I use the Linux Operating System instead of Windows; Slackware 11 to be more precise. When Sweetie compiled the kernel I'm using, 2.6.17 (aka as the "huge" kernel) he didn't put in a couple of modules that would be needed to support the card reader that "came" with the new digital camera we got about a month ago. At the time, we didn't have a digital camera and had no desire or intention to get one. Things change. I've been having to go into Windows, download the photos into the computer then pop back into Linux, get them from the Windows side and go on with my life.
Sweetie loves to do this kind of thing. He figured out what modules I needed and that it would be best if he re-compiled the kernel with the new modules. Then he decided that if we're going to re-compile the kernel anyway why not compile the latest and greatest, 126.96.36.199 (aka the "homicidal dwarf hamster" kernel . . . Really!). We have dial-up and it would be very slow and make everything else slow so we drove to a coffee shop about 40 minutes away that we knew had free WiFi to download a new kernel. Of course, I took my knitting — the Redux in Blue sock — and a book, just in case. KIP!!
We had a grand time, sipping java (mmm, hazelnut), Sweetie munching a cheese pastry and me a tart cherry scone, Sweetie downloading a new kernel in record time and me knitting away and people watching. The download went so quickly, a 35mg tarball in less than five minutes (which would have taken around three hours at home) that we decided to also download the most current Open Office Suite for Windows (which Sweetie uses instead of Excel and Word). That was a larger file, a 51mg tarball, which took about 20 minutes. It would have taken 4-5 hours at home. A grand adventure, to be sure. But wait! There's more.
Sweetie drove home and I knit all the way (sock progress below). Almost home we decided to see if our local Borders had free WiFi. We both thought they had a pay system but if it was free that would save us some drive time. Once in the parking lot, might as well go in. They had none of the new knitting books that I wanted but we found a new sailing magazine which I also blather about below.
Back in the car, Sweetie fires up the laptop and they DID have an unsecured (free) WiFi signal. Cool. That's when we decided to go War Driving. Beats walkin' around WalMart when you're bored. I drove and Sweetie had the laptop up and running and in search mode. It was fun. As I drove around, Sweetie kept up a running comment on what he could see; if the wireless networks he saw were secured or unsecured and what some of the more esoteric names were. One was rather risque (Dave Loves P*****s) but most were either named Linksys or Belkin, Default or were rather ho-hum in nature such as the person's name.
We found LOTS of local restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, etc with unsecured or free WiFi signals just pouring out into the ether. We could go in and nosh or shop or sit in the parking lot to download or surf at the same high speed as the network at the coffee shop we were at to download our stuff.
That's why we need a chauffeur. When Sweetie drives, I knit. Now he wants ME to drive so he can WarDrive. LOL!!
While we were at Borders, after I'd checked out the knitting section, I wandered over to the sailing magazine section. I found a new one — Good Old Boat. According to the masthead, it's "The sailing magazine for the rest of us!" Most of the boating magazines feature very high end boats, sail and power, that most folks can only read about. The closest most of us ever get to these is a national show such as The Annapolis Sailboat Show held in the water every Columbus Day weekend in Annapolis, MD. Good Old Boat magazine features boats like most of us who have boats own. For instance, in the issue I picked up, the January / February one, they have an article about an old 1978 Chrysler 22, a boat I've sold and sailed on. We may be subscribing to this one.
OK! KNITTING!! YEA!! (finally!!)
The Peachy Keen scarf and I made up today. I picked it up again and put a few more pattern repeats into it. I also decided that it's now long enough to turn it over and start knitting on the back (or front) side. If you recall, about a week ago I discovered while I was taking a picture of it that about 15" into the scarf I had somehow switched sides. The WS of the pattern was on the front and the RS of the pattern was on the back, or visa-versa. Whatever. I screwed it up. But as I didn't switch back, I decided I did it on purpose so that the ends of the scarf would be all matchy-matchy. Which, unless I somehow switch again, they will be. So the Peachy Keen scarf is now back on track.
The Redux in Blue sock is just roaring along. I am within an inch or so of beginning the toe decreases. YES!, The. Toe. Decreases. ALREADY! But you know, when you have the dreaded measurement goal instead of a row goal, every time you measure you need 1 or 2 or 5 more rounds (rows). Then you measure one last time because this time you're sure and you're like a 1½" over — and you only knit 2 rounds. When you measured before you had a solid ¾" to go.
blogging to: Jazz on the radio
reading: Chamomile Mourning by Laura Childs
Parting Shot: "Talk about high-tech! My new lawn mower not only mulches and is self-propelled — it starts!" ~ unknown