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Category: computers

09/18/07 12:21 - 55ºF - ID#41169

SO not good

So, based on a recommendation from a friend, I decided to flash my computer's BIOS tonight in hopes that my Ethernet ports would stop randomly turning themselves off and then back on again.

Well, it worked. They're not doing that anymore -- now they're just off. But that's because my computer's not booting, or at least getting past the RAID detection that follows POST.

I decided to use Gigabyte's "@BIOS" utility that downloads the latest BIOS from their site and then installs it for you. How convenient, WHEN IT WORKS. It started to write the new BIOS when all of a sudden a Windows dialog box comes up and says "BIOS Write Error!" and then my machined reboots. And that is where I'm at now.

Talk about terrible timing. We're going to Disney next week and I'm trying to get a bunch of things in order, one of which was organizing all our photos. All of which are inaccessible at the moment. Now I'm going to have to take out my C: drive, plug it into an enclosure or some such thing and get at everything that way. Thank goodness for my work laptop. But even then, this is going to infringe on time that I don't even have at the moment.

Ugh, what a mess. This, coupled with my laptop fiasco from the spring, is making 2007 a really lousy year for me and computers. :(
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Category: tv

09/15/07 10:10 - 52ºF - ID#41111 pmobl

On Playhouse Disneyyy!

My kids are absolutely in love with Little Einsteins. It's one of the few shows on TV that I have no reservations about letting them sit through.

Each episode teaches them about art and classical music, citing specific artists' works of art and composer's pieces, with problem solving thrown in for good measure.

The fact that it's obnoxiously cute doesn't hurt either. Whether you have kids or not, you should at least check out one episode. Kind of restores your faith in childrens television a little bit (Spongebob Squarepants, I'm looking at you).

Don't get your hopes up TOO high though. It's no Planet Unicorn, mind you.
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Category: music

09/14/07 11:18 - 55ºF - ID#41110

Chocolate Rain

So am I the last person in America to hear this song?


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Category: computers

09/14/07 11:09 - 55ºF - ID#41109

It took me six years

...but I finally used the Windows XP System Restore to save my machine. My internets have been acting all goofy so I called Verizon Tech Support and this incredibly courteous gentleman assisted me in corrupting my computer's TCP/IP stack. Or at least I think that's what's been causing it to reboot every time I go online.

So yeah, thanks India. Thanks, NetShell. Thanks, Verizon.

Anyway, after struggling the past few days with constant unannounced reboots, it occurred to me that trying the System Restore feature might work. I've been browsing for about 25-30 minutes with no ill effects.

So far, so good. Thanks, Micro$oft!

There was a day when I used to thrive on this kind of stuff. Tinkering around with my computer(s)... Tweaking this, modding that. Not anymore; life is too busy. I just need this thing to browse the web, build a website here and there (even then, I pretty much use my work laptop for that anyway), and play the occasional Madden.
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Category: music

09/14/07 04:28 - 80ºF - ID#41096 pmobl

Unashamed

I'm driving home from work and blasting Stevie Wonder, a first for me (meaning not hiding it in the headphones). And it feels goooood. How can anyone listen to this and not feel happy?

Before you ask, I'm composing at red lights, so spare me. ;)
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Category: music

09/04/07 09:33 - 57ºF - ID#40923

So long, sweet Summer

Sing along if you know the words.

So long, sweet Summer,
I stumbled upon you and gratefully basked in your rays.
So long, sweet slumber.
I fell into you; now you're gracefully falling away.

Hey, thanks. Thanks for that, Summer.
It's cold where you're going
I hope that your heart's always warm.
I gave you the best, I gave you the best that I had.
You passed on the letters
and passed on the best that I had.

So long, sweet Summer,
I stumbled upon you and gratefully basked in your rays.
So long, sweet slumber.
I fell into you; now you're gracefully falling away.

I hate the winter in [Buffalo]
I hate the winter in [Buffalo]
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Category: life

09/01/07 11:07 - 65ºF - ID#40875 pmobl

Don't want towels, want sleepy

Chrissy and I offered to watch our friends' kids while they participate in our church's youth group retreat (they're youth leaders, as were we in the past).

So this means at the moment I am housing 5 girls (2 of which are mine), the oldest being 7 and the youngest 18 mos. They're all well-behaved (at least as much as kids their repective ages can be) but let me tell you: it's 11am and I'm ready for bed. :)

I'm not complaining and I'm glad to help and we're all having a blast but yeah...
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Category: movies

08/31/07 09:48 - 68ºF - ID#40868 pmobl

Climb Every Mountain...

...Is by FAR the worst song in The Sound of Music. I'm thinking Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote that one last and just "mailed it in."

I'm just saying.
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Category: family

08/31/07 09:31 - 59ºF - ID#40852

Brave new world

Yesterday we took Delaney to what will be her Pre-K class starting Wednesday. It was a 30 minute or so session where all the parents got to bring their kids in and meet the teacher and school staff. The kids got to explore their new room, check out their cubby holes, etc.

I was so proud of her. She wasn't one of the kids burying their face into Mommy's leg (not that that's a bad thing necessarily, as I wouldn't be surprised if that's what her little sister does in a few years) but instead was walking around holding other kids hands getting them acclimated to the change. It's nice to see that she seems to be the friendly leader type and not the shy not-so-confident follower that her dad was. :)

But as I was telling the guys at work yesterday, I really feel like I'm "officially" a parent now -- not that her birth 4 years ago wasn't enough, but now I'm dropping my kid off and trusting her to behave and not ruin the family name. :)

I'm predicting she's going to be the first kid who gets in trouble for making burp and fart jokes in the middle of class. Yeah... that'll be my fault. A father's got to have his legacy though, I guess.
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Category: tv

08/22/07 11:49 - 71ºF - ID#40690 pmobl

Woops

So this week we finally upgraded from the $8 "basic" cable we've had for over 4 years now to the $30 or so "standard" package which means the kids can now take in "Playhouse Disney" and Nick Jr. But more importantly ESPN. :)

So what do I mean by "woops"? Well I've discovered this great show called "Hogan Knows Best" -- it's like the Osbournes but you like the people. Apparently I'm in the middle of a marathon and it's fantastic.

Yeah I know you are all probably aware of this show, but like I said... It was like a 4 plus year drought. :)
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