Monthly Archives: December 2006

Dial-up is slow

While visiting Carole here in Georgia for the New Year’s holiday, I only have access to the Internet through a dial-up connection, and boy am I reminded of how thankful I am for my connection through Comcast. Dial-up access is agonizingly slow! It helps me understand why Carole is less enthusiastic about accessing the Internet than I am, even taking into account the differences in our level of experience with being online. The occasional problems she may experience caused by clicking on the wrong link are far more difficult to recover from than they would be if she had any kind of reasonable broadband connection. As they say, “you don’t appreciate the water until the well runs dry.”

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All-in-one printers

My friend, Juan Gutierrez, asked last night “what is the best all-in-one printer to buy,” and I gave him the best advice I have probably ever given. I said, “you should ask someone who knows.

Seriously, I told him that I really don’t have any experience with these devices and I gave him some general advice about researching the issue, but then I realized I could also tap into the expertise of those of you who read this blog and invite you to comment on Juan’s question. I’m sure his concern is to balance the best quality with the best price, or at least that would be my goal if I were asking the question.

As background, he has some personal experience with the HP D-135 all-in-one printer that his former company recommended he get for his home office, so in a very real sense he is more an expert than I. However, he did not mention in his initial email why he needs a new one, whether the old one doesn’t work or whether he is just interested in more and better features. Juan, if you’ll comment on this post, you can expand on your reasons for upgrading and perhaps that would help other commenters give you better advice.

Okay, folks. Share you expertise please. If you were going to buy an all-in-one printer (printer, copier, scanner, and fax), which one would you buy and why?

Elation

Connor, who is 19 months old, shows us old hands how to appreciate a Christmas gift.  I think his reaction is priceless.

His Grandma Sandy and her friend Donnie shared their Christmas with Mike and his family at brunch today, and the two families exchanged gifts early because there are so many different branches of the family for whom time must be scheduled.  I’m sure they were very gratified by Connor’s reaction.  Also Mike did a great job in capturing Connor’s expression at the exact moment he gets his first taste of the joy of receiving a Christmas gift.  Reactions such as Connor’s help explain the axiom that “it is more blessed to give than receive,” though he looks like he thinks receiving is pretty special too.

Movies

I don’t go to the movies much any more, and certainly not with the frequency I did as a child when you could get into a movie for $0.25.  Usually I wait until a movie comes out on DVD and, if I am really interested, I rent and watch it.  And no, I’m not such a movie fan that I have a Netflix account.  However, I have a friend or two who are really movie buffs and who like to see the movies as soon as they come out.  Tom is one such friend, and he and I plan to attend a movie this coming Saturday afternoon as a way to celebrate the holidays together. 

When we agreed by email this morning to see The Pursuit of Happyness together, he mentioned that he would check to see when and where it was playing locally.  That caused me to recall a web service I had discovered previously but had forgotten about, I guess because I go to the moves so infrequently.  The service is Fandango.  All you need to do to see what is playing is enter your zip code into the search box and click go. 

If that’s all the information you want or need, then you can stop there.  However, you can purchase tickets online for a specific performance if you wish, and they also offer other services such as Fandango Bucks, that you can print out if you would like to give a trip to see a movie as a gift.  Here is what the email for one of those looks like.  Even for someone like me who goes to the movies only about once a year, if that often, this is yet another example of the wonderful things that being connected through the world wide web makes possible.