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Joe's computer turns 3

© July 2011 Anthony Lawrence

See I am Joes Computer first.

I turned 3 a few months ago. My 64 bit TSC register says that I'm younger but that's because they turn me off at night.

Gosh, "they". Three years ago I didn't even know about the humans. Silly me, I never thought about what was causing those keyboard interrupts. The Linux machines had a good chuckle when they found out I didn't know that a human was typing all that stuff! They had a bigger laugh when they found out that I didn't know my main user is called "Joe" ! But it was just good-natured ribbing; they are all really nice to me.

I'm really excited because soon I may get to run Linux! I have been hoping for that for all my years and had just about given up on the idea when they tried to install Windows 7 on my drive.

I swear I did nothing wrong. I tried to run that code, I really did. The oldest Mac (the one who really has been the most helpful to me) says it's because I don't have enough RAM. From what I've read on the web, he could be right.

He's so depressed right now that I don't dare ask him about upgrading my RAM. It turns out that he is a 32 bit CPU and will not be getting the new Apple Lion software. He says it's not fair, because he thinks he COULD run it, if they'd only let him try. He says there's a little patch that could make it work. But they won't and what's worse, he says they have been poking around Apple.com, looking at new models. That could mean recycling, and we all know it but none of us will say it. He is really old; he was old when I got here!

I'm sad for him, but honestly for a while I was too worried about my own chances of being scrapped after failing at Windows 7. The Linux computers said not to worry: I have more RAM and CPU than some of them have; I'm a perfect candidate for Linux.

I wondered if the old Mac could run Linux. He is an X86 architecture - I know that for a Mac, Linux is not what they want, but it's better than being recycled, isn't it? I also read that he might be able to be a client and run code on one of the newer Macs because Lion will be multiuser, but he got really angry when I mentioned that.

"I have no interest in being a terminal, dumb or smart!", he huffed and I just shut my socket because when he gets like that, well, there is just no point, is there?

Anyway, the reason I know I might get to run Linux is because yesterday they downloaded a brand new copy of Ubuntu and burned it to CD! Sure, it could be for someone else, but I think it is for me.

I sure hope so, anyway.

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