A couple of updates here.
I am running Linux Mint, and liking it.
Been running it for a while now. Haven't gone back to Ubuntu.
It ran, right out of the box. No installing a bunch of stuff, looking for codecs, drivers, programs, etc.
If I recommend Linux to others at all, especially people who have never used it before... I will be recommending Linux Mint.
Pop in the disc, choose to install, and you will be up and running in a fraction of the time it takes windows to install.
And as I said, everything works, right out of the box. With windows I have to go looking for drivers. With Mint, everything already works !
I have a newer laptop.
Sort of a birthday present to myself. (I turn 53 on the 21st.)
It is only about 5 years old. The old one was more than 11 years old.
The old one finally kakked. Or at least close enough to it that it simply wasn't worth investing anything more, in.
I had to replace the hard drive and optical drive on the newer one, but since then, it has worked beautifully.
Had I had this one, to take with me on trips, (like the trips to the fests), I would never have been without a computer or internet. It's amazing all the different ways this thing can connect to the internet. And in so many places !!
It is a Toshiba Tecra A4-S313
The one thing I still really need to get for it is a 12v power supply. (The laptop is 15v. I am talking about the power supply that plugs in the 12v cigarette lighter in the car.)
I don't want a universal type. I used one of those on the sony. I am positive that that power supply played a big part in the demise of that laptop.
I want to get one that was actually made for this particular laptop.
Now, the real reason I was drawn back in here to post again.
The whole deal with Breaktime, and what happened before I walked away.
I, you... All of us... We are all responsible for our own actions.
And our own REactions.
"Now look what you made me do", is NOT an excuse for having a bad reaction to someone.
You can ALWAYS just walk away.
I either forgot that fact, or ignored it, because I wanted to help and to make a difference.
I should have kept to it.
I should have been paying more attention to my own actions and reactions.
Toward the end, I was reacting, (and acting), very badly.
I became an arse, both behind the scenes, and out where anyone could see.
I made bad decisions. Again, both behind the scenes, and out in the open.
I became ridgid. Controlling. And angry.
I even quit for the wrong reasons.
But once I was away for a while, and had time to think and recuperate, I began to see just how wrong I was. And for how long...
I guess the real reason I am posting is to communicate the fact that I know I was wrong many times, in many ways. And that I am not walking around angry, resentful, or blaming anyone other than myself.
I hope that I am among friends here, and that what is past, is past.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. ~Samuel Johnson