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One of the most common complaints by new users of the library computers is that their home pcs are 'broken.' This is more frequent than we more savvy users might be aware of.  I say savvy but I could also say 'fortunate' or 'lucky.' It astounds me how many people click bad links and fu@k up their home computers. It amazes me more that there are so f''ing many bad links out here. The malware people have gotten very sophisticated, and it's scary.

I've opened infected email, and luckily I had antivirus software that jumped all over it before anything seeped out. For the most part I can generally spot junk prior to clicking, but there are those mouse over nasties and redirects that sneak in regardless. And then there's that CryptoWare running around the net extorting users to retrieve pictures and files.

I've been backing up my system more frequently and keeping programs patched and updated, but I don't feel as secure as I could. I'm considering buying Faronics Deep Freeze for home (we use it at work, and it is one of the best tools in my kit. And it has that cute bear!).

I spent approximately five hours this week trying to clean up my sister's pc. Spybot, MSE, System Restore, and good old fashioned sleuthing still didn't pull everything out that I would have wanted to eliminate, but it runs faster and cleaner than before. After the first round of cleaning she made the error of clicking a damned java look-alike link and flooded the system with redirect programs and the like. I got to the point of googling every unknown file in the processes and tossing out what files would allow me to dump them. Nasty, invasive stuff.

But I got a nice gift out of it for my helping (aside from some gas money): a Wilton Cake Decorating kit! I also got a bunch of cookies and candies she didn't want as she is on a diet.

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 Well, no, not really... I have a new browser app (AdBlockWeb) that eliminates advertising, but double posts my replies, and probably entries. I try to catch these duplicates and eliminate them, but I found one this morning that 'got away.' 

This browser is strictly for journals/forums: I can imagine my financial woes if I used it for shopping or paying bills! But then, I'd have twice the plush arriving ;o)


Feb. 8th, 2013 10:37 pm
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 The wind is rushing through the trees, sounding like a freight train. We've a foot or more of snow on the ground, and it just keeps falling. The power has blinked several times so I've run the heat up to an unprecedented 68°F so that in case we lose electricity the house may stay somewhat warm until it is restored. Nemo is, as predicted, a massive storm. Locals compare this to the  "Blizzard of 1978:" I prefer to remember our 1968 blizzard instead as it sounded just like this one does!

In 1968 I had a poetry assignment where we had to assemble anthologies of favorite poets' works. Among my choices was Emerson's The Snow-Storm. It's a pretty piece, and it's where I first encountered the word maugre. I never use the word, but I remember Emerson's farmer on those rare occasions I see it in print. I wish I still had that folder I submitted: I drew a nice picture to go with the poem. 

Maybe I can post some snow pics tomorrow, and catch up on reading friends' journals. That will be after we shovel out the anticipated 24" of snow.
moonhare: (thumper)
"Look at me *narf*.... I'm a cee-ment deer!"

Animaniacs has returned to TV, on HUB of all places: this is from "Jockey for Position," the episode where Pinky falls in love with Pharfignewton <3

It took me forever to find the episode on YouTube, but my search was all wrong- I was looking for Pinky and the Brain instead of concentrating on Animaniacs. One site listed this as Season 1, episode 117, but the episode turned up as  #27.

moonhare: (carrots)
I almost ran down a rabbit today on my way into work. I had been thinking about rabbit prints in the snow, seen in a dream last night, and deer beyond the fence, also seen in dreams, and Poof! A rabbit races across the road so close to me that if I hadn't braked hard he'd have been caught under my back wheels.

I've had a lot of dark dreams of late: seeing this lovely bunny (he was magnificent, a perfectly profiled fellow running across the road) was a "get your mind off such things" moment.

LJ access

Jan. 2nd, 2013 04:11 pm
moonhare: (carrots)
 Or not.

I haven't been able to access LiveJournal properly for a few days due to timing out, 'varnish errors,' and general bogging down. This has clinched, or cinched, my decision not to renew my paid account there: I couldn't renew if I wanted to because nothing will load!

I should have pulled up stakes long ago, but that I had more people in my friends list there. I'm going back to trying to maintain both sites, but with more emphasis on DreamWidth. If ever I can get back on LJ I'll try to sort this all out.


Jan. 30th, 2012 09:47 am
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Well, that's a first. I was spammed on dreamwidth with a slimy money offer...

