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Hi everyone,

... Flash forward to now: I'm a user experience researcher (also called usability engineer) at Microsoft in Seattle, WA.  The program I work on is Windows Media Center.  Day in and day out, I'm running studies or visiting users in their homes and getting to see how real users (not the software engineers) use our program.  The difference can be quite striking at times!

So, there you have it.  :)

Now that takes guts.  Knowing what most people's knee jerk reaction to the words "Microsoft" is, to baldy admit a connection takes some serious intestinal fortitude. 

Seriously,  I just bought a new Dell with Media Center on it and I am impressed.  Not with the Dell particularly but a good deal made it hard to pass up.

Which brings me to my next question (for everyone this time), Any Dell support people out there?  Who speak and understand English as a first language?  And finally, who understand the Intel RAID system?  Boy, am I shooting loaded dice!  The last one is the most important, so an Intel guru will work also  :D

What 60's revival?  Are they dead?  Why wasn't I told!  Now I have to get rid of the tie-died stuff and the flower van.

Phil Wade

Exactly what you want, although donationware rather than true freeware

TabMix Plus, Roboform, AdBlock Plus. Flashblock, Flashgot, IE View Lite, Add to Evernote and newly added, NoSquint

Great call.  Erunt is the best and least resource hungry registry backup there is.  T o tell the truth, I had lost it during my bout with rootkits and had forgotten to reinstall it.  Thanks.

Hi, everyone.  Fascinating reading, this.  There seems to be an overabundance of you loyal (some not so loyal) subjects than us revolutionaries.  But that's OK, I won't hold it against you.   ;D

I was born in NEW Mexico, USA in 1947.  Left when I was 17 to go to school in Louisiana,  Majored in Booze, Girls and partying.  Graduated cum laude (not really, just in my major) in 1967, just in time for a letter from my neighbors telling me I had been selected to join the Army.  Not being an Army type, I joined the Navy, reasoning at least we took our beds with us and had hot food most of the time.

Spent two years in California, learning electronics and cryptography.  In a fit of idiocy, I volunteered to go to Vietnam.  The Navy, rightly deciding they did not want certifiably crazy people in Vietnam, sent me to Iceland.  Two years there and two years in Virginia and we parted ways.  I must admit, I saw a large part of the world, but not anyplace anyone was likely to shoot at me.  The Med, Caribbean, Central and South America.

Went back to school and supported my wife and daughter through the GI Bill and night work at a "no tell motel."  Learned more there than in school.  I spent four years in the hotel business and went back to work for the government as an auditor (not IRS), got my accounting/economics degree.  Had another daughter.  I was able to take an early retirement in 1999 and have been vegetating here in Louisiana since then.

I started with computers with a BASIC course in 1973, thought I can't stand this, and didn't even touch a computer again until 1980 or 81.  The Sinclair Z80 (friend's), a TI-99-4A (mine) were myt intro to computers.  Man, I hated the tape reader on that TI!  My office got an IBM XT in 1983 and I became the guru.  DOS 2.11 on up to 6.22, Windows 1.0 (Yecch!), 2.0 ( a little better), 3.0, 3.1 (finally!), 3.11, NT 3.5, 4.0, 95 (WOW!), 98, 98 SE(loved), ME (Yecch!) and now XP Home, Pro and Media Center.  I've played around with Linux over the years but don't want to put the time in I would have to to really learn it.

Both of our daughters live in Alexandria, VA.  One works as a project manager for the Dept of Education, the other is a Licensed counselor who works with a lot of foster kids.

There you have it.  That was my life.

Living Room / Re: Choosing a keyboard and a mouse
« on: April 15, 2007, 03:23 AM »
First of all, hello to everyone.  Since I just did this, I would like to put my 2 cents in.  I bought a Logitech Mouse (MX518) and a Microsoft keyboard (Media Pro).  I love the keyboard.  Key pressure is good - kind of reminds me of a silent IBM keyboard.  Only thing I have to get used to is evidently sometimes, the Function Lock key comes unlocked and the function keys are different.  I spent 30 minutes trying to figure out why F5 was trying to open a file when I was wanting to refresh explorer.

But the mouse was the big surprise.  Never having used a gaming mouse, I was expecting a steep learning curve to just use the mouse.  But it obviously was the right choice for me.  Great feel.  I particularly like the ability to change resolution on the fly.  But I haven't gotten brave enough to start programming either one.  Soon, I hope   ;D

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