“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Friday, December 27, 2013

No computer yet.

I went to town today. Yesterday I got all my prescriptions filled. When I got home, one bottle had pills in it that didn't look at all like the old ones. I took it back and they checked, and it was right. I didn't want to be taking female harmones or something because somebody made a mistake at the pharmacy. I am trying to put some spaces in here but the Kindle doesn't seem to like them. I wind up with one big long paragraph. Headed to the vets tomorrow, we have a nine o'clock appointment. Ragnar and Rowena are confined to the pantry so I will be able to find them in the morning when it is time to go. Bought a big bundle of shakes and spent most of the afternoon replacing bad ones on the roof. Why, oh why, did I not put a metal roof on this place? I think back in 1986 metal roofs were not much in vogue. Shakes looked rustic and fit the cabin. Now they are an unmitigated pain in the neck. I am losing ground on keeping this place up. With the storms and the rain , wind and cold things are breaking or going off line faster than I can fix them. This is the worst winter I can remember since the late 80's up here and it isn't even really started yet. Stopped by the computer store, they are working on my computer and said they might have it ready tomorrow. I sure miss it. I can just barely scrimp by with most things I need to do on line with the Kindle, but it is not anything like having my computer back.

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  1. That happened to me with a prescription once, they switched manufacturers and the pills look different. It was quite a shock but I had them confirm it too. Hope the vet appointment goes well.

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    1. You can't be too careful. They do make mistakes.

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  2. Toshiba Satellite laptop series have been a good deal for me. If you aren't into heavy gaming then you might wanna give them a try. $400 or less usually.

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    1. I had a Toshiba once and it was a good one. I wish I could find something with Windows 7 or XP. I don't want to mess with learning a new operating system. Especially since I looked at a Windows 8 machine and could not make heads nor tails out of how it worked. I called my son in Cincinnati and asked him to go look at the big box stores and see what he could come up with. All we have here is a Walmart and offers 3 different computers, none of which really are what I am looking for.

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  3. Hmmm computers...I know I get heaps of work done when I am without one! Hope you can get your hands on a good laptop soon :)

    Hope all goes well at the vets, and that you get your roof problems sorted. Sorry to hear about the weather, we should swap places for a while :)

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    1. Tania, my big issue is I can't keep my books or pay bills without a computer. Glenn is looking for a good one for me up in Cincinnati. The vet visit was not good, unfortunately. Both ferrets are going to have to see an exotic pet specialist, so we are going to a vet down near Atlanta next week. Looks like they will both need some fairly expensive treatment, in the $500 range. But ferrets are like children, once you have them you have to take care of them. I'm still mad about somebody running over that lizard I liked! >:-(

      It's raining here tonight. More flash flood warnings out. 2.5 inche supposed to come down between now and sunset tomorrow. I'd trade with you for a bit, believe me. Seems like nothing but rain and cold here while you are having searing heat there. Must be some tropical island somewhere that is just right.

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  4. I hope the get sorted on their trip to the vets, it must be a worry when you know they are not their usual healthy selves. Be careful fixing that roof ;)

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    1. Dreamer, I try to be. If I fall off while I am up on the mountain by myself, I'm history. Still, have to take care of the place, come what may.

      The ferrets have to go to a specialist next week. They are not doing well. My vet thought that she was not experienced enough with ferrets to be sure but she thinks it is adrenal disease and if it is that is very hard to treat. But we will do what has to be done and hope for the best.

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  5. Harry,


    (captaincrunch)


    I really hate costly disposable items like computers.

    Spend a thousand on a computer' spend a thousand on a rifle. Which will last, retain value and actually increase in value?

    Speaking of which, some interesting economic stuff's been going on. Twitter is valued a "40 Billion" and has not made a dime yet.

    Another ' Dot Com Crash 2.0 comin' our way????

    Sooner or later the dams gonna break.

    "When the Levee breaks we will have no place to stay"
    Led Zeppelin

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    1. I am dependent on computers for record keeping, financial matters, and keeping up with my friends on the internet. Without spreadsheets and the like I'm really in a bad way because I no longer use paper reconciliations or pay bills with paper checks, and havent' for years. I am hoping they can fix this old one but if not, I'll have to buy a new one. Not much I can do about it. If a collapse were to happen, the only thing I would miss would be the mode of communications with my friends. Nobody is going to worry about paying bills when the lights go out.

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  6. Sorry to hear of continuing computer woes. I agree with above - disposable computer don't seem lke a wise buy. Otoh, I'm typing this on a 3 year old pawn shop bought netbook - still going strong. Lucky I guess.

    Metal roof - good idea for fire country and the 50 year plus warranty looks good. What is not mentioned often is in hail country or other areas of 'aerial impacts', those little dents collect moisture, then rust forms, causing holes. That is NOT covered in the warranty, so check that out if you decide to go that way.

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    1. We do get hail so that is worth knowing. I would get a big break on my insurance if I had a metal roof as opposed to shake. I would also not be down at the depot buying more shakes to fix the ones that flew away in the wind storm. But, to put a metal roof on my main building right now the roofers wanted $10,000. That's nonsense. I put a metal roof on the back porch, with my wife's help, no so long ago and I can put a roof on my own home if need be.
      The computer I had was a Vista machine, gave me good service for many years and then when I uploaded one of the updates it completely wrecked the machine. Now I am having to have the entire original operating system restored, then I'll have to reload my own programs and drivers. And even then, there is no guarentee it will work.

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  7. lets hope they fix it. we have the calendar marked on the wall for weekly back up on to external hard drives. These are kept in faraday bags. if the computer dies, and you cant restore. we can mirror the data off of the hard drives on to a rebuilt pc or onto a new one.

    now we seem to have the capability in the UK for the police to use EMP to stop vehicles, as we have kids Tokyo drifting their cars around our bend, I will continue to use faraday bags. I would be really unhappy if we lost all out photographs.

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    1. I have not put my memory sticks in a farrady cage but I guess I should. I'm told that just an old ammo can will work and God knows I have plenty of them. All of my files are backed up, so I won't lose anything important if I have to buy a new computer, but what a pain. Especially trying to find the drivers for some of my older gear on line. Most of my family photos are on digital media but we have all the paper photos as well. I'd still have to lose all that because I had to scan them one at a time.

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