[personal profile] marimich sent you a message on Dreamwidth.

The message is: From: Miss Rita Benson
From: Miss Rita Benson.
Abidjan. Cote D'Ivoire West Africa


Dear One,
My warmest greeting to you and Happy New year 2012.

I am Miss Rita Benson, I inheritances an important sum from my late father who died in recent crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. I wish to request for your assistance in investing this sum in lucrative venture or manufacturing and real estate management in your country. I have Six million, Five hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD($6,500,000) to invest in this transaction and I will require your assistance in receiving the fund in your account in your country. I will gladly give you resonable percent from the total sum for your assistance.

I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask these few questions:
1. Can you honestly help me from your heart?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your account?

Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible, always reply me through my private e-mail for more details :

It appears metermaid rita has already been tossed.

...the nerve ;o)
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Franz Marc has got to be one of my favorite furry artists, and I was delighted to find out tonight that he's the subject of a new book by Eric Carle. The book is due out October 4th, and I'll have my copy from Amazon  the same day :o) (bunny hugs to[ profile] lapinetimes, xposted from DW)

Pole Topper

May. 8th, 2011 07:29 pm
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Had a turkey vulture in the yard today, sitting atop our phone pole out front. A family in my State was forced to leave their home due to an infestation of these foul-smelling carrion birds. Needless to say, I made sure I spooked it after taking its photo.

Click the pic to see a full format version. It's watching me!

Yard Fox

May. 6th, 2011 08:20 pm
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Dogs went wild during my watching the MST3K 'Killer Shrew' episode, and I thought the rabbit had returned out front. It turned out to be the local fox, foraging for the chicken bones I sort of left out in the area the fox is known to forage in...

I ran for the camera, putting the dogs out in the fenced back yard on the way, and managed to get some recognizable images of the critter.

Click the pic to go to the set-

I love having these visitors. I only ever saw one fox when I was growing up here, and that was away in a field across from us when I was about fourteen.

Perfect Day (A must listen to song)

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Yep, that's my wonderful day summed up: I used my new (well, factory refurbished)  electric chainsaw to take out four of our eight mammothly overgrown foundation planted yews today. I have to say that the saw performed admirably, and that along with a set of clippers I was able to reduce these monsters to stumps in just a couple of hours. That time includes dragging their lifeless limbs to the side of my driveway and over a small embankment, as well as doing battle with an overgrown wild rose bush.

On a fun note I found a Pepsi® can under the bushes with an expiration date of October 1997, as well as a mess of other items that had been carried off by rodents raiding the recycle bins for years.

On a bad note I discovered that the previously hidden corner of my home has rotted from a bad downspout and will need some major work replacing sheathing, studding, some sills, and shingles.

Tomorrow I'll tackle the other four bushes, providing my back hasn't spasmed or anything else started complaining. Then comes the clean up, the raking and tidying the area the bushes have been hiding for 20 some odd years.

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Did a quick shop on Amazon and then decided to hit lj.... all I wanted to do was check my friends' pages to see what was new! Stupid DDoS BS.

ah, there it goes. *meh*
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Livejournal seems to be down for the count, again. Either this is unplanned manintenance or the never ending DDoS attack. Either way, it's good to post to DreamWidth even if I can't just upload my pics to my account like I can in LJ. *meh*  Who needs pics?

I stopped posting here when things got bad at home, when my time online disappeared and responsibilities dictated other priorities. I've settled into a routine now and have a bit more time to muse and to explore the aether again. Cross-posting was becoming a chore, as well, not so much from this account as from [personal profile] bunny_plush .  I realize now that filters would have been a better option than a different account name, but I'm still unsure if those would cross-post efficiently (not that I'd ever post anything... compromising?)

There are other things, too, like right now I've lost my flashing cursor, leading me to wonder exactly where my typing will start... this happens frequently in DreamWidth, and I haven't determined why. Oooh, it's back.

Anyway, many of my LJ friends have DreamWidth accounts so I can maintain contact across services. I have tens of invite codes, too, which may be more desirable now that LJ is under constant bombardment.

