I, a Linux User, upgraded my ‘Windows’!

Sun room with new windows
My sun room with brand new windows.
Every time I look out a window, there’s a new window!  The big news this week was upgrading our windows.  But Jim, you’re a Linux user, what do you mean, upgrading your windows?!  I’m talking about the actual physical windows in our house and sun room, not my computer!  We built our sun room eleven years ago and, not knowing anything about windows we put in the “builder-grade” windows the handyman (who is otherwise very skilled and through) recommended from The Home Depot.  They turned out to be absolute crap.  After eleven years, most didn’t open anymore and nearly all were “fogged out” in between the glass.  Our ’70s-vintage house windows have held up much better, but I’ve had to jury-rig the springs back together on a few of them as well.  They were considered “energy-efficient” in their day, but now seemed to leak cold air around the corners of the sash on cold Winter days.  They were all dark brown in color and dark brown is now very hard and expensive to get in the better-quality vinyl windows.  Therefore, I decided to just replace all the windows in both the sun room and the house so they all match.  After talking to a big-box store and interviewing two independent contractors, I went with one of the contractors – America’s Choice Windows.  I researched them on the web and did not find any problems with the company.  Brian Walker, their sales rep from Dallas came out to my house and brought sample windows for me to examine. It took less than three weeks (promised within four weeks kept) between first contact and completed job!  They answered all my questions and offered the best windows for the lowest price, were prompt, showed up when they said they would, and did a thorough job installing all twenty-one of our new windows in a single day with a two-man crew.  You will, however, want to be sure and check the opening and closing of both the top and bottom sashes on each window, open at least the bottom sash out as if cleaning, inspect the fit of the screens and check all the caulk work before they leave (with your money).  They did do a good, conscientious job, but they still had to adjust several of them to get them working just right.  All of the old windows and debris was hauled away.  They are all vinyl “double-hung” windows made here in the U.S.A. by Vista Window Company.  So far, I’m very happy with all the new windows!  We just had our first cold weather this weekend and they do seem much tighter, with no cold air leaking through.  They all open and close very easily now, and if I ever have any trouble with any of them, they are guaranteed for fifty years (longer than I’m likely to last)!
The End of Windows?  predicts Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff.
by Chris Kanaracus, Computerworld – UK, Oct. 12, 2012.  me:Really?
Regular Expressions in Linux Explained with Examples.
by Surendra Anne, The Linux Juggernaut, Jul. 1, 2011.
Still Thinking About Voting for Obama?
by Kyle Becker, IJReview, Oct. 25, 2012.  me:You must watch!
GOP sees food fight as kids trash USDA fruit, vegetable guidelines.
by Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill, Oct. 19, 2012.
me:Once again, another example of Liberalism run amok.  According to our Constitution, the Federal Government has NO BUSINESS feeding our children.  That is the parents’ responsibility.  If these kids are truly “hungry”, they wouldn’t be throwing good food away anyway!  Schools do not exist to feed children, they exist to educate them.  Yet another reason why the government schools should be privatized, or at least go back to being totally locally-funded and controlled!

The First Freedom
by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.,
American Spectator.org, Oct. 18, 2012.  
me:Right On!

Quote of the day  “WHY does it matter to anyone how much someone ELSE earns?  The economy is not a zero-sum game.  How much a CEO makes or anyone else for that matter (should) have no bearing on what you make.  In a free society, the rules are supposed to be applied fairly to everyone and each person makes what the market deems their contribution to be worth.  There’s no such thing as a “fair share” of taxes either.  Taxes should be applied fairly across the board and only be imposed to provide the necessary functions of government (whose only chartered purpose, at least here in the States, is to “provide for the common defense, PROMOTE the general welfare and SECURE the blessings of LIBERTY to ourselves and our posterity).  The market is almost ALWAYS better than any government policy wonk at determining what people should make.” – me, in response to:
‘Surge’ in Top Incomes Demands A Response“, by Miles Corak, The Globe and Mail, Oct. 18 2012.
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