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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Nothing New On the Western Front / A l'Ouest Rien de Nouveau

... except this:
... à part ceci:

If you follow this blog on a regular basis, you've probably seen me complain about my home computer on a regular basis (the laptop sill works great but I don't use it much to "play with" or listen to FIP (cool online French radio) for hours and hours at a time... Anyway, I finally decided to do something about it once and for all, and went on Craig's List to see if I could get a "new" one (new to me, that is). It worked.

Si vous suivez ce blog plus ou moins régulièrement, vous avez dû remarquer combien je me plains constamment de mon ordinateur à la maison (le portable marche toujours mais je ne m'en sers pas pour pour faire des trucs comme écouter FIP (radio Internet sympa en Français) des heures durant, entre autres... Finalement, j'ai décidé de résoudre le problème une fois pour toutes et je suis allée voir sur Craig's List si je pouvais en trouver un nouveau ("nouveau" étant bien sûr, tout relatif). Ca a marché.

I brought home a used Optiplex GX280, a couple of years old, pretty much exactly the same as the picture above, with a little flat screen, matching black keyboard, optical mouse, and speakers. After changing a couple of internal parts on it, I'm happy to report that this computer seems 100 times faster and more reliable than the one I had before. I am also noticing an enormous difference in the speed of my Internet connection, which might even help upload pictures to the blog faster, who knows.

J'ai rapporté un Optiplex GX 280 usagé, qui a environ 2 ans, et qui ressemble presque comme 2 goutes d'eau à la photo ci-dessus, avec un petit écran plat, souris optique, clavier, et des petits haut-parleurs de la même couleur. Après avoir changé un ou deux morceaux à l'intérieur, je suis heureuse de pouvoir annoncer que cet ordi semble 100 fois plus rapide et plus solide que celui que j'avais auparavant. Je remarque aussi une énorme différence avec ma connection internet, et peut-être que cela aidera même à faire monter les photos plus rapidement sur le blog, qui sait.

Of course, I haven't yet loaded all the programs I had on the old one, or transferred the data, pictures, music files, email addresses, etc., etc... That's gonna take a little while; but I think in the long run it'll be well worth it.

Bien sûr, je n'ai pas encore fini de remettre tous les logiciels, transferrer les photos, la musique, les adresses email, etc., etc., que j'avais sur le vieux... et ça va prendre du temps, tout ça, mais je suis sûre qu'en fin de compte je serai contente d'avoir fait l'échange quand même.

Finally, on a more personal level, for those of you who know about some of the "difficulties" I'm facing right now, there is nothing really new to report on that front either. I'm still employed at the same place (for how long, nobody knows), and everything else is pretty much status quo for the moment. The heat wave in the Bay Area is over - has been for a few days - which is a damn good thing, if you ask me, so at least we have that to be thankful for. Everythinge else is wait-and-see, I guess.

Et finalement, à propos de certaines difficultés personnelles dont j'avais parlé à certains d'entre vous, sachez que pour le moment, il n'y a pas encore eu de changement. Je bosse toujours au même endroit (pour combien de temps, personne n'en sait rien), et tout le reste est plus ou moins stable. Même la canicule est finie dans la Baie depuis plusieurs jours, ce qui nous fait à tous quand même bien plaisir, c'est déjà pas mal. Pour le reste, on verra bien, je suppose.

That's about it for now. I'll be back when I can.
Voilà, à part ça, rien d'autre à racconter pour le moment. Je reviendrai quand je pourrai.

La Route Nationale de Senlis à Paris / The Road Between Senlis and Paris, France


Blogger DoctorDentons said...

Hi You:

Glad to see something from you on the site...I was in San Francisco last week and although the old "hood" has changed, the same feel was there...even the weather cooperated.

4:22 AM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

Congrats on the new machine! Sorry to hear that you are facing some problems at work (at least, that's what I understand from a part of your post.) Hope all gets resolved soon enough. It is still beastly hot here, but it's supposed to be a whole lot better by the weekend.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Run Around Paris said...

