Vista or Not?

As part of my day job, I am in the middle of evaluating Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007. Tommorow (Jan 31st) I am driving up to Philly for a Microsoft Launch event where I’m looking to get all the free stuff ūüôā I can grab.

I’ve been using Vista for a few days at work, and here are my first impressions:

  1. I now have no clue where anything is anymore.
  2. The new User Account Control (UAC) is a real pain.
  3. I doesn’t seem any faster (or slower either).
  4. I’m not sure I see the point (more on that later).

When I get back tommorow I’ll blog some more about some of my thoughts on this topic.

Octavia E Butler…RIP

OK, I’m just a little late considered Ms. Butler died in February of last year, but I’m just now getting done her last novel “Fledgling”. I don’t want to finish it, but I have to find out what happens. It’s weird, but I want to prolong this book as long as possible. Mostly because I know I’ll never read any new writings from her again.

Although Wikipedia¬†does a much better job that I will, Ms.Butler was one of the few (the only one that I knew of anyhow) African American females writing Science Fiction. The easiest way to describe her writing is that it was very fluid and imaginitive. Although she wrote a number of Novels that were a part of a series, the first novel of hers i read was called “Kindred”.¬† The other easy way for me to tell what I liked about her writing was that I liked her just the same way I liked early Stephen King. With early King, (The Stand) although I liked the story and wanted to find out how it ended, the joy of King’s early work was the joy of reading his words. Most recently with King’s books (The Cell), I skipped forward pages whenever I could. Note that he still hooked me and I wanted to know how it ended, I just didn’t particularly care for the journey

So, if you are in the mood, go to a library, or run to Amazon and try out one of her books. Kindred is a good place to start.

Ms. Butler, thank you for wonderful joy of reading your work

So Maybe Root Canal’s Don’t Quite Suck Anymore

Before I start this, you need to understand one thing about me. I HATE GOING TO THE DENTIST! So where was I today? The Dentist. And let me explain something. I have had very painful experiences with most dental work. This includes the time that I wasn’t numbed sufficently, and the¬†I could feel the drilling down to my toes.Dental work to me means xx minutes of white knuckle panic and¬†anxiety.

¬†I was there for a dental crown that turned into a root canal. Had it done this morning. Now it’s 5:00 PM and the novicane has worn off.

¬†So my question is: Has dentristry gotten better or¬†have¬†I been stuck with some bad dentists?¬†The experience I had this morning was more of boredom, not pain, not anxiety. Not that I want to pay that bill again, but maybe I’m now over my fear of dentists.

Hello world!

OK, so here’s resolution #1. Done and Done