Ever since PK was born, I've been pretty much 100% in mommy mode. I'm a geek at heart, and I was hurting for some geekiness. Well, my dry spell has finally come to an end! Last week I ordered myself a little Christmas present, and it arrived 2 days after I ordered it. My geeky toy was an Asus Eee PC. Why do I need yet another laptop, you may ask? This may sound funny, but the answer is portability. My HP laptop is a real clunker, runs Windows XP, and takes forever to boot. My new little Asus Eee PC is teeny, lightweight, and runs Linux. Being the geek that I am, I was not satisfied with the out-of-the-box product. The flavor off Linux that it ran was amateurish at best, and I am no Linux amateur. So, my little side-project was blasting the pre-loaded Linux O/S on the Eee PC, and replacing it with my favorite flavor of Linux, Ubuntu.
Fortunately, I found a great site which had everything I needed to know to Ubuntify the machine, so I was able to load Ubuntu within a day. Of course, since the instructions were written by a fellow computer geek, they did assume a certain amount of knowledge on things such as setting up partitions at install-time, which, although I know what I'm doing, had me scratching me head for about 30 minutes or so.
Although re-O/Sing my new laptop was a pretty simple task which didn't take up too much of my time, it was nice to be back into the swing of geekiness. I sometimes need a reminder that I do have a life outside of being a mom to little PK. I have to admit that while I've been having a blast with her, I found that I was in dire need of a non-mommyhood-related activity. Unfortunately, I was also finding that I lacked the motivation to get off my post-pregnancy ass to get the ball rolling. Hopefully the completion of my little side-project means that I can get out of this slump and start tackling other things outside of the realm of mommy-hood.
Raising A Screen Smart Kid in The New York Times
5 weeks ago