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February 23, 2006



There is a simpler way. It's a Mac. :-DSeriously, sorry to hear about your frustration. Computers should assist and enable your creativity, not get in its way.

Alex Epstein

You're on a PC. Aren't you.


It's called cable internet.

Devon DeLapp

Macs are the friendlier path. You would lose your Tetris scores, though.It's a tough call, I know.


yes, that guy is probably bittorrenting high quality divx versions of stuff you wrote. ah, the world.

Ken Levine

I do have Macs and I am now on cable. Instead of four hours to install the cable broad band it would have taken eight if I had a PC.


Macs are for people who like to pay more money to not have the option of upgrading. And they are no simpler to configure for cable internet. Everyone has the same settings they have to specify.Here's the real problem with computers. They are inherrently complicated and they follow the same rule as everything else on the planet. 90% of evertything is pretty half assed and shitty. If it makes you feel better at least you can't see why nothing works right. Looking at other peoples code makes my eyes bleed. And I work somewhere they make computers that fly planes!


In my experience, people who have trouble using computers are usually afraid of them. The trick is to simply click on every button until it works -- that's what the so-called experts do too. ;)


Hey, there's nothing wrong with thinning hair in your twenties!Or carrying around a picture of Natalie Portman.


We can say: "Get a different computer guy, this is an easy process and shouldn't take four hours."

albert braun

Jesus, even the tech support people don’t know what they’re doing. i feel your pain. i've encountered plenty of tech support people who don't know what they're doing. and if you happen to stumble across one with both knowledge and compassion, you'll never be able reach them again. to make matters worse, the ISP organization is usually even more confused and dysfunctional than its tech support people. (perhaps causality is at work here.) inexplicably, the tendency to spread tech support staff around the globe in the last five years hasn't reduced the chaos. i just can't figure it out.

Ken Levine

For the record, I love my Mac. What little I do know how to do with it works great.


Ken...You just KNOW I was having a great time scrolling through the early "Get a Mac" comments before you let 'em off the hook!Anyone who criticizes Windows or Macs right out of the starting gate is obviously not working with both. I am. They're both insane in their own special way.My sole defining argument: I can't build a Mac from scratch. That's about it.


By the way, if any of you Mac fans can recommend a decent Usenet newsgroup reader/decoder, PLEASE do. Windows has Xnews. Macs need a equivalent.Go!


Ken, I've used Protools on a Mac since 1989. Switched to Windows XP two years ago. The PC wins hands down.Lose the Mac…. besides there are many more PC savvy people in the world in which to help you.Bill Nesbitt


Ken -great post as always. as a procrastinator, ahem, writer, i have played my share of tetris (i even bought a gameboy for the sole reason of playing tetris while in line (the wait for concert tickets and at the post office is now almost fun. almost). so, what's your highest score? i hate to reveal my highest score - it's pathetic either way: i'm either way too into tetris with a ridiculous high score, or it'll turn out that my highest score isn't all that high. so, let's just say my highest score, starting from level 0, is around 600,000.oh, and good luck with your computer issues. just remember that no matter what, they have you by the cajones, sorry to say.-- saschasascha_deseing@yahoo.com


You have a genuine computer guy. Take it from a fake who has spent ten-plus years in the business of giving people the business: every genuine computer guy the world over has a lazy eye. It's their masonic handshake, the genetic quirk of the strange town they're from. Be grateful, and look away.

Paul Duca

Ken...this is serdendipitous. I just got my Mac back from having it upgraded to OS 10 with Mozilla (and Firefox as a backup). Your words are no longer squished to one side of my screen. And like you, sometimes I think technological things move just a little faster than one can comprehend. I stood there at the Apple Store, looking amazed at an iPod with 60 GB of memory. My Mac's 20GB hard drive is roughly slightly smaller than a VHS tape. This thing, just half an inch thick and only a little larger than a credit card, can hold triple that. Still...I can't quite see the point in being able to watch an episode of THE OFFICE (American) on a postage-stamp screen, or to have a personal soundtrack while snowboarding, to turn reality into a Warren Miller movie.Note to Howard Hoffman: I was using Microsoft Outlook Express for Usenet, but a couple of weeks ago I got an "end of file" message--and it wasn't deleting older posts, even though I thought I set it up that way. That is something I expect to have help with at the Procare session on Sunday, to show me all the new wonders I now have. I asked, and they said if I want, I can watch THE OFFICE on my computer even without an iPod--but I'm more likely to get DRAGNET 1967.

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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