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Someone erased my drawing yesterday from the whiteboard (understandable) so of course I had to redo it today :D Pictures are here, three of the new one, the last being the final product. The first pic looked just fine, except every time I went by it I thought about how his right antler looked. *tweak tweak* Then it and other things needed more alterations *tweak tweak* Finally I decided enough was too much and walked away (begrudgingly... you know that stupid song: Know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em, know when to walk away?).

I should mention this all started with the 'professionally done' logo looking a lot like a PBS logo for Odd Squad. l showed what I thought was the TV one to the Children's Librarian but I think what I saw was another person's mash up (damn Pinterest). Anyway, Odd Squad uses this logo


Official PBS drawing/logo

and our Librarian wasn't familiar with the show. *sigh* it's been a week of jackalopes, but I don't think I'll re-draw tomorrow.

And this isn't what I do at work all morning, either ;o) I've been doing backups of and updates on various computers this week to assure we can survive a hack-attack like WannaCrypt. Microsoft has some info here, and I used it to update our remaining XP machine. Our Vista wouldn't update but I have copies copies copies of it around.

Now it's off to watch Them! on TCM :D



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Snow tomorrow! Every town in Rhode Island has a parking ban in effect ahead of the expected 3-6" expected accumulation. A couple of private schools have posted closings but no public ones as of yet.

Vacation next week :o) The burner tech will be here at the house cleaning the furnace Monday so I decided I deserved the whole week off from work. No plans other than little stuff around the house and yard. I have a stack of Nicholas Oldland illustrated books to go though as well as a couple of random picks that came across the desk. I might also watch the Blu-ray of Summer Wars that I picked up.

A visit from the DEM- I had to call the Environmental Management folks to dispatch an extremely disoriented raccoon on my property that was struggling to stand and walk. It kept falling over and flopping about; it was so very sad to have to do this. I figured it had rabies and I was in fear of other critters having contact with it. After the officer shot it and brought it out to his truck we looked it over and it really didn't look to be unkempt or sickly. I hope it hadn't been poisoned by a neighbor. I even worried that my rusty old truck which it was near might be leaking antifreeze and that the poor thing got into that, but I looked today and there is no evidence of any of that under the engine.

A gift from the Wolfling on Monday, just because-



I haven't written that he has moved out of the house and into rented duplex with four friends. It has been hard to get my head around this as we would still watch shows a few times a week (nice that one's 20 year old still had time for dad) and of course talk about furry stuff and whatnot. Not quite empty nest but this leaves a major hole in my heart nonetheless. I think of all the things we did over the years and like the subtle line in Storks "...blink of an eye." I'll lament over this in a post sometime when I'm feeling more sorry for myself.

I wrote about (fawned over) this bear in my other journal-



I've since asked Gund if they could clarify the size of this guy, whether he is measured seated or standing. I did this on both their website and in their Twitter feed. My only observation here: Don't offer customer service online if you can't follow through. In other words, they never got back to me.

I have loaded a trial version of Faronics Deep Freeze onto my home computer. We use this program at work and I wanted to see how it managed here at the house. I was contacted by Faronics shortly after asking if I liked it and if I had questions. Did I mention my feelings about online customer service ;o) Right, no feedback to my feedback... I like the program except that it lacks the controls the full blown Enterprise version gives you (the difference is about $600 more for that version, of course). Still, I may spring the $45 for this one depending on licensing expiry and whatnot.

Not much else. One of the work computers had a scareware Zeus Trojan alert when I got there this morning. I think the patron was afraid to turn the machine off (the scareware said not to, of course) and there was this blinky "call our toll free number immediately" notice going on. I rebooted and just for safety did a scan. The reboot cleared the garbage out because that's what Deep Freeze does.

A thought for the day



Yes, I sent this to my Wolfling, because yes, he smokes :o)
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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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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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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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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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An interesting footnote to my last post: while replacing the memory boards I noticed that the motherboard has one of those 'leaking capacitors' that have plagued Dell for years. My pc is a cast-off, so I have no specific rights in this, and I guess it's a matter of time before it goes flukey and deep-sixes.  I saw at work last week during an in-the-box maintenance run that our older Dells there all have the same creeping disease. Pity. I like to run machines into the ground, but these are dying prematurely.


(Or watch this here)

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or beep- beep beep beep- beep beep

A lesson in what not to do when wearing the wrong glasses. I grabbed a 512 MB DDR chip from my GX260 and put it alongside a 256 chip in my GX270. Seemed reasonable at the time, considering...  The last time I had a pc beep this much was at work where the unit in question was from storage and things had loosened up on the motherboard from rough treatment. At least the beeping pattern alerts you that not only is something awry, but because it is a pattern it is telling what is wrong*.

End result is that everything is back as it was and running normally now. It's running a little better even, as I went in and changed some System settings instead. Next time I'll do some research on what I'm installing, and read what is actually printed  on what I am installing, and not make stupid assumptions.

*Someone told me years ago that it was possible to get a diagnostic code from clicking your ignition on and off in your car a certain number of times and writing down the alternator light flash pattern. This peaked my interest enough to borrow a repair manual and try this on my 1988 Plymouth. Very cool. At least the pc doesn't need you to prompt it for the diagnostic.
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I know I've worked too many hours on the computers at the library this week when I suddenly realize that the reason I can't log on to my account here is because I'm automatically entering our server password...
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Beautiful weather today, highs in the upper 50's. Not as warm as yesterday but comfy nonetheless. Got to get outside with the dogs and play quite a few times, though I admit to spending a lot of the day sitting by the open front windows, reading.

My book I had ordered, Frost Dancers: A Story of Hares, by Garry Kilworth, arrived yesterday in the mail, and this morning I took it to work with me and gave it a nice poly-film jacket for its dust cover. I read 150 pages today, and will post more when done, particularly a 'thank you' to [livejournal.com profile] avon_deer . It's kept me offline, which is a good thing, and I'm going to feel quite empty when through reading it...

I bought a 500gb portable hard drive for work and partitioned it as one FAT32 and two NTFS drives last night at home. I brought it in today and, after doing that maintenance thing I do on Sundays, transferred some pc ghosts into the FAT32 portion. Had I not ran out of time I would have made the main drive bootable as well along with a bunch of other stuff that needs attention. Out of time? I went in for 6:00 a.m. so I could be home for my son's return to UNH this morning.

And now I'm out of time once more.

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I downloaded drivers from Iomega to install my Reveal Parallel Zip drive onto the XP computer. Not a whole lot of speed here ;o) However, I'm able to eliminate the interim step of taking files from my elder pc, the p1, and running them through the p4 which has an internal zip drive, and onto the usb flash drive to get them on my current machine. Now I can just hook up the zip drive here and I'm good to go.

...should have bought that $10 'still in cellophane wrap' zip drive from Sal's last Summer!

I've grabbed some old stuff and am patiently transferring it to my portable hard drive from the zip disks. Included is my 'better' Paint Shop Pro program with the animator app, and hopefully the code to install it properly.



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