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Red Letter Day!

Last fall, MD's intention to work on a paper at school was thwarted by none of the school machines having OpenOffice. So, over the hols I made her install OpenOffice portable on a flash drive.

Today she actually used it! And admitted to me that it had come in -- I paraphrase -- right handy!


1. DID YOU DATE SOMEONE FROM YOUR SCHOOL?
Not in high school. However, I did go on the occasional, casual, date with some_mensch after HS.  We also did group dates. Do I get points because pilgham attended our arch rival?
 
2.WHAT KIND OF CAR DID YOU DRIVE?
The kind you had to stick four tokens in.

3. DID YOU PASS YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE TEST YOUR FIRST TRY?
Yes. When I was 22. We had public transit.

4. WERE YOU A PARTY ANIMAL?
I guess?

5. WERE YOU CONSIDERED A FLIRT?
Probably not

6. WERE YOU IN BAND, ORCHESTRA, OR CHOIR?
No

7. WERE YOU A NERD?
Yes

8. WERE YOU ON ANY VARSITY TEAMS?
No

9. DID YOU EVER GET SUSPENDED/EXPELLED?
No. The vice principal didn't even know my name. It kind of pissed me of that he was all buddy-buddy with the "bad" kids.

10. CAN YOU STILL SING THE FIGHT SONG?
Never knew it.

11. WHO WERE YOUR FAVORITE TEACHERS?
Like I can remember back that far... Horton (3 yrs of physics) is the only stand out.

12. WHERE DID YOU SIT FOR LUNCH?
In the cafeteria?

13. WHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL'S FULL NAME?
Evanston Township HS

14. WHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL'S MASCOT AND COLORS?
Wildkit? Wildcat? Something like that. Blue and gold maybe?

15. DID YOU GO TO HOMECOMING AND WITH WHOM?
No.

16. IF YOU COULD GO BACK AND DO IT AGAIN WOULD YOU?
I actually had a decent social life but having found pilgham, I certainly don't want the hassle of looking for him again.

17. WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER MOST ABOUT GRADUATION?
My mother, who was sitting in the back row, didn't stand when the parents were told to stand so they could be clapped for. And my Dad was in California, probably on business.

18. WHERE DID YOU GO SENIOR SKIP DAY?
School.

19. WERE YOU IN ANY CLUBS?
SF Club and Strategic Simulations (war gaming but we weren't allowed to use "war" in the name).

20. HAVE YOU GAINED SOME WEIGHT SINCE THEN?
How is this relevant?

21. WHO WAS YOUR PROM DATE?
A good book.

22. ARE YOU PLANNING ON GOING TO YOUR 10 YEAR REUNION?
It's a little late to plan... Did go though, largely because it was right by my house, even though I had moved across Chicago.

23. DID YOU HAVE A JOB IN HIGH SCHOOL?
Diaper folder, Burger King peon, reference page at the library.

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Mood: happyglad that's over!
Comments

Your answer to 20 is solid gold.

If only I could take it to the bank.

I can't remember any of my H.S. teacher's names either...I'm oddly disturbed by that.

I can come up with a couple more names but were they favorites? I don't remember.

Hmm, favorite programs on flash drives. I'm still busy figuring out how to back up my full OS onto my exterior hard drive in case of nuclear attack. The trick being, I don't want to spend any money for any software to do it.

Your high school years sound in no need of fixing.

I was a total goody-goody not because I didn't want to do "bad" things but I was worried about getting in trouble with the authorities, such as my parents.

As for the backing up thing, see if this is any help:
http://lifehacker.com/147855/geek-to-live--automatically-back-up-your-hard-drive

The freeware version of the software they mention appears to still be available, way down the page.

Looking at this post:
http://lifehacker.com/398229/five-best-windows-backup-tools
another possibility might be Cobian.

I'm saving these. I have to get an alternative back-up plan. This should help, thanks!

I'm using Retrospect Express (I think that's the name) because it came with the drive and I'm a bit concerned because it apparently uses a proprietary format. I guess I need to remember to back up the install program in clear.

One of my probs has to do with a potential proprietary format or incompatibility between my external drive and Ubuntu. The external is a push-button get the new stuff program, easy and quick- but it won't do apps. I'm going to wind up getting another external for my Linux back up just to be safe.

I don't want to have to use a back up that uses proprietary format either-for much of anything. It's a Fair Use violation and it really hoses up the works. You're supposed to be able to make back-up and archive copies of all the apps (including installs) you purchase, but they make it difficult. D:

Who wants to find out they have a problem when they use their rescue drive?

I'm thinking that Ant and Zip may be the way to go. I guess the problem there is finding out on restore which archive contains which file.

ick. *Over my head* *looks anyway*

I don't know much about coding other than some simple command line or sudo stuff. For me (not necessarily for you) I would pay for a mirror product like Ghost-I can't find any freeware that does a mirror backup that's easy to use (or works well), or failing that try to copy my install cd's.

Let me bore you in case something I do might be relevant or skip if it's not...

My problem with installs is twofold. 1.)My installation cds are old. I got them when xp first came out. You have the newest, which I would think have most of the fixes incorporated into the process. 2.)As MS withdraws support for xp it's been choosing to not recognize my product keys and getting cleared for updates requires more and more negotiating. That's problematic because xp support is only going to deteriorate.

I use Ubuntu(on cd) on a separate internal HD to back up my Windows drive-partially, this last time I screwed up my Ub. install and re-sized the hd backwards so I don't have that much room. I don't know if this will help, but you can mount your Windows drive on Ubuntu and read/write files from there. I think I've also been able to change the read/write permissions if needed but I don't remember for sure. I'm pretty sure the ntfs config tool is included in the newest version.

If you want to find out what files are on your xp install/restore disc install a VM first and then copy your XP when you install it on the VM. Kind of a pain but I at least, would have to do it that way because it would take too long for me to be versed enough in code to do it any other way.

I don't know if this gives you any inspiration conceptually but there it is. I have to do it all the hard way. :)

ick. *Over my head* *looks anyway*

I don't know much about coding other than some simple command line or sudo stuff.


My Ant is strictly of the copy, paste, and look to see if there is a task that does what I want variety.

I was doing something else and came across this:

http://clonezilla.org/

I'm going to use it after I expand the partition of my Linux. This person likes it:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowtoPartition/EditorsAndBackup

It works on several different OSs.

Clonezilla sounds like Noko was looking for. Maybe you should mention it to her?

duh. That's right; pardon me while I re-comment...

I was doing something else and came across this:

http://clonezilla.org/

I'm going to use it after I expand the partition of my Linux. This person likes it:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowtoPartition/EditorsAndBackup

It works on several different OSs. It looks too, as if it's fairly simple but I haven't tried it yet. Sorry, I forgot who asked about it and tacked it to O-7's comment by mistake.

Hmm, this all looks promising. See, I knew there was a way to get it all done! Now to do enough tech reading to be sure what I am up to. Which, as you know, is an ever-going issue for me. I seem to get it all get up to the edge, panic and then it all works out anyway. Mostly.

It's the same for me tech-wise. I've been putting off my hd partition extension for weeks now even though I've done it twice successfully over the last year.

It's not all that hard but the anxiety I put myself through!

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Ummm about that.... When I did finally get my license it was in a Volare. When I took Driver's Ed, my parents had a cooler car, a tangerine Audi, but it was stick and I couldn't master the intricacies of the clutch combined with all the other parts of driving simultaneously.

Re #20: Sadly, if it is metaphorical, I'm as much a light weight as ever.