Saturday Night Is Alright…

…for not blogging.

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The Internet Can Wait

Brian the Red: I was just thinking, Web Surfer.

Web Surfer: What?

Brian the Red: We got a great life ahead, you and me, and nobody’s going to take that away from us.

Web Surfer: Why are you looking at me like that?

Brian the Red: I’m memorizing your IP Address. I want to memorize everything about you so no matter what happens, I won’t forget you.

Web Surfer: What’s going to happen?

Brian the Red: Nothing’s going to happen. You’d never forget me either, would you? That thing you said you saw in me. Something in my eyes, remember? If some day somebody came up to you, maybe a football player, and he acted like he’d seen you before, you’d notice that same thing, right? You’d give him a chance? He might be a good guy. He could even be a quarterback.

Web Surfer: I don’t understand.

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Windows Vista

The latest beta of Microsoft’s next operating system, Vista, is available for previewing from here – Windows Vista: Customer Preview Program.

You have two options, order a DVD ($6 for the disc + $4 for shipping) or you can download the DVD iso. I was going to just buy the DVD, six bucks didn’t seem too bad, but the shipping put it over a threshold that I didn’t want to cross. I tried downloading it at work, but I could never connect to the download site. Downloaded it from home, 3-1/4 Gig in about 2 hours. Trouble is I don’t have a DVD burner at home, They do have a portable at which which I borrowed tonight. Burned a disc for me and another for the DVD burner lender. Seeing as the laptop really has nothing on it but XP and some programs I decided to install it on there.

Started the install and went out for dinner. When we got back all that I needed to do was set the usual language and time zone stuff and Vista was up. Runs pretty slow, but that is because they recommend the minimum system RAM be 512M with 1G being better and the $500 laptop only has 256M (shared). It found the wireless router fine and connected to the net no problem. IE7 has tabs on the browser, what a concept. I’ve got to get it connected to the desktop for file sharing yet….

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Damn the Consequences

In my usual cavalier manner I just went ahead loaded up Windows Vista Beta 2 on this here laptop last night.

It wasn’t until afterwards, when I realized the laptop was running real slow, that I checked to see if my machine was up to the minimum requirements for the software. It wasn’t.

It wasn’t until I decided to unload Vista that I realized that I didn’t get any restore discs with the laptop. I went to Dell.com’s support site and discovered that the recovery software was built in to the computer. Reboot, hit the Ctrl + F11 keys and I get nothing. I guess that is what I get for doing a clean install, must have overwritten that partition…oops.

Back to the support area. I tried the live chat to see what I had to do to get some restore discs. According to the CSR, because I was out of warranty I was not entitled to the discs. When I went home at lunch there was a message on the answering machine that said they were mistaken I could in fact get a restore disc, just call them. Only they didn’t leave a number.

Live chat #2 and this time they thought I should get the disc(s) right off. Ten minutes later I was told to expect my restore stuff in 2-3 business days.

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Monday

What do you want? I’m just glad it’s over.

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They Know Me Too Well

They Know Me To WellThis morning when I walked down the main aisle to the mail room to see what exciting things might be in my slot, I spotted a dead palmetto bug, AKA: Big Ol’ Roach, right there on the carpet.

This is not a totally surprising sight, but what usually happens with this sort of incident is that tens of people will walk by the carcass several times a day and not do anything about it. They are always careful not to step on the roach, but will be sure they are looking the other way when passing so as to not be saddled with the responsibility of having to dispose of the body. Sometimes even the “cleaning lady” will waltz pass on her rounds emptying trash cans and not do anything either.

I figured that if this poor bug was going to be lying around all day it deserved a proper bit of roadside memorial, so I took some white strips of Velcro and a push pin and constructed a cross for it.

Within the first half hour of the day I had no less than 4 people ask me if I did that…

Bye-Bye Vista

Kicked over an envelope that FedEx tucked between the screen door and the front door on my way out to get the newspaper this morning.

Tonight I reinstalled WindowsXP back on the laptop. I’m downloading and installing the 47 “critical” updates that Microsoft has issued since Service Pack 2.

