So today has been my "day off" for the week. The past several days have been filled with meetings, paperwork, and reports prepared, and the next several will be filled with long time-control tournament chess games, more meetings, and running-around type chores. But today, I dialed the serious work back and spent the day relaxing. Mostly.
Several hours today, though, were spent wrestling with a little computer that I’ve recently purchased. Its tiny hard drive is almost totally taken up by its Microsoft 8 Operating System. Yes, I had to relent and get a Windows computer that would talk to the printers I have in my home office. My Linux boxes stopped talking to them and I no longer have the ambition to kernel-hack, forcing a hardware driver into code where it really doesn’t belong and never will work right. Don’t ask.
For the last few weeks I’ve been trying to load my favorite open-source software packages onto the little Windows PC, but there’s just not enough space for them. So… I took a deep breath today and realized my life will be easier if I stop trying to treat this little computer as I’d ideally like it to be. It is what it is. And there are ways I can get it to do what I need it to do by using the little programs still wrapped up inside the Windows OS. Any fancy work I need to do can be done on my Linux machines, saved to the cloud (thank you, Dropbox) then pulled down and printed from the little Windows box.
This may not be the most elegant way to get things done, but it’s simple and it works. It is what it is. And that’s good enough for me.