Sunday, December 30, 2007

IdeaJam -- I Needs This

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

A Tale of Two Christmasses

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

Let's talk about the worst first, shall we? I had planned a nice Christmas dinner with friends, but things worked out just a little bit differently. I spent my Christmas in the emergency department of St. Michael's Hospital after having fallen unconscious in the shower for a couple of hours. There was much testing and poking and prodding and removal of blood and insertion of intravenous lines. After about seven hours, the conclusion was that I was merely dehydrated -- two and a half litres of saline and a "lovely" "roast" "turkey" hospital meal later, I was discharged to the ongoing care of my general practitioner, cardiologist and neurologist. I should be fine and dandy, but it would be nice to know why I was a half-gallon (Imperial) short of a full tank.

Then there was the best of times. It seems a few members of our dear Lotus community got together to give me a Christmas present that will see a lot of use, and which should go a long way towards getting my life back on track. I am composing this entry on a wonderful new Thinkpad T60 with all the trimmings -- 2 GHz Core2Duo, 2 GB RAM, 120 GB hard drive, mungo road-warrior battery, DVD/CD-RW combo optical drive, XP vice Vista, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera (always loved that line when Yul Brynner said it). It actually runs some of my favorite Eclipse-based programs without seeming like a VT-101 emulator (complete with wait-for-it screen echo). Aptana goes like stink, and there's a Lotus offering that failed miserably on the borrowed PIII-800 with 128 MB I should be able to play with now. I'll be toting that around in what is definitely the best-organised backpack-style laptop case I've ever run across. Data backup (and files of questionable business use) will go to a dead-quiet 500 GB LaCie external USB 2.0 HDD. And I'll be printing and scanning on an HP OfficeJet 5610 MFP. Pretty damned sweet setup altogether, and a lot more than I could ever have imagined.

I have to thank the following people for their contribution and generousity:

  • Eileen Fitzgerald
  • Kevin Pettitt
  • Rob Novak
  • John Head
  • Francie Whitlock
  • Vince Schuurman
  • Christopher Byrne
  • Andre Hausberger
  • Mac Guidera
  • Bill Buchan
  • Charles Robinson
  • Richard Schwartz
  • Declan Lynch
  • Julian Robichaux
  • Ben Langhinrichs
  • Ben Poole
  • Warren Elsmore
  • Joe Litton
  • Thomas "Duffbert" Duff
  • Jess Stratton
  • Vitor Pereira
  • Rob McDonagh
  • Bruce Elgort
  • Gregg Eldred
  • Pete McPhedran
  • Paul Mooney (added -- thanks, Ed)
  • and, of course, Ed Brill

Your gift to me has been the basis for a new life. My gift to you will be what I do with that life. There's still a bit of cleaning up of the past to do, but it's starting to look like I won't just find another mess underneath.