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Friday October 10 2008

This is me celebrating the fact that I can now sit down in my living room with Jesus (aka my ASUS micro-laptop that cost just over 200 quid) and type stuff into my blog, which previously I couldn’t because Jesus wasn’t able to tune in to my router.  Don’t ask me to explain if you didn’t get that.

Oddly, this has not been an urgent problem, which is why it has taken so long to get it set up.  My main uses of Jesus so far have been: showing pictures to my Mum, and typing longer essays in local coffee shops.

The showing pictures to Mum thing is no mere triviality.  Printing out actual pictures, which is the obvious thing to do for pre-computer people, doesn’t work well for Mum, because she doesn’t want to keep pictures, which is because she has enough stuff already.  Her problem is getting rid of stuff, not acquiring more.  That being the case, she doesn’t like print outs, because she dislikes the thought of print outs only for her but only of temporary value to her.  They’re a waste.  So, a temporary display pleases her far more.  And since the object of the exercise is to please Mum, this is, as I say, no triviality.  It is also no triviality that Jesus’s screen is really very good – at its price it is amazingly good.

And the other thing I now use Jesus for is writing longer pieces, which I don’t find nearly as easy as writing little throwaway things like most of what you get here, and like, for instance, this.  My longer, polished pieces are worth the effort, but they are an effort.  Especially in my home, where there is so much to distract me, like all the great classical music ever composed that I like, the internet, little things like that.  So, what I do is I take Jesus to a local coffee shop and do the writing there.  The keyboard is not so convenient, but it can be got used to.  But the good thing is: no distraction.  Nothing else to do but type stuff into Jesus.  No CDs.  No internet.  No books, magazines, TV, DVDs, food (other than what I’ve paid for), drink (ditto), and no incoming phone calls, given that my mobile is known to only about five people.

One thing I have found, though, is that to use Jesus comfortably, I need a coffee shop that positively welcomes laptop computers and the geeks who use them.  I don’t like even the slightest hint of my laptopping not being welcome.  So, signs outside advertising the internet connection rate per hour are a big plus, even though I will not be purchasing such a connection.  Such signs tell me: geeks welcome.  Equally important: people who look askance at geeks, not welcome.  Such things matter to me.  I care about the opinions of passing strangers, and the whole point is to find some place where writing on Jesus is not just possible, but downright comfortable.  Yesterday I found just the kind of place I mean, a nice walk away from where I live, the best yet.  Cheap all-you-can-eat salads (defined pretty much any kind of food that can be served cold), and coffee with lots of milk that I actually like, in thosetall glass mugs with handles.  Lovely.

And ... posted.  All that while The Guru has been doing other stuff on my regular computer.  The first thing The Guru having done was to set up Jesus as described above.  Thank you The Guru.