Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Something New Every Day

Capt. Bill was leaving the Coffee Plantation this morning as I arrived, later than I usually. We spoke for a couple of minutes. He was on his way to the Post Office to return a CD he bought of a Mercedes shop manual he bought on eBay (to go with the Mercedes he recently bought on eBay). It, the CD, didn't work properly because it was badly made. "I learned something by it", he said. "Well, that's good", I replied. "If you learn something new every day, you'll wind up being very smart when you die."

A bit morbid, maybe, but I've always believed that my purpose in life is to learn something new, or learn about something new, and thereby to add something to my self, that collection of quarks, atoms, molecules, cells and organs that makes a "me", one that's something like, but different from a "you", or a "him", a "her", or an "it".

I spent time over the past several days learning some new things about Microsoft Windows. They were things I'd rather not have had to learn, but I was trying to help Capt. Rick to get his computer working again. He has an HP desktop computer only a couple of years old, with Windows XP installed on it. I was able to diagnose it as being infected with a bunch of parasitic programs -- viruses, adware, and spyware, but I wasn't able to remove everything and to get him running normally again. In the end, he's taking it to a legitimate Windows repair guy to have the hard drive re-formatted and to have Windows re-installed anew.

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