2012 Is Here

It’s been quite a while since I last posted something in this blog.  It’s 2012 now and it feels good.

A New Year means new things to do.  There are things that I plan to do in the coming months that may involve a lot of hard work.  Things have been boring so I have decided to do something interesting.

I have been able to sell and trade-in some old books of mine.  I’ll use the money for new stuff which I’ll purchase from Amazon.com.

Mozilla’s Thunderbird Version 5.0

Today, I upgraded my Mozilla Thunderbird email client to version 5.0.  To my surprise, it turned out to be faster than the previous 4.x versions.

I was disappointed with the 4.x versions of Thunderbird.  It was slower and the scrolling of the left window was not very responsive.  This changed in the new version 5.0.

I strongly recommend that Thunderbird 4.x users upgrade to version 5.0.  This is the best version yet of a quite reliable email client.

Obsolete Books

Books, especially technical ones, easily get obsolete within a short period of time.  I have several technical books that have recently become obsolete, one of which got obsolete in only three years.  This has made me purchase the new editions of some of these books.

There are times when the new editions have significant changes.  Others don’t have much changes – mostly reorganization and deletion of sections.  I get annoyed when the latter occurs, not realizing it until I have purchased the books.

I usually end up selling or trading in some of these obsolete books on Amazon.com.  The money I get isn’t much but it is better than nothing.  Obsolete books waste space in my shelves.  There are still a number of obsolete books that can no longer be sold and these books are harder to get rid of.

One thing I have stopped doing is to write my name on books I purchase.  That way, when I sell them, they still have better value than books that have markings in them.