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I seem to have nothing better to do at the moment, so I'll LJ this.

Tuesday night, my parents called me down for a Talk. There was talk of an eternal summer that needed to end. There was planning, there was arguing, and finally there was consensus. So.

I'm starting to move on my applications. UCI, UC Berkeley (yeah right), and the nearest Cal State. We'll see what happens.

I'm also working on stuff, six hours a day. "Stuff" includes Mom's website, school, college apps, and other sites if I start getting commissions. If all of those run out, it includes anything I can put on a resume.

I've tried this type of regime before, and it's always failed. To make sure it works this time, I'm going to use separate user accounts. But I don't feel I can do this with Windows 2000's user account system.

So...today I went out and bought an operating system from Microsoft. First time I've done that since Windows 98 came bundled with my first computer. Due to the complicated system of upgrades and editions, and my father's work schedule, I ended up spending about four hours at Microcenter. But I just laid on the floor in the books section and read the first third of this excellent tome, so it wasn't too bad. Ended up with an XP Home upgrade, which is basically the first truly multiuser OS Microsoft ever made.

Had I known it would take that long, I would have had my computer copying stuff while I was gone. But I didn't, so...I didn't. It's in the middle of copying my 6GB user profile over to my mom's box, which has plenty of extra space. (Books aren't hard on the drives, after all...) Once I'm done, and I'm sure I haven't missed anything, I'll boot up the installer, wipe the drive, use a borrowed-from-Dad's-office 98 CD and key to convince it to install (XP Home won't upgrade 2000, hence the waiting-around-to-talk-to-Dad-at-the-store), and have a shiny new system.

And I'll switch from the Fisher Price "My First Computer" theme to the silver "Awesome Except For That Horrible Green Start Button" theme, and shrink the goddamn title bars.

Be ready for many, many rants.

But this time, I'll leave ten gigs of blankness at the end of my drive. Linux will go there, when I have the time to install it.

(Does the preview mode not work in Firefox? Grr.)


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Sep. 24th, 2004 06:00 am (UTC)
XP isn't so bad. It's the only M$ OS that I actually like.

Despite the ugly start button.
Sep. 24th, 2004 08:57 am (UTC)
"I've tried this type of regime before, and it's always failed. To make sure it works this time, I'm going to use separate user accounts. But I don't feel I can do this with Windows 2000's user account system."

I've been trying this recently, using other user accounts for such things as work and play. The idea of becomming someone else while at work, on the same machine, is somewhat amusing. Not unlike the masks & suits worn in the formal workplace.

I have also found that it works, to some extent. The free access to the wired from both accounts is a downfall. Hard network policy enforced rules like "no icq/aim/jabber at work" could be helpful as well (despite their huge usefulness for doing work in the wired, but that's another story entirely. Assume single-machine 'work'). I wish that it were possible to create user-specific network accessability filters. Or, can you?
Sep. 24th, 2004 06:33 pm (UTC)
You could get a firewall and set it up different for different users. That should work.
Sep. 24th, 2004 08:18 pm (UTC)
I've yet to find a way to do this. Does iptables have this capability? hm. It seem to be able to do it based on UID.

I wonder if there's any windows policies that can do this on XP.
Sep. 24th, 2004 09:07 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of Kerio Personal Firewall for WinXP, which may or may not actually allow for different settings for different users...I'm too lazy to figure it out >_>
Sep. 27th, 2004 01:44 am (UTC)
I use an alternate screen name during the day. Only three people (Liz, Jasmine, Rachel) know it, and they know that when I'm on that alt I'm busy and probably shouldn't be disturbed.

For the rest, I just need to use a bit of self-discipline. I can do that.

I think.
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