Two quotations

I found these quotations in my copy of OneNote 2003:

“Sometimes a light breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying:
‘You are accepted.
You are accepted, accepted by that which is greater than you, and the name of which you do not know.
Do not ask for the name now; perhaps you will find it later.
Do not try to do anything now; perhaps later you will do much.
Do not seek for anything; do not perform anything; do not intend anything.
Simply accept the fact that you are accepted!'”
— Paul Tillich

“The role of the priest is to lift up and enrich others, who themselves are called to a variety of ministries. So the priest is not a substitute for others, displaying the ministries to which laity are called by baptism, but is to support them, drawing upon the same active spirit of Christ which enriches others in ministry. Priests are to recall other ministries to the marks of the Church, holiness, catholicity and apostolicity, above all through the worship of the church at which the priest presides.”
— Dan Hardy

One note … no notes

I’ve just spent the evening clearing out notes in Microsoft OneNote 2003 (which is a wonderful, wonderful application), most of which were either out-of-date notes for sermons, or church notices, or updates for my Psion website, which I’ve now added to my site.

Part of the reason for clearing out OneNote is that I’m also wanting to clear out my email folders — there are a number of emails that have information that I regard as reference data, and Outlook isn’t a reference application. OneNote is, however. Why does data management take so much time and organisation?

More memory for Mum

I’ve been looking for memory for my Mum’s PC.

My Mum has a PC. A generic PC. Nothing fancy. I bought it from Central Computer Supplies in Birmingham through an advert in Micro Mart. Not literally through the advert, like some kind of mysterious communications portal in the middle of a computer magazine. That would be ludicrous! I telephoned them; of course I did!

I made some notes of her PC spec before I gave her it:

Mum’s PC
AMD Duron 1.1 GHz
SiS 730 motherboard
128 MB RAM
19.1 GB HDD
56k Fax Modem
54x CD-ROM

It’s running dreadfully slowly and is in dire need of a reformat and reinstallation of Windows, and I also thought a memory boost wouldn’t go amiss either. It has Windows 98 Second Edition installed which — as you will all know — gradually develops a kind of OS arthritis … it slows seizes up.

I read in a review that the SiS 730 chipset only supports PC133 SDRAM. But how many pins? 144? 168?

I thought I’d just tell Mum what it needs and let her go into PC World:

Assistant: Hello madam, can I help?

Mum: Can I have half a pound of some Crucial Ballistix DDR 400 RAM with 12 gigaflops of graphic conflagrations and a megawhop of anti-telharsic memory routers.

Assistant: … erm. That doesn’t sound like anything that we …

Mum: I guess it will be 168-pin.

Assistant: … ah, right! 168-pin memory, we have that.

Mum: Will it be easy to hoover?

Assistant: …sorry?!

Mum: Also, could you just confirm for me that it’ll be compatible with my water cooling system? It’s to go in my new gaming rig and I don’t want any problems with the ATX factor or my spandau ballet©.

Assistant: … erm? I think I’ll get the manager.