Sunday: 08.April.2007

Easter Conservation, Triple-espresso & Ghost guide revision

Resurrection Egg, by Peter FabergeHappy Easter. "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay." [Matthew 28:6]

Rode my bike to the coffee shop this morning (for the first time). Feeling a sense of duty to minimize pollution, ease my impact on the environment, and help minimize our dependence on foreign oil (in some small way).

It's no biggie, since the coffee shop is only six or eight blocks away. A little chilly this morning. Next time I'll dress warmer.

Also checked out a book from the library this week (Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms). Haven't done that since mom used to take me there, back when I was a just a tike. Normally I purchase books to read, but now figure the library might save a few trees.

At the coffee shop this morning (where I've been drinking herb tea, in an effort to avoid caffeine), the coffee demons were working me, whispering sweet nothings in my ear, about how good an espresso would taste.

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Then I noticed pulling shots behind the counter was the girl who does it best. (She competes at barista events around the country.) You might think a shot is a shot is a shot. Not so. Some do it better than others.

Before I got to the counter, and could order herb tea, she brought over (hand delivered) my standard triple espresso. Willpower too weak to resist, I took it. I feel okay about drinking it, since I didn't actually order it. =) Tomorrow I return to herb tea. Goal = 3 months of coffee-less existence (caffeine detox).

In other news, today I revised the Ghost guide to move the list of Ghost Alternatives to its (their) own page. Been meaning to do that for some time now. The section had grown large with the number of imaging/cloning programs now available. Think I've listed every known alternative to Norton Ghost.

The important thing is not *which* imaging program you use (tho I certainly feel Ghost is the most reliable), but rather that you use *some* imaging program .. to back-up your hard drive.

In the Rad Community Forums (recently updated), El_Pescador maintains a thread detailing where to get the best deals purchasing Ghost. (He has a knack for that.)

I also added a link to the FAQ (thanks to John) on each page of the guide .. been meaning to do that, also, for some time. It's like spring cleaning.

The Rad Ghost guide is now 16 pages. It began as a brief email to a friend, who was interested in backing-up his hard drive, and contained little more than the (basic) instructions to create an image: Local > Partition > To Image. (That was some years ago.) It wasn't long before I copy-n-pasted the contents of the email into a web page and posted it online. The rest is history.





Posted by Rad at April 8, 2007 10:23 AM

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