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  • Are you still on that b****y computer?

    Is it just me, or does everyone else's partners/ co-habitees/ work colleagues use this phrase overfrequently? :)

  • #2
    My wife goes so far to say I am obsessed with the computer. I tell her - there's worse things to be obsessed with... Like pornography for instance

    I mean, I'm currently stuck at home waiting for the US immigration authorities to deign to give me permission to earn my keep.

    In the meantime, I read books, I write stuff, I go jogging. What is is there to do for a man of limited means?
    Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

    Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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    • #3
      Re: Are you still on that b****y computer?

      Originally posted by Perdix
      Is it just me, or does everyone else's partners/ co-habitees/ work colleagues use this phrase overfrequently? :)
      My wife used to refer to it as The Mistress, but now that we have been married for a while, she says my mistress keeps me busy - so I am not always chasing her around!

      She's grown quite fond of it... :?
      When they had advanced together to meet on common
      ground, then there was the clash of shields, of spears
      and the fury of men cased in bronze; bossed shields met
      each other and the din rose loud. Then there were
      mingled the groaning and the crowing of men killed and
      killing, and the ground ran with blood.

      Homer, The Illiad

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      • #4
        Sounds very familiar. :lol: She thinks its better than football, though, and I can usually pretend I'm writing an essay.


        Oh my God. The essay... 8O
        \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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        • #5
          With me it's more ''Are you working on that bloody novel or are you on that website again ?" Naturally I'm working on that bloody novel even as we speak...

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          The Whispering Swarm: Book One of the Sanctuary of the White Friars - The Laughter of Carthage - Byzantium Endures - London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction
          Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles - Kizuna: Fiction for Japan - Modem Times 2.0 - The Sunday Books - The Sundered Worlds


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          The Laughter of Carthage - Byzantium Endures - London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction - The Sunday Books - Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles
          Kizuna: Fiction for Japan - The Sundered Worlds - The Winds of Limbo - Modem Times 2.0 - Elric: Swords and Roses

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          • #6
            "again??? i just went for a glass of water and you jump in there??"
            OR
            "WTF are you typing so much for? get out of there!"

            And she is not even my wife ... yet

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            • #7
              (Assumes that Mr M means this website)

              Why not try to incorporate this website and some of its regulars into a novel, then it doesn't matter which you're doing.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Michael Moorcock
                With me it's more ''Are you working on that bloody novel or are you on that website again ?" Naturally I'm working on that bloody novel even as we speak...
                Dont get in trouble with the Wife over us Mike. Like a wise man once said, "Hell Hath no Fury like a Womans scorn for Web Forums."

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                • #9
                  Re: Are you still on that b****y computer?

                  Originally posted by Perdix
                  Is it just me, or does everyone else's partners/ co-habitees/ work colleagues use this phrase overfrequently? :)
                  I was heavily using the Internet or its predecessors (NSFNet, Arpanet) several
                  years before my wife and I married. (It was 21 years this past October Fool's Day.)
                  Consequently, and taking my profession into account, she's never been too
                  perturbed by my activities with the old ordinateur.

                  Occasionally, I hear, "It's 11pm. Are you coming to bed soon, or should I go to sleep?"

                  That's about it.

                  By the way, she's read this site over my shoulder, and she thinks it's very entertaining.
                  We should all receive such sympathetic understanding.

                  LSN

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                  • #10
                    My better half has a sneaking admiration for this site. She's very keen on "New Worlds Fair" now I've downloaded it, and says highly complimentary things about the multi-talented Mr. M, although I haven't persuaded her to read any of the books yet. I think she's put off by some of the covers, or maybe thinks she'll get addicted and won't have time left to read the likes of "Brick Lane" which she can discuss with her friends. I've been putting a strong bid in for "Mother London". Anyway, it's better than being a golf widow...
                    \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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                    • #11
                      Re: Are you still on that b****y computer?

                      Originally posted by L_Stearns_Newburg

                      By the way, she's read this site over my shoulder, and she thinks it's very entertaining.
                      We should all receive such sympathetic understanding.

