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Rabbit's Rant

Jack 'daWabbit' Imsdahl jack@oncomputers.info

14 September 2003

The wedding and attendant exertions are over. Jayna and I have been resting up, all week.

Having everyone come to Dallas/Fort Worth for us was a marvelous thing. That friends would go to so much trouble and expense to help us celebrate is flattering in the extreme and we felt very good about it. Though we did not get to spend as much time with everyone as we would have liked, we had a wonderful time meeting folks we had only chatted with on line before.

By the time Sunday's show rolled around, we were bushed and I was so numb I felt as if I didn't contribute much of anything, especially since most of the listeners couldn't see my silly grin over the whole thing.

Gail stayed with us and I am very proud of my restraint while she was here. I didn't once try to get her to listen to my R. Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders CDs or make her use a Linux box with a command line interface! Not once! Very, very considerate of me, right? I thought so.

We instilled in Gail a taste for fry bread and, when I spoke with her tonight (13, Sept.) she had just finished making it at home for the first time.

We had a wonderful time talking about all manner of things; not just computers (if you can believe that) and her company was perfect.

I would also like to thank Deepak again for standing up with me. He and I have shared so much over the years that it was really an obvious thing for me to choose him and I am so glad he did me that honor. Thanks.

I can not say 'thank you' enough to all those who came or sent good wishes. Please know that it was a special time in my life and that I will cherish it always. Jayna says the same. We can't stop talking about it, so profoundly did it affect us.

The 386

Deepak carried through on his threat to bestow a working 386 on us for a wedding gift. I'll put it up and plumb it into the LAN soon, but for now it sits in the closet with it's orange monochrome monitor perched on top of the box.

I haven't decided what to do with it, beyond that I will set it up as a reminder and demonstrator of how things used to be. I may put DOS on it or do Linux From Scratch (as detailed in Gerard Beekmans' excellent book of the same name, available for free download at The Linux Documentation Project; http://www.tldp.org ). Though that will take a long time because the machine is so slow, it might be fun to relive those thrilling days of yesteryear. (Yes, I used to have and drive a Model T Ford, too.) If anyone has any interest in hearing about it, I'll do that for sure and write up notes as I go to share them with you. Please let me know if you want to hear about a project like this. I'm game if you are.

I'll be starting adventures with Red Hat 9 in earnest soon, too, and writing about those.

This week starts what I anticipate will be an ongoing series of tips on obtaining and using Windows registry cleanup, backup and maintenance tools. I hope you all find it profitable and fun.

That's about it for this week. See you all soon.


© 2003 Jack Imsdahl

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