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Thursday, 30 June 2005
Topic: Computer
I'm always looking up words in the dictionary to discover their true meaning or to find a related word which exactly fits what I want to say. I used to use the Thesaurus section of my Encarta English Dictionary all the time - until my DVD drive went kaput! So, I miss not having it to hand as it was quicker than thumbing through a large and heavy dictionary. Even though calling it up was, increasingly, the last straw for the memory capacity of my ancient laptop (and for its ancient owner!)

However, the normal dictionary cannot help when it comes to finding out what a mobile wallet or FeliCa chip is or what a serial communications interface really does. Yes, I know you can probably find the answers by asking Google but it's so much easier when everything is on the same site. That's why I was really pleased to discover an on-line IT-specific encyclopedia at

Perhaps I can begin to understand what all the 'jargon' really means as I look through the immense choice of new notebooks, desktops and all their peripherals. At the moment, I use a small desk in the sitting room - not ideal as it get surrounded by papers - and it is barely wide enough for my laptop, mouse mat and small notebook (and most new laptops are much wider than my current one). Also, when I want to use my scanner, it is in the way of the door into the kitchen!

Time to do something and we have been! Large wardrobe shoved round in third 'bedroom', Large chest of drawers removed. Single bed and bed frame moved from second bedroom into third - just fits! Phew! Still got to move two bookcases out of third bedroom, move things round in second bedroom, GET RID OF MOUNTAIN OF JUNK and, maybe, I can put a new computer desk upstairs. And, maybe, offspring can be persuaded to remove some of HIS junk which dear parents have been storing ever since he moved into his first digs when he left university, including an antique Commodore 64 and games!. Then, maybe, I can make use of the chest of drawers he never finished restoring and kept saying he would take away! MAYBE....

Posted by Noviomagus at 01:52 BST Post Comment | View Comments (2) | Permalink

Thursday, 30 June 2005 - 07:41 BST

Name: Joanna

Wow. All the prep for the new computer sounds like a young couple getting ready for the new baby.

And I am amazed that your son still has his Commodore 64 and all the games. Lydia had one of those, too, but I have no idea what happened to it. I think I remember that it took about half an hour to load a game.

Friday, 1 July 2005 - 00:27 BST

Name: Tessa

What I'm really looking forward to is a tidier sitting room without my computer clutter! Initially, it was just a laptop that I could shut away in the roll-top desk. Then I got the printer, a joystick, the scanner (which has to be shoved backwards and forwards whenever I want to use it) plus various other peripherals. The desk is now permanently open because of all the wires. The printer and html reference books decorate the top shelf and it is definitely an eyesore!

I don't think my son has touched the Commodore 64 for years! He transferred a lot of the games to his machine with a special programme and gave them to me as well! However, I am not very good at shooting aeroplanes or navigating obstacles and I got bored very quickly. I suppose it all still works - he must have been 15/16 when he got it. My daughter had a super holiday with the Girl Guides when she was 15. They went camping and stayed with guides in Washington and New York. My son was booked on an educational cruise so he didn't feel left out but the cruise got cancelled because of the Falklands war in 1982 - the boat was requisitioned! The supposed trip for the following year also got cancelled. So, it came down to a choice of a computer or a holiday and he chose the computer! Set him on the course of his career as he taught himself programming on that machine.

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