Computer woes — September 30, 2002

Computer woes

I’ve had a hell of a weekend in the computer department. The SCSI drive I was going to use is bad…turns out it was in fact damaged by the lightning along with everything else in the machine. So I am back to one hard drive. I figured, no problem, instead of a triple boot I’ll do a dual with WinXP and RedHat or Mandrake Linux.

Well, I got WinXP loaded and everything works beautifully except the blasted Sound Blaster Live! sound card. Windows knows what it is and installed all the right drivers, but I get no sound. My MP3 player won’t even play my music, so it isn’t the speakers. I think winxp knows what I have but won’t communicate with it.

And the saga continues…

Dooce is back! — September 25, 2002
Primetime — September 24, 2002


Jaime, you are so right. I watched parts of American Idol last night. Kelly’s duet with Reba McEntire was so awesome!!! I wish I had recorded it so I could watch it again. They did a magnificent job!

And I also watched CSI: Miami. It was excellent. I’m not yet decided if I will like it better than the original but it was very good. I guess I’ll wait and get a little more familiar with the characters before making a judgement. I did notice it had more people issues in addition to the investigation. The original seems to focus more on the crime than on the personal lives of the characters. Both are great shows and I can’t wait till Thursday to see the premiere of the original one.

Mondays — September 23, 2002


Cover of "High Crimes (Widescreen Edition...
Cover of High Crimes (Widescreen Edition)

I just don’t like Mondays too much. My husband said it perfectly this morning: They are too far away from the weekend. :) I’m tired. All I want to do is go home and watch tv.

Not much going on at work this week, so it will be pretty slow. We are planning on rolling out a major system change next week and the boss doesn’t want us to start anything new till this is out of our hair and we know it is running smoothly. Nice, but that means work will be slightly boring this week.

On other news, over the weekend, we saw Monsters, Inc., High Crimes and Panic Room. All were really good.

I loved the little girl in Monsters, Inc.. She is so adorable. They really captured her well. I love Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman and High Crimes was excellent. I love those type of movies, where they do cool courtroom stuff and military issues.

Panic Room was watched last night after 9:30pm so it was pretty freaky. Especially as about 3/4 of the way through, the dog started scratching the door to come in. That was kind of creepy at the time. I don’t think I’ll ever get a house that big, unless there are enough people living in it to fill up all the rooms. A house that big is creepy. And I don’t think I’ll have a panic room either. Too much stress! Heehee.

Around the house — September 21, 2002

Around the house

Well, the computer thing hasn’t been done yet. I need to get some clips so that my extra hard drive will stay in the computer. Right now there is no way to hold it in, since this case doesn’t use screws for the 5.25 bays.

On another note, we used the chainsaw we borrowed from dad and cut down the tree in the front yard. It was literally up against the house and it shouldn’t have been. It was a cedar tree. So it’s gone along with some ugly bushes that were around. We planted two fair sized gardenia bushes that are about to bloom and on the stump we have a potted mum. It looks a lot better and we get so much more light in our living room now. We still have to put down the cypress chips and finish the edging but overall it’s done…It was so tough digging holes in solid clay and with huge roots to boot! I’m just glad our front is looking better these days.

Redoing Computer — September 20, 2002

Redoing Computer

Tonight I plan on installing a scsi hard drive on my computer and putting windows 2000 on it. Then with the regular hard drive that I took win2000 off of, I hope to successfully install RedHat Linux 7.3. So I will most likely be out for a while over the weekend trying to get this whole mess working properly.

Everyone pray that I don’t mess something up and lose 5gb of mp3s and other stuff. I’ve been reading up on how to do this correctly for a few days and I feel confident that I understand how to do it. It’s a matter of when it comes down to it, did I select the correct options? Well, hopefully I’ll have done it right and at least be back online in Windows tonight. The Linux part is another story, heehee.

In the Swing of Things — September 16, 2002

In the Swing of Things

It’s hard to get back in the swing of things after being gone for a week. Today was pretty slow at work. Thank goodness it’s almost time to go!

I think I will watch Monday Night Football tonight. I am interested in seeing Spurier’s new team (Washington Redskins) play. I’ve also decided I’m going to start watching Charmed on The WB. I’ve seen a few of the episodes but they always came on on Thursdays and Friends won that fight. Now that it is on Sundays, I’m happy to say I can finally watch it.

Movie Day — September 15, 2002

Movie Day

Yesterday was a movie day…well it’s been a movie weekend actually. On Thursday I rented Holiday in the Sun with the Olsen twins. I watched it on Friday and it was cute. Then yesterday we saw two films in the theater: One Hour Photo with Robin Williams and The Road to Perdition with Tom Hanks. Both were excellent. One Hour Photo makes me glad I have a digital camera now. No going to the film processing center anymore. :) The Road to Perdition was interesting. It was better than I expected it to be, thank goodness.

Cover of "Road to Perdition (Widescreen E...
Cover of Road to Perdition (Widescreen Edition)

Then today we just got through watching Changing Lanes with Samuel L Jackson and Ben Affleck. It was pretty good also. I enjoyed all the movies I saw this weekend, but I am so “movied” out, if there is such a word!

LA Woman — September 13, 2002

LA Woman

I finished LA Woman last night. It was pretty good although there were some outrageous characters in it. I’m undecided as to what to read next. Lucky Man (auto-bio of MJFox) or a new one I picked up in Atlanta called Innocents. Well, in any case, I also finished The Hottest State by Ethan Hawke while in Atlanta this past week. I enjoyed it even though I read it somewhat disconnected. This happened when I read Shopgirl. I didn’t feel like I was there with the characters, but I did enjoy the story. Maybe it’s a certain style of writing that does that, who knows. Has that ever happened to anyone else?

I’m Home — September 12, 2002

I’m Home

I’m home from Comdex. It’s so great to be back home. After being away for a week, I was getting pretty homesick. I probably won’t be doing anything this weekend, except cuddling with my husband in front of the tv to watch football.

I’ve still got to get my photos up and running like I want and I’ve got quite a few from the trip to add, but I’ll get to them when I get to them. I just want to relax for a while.


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