LJ maint

Dec. 3rd, 2010 10:51 pm
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*yawn* I would cross-post to lj but it's down for the count. One hour scheduled maintenance is dragging on toward two and I'm done in.  I'll send these over tomorrow, from work (where we don't have a copy of "The Doors of Perception" so I'm ordering it from another branch).
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I went in to work today, Thanksgiving Day, to do a couple of personal things and to check on our computers. We get our MS updates Wednesday night, and for the past two Thursdays I've had computer failures following the process. I joked with my kids that we should find at least two dead pc's today as well, and sure enough, we did: another display error and another initialization file error. I first thought these failures were related to bad capacitors, but now I just don't know. I ghosted over the last two without changing out the boxes, and those didn't fail again.

I'd have ghosted over these machines and put them back on the domain except that it is a holiday and I am on vacation until Monday. I'm looking at an hour and a half, easily, to ghost, reset the names, tweak, and re-secure these two. My OPAC ghost has an error which I haven't fixed yet, so that would take extra tweaking (seems I used an answer file in sysprep which gave the server password we used four years ago). Also, one of the units is the host for a shared printer, so I'd have to reinstall that as well.

I'll be back to work Monday, and unless someone covers the circ desk for me these computers will have to wait until nighttime for me to fix them.  I'm tempted to stop updates for a bit, and may actually do so when I'm out on vacation from December 17th until January 3rd.

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It's been a busy week and I've only barely had time to read journals, much less post replies.

what's up, doc? )
moonhare: (carrots)
We had two computers die at work over the holiday, Thursday. Both were OPAC's (on-line public access catalogues) and both were Dell GX270's running Windows XP. Both of these died suspiciously right after receiving the latest Windows updates, which remains an odd coincidence because my other two OPAC's survived just fine (there is one more similar OPAC that did okay but it's profile has slight differences so I don't include it).

I recently mentioned the Capacitor Plague in one of my posts, and sure enough one of these motherboards looked really nasty*. The hard drive wouldn't initialize completely, even on a different but similar GX270, so whatever happened was enough to zap the files. These are "frozen" drives, meaning that they won't accept changes, except that when updating they are "thawed" and so any glitches during that period will not go away on restart.

The short of it is that I swapped the hard drive with one from a spare computer (one without any bad caps, surprisingly) and then proceeded to ghost it with an image cloned from one of the 'good' OPAC's. The image took, the pc runs fine, so whatever happened didn't compromise the hard drive (not that I can tell with limited testing, at least).

*Pics of that nasty mother(board) can be seen here.

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I was looking at Disney Animation for songs and information on the upcoming Winnie the Pooh movie (2011) and stumbled across the trailer for another movie opening in a week or so: Tangled. I'd watch this one on DVD at least once, if for nothing more than to watch the character Maximus. Click his pic to see another horse trailer...

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Last year I posted that I was waiting for my son's return from harm's way on Remembrance Day. He's home in the US now, out of the Service, and attending college. He's one of the lucky. This year I'm just waiting for all our troops to return safely from wherever they are stationed. May their gods watch over them.

Pup Pup is as spooky as ever as the chill breeze ruffles and shifts the flag hanging off the porch in the grey morning gloom. Hopefully the day will clear and my town's parade will have a large turnout.



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I don't adjust to time changes very well. I thought I'd do fine with the clock going back, gaining an extra hour and all, but I'm tired and snappish nonetheless. My out-of-synch patterns include my LJ/DW reading-posting-responding. Been a bad few weeks for that, actually. My sleep pattern is off; thankfully I have the plush to make the nights pleasant. I'm hoping this evens out by Saturday.

I'm wondering, too, if the lyme ever went away. My doctor called today but left no message other than he wanted to discuss my blood test results from last week. I wasn't able to reach him afterwards.

Today I cooked a bit just to fill the void in my afternoon after catching a nap after work (I get out at 1:00 pm). I made brownies, then I put together a quiche and baked a loaf of cornbread for dinner. Part of this cooking was to warm the house.  It's been overcast and drizzly most of the day and the house never got over 61° F (16° C).

Tomorrow is a day off from work, being Armistice day and all. This one is better than the last five as my son is no longer in the Service (not active duty, at least). My heart goes out to all the veterans, and the current participants, and my thanks for their commitments and attention to duty can hardly be enough compared to what they, perhaps you, deserve.

And now I'm going offline for the evening. I'm taking my cranky self upstairs from this cold basement and will probably watch a show and fall asleep in front of the tube... heh, reminds me of that Elton John song Roy Rogers...

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