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First, I want to say that, although I didn't go back and reply to all the comments on my step-mom, I really appreciate everyone's sentiments and well wishes and thoughts and prayers on the matter! It really touched me that people thanked me for the update, showing that our family are not the only ones thinking about it. So thank you guys so much for caring! The procedure is really fascinating and medical science just amazes me. They don't understand what the stem cells are doing or how they do it, but they just know it works at this point and that's sort of amazing in itself.

Now, the other things. )
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I'm fumbling my way through Ubuntu and having to do lengthy Google searches almost every time I have to install something. Monday, I learned how to make a 32 bit app work on a 64 bit OS. And by make, I mean force. It took 3 separate scripts and three more lines of a partial script and a whole lot of time searching the Ubuntu forums, downloading scripts people had written for this purpose and such. But I got Amazon Mp3 Downloader working damn it! I'm trying to take it slow and just do a couple of things a day so I'm not wasting my entire day away completely relearning how to deal with linux from scratch.

I swear, this is frustrating though because it's like I retained absolutely nothing from Booksys. When I left there, I was perfectly comfortable connecting to a linux server and running, tweaking and even writing simple perl scripts to run over MARC or csv files to clean up data before converting it. But it's all lost, deep in some recess of my brain. It's like when I repressed the memories of working there, I also repressed the knowledge I gained. But then who wouldn't want to forget MARC21? *shudder* *twitch*

Don't let librarians develop data formats. Just don't. I'm sorry to all the librarians out there, but I've dealt with the results of this. JUST DON'T!

Anyway, apart from my professional experience, I used Ubuntu before I got my laptop. But a lot has changed and I was just using it. I didn't mess with installing anything or such because it was our media server and I was honestly afraid to do anything of that nature on it.

I guess I should be proud of myself for being able to figure out what I've figured out, but man, it takes a long time for me to get anything done. For me, the learning curve looks a bit like staring at the summit of Everest from base camp. :/

Meanwhile, Chris is wringing his hands saying, "everything is working according to plan, muwahahahahhahaha!"

I'm sure this will all be worth it, though.

I guess the next thing will be getting proper drivers for my speakers because they now sound like tin cans and there is supposed to be a decent sound system on this machine, including a subwoofer. *sigh*

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