13 Sep 2000 cla   » (Apprentice)

Am feeling more than a little surprised to find myself ranked as I don't consider myself much of a programmer. Have done (in the past) some ok papers for conferences. Thanks to Martin for the ranking - I'll try to live up to it.

I'm in a need-to-geek-out-more phase which is being answered by going lo-tek. Yep, bought my very own PC for the very first time. Am feeling that I've sold out to the dark side and that if I was any sort of real geek I'd have set up a firewall and a domestic LAN by now. Hmmmm..... my pre-9-weeks-ago lifestyle left very little room for that.

I've had an SS5 at home for years which I've been very proud of (for no real reason other than it's faster than the SS1+ was and looks rather cool) but am finding that the places I want to get (el-cheapo) Internet connection from (and no I'm not going cable yet and I don't want to discuss why!) only understand Windows. How embarrassing that I can't get Solaris asppp to talk to a generic ISP. Yet another reason to feel that I won't be up to scratch in this forum. So now I have a PC, there is no excuse for not getting online and getting active.

The thing that always bothered me about putting diary entries here is that I don't have anything interesting/cool/source to contribute and figured I'd just be wasting your time. But realistically, I'm only wasting your space - your time is controlled very finely by your own mouse following my words down the page - and realisticly, the only people likely to read this are those who already know me (Hello!!!) or those who've just heard of me and want a better definition of my peculiar brand of insanity, written in my own words.

Has anyone else noticed how fascinating cats find keyboards and mice? Or is my neighbour's cat (my lease doesn't allow cats so it's definitely not mine!) the only one? Perhaps this is why Jenn uses a trackball....

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