                      LSN
                      Are you sure it's sympathetic understanding and not just understanding the pathetic? :D

                      My wife usually uses the term obsessed, but only because I spend a ridiculous amount of time at work behind a computer, so it makes little sense to her that I would want to continue looking at a monitor while I'm home. I usually tell her (jokingly, of course) that it's the computer, drugs, or other women--she gets to pick.

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                      • #12
                        She might like London Bone, Mikey. Linda thinks some of my best stories are in there -- two of them made her cry!
                        The analogy works for me. When Linda asks why I spend so long on my computer, I say it's the equivalent of going down to the pub for a few beers, only I don't spend anything on beer, don't smell nasty on my return and am still relatively coherent when I next see her.
                        People remark on how long I spend at this site, answering readers' question and so on -- and while I always have interacting with readers, as people who go to readings and so on know, I probably wouldn't be here as often if The Old Circle Squared wasn't quite so remote. It'll be interesting to see how much time I spend at the computer when we're in Paris, for instance. The other reason I like the computer is that I can listen to the radio at the same time as I'm on it and I'm a great radio fan!

                        Pre-order or Buy my latest titles in Europe:
                        The Whispering Swarm: Book One of the Sanctuary of the White Friars - The Laughter of Carthage - Byzantium Endures - London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction
                        Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles - Kizuna: Fiction for Japan - Modem Times 2.0 - The Sunday Books - The Sundered Worlds


                        Pre-order or Buy my latest titles in the USA:
                        The Laughter of Carthage - Byzantium Endures - London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction - The Sunday Books - Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles
                        Kizuna: Fiction for Japan - The Sundered Worlds - The Winds of Limbo - Modem Times 2.0 - Elric: Swords and Roses

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                        • #13
                          Good suggestion - a short story could well be the thin end of the wedge... I think I may have got her sister hooked with a spare copy of "The English Assassin", which will help.

                          I would travel a great distance to visit a pub with company this good. I am very glad I came across this site, and I'm sure you know how much we appreciate being able to communicate with you in this way. I think it's amazing! It must be unprecedented - do any other writers give so much time to their readers? The only problem with this "pub" is that I can't buy you a pint... :D
                          \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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                          • #14
                            I have spent a lot of time online.

                            Gaming: I spent far too much time playing Doom II, netrek and Magic Online. I suspect, though, I learned enough about computers to make games work. It used to take a lot of technical understanding to make games work, at one time. I did some mudding at one time and it got as boring as chatting.

                            Forums, IRC, chat, Newsgroups: I spent a lot of time chatting at Prodigy (playing with the home page template system, my first web page), compuserve (an expensive waste of time, though I know people who still use their compuserve email), experimenting with IRC, ICQ, Trillian, MSN, zMUD, Yahoo, gaim, bitchX, various website applets and the old chat system at multiverse.org and countless other quick drop-in including UPN's Buffy chat room yesterday at Mc Donalds. Did I mention that I worked about 4 years with Mc Donalds before and after my time in The Army? I even worked at the Mc Donalds "McDrive", where I spent almost a year flipping burgers and picking up the massive trash mess in the parking lot and along the road between Mc Donalds and the Rock Palast. We found a DM50 bill among the mess and promptly misspent it.

                            Browsers: Lynx (sometimes used by people who cannot read or cannot see by producing a computer voice that reads it to them; popular in Unix), netscape, sprynet, aol, Internet Explorer, Internet in the Box (a sprynet variant), Netscape, Opera, Firefox, Safari, wget (yep, I'm calling it a browser), Magellan, Konquerer, Mozilla, Phoenix, elinks (my new command line text-only browser). Firefox rocks.

                            FTP: clients -- CuteFTP, Bulletproof FTP, Captain FTP (Mac), ws-ftp, linux CLI, Windows CLI, others -- servers -- wu-ftp, FreeBSD ftp, Bulletproof FTP, ws-ftp, others. I use this stuff for moving files from my computer to the server for this website.

                            Media: Quicktime, Real Player(s) (Windows and Linux), Helix Player (Linux), Media Player, Mplayer, Xine, Winamp, XMMS, ICE Server, on and on...

