve never really been one for McDonald’s breakfast, either because I’m not out and around during those hours or there was somewhere better I could go.  Recently I’ve been driving back and forth from MKE to MSP in the early mornings and I decided to give it a try.

Attempt 1 was going from MSP to MKE on Thursday morning before the rain/flood.  I was freezing so I went inside and ordered a sausage mcmuffin with egg and no cheese.  I get my order and start driving.  10 miles later I see that they got my order wrong.  I got egg and cheese without the sausage.  I ate it anyway but was disappointed.

Attempt 2 was going from MKE to MSP on Monday morning.  I was running behind schedule so I went through the drive through and order the same thing, a sausage mcmuffin with egg and no cheese. I drive over to the gas station to eat while I’m filling up and find my order wrong again.  This time was sausage but no egg or cheese.  I ate it anyway but was disappointed.

I’ve come to the conclusion that either a) McDonald’s breakfast just doesn’t like me for shunning it all those years and b) no one is really paying attention to their job at 8am.

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A Christmas Story

Earlier today my mom was telling me about one of my relatives.  Apparently he and his wife were living in different places over Christmas.  So on Christmas eve he calls her from the backyard, says he’s going to kill himself, and then shoots himself in the head.

My mothers comment was something to the effect of “I know what they’re going to be doing this Christmas.  If I were them I’d just let the snow cover it.  *laugh* Go back in, enjoy my Christmas, then deal with it later”.

Moral of the story: Christmas itself is more important than family to some people.

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Introductions

Actually not an introduction, since I’ve posted here before.  But now I’m an author which new and scary things for you all.  Mostly I intend to ‘inform you’ about games the SGC is running that you may or may not be interested in.

Other than that, cringe at my poor grammer and plot holes!!

(God, I need sleep … )

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