Posted by Charity on January 15th, 2009

It’s a good thing that I didn’t get 10 comments on the delurking day post because I have been too sick to blog. Yesterday, I was so sick that I had to have my husband stay home from work to take care of the kids. (I homeschool three boys, in case you are a newbie.)

I am still feeling pretty aweful, but I am also getting bored, so I thought I would do a semi-linkdump. It’s a linkdump with commentary.

  • Computer-illiterate woman blames Dell and Ubuntu for the fact that she is clueless, doesn’t know how to ask for help, and dropped out of her online classes. Personal responsibility, anyone? The TV station was able to fix her problems by communicating with Verizon and the school. She could have done the same thing. Don’t blame the penguin.
  • The Obama’s are calling you to serve your communities on January 19. I don’t have a problem with this. I have always said that a president can be a moral leader by example and rhetoric, as opposed to legislating our freedom away. If you want to serve, serve. If you don’t, don’t. But, you know it’s the right thing to do. And you can’t be a part of our hopey-changey oneness if you don’t serve.

That’s all I feel up to right now. When I kick this cold, I have a few longer posts swirling around in my head that I want to get to.

Speaking of cold, there really should be another word for what I have. I mean, how can the sniffles and a little cough have the same name as this monster that has taken over my body and made me feel this lousy?

Oh, yeah, and still speaking of cold, we’re up to -1! (That’s Farhenheit, by the way.) No wonder they started calling it “climate change.”

4 Responses to “Sickday Linkdump”

  1. Computer-illiterate woman blames Dell and Ubuntu….

    That poor woman seems pretty dense.
    It’s too bad that Dell and Ubuntu are getting negative publicity because of a clueless customer.
    How hard is it to buy a computer w/ the specs provided by your college? Or to change your order the next day to match those specs?
    Why drop out of college for two whole semesters becuase you can’t run Word on your computer? Especially when all you need to do is run a copy of windows in Virtualbox and do what you need there? That wouldn’t void the warranty either.
    Also, Verizon said that you can get their DSL service w/ Ubuntu.
    She seems like the type of user that drives people crazy with questions like “How do I save this?” or “How come my internet won’t work?”

  2. I just noticed on the Dell website that they’re offering the option to downgrade to Windows XP for $150!!!! That’s sad.
    I guess their Mojave Experiment didn’t go so well.

    On a side note, Ubuntu can’t legally include the codecs for mp3 and dvd playback. You can download them after the fact, but it’s still illegal in the US. You can order a license pack for around $20, but I don’t think many people will look beyond the dialog box that asks if they want to download proprietary codecs.

  3. I wish I could have gotten XP on my laptop. I would have paid $150.

    I know, I know. You can install Linux on it and I can run Windows virtual for all my Windows needs. I think we have been over this. ;-)

    Bob, did you see the link I added? I don’t know if you can watch that at work, but it is good for a laugh.

  4. Alright, I was too harsh in my comments above. This is basically someone who messed up while ordering a computer online and then mishandled the situation afterwards.
    To most people, there are PCs and Macs. The PCs run Windows and the Macs have their own operating system. They don’t know or care about alternative operating systems.
    Also, Dell support may not have been clear about Ubuntu. Just because it can do everything Windows can, doesn’t mean that it runs the same software.
    A similar thing happened with Wal Mart last year when they sold really cheap computers w/ Linux installed. They flew off the shelves because of the price, but people returned them when they realized they couldn’t run Windows software.
    Of course, the woman in the story should have clarified that Verizon could provide DSL service for Ubuntu (or Linux) and what the college meant by requiring MS Word. I think it means that they are standardized on the doc file format and all their official documents are in that format.
    Still, who drops out of college for a year because they can’t run Word???