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    Here's a speech I gave explaining how to use to Notepad (a text editor) for pretty much everything as a way to pitch for a new operating system. No offered to build the new OS, but many people who talked to me afterward were interested in using Notepad. Primal computing. Note that in giving this speech I was 10 pounds lighter than I would have been (as in was earlier this year) had I not gone primal. A primal diet works. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXxXZuuqd2I

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    Heh - clever! I even learned a couple of new things. From now on I'll use notepad.
    Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

    My journal

    I see grain people...

    Exist in shadow, drifting away.

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    • #3
      Thanks. If you kept everything in Notepad, your computing life would be easier, less stressful, and more fun. Don't forget about the fixed-width fonts. They allow for lots of tricks, like a chart SMTWTFS and underneath it codes E (exercise). Or use the .LOG trick for keeping a journal. Most importantly, notepad runs fast and flawlessly. Of course, at work I'm stuck with the bloatware that is the computing equivalent of SAD.

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      • #4
        If only VI was so capable

        Enjoyed that, pure genius.
        Last edited by gt74; 05-01-2010, 10:12 AM.

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        • #5
          Short, shameful confession: I use VI.



          Actually I am more of an emacs user. Which is pretty awesome as well.
          Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

          My journal

          I see grain people...

          Exist in shadow, drifting away.

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          • #6
            I would gladly use either emacs or VI except I cannot use Unix at work. Work is not primal. Yet I work. I feel *that* is a shameful confession.

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            • #7
              http://www.vim.org/ - download the windows version (and cygwin)

              Actually, the more I think about it, the more ubuntu appeals to me as the primal os. Community spirit, lack of centralised development. Ideas come go.

              I started life writing sonar systems for the RN (in Solaris) and hated the move into developing for a Windows environment.

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              • #8
                I sometimes daydream about winning half a billion in a lottery. Then I'd stop working and play for the rest of my life. The likelihood of this happening is probably zilch. So, I work to live (and play).
                Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

                My journal

                I see grain people...

                Exist in shadow, drifting away.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sungrazer View Post
                  I sometimes daydream about winning half a billion in a lottery. Then I'd stop working and play for the rest of my life. The likelihood of this happening is probably zilch. So, I work to live (and play).
                  My "Big Dream" includes a large(3-6 br, 2.5-4bath) house on 5-10 acres of land(some pasture, some wooded, some "orchard"), 2-5 horses, a cow or two, a pig or two, a whole bunch of chickens & bees, gardens full of veggies and a greenhouse for fresh salad year round. This is not just for me or even the children I may have... I want it to be a place people can stop a while. DH will keep writing like he does now, and I'll make soaps & bath salts to sell online and with our "extra" produce. Between the two of us we should have no problem bringing in enough money for land tax and other things money is needed for.(Keeping in mind that our solar panels & wind turbine might bring in enough surplus power for the electric company to be sending us a check instead of a bill each month.)

                  I have big dreams and it does seem a big lottery win is the only way there right now, but I'm trying anyway cause I have to at least try.
                  ~ I don't talk to people with closed minds; they tend to harbor brain fungus. ~

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                  • #10
                    You don't need 500mm or even a lottery win to do the part of that you want. Sell everything, move to Maine. Large house is a needlessly expensive pain in the ass. Go small. Grow your own stuff. Raise some chickens and pigs. Rely on free public health care (if it floats, you won't make any money and then will qualify). Work a few hours a day growing stuff and maybe some elancing. And then live a simplified life. I know people who have decided to just throw away the 9-5, 5-day workweek (which has grown due to hour inflation) and take it easy -- sail around the world, move to Argentina, or jump from place to place. You can do it. If that's your big life dream, why not do it? Life is short. You could die tomorrow. Pick an end date, get commitment from your partner, and start planning. Don't look back. Seriously.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by tf View Post
                      ...You can do it. If that's your big life dream, why not do it? Life is short. You could die tomorrow. Pick an end date, get commitment from your partner, and start planning. Don't look back. Seriously.
                      *like*

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                      • #12
                        Yeah if you have a big house, you need to be able to pay someone to clean it (unless you actually like housekeeping and don't have anything better to do).

                        This is cool. My new computer is exclusively running Ubuntu Lucid Lynx (gorgeous!) with only one Windows program running in WINE (a game). Using the simple tools is great, but what frustrates me is that I have to sometimes get emails from people with Office sending me DOCX.

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                        • #13
                          I think the dream involved hosting guests, and not just overnight on the couch ("for a while"). Keeping size down can still be an important aspect, but it's not quite the same as just housing two people.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by avocado View Post
                            I think the dream involved hosting guests, and not just overnight on the couch ("for a while"). Keeping size down can still be an important aspect, but it's not quite the same as just housing two people.
                            Exactly. There are too many people who need a safe place to get their head/$h!t together for a few months. Having the ability to help and the spare rooms to house them is a big part of the dream. Besides, bedrooms don't have to be 15' X 20' affairs; think dorm rooms with bed, nightstand & desk. A renovated 3br(splitting bedrooms in half) would probably work perfectly depending on the floor-plan. Depending on what's available and building regulations at the location, I may just build a straw-bale or cob home on an "empty" lot.

                            I am going for it... I'm learning skills that will be highly useful and doing my damndest to find ways I can start my soaping business now. I've already taught myself household budgeting, soaping(formulation & manufacturing), basic marketing and economics, carpentry, permiculture gardening, etc. Working on business accounting, composting(standard & vermiculture), aquaponics(a variation of hydroponics), animal care & husbandry, etc.)

                            But I do believe we've accidentally jacked this thread... perhaps a new thread or private messages would be more appropriate?
                            ~ I don't talk to people with closed minds; they tend to harbor brain fungus. ~

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                            • #15
                              Actually, its my thread and I contributed. I'll start a new one. This new direction is worthy of its own thread.

                              Re this one, for anyone reading the last post, I started with a video of a speech I gave advocating a return to simple computing tools like Notepad -- a simple text editor. Primal computing. Half of my day is spent on a computer and it is too complicated and cluttered. I am happier when I use the simplest tools available. See first post if you want to watch the speech -- it has some comedy.

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