I got lazy for several months and ended up relying on my Vista-based PC for all my computing. But I decided to clear some clutter away and revive my number two PC, an old desktop now running ubuntu. It could use a new monitor to be truly effective for photo editing but for everything else, oh yeah, the sound card is dead, so internet radio is out of the question, but for the basics like word processing or reading the newspapers online it works pretty well.
I was thinking about me and newspapers recently. I was trying to remember the last time I bought a newspaper. Not more than four times in the last year. Yet I read parts of the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail eveyday online. I was thrilled when the Globe made itself freely available online again in the past year. I am a fan of Stepehn Brunt of the Globe Sports section. I also read part of the New York Times, LA Times, and Washington Post. Years ago when I first started reading newspapers online I went to the Times of London, especially to their obituaries. But for some reason I stopped reading them. Back in the day when I used to buy a daily newspaper, it was either the Star or Globe and on weekends I would often go to the bookstore in my neighbourhood and pick up an airmail copy of the Sunday New York Times and devour the whole thing. Partly for the intellecutal work out as well as the physical training of hefting the massive thing. Some years back I spent two months in Houston, Texas, and never quite got accustomed to being able to buy the Sunday copy of the paper on Saturday afternoon but that was the way they did it down there. That made for some interesting time in the writing and reading of the verbs in the stories: just when was “today” and “yesterday”. I like online newspaper reading but I still feel sometimes like I am missing out on the browsing possibilities of the old way of turning actual pages. I suspect that I spend less time reading the news and that over all I read less than I used to when I would plough through an entire newspaper. Nowadasy the only time I read a newspaper in its paper form is at my local fast food restaurant where free complimentary copies are availale. I pick my fast food joint for my cheeseburger and fries based on taste, which newspaper is freely offered and whether iit has self serrve soft drinks so I can refill my soft drink cup on a hot day to keep my fluid level up while I lsowly browse the paper pages of “my” newspaper.