Pre-holiday housekeeping

As previously announced, I’m outta here for a few weeks. (You know the three best parts of an academic job: June, July, and August. Not that I’m happy about it or anything.)

I will be posting very occasionally, and my guest blogger, Michelle Sipics, will have at least one thing, and I hope more to say as the month unwinds.

But I’m going out into the world with the least possible computer I could find — one of these lovely little linux baby laptops that may be jumping the shark already, if mention in the NY Times is the death knell I think it may be for geek cool. (I’m pleased to say that I ordered mine the day before the Times piece ran. Out of such small triumphs is shaky self-esteem preserved).

However, as a life-long inverse-power user, this is my first brush with anything remotely Linux-oid. I read but I did not believe this, thus confirming my condemnation to tech purgatory.

Now everyone tells me I have nothing to fear. Almost everyone:

So — if I go silent from points foreign…you’ll know the reason why.

Update: Up from the comment thread:  this gets the inverse square seal of approval.

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4 Comments on “Pre-holiday housekeeping”

  1. Steve Smith Says:

    Ain’t it true:

    OK, maybe a little out of date, but still funny. My wife keeps goats, but I’m not a supervillain…


  2. Spiv Says:


    Uh oh, a tiny linux based laptop? What have you acquired there? (From a guy who recently got himself one of the eee 901 umpcs)


  3. Tom Says:

    Lurk: I’ve got an Acer Aspire One. I wanted the 901–but found myself cramping up on the keyboard. The Acer’s is just slightly larger, but it made the difference. Otherwise, the 901 seems slightly better spec-ed. The acer’s cheaper thougjh. No real hassles so far, but it is early days yet.

  4. Ghazala Khan Says:

    Hello Dear and Respected,
    I hope you are fine and carrying on the great work you have been doing for the Internet surfers. I am Ghazala Khan from The Pakistani Spectator (TPS), We at TPS throw a candid look on everything happening in and for Pakistan in the world. We are trying to contribute our humble share in the webosphere. Our aim is to foster peace, progress and harmony with passion.

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    Ghazala Khan
    The Pakistani Spectator

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