I've been quite sick, still working very hard and on top of that I've had computer issues that are still not fully resolved. I've had the computer completely wiped and I am reinstalling software.
During this time I've carried out something I've wanted to do for ages and that is start moving away from using microsoft software as it just isn't reliable enough and as a lot of my computer issues have been caused by said software. I have been using Mozilla firebird for quite a time because of the web standards issue, I have ditched Outlook for email (although I will miss the calendar and task side of things) in favour of Mozilla Thunderbird (they are working on a similar software as Outlook codenamed Lightning). I'm replacing the rest of office with openoffice which is a free software and after a trial I'll decide whether to keep and make a donation. One of the key tests is how compatible it is with office because most people use office and we have a lot of documents we will need to swap over.
The last step will be to eventually swap windows for linux.
Join the movement and we'll start a revolution - stop all unnecessary shopping.
ps - absolutely no training to report on and being without the computer for 2 days was great.