Ten on Tuesday

1. Mac or Windows? (Or Linux for you super geeks!)

At home I use Windows, and I think that’s my OS of choice. At work I use a Mac, and it’s old and slow. In fact, every Mac I’ve ever used has been old and/or slow, so I’m a little jaded I guess. Maybe if I used a hipper version (Snow Leopard? Liger?) my mind would be changed.

2. What drew you to that operating system?

Tried and true! My first home computer had good ol’ Windows ’95. My grandparents had a computer with Windows ’93 and DOS. Yes, DOS.

3. Mice – Wireless or Wired? Mouse pad or none?

Wireless! My mouse is always everywhere. Coffee table – couch arm, where ever! I love me some wirelessness. And no to the mouse pad too. At work my mouse “pad” is a piece of scrap paper.

4. Other than the Internet – What do you use your computer most for?

Typing, typing, typing! I’m a freelance and I work at a newspaper, so all I do it Word it up.

5. What’s one computer-related thing you wish you were best at? (CSS, Photoshop, Excel, etc.)

Definitely CSS or web design. My blog desperately needs a face lift. Everytime I do it myself I’m never satisfied with the end result. I just need to bite the bullet one day and hire someone to do it.

6. Describe the first time you ever used a computer.

I think I was in Grade 1 or 2 and our classroom had an Apple computer in it. We could play spelling games with good ol’ 8″ floppy disks. (Remember those things? What’s a floppy disk, you say?) Ah, those were the days.

7. How often do you upgrade to a new operating system?

Only when I buy a new computer and it’s loaded with the hottest, latest thing. I have Windows Vista right now and haven’t bothered to upgrade to Windows 7. Really, I haven’t had any problems with Vista. I don’t know why people hate on it so much. At my old job my Mac “Tiger” OS was upgraded to “Snow Leopard” and it was the most amazing thing ever.

8. Are you a short-cutter (CTRL+C) or a right-clicker?

Definitely a short-cutter.

9. Is computer-use a constant thing in your life (such as using it both at work and home) or do you get a break (because you don’t use them at work)?

I’m constantly on a computer for the majority of the day. I use it at home to do freelance work and to blog (duh!) and at work to do my work. (Duh duh!) Sometimes it’s nice to just unplug for a day though. It really helps my (seemingly) rapidly deteriorating eyesight, I’m sure.

10. Where do you think the world would be if personal computers did not exist?

Definitely. I don’t think we’d be as aware of global issues. The term “Global community” comes to mind. We’d be much more disconnected from people across the world. A major event, like the tsunami in Japan or the famine in Somalia, wouldn’t have as great an impact because we cannot see them for ourselves on our own terms. Sure, the media would project the issues to us, but with personal computers, we can explore them on our own. Ya know?

Now go participate, link up on Chelsea’s page, and thank her for posting the above ToT questions – brought to you by yours truly!

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