                            News: PointCast, Bloglines, de.lico.us (a social bookmarking site I just tried and totally love -- tee hee, there is a de.lico.us extension for Firefox so you can keep your bookmarks on The Internet so that all of your computers can access the same bookmarks and you don't lose the if your system crashes), RSS Wizard, Forte Agent Newsreader, groups.google.com formerly Dejanews (a newsgroup agregator), news.google.com, Netscape Communicator, many others.

                            Email: OneBox, Hotmail, Gmail, Squirrelmail, Thunderbird, Netscape Communicator, sendmail, pine, qmail, spamassasin,

                            Operating Systems: GEOS, DRDOS, OS/2, MSDOS 3.x & 4.x & 5.x & 6.x, Windows 3.x & WFW & 95 & 98 & ME & 2000 & XP & NT 4 & NT Workstation & Server 2000 & Server 2003, MAC 8.x & 9.x & 10.2, Solaris 7.x & 8.x & 9.x & 10, numerous flavors of Linux -- Redhat, Novell Linux Desktop, Xandros, Knoppix variants, SUSE and Fedora.

                            Hardware: switches, routers (appliances or PCs), hubs, network cable construction, PC to PC cables and programs, null modems, 1200, 2400, 9600, 14.4, 28.8, 36 and 56 baud modems (but never external), crossed CAT5 patch cables, normal Cat5 network cables, telephone cable, coaxial cables (not just cable TV cable, but I worked with military grade coax on large reels wieghing in at 100 pounds all coiled up). I tried to make a customized serial cable with a Radio Shack soldering iron with poor results. Wireless. I just scored the Linksys WRT54G, which has imbedded Linux and easy firmware updates and I can boost the range of the signal by increase the power and attaching a Pringles cantenna giving us directional range of up to 10 miles. Bluetooth. I can connect my laptop via Bluetooth to my cell phone and dial the internet. I've done motherboards, modems, video cards, sound cards, TV capture cards, RAM, CPU, power supplies, SCSI cards, IDE and SCSI and USB storage devices including this cool thumb drive (AKA jump drives, key drives, USB sticks), CD burners and drives (including a Phillips external single speed CDROM), scanners, digital cameras, printers, fax cards, monitors, keyboards (like the rubberized rollable one I had for a while) (I possess a letter J key with the bump rubbed off and the J wiped away), and numerous other devices I am sure to have forgotten.

                            Etc: I could produce twice as many examples if I were to list the wide array of software I have used to be productive, have fun, learn concepts and conduct experiments.

                            My wife has never once complained, except in the beginning when I was tieing the phone up line when her friends were trying to get through. But it was more of her letting me know about it than she was beating me up over it. This total immersion into technology, and believe me when I say that I wish there were 100 hours each day, is currently paying off. I almost got shook out of the industry with nothing to fall back on. I have a 4 hour round trip commute and I use my Dell Inspiron 1000 to be productive and lay it down when I get home with my family. I can connect my laptop to a telephone line, network jack, wireless connection and cellphone. I have scouted between my home and my work place all the best wireless connections. Starbucks has expensive connections, Mc Donalds has cheap one-time connections on up to expensive accounts and a local coffee shop has free connections. I cannot not connect. The laptop has Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Fedora Core 3 installed. Now that I have both Windows installations connected, I now need to get Fedora Core 3 updated and connected to The Internet and I don't expect that to be trivial, but certainly enjoyable.

                            Oh, and I like making websites.
                            The cat spread its wings and flew high into the air, hovering to keep pace with them as they moved cautiously toward the city. Then, as they climbed over the rubble of what had once been a gateway and began to make their way through piles of weed-grown masonry, the cat flew to the squat building with the yellow dome upon its roof. It flew twice around the dome and then came back to settle on Jhary's shoulder. - The King of the Swords

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TheAdlerian
                              Berry is it true that you made this website? If so it is one of the best that I have ever seen.
                              [broken link]

                              I did not write the code of the current website.
                              Last edited by Rothgo; 04-13-2010, 12:13 PM.
                              The cat spread its wings and flew high into the air, hovering to keep pace with them as they moved cautiously toward the city. Then, as they climbed over the rubble of what had once been a gateway and began to make their way through piles of weed-grown masonry, the cat flew to the squat building with the yellow dome upon its roof. It flew twice around the dome and then came back to settle on Jhary's shoulder. - The King of the Swords

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