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This Day in My History

2000:  The Melody Lingers On
2001:  Not Ready for Prime Time
2002:  Moving On
2003:  The Gadget Guru
2004:  Still on the Fly
2005:  I've Been At This Too Long
2006 The Song that Started It All

"Annie Get Your Gun"

Books Read in 2007

Updated 5/3:
"Paula Deen"


"Aunt Mel, Part 1"

Aunt Mel, Part 1
click here to download

Flash version here

Mefeedia Video Archive

My Favorite Video Blogs

Desert Nut

(for others, see Links page)

Look at these videos!
The Zimmers
Wizard of Oz--Alternate Ending
Phil Donahue vs. Bill O'Reilly
Drunk Driving Test
Steve Irwin Meets Ross the Intern
Volcanic Eruption 4/2/07
Polar Bear Cub

Family Stories Vlog
(updated 5/3/07)

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Easter 2007


4 May 2007

if a train is traveling at 22mph, and a car is traveling at 89mph, how long will it be until the car catches up with the train if the train left 4 hrs before the car did?

You just know that a question like this is going to put me in the fetal position sucking my thumb.  I've talked about my blind spot where it comes to math before.

Well, that's kind of what discussing the inner workings of a computer does to me too.  A glaze comes over my eyes.  I see programming language (other than HTML programming, of course) and become comatose.

Look...I don't want to do anything complicated.  I want to upload my little pictures and write my little journal and make my silly little videos and write my little e-mails.  All you geeks can muck around with the stuff that makes a computer ... you know .... a computer.  Basically I just want a glorified typewriter.

That said, there is potential hope on the horizon.  My dearest friend Steve, bless his heart, who has the patience of Job, has had two good chats with me about my computer problem.  A lovely woman named Helen signed my guestbook and suggested a system restore, which I had already done, but after talking with Steve the first time, I decided to actually, you know, do something.

First, I ordered an external hard drive so that when the inevitable re-install of XP occurred, I would just start keeping all my files on the external hard drive and I wouldn't have to go through all this hell of trying to decide what had and hadn't been backed up and what I needed and didn't need.

Then, after thinking about Helen's suggestion, I did a second system restore and instead of just setting it back a month, I set it back 3 months.  After I did that, I worked on the computer for several hours last night without any problem whatsoever.  I hardly dared hope that the system restore had actually solved the problem.

Steve called again this morning and told me to dump Norton AntiVirus and to download a program called Avast, which is free for home computers, and to run that, along with the Ad-aware that I was also running.  He also told me to upgrade my Internet Explorer, even though I never use it, because the latest version is better at catching spyware.

I installed the new Internet Explorer.  I downloaded Avast and did a scan of my hard drives.  It took about 3 hours and I was panicking the entire time because I had chosen to delete infected files and after the thing started, I realized I could have opted to repair them and I didn't know if I was screwing up things by deleting important files.

if a train is traveling at 22mph, and a car is traveling at 89mph, how long will it be until the car catches up with the train if the train left 4 hrs before the car did?

For 3 hours, I watched as the computer screen deleted a seemingly endless list of files that were infected with a Trojan virus or a host of other viruses I'd never heard of. 

I thought that when the scan ended there would be some sort of report or something, but the screen just went black.

Had something happened?  I watched the black screen for a long time and then moved the mouse just a tad and suddenly up popped the log-in screen.

OK.  Here it was.  The moment of truth.  What would happen when I logged on?

Ta-da!  There was my wallpaper.  There were the desktop icons.  There was a thing from Avast asking me to register it.  All looked just fine.

But is it?

I don't know.  All I know is that for now, I'm not having any of the problems that have plagued me for weeks, and driven me bonkers for the past several days.  For now, everything seems to be OK. 

But I've definitely learned a lesson.  The backing up continues, the organization continues and when the inevitable day arrives when XP will have to be re-installed, it won't be quite the catastrophe that it would have been earlier this week.


photo by Peggy.



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