daecabhir: (March of the Mutha-Fuckin Ducks)

In the process of attempting to un-bung my laptop. Windblows update has installed all the high priority XP patches, and now I'm installing the normal updates that apply to my OS and hardware. Next we update Orifice, and then see if we can somehow remove/update ActiveSync so that it doesn't croak every time I try to start it to talk to my phone.

Anyone using OpenOffice on OS X? Opinions?

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Of computers I can mostly say one thing: they are teh suck. More specifically, the software they run sux0rz. Recent examples of computer suckitude include (cut for profanity)... )

In other, happier news, yesterday I marked the end of my 41st year of existence on this planet (at least in this lifetime). Unfortunately, I had to go to work, but it was a productive day and therefore went by fairly quickly. I did receive well wishes electronically from various and sundry friends during the course of the day, reminding me that I have much to be grateful for simply in terms of the number of people who care about me. I can think of no better gifts on any occasion than life, love and friendship, and therefore I am truly blessed, in spite what my dualistic mind may tell me from time to time.

After work, I met up with [livejournal.com profile] ravynmaniac, [livejournal.com profile] cracklecat and her fiance Mike, the Taylor clan, and [livejournal.com profile] faerydusted1 and her hubby and friend to see a sneak peek of Stardust in White Marsh. Aside from an overdone musical score, the movie was very good. It passed one my main litmus tests for truly enjoyable movies: I did not notice the passage of actual time, nor did I wonder when the movie was going to be over. Without giving any spoilers, the best reasons for going to see the movie are:

  • Robert DeNiro in the role of Captain Shakespeare. Absolutely priceless, and almost worth the price of admission alone.

  • The portrayal of the dead princes of Stormhold. It could have been cheesy, but it was very well done, and hi-larious.

  • Michelle Pfeiffer was brilliant as the choice to play Lamia. It's the subtleties of gesture and facial expression that really made it, and showed once again that Ms. Pfeiffer is not just a pretty face.

Yes, we will be buying a copy of it when it comes to DVD... probably go see it at the cheap theatre locally if the stars align properly for that matter. After the movie, we parted ways with [livejournal.com profile] faerydusted1 and company, and headed to the Double T in Perry Hall for a late dinner with the rest of the crew. All in all, a very enjoyable way to spend my birthday - good food, a cool movie, and good friends.

daecabhir: (Now I'm Pissed)

Actually, I don't know if it was all XP, or if the network gear was partially to blame. I've got the computers in my office connected by 100BaseT to an Ethernet/WiFi bridge that talks with a Wifi router that gets me out the cable modem, because there are no hard line ports in my office upstairs, and because one of the computers and my LaserJet 5 are not WiFi-enabled. When I got up before the crack of noon today, I was unable to connect from either the iMac or my XP laptop, so I began the tedious task of figuring out where the connection was failing.

After kicking the Ethernet/WiFi bridge, I was able to connect from the iMac without prodding it further - apparently its network drivers are smart enough to renew the lease on DHCP addresses. After two reboots of the XP laptop, I was still unable to even ping hosts on the internal network, and in the end had to kick the cable modem, the cable modem router, the WiFi router and the Ethernet/WiFi bridge and reboot the XP laptop one more time before the fscking thing decided it would talk to the network. Any of y'all surprised that I am thinking of ditching this M$ Windows crap? Once Bawlticon 41 is in the can, I'll be looking to move forward with migrating away from the craptacular M$ products, and onto Apple products that I will eventually probably bitch about just as much. *wry grin*

The ritual sacrifices to the PTBs will now begin, imploring them to pull a 12" MacBook Pro out of their hat at Apple's WWDC this June. Otherwise I reckon it will be a 15" unit.

On a more positive note, I did get a chance to sit down and just chat with [livejournal.com profile] jolhoeft, [livejournal.com profile] netpositive and [livejournal.com profile] geraty last night after the BSFS meeting, which was nice. Ok, so maybe [livejournal.com profile] jolhoeft and I did engage in some bit-flipping, but at least [livejournal.com profile] jolhoeft has the sense to pull us out of it. Hopefully there will be time for that kind of hanging out at Balticon. I have my fingers crossed.

Anyway, visiting the outlawsin-laws today to celebrate Mother's Day, so I should get my ass moving. I need a shave and a shower, and I gotta pick up some meds before heading down the road. I'll probably be on my laptop down there working on Balticon shtuff, but that is the way of things. TTFN


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