WTF does that mean? How can an icon, a visual representation of something like a file or program, be “unused” if it is sitting there … looking like something? As I sit here writing and grading papers and stalking people on The Facebook and working on a graphic for an upcoming blog post on squid on my Linux box while it updates several applications, installs essential security patches, and downloads a new kernel, all without incident or difficulty, my stupid and annoying windows machine, which has one job … charging my iPod and updating it’s library off in one wing of the Blog Cave … is telling me that there are unused icons on my desktop. There are no unused icons on my desktop. They are all siting there being used. Representing something.
In class the other night as I noticed some student having trouble getting their windows laptop to boot (to play a game, I assume …. a colleague observing my class the other day noted that half the student with laptops were not exactly taking notes) I thanked my lucky stars that I could have four different presentations running at once, an instance of Google Earth, and a couple of browser windows with the latest Archaeology News and stuff all up and running with no fear that my computer was going to ruin everything by doing something like this…..
And welcome back Linux in Exile from your apparent hiatus in blogging! I was beginning to think that the goons from Microsoft came to take you away!