Operating System Nightmares and the 2002 World Series

Apologies for the lack of updates of late. I spent most of the weekend working on my computers, not with them. Memory upgrades, hardware installs, OS installs. Big fun.

The geek in me hates to admit this, but I’ve rejoined the evil empire. Yep, I went out and bought Windows XP. On sale, the upgrade (thank goodness for that old Windows 95 CD that’s been collecting dust on my shelf all these years) wasn’t much more than most Linux distros you see in stores nowadays.

I like Linux and still intend to use it (assuming I can get that second hard drive up and running), but at this stage, the concept is more appealing than the reality. I don’t like Microsoft’s business practices and I don’t like the way they attempt to strong-arm their customers (ever read the license agreement for XP?), but like it or not, we live in a Windows world. I’m not giving up on Linux by a long-shot. But right now it’s Sean Burroughs, and I need Ryan Klesko.

Okay, enough of that. How about some baseball? An all-California series. Pretty cool, huh? And yet, you know the start times will be screwed up to accommodate folks back east who may or may not care about the games. Ah, well.

Meantime, we’ve got a pretty good matchup on our hands. Personally, as much as I’d like to see Barry Bonds get a ring (but even if he doesn’t, can we all agree that he’s done more than enough this October to remove the proverbial monkey from his back?), I don’t think the Giants’ pitching can stop the Angels’ bats. Anaheim in six.

And in the interest of remaining as noncommital as possible, once again I’ll be happy regardless of who wins. I’d like to see Bonds get a ring. But when I was a kid, Mike Scioscia was my favorite player, so that’d be cool, too. Should be a fun series.

In Padre news, it looks like Davey Lopes is returning. Other coaching moves in the works as well.

Oh, and remember the battle between Kevin Towers and Oliver Perez over whether the latter would pitch this winter? Well, Perez worked seven innings on Friday. Faced 27 batters. Somehow I don’t think this is what Towers had in mind.

That’s all for now…

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