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Seriousness My family not having a good month

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:30:41 GMT

My mom is dealing with a bunch of health troubles at present. She was having pain in her side and went in to get it checked. After doing a CT scan they said it was diverticulitis and prescribed antibiotics and pain meds. Along the way when the did the scan they found she has a mass in one of her lungs. So now they need to do a biopsy and she will have to meet with an oncologist. She started smoking at age 16 and will be 74 next month so she has been a smoker for 58 yrs. She hasn't had a cigarette since the 9th of April (needless to say she hasn't always been easy to live with these last 10 days). Anyway she goes back in tomorrow. It's going to be a long rest of the month I think.

Silliness For Corvette lovers

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:36:15 GMT

For those into Corvettes, this might be of interest. I came across these UK magazine test times. I think they show what a showroom car can do. Since they were export cars, it's unlikely they were enhanced for magazine testing .;) '82 TBI 350 ( 1968 L68 427 4 speed 0-60 6.1 seconds top speed 145 mph (Motor) 1984 TBI Automatic 0-60 7 seconds top speed 139 mph (Motor) 1984 TBI Automatic 0-60 7.2 seconds top speed 138 mph (Fast Lane) 1984 TBI Automatic 0-60 6.6 seconds top speed 142 mph (Autocar) 1986 TPI Stick 0-60 6 seconds top speed 151 mph (Autocar) 1989 ZR-1 (380 hp) 0-60 5.6 seconds (Autocar) 1992 LT1 Automatic 0-60 5.8 seconds top speed 162 mph (Performance Car) The LT1 car did a 14.3 second 1/4 mile at 100 mph in wintery conditions. The ZR-1 beat the 1986 car in 30-70 mph acceleration 4.5 to 6.3 seconds.

Seriousness Invitation to an OS Bunfght :)

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 01:07:13 GMT

I was going to post this in the Sigil forum, but decided I should put in here. KH and DD wouldn't welcome a bunfight over operating systems in the Kindle Import plugin thread. I mainly habituate the Calibre forums - the number of problems that relate specifically to OSX and Linux has always been disproportionate to number of users who actually use those systems - and it seems to be getting worse. I don't know what proportion of Sigil users use OSX and Linux, but I suspect the same situation prevails. Sigil and Calibre are not applications developed by a couple of naive Windows coders who wouldn't know an Apple Mac from a Packham pear, or a Linux from Linus Pauling. Kevin H uses Apple Mac for Sigil development, and Kovid uses Linux for Calibre development, you'd be hard pressed to find two more proficient and professional developers than KH and KG. Anyway where's what I didn't post in the KindleImport plugin thread ---Quote (Originally by KevinH)--- Mac Users - I have yet again updated the Sigil-0.9.8 Mac Package on the github release site with a version of Sigil for Mac that should now happily work with PyQt5 plugins with *no extra changes*. Please give it a try and let me know if it fixes the issue. Thanks KevinH ---End Quote--- I initially read that as no extra charges :) Had a call from a community of precepted (ordained) women on the weekend, asking if I knew of how they might swap out a dozen or so Macs for Windows laptops at a reasonable cost. A couple of them have Windows laptops and I think they've all used Windows in the past. They are fed up with spending more time fighting OSX than doing their work, which is running women's shelters in remote locations here, and overseas. I've emailed a contact I have at the Gates Foundation. Apple's obsession with locking down individual's computers seems to be as, or perhaps even more, draconian than I used in a global financial institution a few years ago. The difference being that the GFI paid for and supported the laptops, desktops, and workstations their employees were forced to use. At the end of a lease employees could pay out the residual, have the computer 'cleaned' and take them home. I have a functioning Sparc workstation I got that way. MS, I fear, is headed down the same track. And Linux, for the reasons Kovid Goyal has articulated elsewhere, isn't an attractive alternative for the average Mom and Pop user, or a group of Buddhist 'nuns'. Man in a bar asks friend, "How many different versions of Linux are there?" Somewhat dismissively, friend answers , "Come on, how many people use Linux?" Man answers, "Oh, millions I should think?" Friend replies, "Divide by two and that's how many versions of Linux there are. Seems to me every second user of Linux uses a different version." :D BR