Tuesday, October 27, 2009

When One Door Closes..

Nice to have a heated dry place to do some painting. This time of year painting outside is impossible. Well except for some very specialized paints that go for big bucks. The kind you can paint an ice cube with..

This is the four foot door and frame going into the shop for refurbishing. Some sanding, wood fill, glue, primer and paint and it will be a thing of beauty. And weather tight too.
Warning - Geek Speak ahead..

Spent yesterday working on computers. Getting Fedora 11 to run on Jo's lap top, as we were having trouble with a Beta version of Ubuntu 9.10 and integrated Intel drivers. We also tried out Mepis 8.0 - very impressive, but we aren't used to the KDE interface. Will try Ubi again after it's released to the wild this Thursday. It's speed is very impressive. Also spent an hour killing off a Smitfraud variant on a paniced friends computer. For the third time. There must be a special place in hell for virus creators. Really it boggles the mind. Parasitic criminals. That is the main reason that we have switched all our machines standard operating systems to Linux or Mac. Not that you can't get virus's on either system but the chances of coming across one is for all intents and purposes negligible. And it's hard to beat the price of a Linux distribution. If I was spending most of my time surfing the net, using online apps and some instant messaging I sure wouldn't use Windows with its susceptibility to the Russian Mafia . Version 7 or whatever. But of course when Mom and Pop go to the Future Shop they run into the Redmond Cabal and are only presented with Windows computers - with about six feet of shelf space dedicated to Macs. ( Which basically are Linux computers, with the interface done right on their hardware). Actually it isn't impossible to get Macintosh software running on Intel machines. Lots of Hackintosh how too's are out there. Most of them are a little above my current comfort zone and area of expertise.

End of Geek Speak.

Just had to get it out of my system. Enough computers. Seriously thinking of going back to birch bark and charcoal for drawing and word processing and pebbles for counting..

The last snow dump has melted so today's projects include getting in the carrots, making the Chickens warm and hopefully back to progress on the Garden Storage shed project.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The CoV believes one can paint outside in the winter?

Art Blomquist said...

I couldn't say about the C of V, but the Xanadu maintenance crew has documented studies and experience that suggest painting when the weather falls below 12C is pretty much a waste of time. You can put paint on an ice cube ( or a City street light pole) but the chances of getting it to stick are slim.

There are specialized paints that will go on dry surfaces up to -4C but they are prohibitively expensive.