Congrats on your new computer! I just got a new laptop myself, and it's been making life so much easier!

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Manu (SF Daily Photo) said...

Congrats, it sounds good, and it can only run better than the blogger servers! (haven't quite given up my beef with these guys yet)

4.4. on the Richter scale tonight - did you feel it? No biggie... I wasn't even scared... I think...


9:59 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Dr. Denton: You came to San Francisco last week? Awww... Too bad!! Wish I had known it was last week! Well, if you come back, look me up and we'll have that cup of coffee! I'm glad you had good weather, though, a nice break from the East Coast heat, I understand. :-D

Elizabeth: Thanks for your good wishes. Yeah, I've got a couple of things on my mind lately. Wish I could talk about it at least a little bit more on the blog, but something tells me I better not... Hope things cool off in your neighborhood, too, or I'll have to send you a little San Francisco fog in a bottle to cool you down!

Run around Paris: Is it a Mac or a PC? Whatever it is, congratulations to you, too! By the way, my sister in Paris was telling me that she can't find a single fan anywhere due to the heat wave over there?! You hang in there, too!

Manu: Yeah, I've got a bone to pick with Blogger, too .. Pffewww. I now takes me several evenings to upload pictures for a single post. I was pretty happy with the blog format I had (half pic, half narrative), it really worked for me, but it's become so time consuming now with the pictures getting consistently rejected ... I don't know how much longer I can keep it up, honestly. Pffeww.

No, I didn't feel the Earthquake this time, was still in the FD at the time... Pfewwwwww.. You weren't scared? Hmmm.. maybe you haven't felt a real good one like 89's. One of these days ... (sigh).

By the way, you wanna go into the San Francisco Fog in a Bottle business with me? ;)

11:51 PM  
Blogger Jean-Philippe said...

Good Luck, with the re-re-re-install, and the: yeah I was using this program where did I downloaded it from ?

11:57 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

LOL, Jean-Philipe. Yeah, I have the "damn it, I-got-it-online-but-didn't-bother-to-back-it-up-and-now-it's-gone" problem with a couple of programs, like the one I was using on pictures for instance. (rolling eyes)

12:10 AM  
Blogger Run Around Paris said...

Tomate...I stuck with a pc - MAC's look great to me, but I guess I'm just set in my ways. By the way - I live in the beautiful and HOT U.S. - the east feels like it's melting. My blogging counterpart is the Parisian and he said it's just starting to be bearable again in the city. But yes, I too hear that fans are diffucult to find.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Manu (SF Daily Photo) said...

San Francisco Fog in a bottlewhat? Did I miss a crucial article in Fortune magazine?

I know I'm pretty good at emptying bottles, now, as for filling them up, I'd have to try I guess...

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Manu (SF Daily Photo) said...

Oh, about the quake... you know how it is, while it's happening you go "WTF?!?", it's once it's gone that you get scared when you think that it could have been a lot worse or while you wonder if it was just a pre-quake.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Passante said...

I've got a bone to pick with Blogger

Tomate, there are alternatives. I migrated both my (photo-intensive) blogs to Wordpress, which is friendlier and more flexible than Blogger. And it's free, too.

12:27 PM  
Blogger julie70 said...

bonne route!

2:53 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Wow! I felt the earthquake over here, but it was you dancing around with glee from the new computer! Good luck and bon courage with the cross-over. Hope things get better for you with whatever you're going through. Drop me a line if you feel like it.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

SF Daily Photo's still around? Haven't seen you for a while Manuel.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Bunyamin Najmi said...

Congrats on new PC...
I like LCD but still expensive in Indonesia...

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Manu (SF Daily Photo) said...

Hey Michael: right back at you! ;) I guess it all depends on where "around" is.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Tomate, I'm sure there is something new on the western front now...quoi de neuf?

1:10 AM  
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