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And I jump in, feet first

But before that, I have to admit when I'm wrong, and I was wrong about my computer. I successfully changed the battery, and now it doesn't ask for me to reset the date and time before going to start up Windows and then crashing.

miertam tried to be helpful over the phone (for which I am eternally grateful), but I'm a little too thick to follow such instructions. So I'm still on tiny ol' laptop. rahirah wonders if it's because the new Windows XP I installed could not be activated (the code that came with it claimed to have been used too often; this was a possibility, I knew, since I got it from a friend who said it may or may not still be valid. Anyway, I am sad - a new computer might be all well and good, but this is MY COMPUTER, it has all my stuff on it, and I just re-installed so many things... but someone - a kind, wonderful someone - out there dropped a big hint that I might get a new computer, anyway, for which I will be grateful, but I hope there is understanding about the whole my computer thing. I know where all the nooks and crannies are. :-)

Oh, and that jumping in? I is officially insane:

50,000 words? No problem. Time to write them down? Eep.

And all my notes are on my other computer. So are all my pictures.

Work has finally settled - we got moved into the new building on Friday, and for some reason, this week we're finishing again. Everything seems to be back to normal, which is very much of the good. But I still don't understand why it's so difficult for some people to understand... I told myself that, perhaps to these folks, this job is to them the same way that, say, nuclear physics is to me - and I view them with the same impatience that a nuclear physicist would view me if I tried to do HIS job.

But man, it's NOT nuclear physics!!!

As stated in sillymagpie's journal, I've formed a pact to keep to a low-cal diet through the month of October (although I assume this will be suspended for the day of tiirz's Halloween party) - so I'm back again; the scale at the gym claimed I actually gained 4 pounds; I knew the scale at home was a little suspect. I haven't had a chance to weigh in at work, because I can't wear my boots yet (which I have always weighed in). Now, I suppose I do know the boots weigh about 5 pounds, so I could make some adjustments, but we're also in another building now from where Medical is, so it's not as easy to get to that scale.

But I am going to approach this seriously, and this time, for sure! 25 pounds, ho!


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Oct. 4th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
I'm afraid I missed what's wrong with your laptop, somewhere along the way... or if I did know, all the pain meds and loopiness have made me forget.

Would you want us to give a call and give a try at figuring it out? I can talk to rackham about doing it... he's actually pretty good about diagnosing things remotely (it's a combination of having been in customer support once upon a time and simply really knowing computers).
Oct. 4th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
I "Suspect"(computer repair is a lot like Clue(tm)) it's not windows activation. That usually tells you right up front that it can't start due to your product not being activated. :( Sorry the battery swap didn't fix it, there are a few more thing we could try remotely this time Gene might even let me have the phone so I can talk to you directly :).
Oct. 4th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
Well, that's good to know.

The battery swap DID mean I didn't have to set the date/time this time when I tried to boot up. *g*

You might want to talk with Barb while talking to us, though - she comprehends the computer lingo I miss.
Oct. 4th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
Can I blame my years of technical writing? I've spent twenty years turning incomprehensible technician-speak into something ordinary people can understand?

More seriously, I started to hand the phone over a couple times, but then the conversation would veer off...
Oct. 5th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
Hee. I understand. It goes along with my twitching fingers whenever I see misplaced apostrophes.

They arrived today. We're going to wait until the storm blows over before trying to plug anything new in. (More stuff in the living room? No problem... *g*)

Oct. 4th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
The laptop is actually fine - just very old (Pentium 3) and very tiny (not even a gig hard drive, and I don't even know how slow the processor is) - it was just basically gotten as a cheap word processor, more than a computer; I can't demand of it to be more.

It's the desktop, where I have all my stuff, that's down.

Anyone who can offer advice is welcome - although rahirah is more the one to talk with, since I'm totally clueless (see: nuclear physics above). All I know is that it goes through the setup process, gets to where Windows SHOULD start, and then the computer just shuts off.
Oct. 4th, 2007 08:52 am (UTC)
Computers, they are voodoo to me. Yet, frighteningly enough, I understand more than most people in my office. Life is strange.

Yes, I assume that diets are suspended for tiirz and edgedancer's Halloween party. I will try not to be an absolute candy and junk food ho. :-)

I sorta napped this evening, and then I got up, and now I'm going to bed. My head has been achy, and I think my jaw is on too tight. Bleah.
Oct. 4th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm in the same boat. At work, I'm considered the expert, and I can and do handle most of the tech stuff in our unit up to and including hardware problems.

However, I do know when to call for Tech Support. *g*

Yay, party. I did eat a little ice cream last night, but I had been good all day, so it didn't overshoot my calories for the day. I made a very low fat, low cal veggie-chicken soup which came out quite well, although there ARE carbs in it from the potatoes.
Oct. 4th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
I don't think carbs are the devil, just calories. :-)

I have been doing much better in controlling my fat intake since Monday. Stay away from those prepackaged salads, I guess.
Oct. 5th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
Yep, calories.

You would be sillymagpie, right? *g*

Oct. 4th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
Good luck with the computer and the various October projects!

Oct. 4th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)

Oct. 5th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
Knowing you, you'll have those 20 lbs off while I'm still going up and down by the same two lbs. I'm not even going to worry about dieting while I'm away. My hope is that I'll be active enough to at least hold my own, although supposedly the food there is very good, even at little hotels. I'll just have to chase a few extra lemurs to keep the weight down. *g*
Oct. 6th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
I can only hope! The holidays ARE fast approaching. :-)

Even eating like a pig I rarely gain weight on vacation, largely because of the running around - and you'll have the added incentive of lemurs!

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