Next I’ll be downloading trial versions of various Mahjong games in search of a nice replacement for the game that came with the Vista Beta.

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Back On The Digital Cable Bandwagon Again

It is coming up on July and that means it is time for a month of digital cable for the Bogardus household. July 1st is the first stage of the Tour de France and it is only available on OLN which is only on G Force digital. With the digital upgrade we get both the Encore and Starz movie channels for free and last year I got in trouble because TDPM was running about every other night and I spent way too much time in front of the TV.

This year there are a whole bunch of new channels on the digital spectrum. Just about anywhere else in the country the Horse Channel would be a freebie, but here in horse crazy Aiken you’ve got to pay extra for it. One new one that does look interesting is B-Mania, tomorrow in their Premiere Theater at 8:00AM is Life on Mars . 🙂

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Now We’re Even

A few weeks back Donna sent me out for a small Wendy’s Frosty. They cost 99 cents and with our local 6% sales tax my total was a buck five. I went through the drive up and I didn’t have the nickel, so I gave the cashier a dollar bill and a quarter. She handed me my Frosty and then gave me my 15 cents change. Buy the time I realized I had been cheated out of a nickel, it wasn’t worth going back inside to get it.

Tonight she wanted another Frosty. Back to the drive up I go. Cost was the same as before, $1.05, so I gave the cashier a dollar and then rummaged around in the center console looking for the 5 cents. After watching me struggle for a bit, she finally said, “I’ve a got a nickel, just go ahead.”

Now we’re even.

Weather Watching

I was in the living room on the laptop and Donna was in the back bedroom on the desktop went the first big thunder sounded. She shut off the desktop and said I think I’ll come in with you because there is a line of yellow, orange and red coming this way on radar.

When I shut off the laptop she suggested we go outside and watch the storm roll through. A quick side trip to the kitchen to toss a few strawberries and cool whip into some small bowls and we retired to the screen porch overlooking our backyard.

Ahh, summer in the south, fresh strawberries and nature’s light show…

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I Spanked The Monkey

Your Final Quiz Score: 35 right out of a possible 60
The Monkey’s Final Score: 15 right out of 60

You asserted your intellectual superiority brilliantly! The monkey is now left contemplating his own inferiority. Where others have failed to claim the mantel of unequivocal dominance over lesser species, you have truly succeeded! Congratulations on besting the ape and reaffirming the capabilities of the human mind. You have done mankind proud.

You scored in the 84th percentile.
(84% of quiz takers scored worse than you)

Geography
Your score: 10
Monkey’s score: 4
— Quite a sufficient job.
History
Your score: 8
Monkey’s score: 6
— You might have done better.
Science/Technology
Your score: 9
Monkey’s score: 2
— Well done.
Random Trivia
Your score: 8
Monkey’s score: 3
— Good but not great.

Link: Take the Quiz at MonkeyQuiz.com

All About Adam

Every couple of years I get a college student as a summer helper. It is both good and bad. The good is that as a self taught AutoCAD user they usually teach me some stuff I didn’t know about the program and the bad is that they are kids which means they can’t sit still. This year it is Adam Kitchings who is the son of Tim our Plant Engineer and Controller of the Air Conditioning.

Adam, like all those hip kids these days, has a page on MySpace.com. I was going to leave a comment on his page, but I couldn’t because I’m not a MySpace member. I figured what the heck I join up too. I feel like such a novice though, I can’t even figure out how to change my background over there. Brian’s MySpace & Adam’s MySpace.

Here, for your further entertainment, is Adam’s Top Ten Peeves:
#10 – Microsoft (would be higher if not for the X-box & Halo)
#9 – Illegal Aliens expecting all the same rights as citizens
#8 – The world’s right-handed bias
#7 – Sugar free energy drinks
#6 – Qwiky Mart customers who buy a half dozen Twinkies & a Diet Coke
#5 – People who drive 95 MPH in the 55 MPH zone
#4 – People who drive 45 MPH in the 55 MPH zone
#3 – Snapping Turtles
#2 – Gar
and Adam’s #1 Pet Peeve
Jet Skis

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