[Novalug] Kernel configuration for optical drive.
edjames at greenbelt.com
Sun Mar 21 12:56:34 EDT 2010
And learn new stuff I do. Gone back to my Physics roots to
bone up on everything from String Theory to Gravity. Delve into
environmental issues being on a Greenbelt City committee. Learn
legal, management, building, tech, ... issues by being on the
Board of Directors of a 1600-unit housing cooperative. Learned
crime-related issues be being on (and Co-Chair) of my local
neighborhood watch group. I even learned to like the Colts
more than the Redskins.
As for upgrading the PC - when I build a TV-oriented PC, I'll
do it from scratch with current tech. But for now, I tend to
rescue and repurpose old junk. Interesting enough, I've not
found P-IVs being given away, but mostly P-IIIs. But for now,
most of what I do revolves around programming with the X Window
system, and a P-III works just fine and dandy.
Quoting "Bonnie Dalzell" <bdalzell at qis.net>:
> From my point of view one major reason to "learn new stuff" is that
> recent studies have shown that people who continue to learn new
> stuff as they pass from middle age to their elderly years seem to
> maintain cognitive abilities better than people who do not add to
> their skills.
> Of course the learning new stuff does not have to be in one's line
> of work, it can be any complex task one takes on.
> From the practical computer point of view - if I had a PIII machine
> I can - these days - find a used PIV machine or the Athlon
> equivalent for very little to nothing since the cutting edge people
> are moving on to 64 bit, multicore, etc - so with Linux as the OS
> even on a limited budget I could do an upgrade to something that is
> not cutting edge yet might expand the capabilities of my computer
> environment and provide a new learning experience.
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