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Archive for November, 2005

Classifieds are next?

Posted by Mike on 28th November 2005

Seth Goden wrote a piece called Classifieds are next. I believe what he says about stock tables. I don’t agree on the subject of classified advertisements. First of all, classified ads do bring revenue to a newspaper. Second, people do read the classifieds in their local newspaper and shopper-type publications.

I may be backwards, but I regularly check the print classifieds for items I am looking for and for bargains. Sometimes, I will pick up the local paper just for the classified ads!

I also see huge value for online classifieds. I’m a regular buyer and seller on eBay. I also have had great success using online classifieds at work.

I think there is room for paid classified advertisements in the both the print and online markets.

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Linux on ThinkPad

Posted by Mike on 24th November 2005

I have been working to put on a used ThinkPad. Maybe I shouldn’t say “working”, because it has been a lot of fun. I purchased an IBM Model T-23 on eBay. The purchase itself was a lot of trouble, as I had to send back two laptops before I got one that works.

I decided to install Ubuntu 5.10, aka Breezy Badger. With this installation, I am also taking the leap from KDE to Gnome. The installation went very well and my laptop was functioning quite well with the default installation. I did, however, want to get as much of the custom ThinkPad “stuff” working as possible, so I did some searching.

The Ubuntu Forums proved quite useful. While poking around in them, I found a link to a great page for configuring Ubuntu 5.10 on a ThinkPad.

Now, it’s back to work! I need to move files from my old PC to my “new” laptop.

Posted in Software & Computers | No Comments »

What is the whole point of life?

Posted by Mike on 3rd November 2005

I read a startling statistic in Computerworld’s October 31, 2005 issue today. They were quoting Forrester Research and its Consumer Technographics 2005 North American Benchmark Study.

I strongly agree with the statement “having fun is the whole point of life.”
AGE 18-34 34%
AGE 35-54 29%
AGE 55+ 19%

Contrast this with the Westminister Shorter Catechism.
Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

Posted in About God | 1 Comment »