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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.


And geekness ensued….

I’ve been frustrated with the performance of my laptop lately, and so have been entertaining the idea of a fresh install. The Windows Home Server is nicely established, so I have backups there, on mozy and on the MO’s big-ass hard drive. After much dithering, I took the plunge on Monday and installed Windows 7. So far things have been (mostly) awesome!

First of all, the installation process was clever enough to realize I already had Vista, and offered to keep all my data (and programs, I think—not really sure because I didn’t choose that option) or go with a blank install. I wanted to wipe the slate clean, so I chose the install. Then I still had the option to keep a copy of my old stuff! Very cool. Yet another backup, I guess….

The install picked up all the basic drivers except for my card reader, and I found those with the “look for this on the web” option. (I haven’t hooked up my printer or scanner yet, so I suppose I shouldn’t get too giddy, but still.) Network, WHS, various Live applications, all so far so good.

EXCEPT. The one thing I didn’t bother to check for compatibility—Windows Live OneCare. Which I have just paid my subscription for. And is apparently being end-of-lifed by M$! Soooo, something called Avast is now pulling virus protection duties. I am still irked by this one. But 7 is purty, and for this magpie, that goes a long way, so I suppose I’ll get over it before long :-)

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