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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)
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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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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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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.

ah-rooooo!

Oct. 31st, 2010 08:57 am
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The first time I heard the howling at 3:30 a.m. I thought it might be a carload of late night revelers noisily coursing  home. When I heard it the next night I realized it was coyotes singing across the woods and fields. In two words: shivery and exciting.

This morning I heard them start up again, around 4:15 a.m., and it was chillingly delightful. One would start with a bark-bark-bark howl, and suddenly the air was adrift with assorted answering calls from random sources, and the joyful music of being alive and wild regardless of encroaching developments. It was over as quickly as it began; eerie silence followed with only the rustle of leaves in the early morning breeze.

The oddest part is that my dogs never reacted to this, not even to lift their heads and sniff the air. I felt I was the lone attestant to this magnificent celebration.



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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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Posting a couple of days late. So starts a new year. Thank you to those who recalled the day.
I got some grilling items, a wonderful cake, and a surprise gift of the Disney Sword in the Stone DVD.

Here's to 34 more!


edit add- another old favorite, on topic.


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This little bloom was out at the end of our driveway this afternoon. I haven't seen a lot of these in the past few years and was surprised by its appearance. Lady slippers are a protected species here (or were), and according to at least one irate botanist are being decimated by the deer. That explains a lot considering how many deer pass through here (small herd, nightly, about 4-6 members). *chomp*



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I hate Daylight Savings Time. I got up an hour later than usual (by the clock) and then lost track of time when preparing my breakfast. I thought the clocks here had all been reset, but when I sat down with my coffee and bagel to watch some Yogi Bear, it turns out the Flintstones was on instead. The little clock on top of the television said it was just after 5:00 a.m., but the cable box said different;  I finished some dusty old Western on Fox, instead.

I have to go in to work for a couple of hours to round out the week.  My Wii Bairn will join me as he wants to go to GameStop and pick up some new DS game or another (one of the new or re-re-released Pokemons). I can recall when the only stores open on a Sunday were the '7-11' and 'Cumberland Farm' stores. *rant rant* back when "Sunday Driver" had meaning ;o)

Ah, well, sooner started, sooner done- gotta get hopping (so I can get to work and make another pot of coffee).



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One of my co-workers, I'll call her Mildred,  has a perpetually negative outlook.  Her name is not Mildred, but for privacy concerns I'll not call her by her real name. My dad, from the same generation that this cranky, cantankerous, and crotchety 'older' woman is, would have called her a "Hapless Btfsplk" after Al Capp's, er, "Sad Sack " type character.  I'd be tempted to say "Eeyore," but Disney has portrayed him as a sweet thing and this lady is anything but sweet. I stray.

I'm no Pollyanna, but I do like to see the good side of situations over the bad.  With Mildred, if it's sunny outside, then it's too cold and sunny. If you mention that we have new movies to process, her comment would be that we have too many already. Come in without a coat and she'll tell the person nearest her how foolish that is. Comment, comment, comment....  if nothing else is on her mind when she arrives she'll go on at length over there being no parking nearby, too much traffic, or any number of other observations concerning her lousy commute.

The point is that it's nice to work with someone with such an unpleasant outlook because it give you pause to reflect on your own outlook. I used to think that clever little comments and a wry humor were pretty cool. As I age I find myself paraphrasing George Sanders in The Picture of Dorian Gray , that a witty young man becomes a cynical old man.

Thanks Mildred, for helping me refocus!


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