I've used computers literally as long as I can remember. I vaguely remember using a DOS machine to play the original version of Sid Meier's Pirates!
around age 5. I didn't know what I was doing, but the graphics were pretty and omg color! Not that I remember how to use DOS, but the point here is kind of moot.
I've used Microsoft products since the beginning, except for a brief stint in elementary schools when Apple was still the king of education machines. It took me a bit to get used to using Mac OSX when I was messing around on chapelski
's computer, but it came to me quickly enough.
Windows, in its infinite (?) glory, never really seems to make any radical changes to how it works. Oh, sure, a lot of the back-end stuff that the user rarely sees changes, which forces hardware and software companies to scramble around and change stuff on their end, but the user doesn't have much of a learning curve when it comes to installing the latest WinOS. (Granted, I haven't played with Vista much--if at all--but from what I hear, it's basically XP with the neat little Mac OS thingy at the bottom. Correct me if I'm wrong, please.)
Now, we come to the Eee PC and Linux.
The OS on this thing is incredibly easy to use. It involves looking at icons, choosing which you'd like to use, and clicking. If what you want isn't on that specific tab, well, there are more options at the top of the display. Really, you'd have to be an idiot to not find what you wanted (as long as it was pre-installed, of course).
I've been spoiled in a lot of ways. I tend to jump into things feet first, never reading the manual, because--shit, dude, I've been playing with computers all my life! Why should I stop and read the fucking manual
Now, however, I'm finding with the Eee and Linux in general, I tend to need Shroud on so I can look things up as I go. I'm so afraid of breaking something that I double, sometimes triple check what I'm doing (and I ask blackpaladin
all sorts of stupid questions along the way, let me assure you). Linux doesn't exactly intimidate me--in fact, I rather like the advanced setup blackpaladin
has on his Eee, and hope to have that figured out by the end of the week (with lots of help, of course). I guess I'm just kind of saying that while I'm comfortable using the OS as-is, I'd like the advanced set-up a lot better. It doesn't hurt that it reminds me of Windows XP.
I don't think I'm computer illiterate. In fact, I've been called on more than once to use my (somewhat questionable) tech skills to troubleshoot someone's problem. I think what I'm trying to say is that I am excited to learn more about Linux and how it works, and I won't be intimidated by something as silly as this (kind of) idiot-proof interface I've got going right now.
In other news, I was tagged to do a meme: For 8 days, post something that made you happy that day. Tag 8 people to do the same.
I'm going to do things a bit differently, though--since I tend to blog in the morning, I will mention something that made me happy the day before. I also don't feel like tagging anyone specific, because I know my flist--if they want to do it, they will. If not, they won't.
Anyway. Thing that made me happy yesterday.
Apart from the usual waking-up-next-to-my-love thing, yesterday was Tuesday Night Dinner. I tend to enjoy TND as a way to hang out with a group of people who are a lot of fun, and who have accepted me for who (and what) I am, quickly and painlessly. Plus, I got to play Fluxx while playing on my new computer, and I got to watch a group of people play Dominion for the first time. :D
I also got my new computer, blackpaladin
's Christmas and birthday gifts, and gave him his birthday present. (For the record, it was the Kung Fu Panda Pandamonium pack.)
Today's plans involve... I actually don't know yet. I'll probably just chill out for a while.