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saturday mumblings

Dead drive

My Dell Inspiron 6000's DVD+RW drive finally bit the dust; it will no longer read or write any DVD put into it. Actually, I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did considering the laptop's age and how much I use it. I've had it since March '05. And being that laptops have an average lifespan of two to three years, I think I'm doing pretty good. If I get past March '07 and this thing still works, I'll be a happy guy.

Even though I prefer laptops, I'm seriously entertaining getting another regular ol' desktop PC. Even though they are huge, bulky and outright annoying sometimes, they are reliable and every single part can be replaced on the cheap.

Case in point: If I were to buy a brand new DVD+RW drive for a desktop it's thirty bucks. For a laptop, it's seventy or more. Yeah. Unfortunately that's the nature of the beast.

The problem is that if I go desktop again, I'll need a new LCD monitor. And if there's one thing that never goes down in price, it's monitors. I mean, sure, you could go buy a new 17-inch CRT for $100 but then you get those dull headaches after staring at one for a while. LCD's don't have that problem. 😉

I'm probably better off just replacing the laptop's DVD+RW when I get around to it.

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"Battle" plan(s)

I still have to write out the plan for my upcoming music ventures. I have the whole thing planned out in my head, but that's not enough. If it's not on paper, it doesn't exist. Tonight I'm forcing myself to write one up, even if it sucks.

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Announcement from the "no one gives a crap" dept.

You can now get to this site with a www and it will not redirect. Previously if you typed in www.menga.net, it would redirect to menga.net. Now it does not. See? I knew you wouldn't give a crap. 🙂

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Nine years old but still true

I stumbled upon this article called The Myth Of The Paperless Office. And yes, it's a myth. As long as there are offices, there will be things written and printed on paper. There's just no way around it.

The funniest part of the article is that e-mail is the most printed item in the office. Why is it funny? Because e-mail was designed to not use paper. 🙂

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