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Name: Marsha Brofka-Berends
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Monday, February 12, 2007

The yarn...and some tech talk

Well, Blogger is still acting weird and not letting me upload photos. But I found a workaround that enabled me to post a photo of the lovely card and yummy yarn that JD sent me: I used the "Blog This!" button in Picasa. Not my favorite option, 'cause it does odd things to the layout and automatically inserts a Picasa link in my post (a link that you won't see here, since I manually deleted it), but it will do for now.

But let me tell you, it is awfully nice to be reunited with my pal Picasa. Since I switched to a Mac last fall, I've been missing it. For the most past, I think the Mac design and OS are vastly superior to what you get on a Windows machine (and this is coming from someone who was a hardcore Windows user until last fall). I'm really quite impressed with almost everything about the Mac...except iPhoto (the photo-management program), which, quite honestly, sucks worse than a Hoover. Well, maybe it's not that bad, but it's nowhere in the same league as Picasa. Since Google hasn't yet developed Picasa for the Mac, I was stuck with iPhoto.

But over the last few days I've installed Parallels, which lets me dual-boot my Mac as a Windows machine. So now I can have OSX and Windows XP running at the same time. I needed Windows XP in order to run two very important applications: the Microsoft Office Suite* (I already own a license for the PC version and was not at all inclined to throw down several hundred dollars to get a Mac version) and Picasa. Hello, old friend!

*I've been using OpenOffice, which is a great product and an endeavor I wholeheartedly support. (Free! Open source! Multiplatform! Multilingual!) I also use Google Docs and Spreadsheets--formerly Writely--another great (and free!) product. Unfortunately, neither of those applications is completely compatible with the bizarre macros and documents used by one of my Microsoft-loving clients, so the Dark Side chalks up another win as I'm forced to use Microsoft Office. Urgh.

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JD said...

Wow - now I know who to go to as I'm trying to make the most of my new laptop!

I hope you like the yarn - I made a lovely little baby sweater (18 mo. size, I think) out of three balls. Now for the seaming. . .

Can't wait to see your FO!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 2:15:00 AM  
Marsha Brofka-Berends said...

JD, for starters I'd suggest you just go to the Google home page and look at all of the offerings there. Desktop is great (as you know), as is Picasa (photo management).

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 10:51:00 AM  
Beth said...

That yarn is perfect for you. What a prize!

Thursday, February 15, 2007 5:39:00 PM  

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