Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Bloggered Up

Sorry about the terminal delays and other malfunctions regarding commenting. What do you expect for free here in Bloggyland? This is a periodic problem with Blogger, who has approximately three times as many blogs as there are people on Earth and therefore runs into occasional problems with the whole thing suffering from traffic jams.


The Moody Minstrel said...

Speaking of computer tweak-ups, how's this for a beaut?

Windows XP Home Edition was intentionally designed to prevent users from logging onto server-based LAN networks. That meant I couldn't use my Vaio laptop on the school's LAN unless I upgraded to the Professional version.

Well, after a year of being in isolation, I decided to take the plunge. I installed the Professional/SP 2 upgrade. That's when the fun began.

I connected to the network but was still unable to log in. Our I.T. expert told me that, for security reasons, some additional, special software had to be installed before I could access it. He also told me I'd have to wait a while before it could be done.

That's when I started looking very hard at the warning messages I was getting everytime I started my computer: Please register within 27 days (and counting down).

Obviously, registering online was out of the question, so I filled out the little postcard and mailed it in. Later that same day, I turned on my computer and was told I only had three days left to register. More than two weeks had spontaneously vanished. I checked the computer's calender and clock and found that they were both WAY off. Idiot that I am, I corrected them.

Now I'm unable to use my work computer at least until Microsquish sends me my key. Otherwise I can't get past the "welcome" window. All I can say is that I'm thankful this tweakout hadn't occurred a day earlier, or the midterm exam I made for my 7th graders would have been over before it had started. That would have been REAL fun, I can tell you. As it is, I have three different work projects I'd intended to work on today but am unable to access even to copy them into a flash memory stack to transfer them to a different machine.

Writer/musician that I am, I definitely respect the right of protection of intellectual property, but this proprietary bowlshyte has become a lot more anal these days, and I'm getting fed up with it.

Maybe I should do the American thing and sue Microsoft for lost productivity.

Don Snabulus said...

(To the tune of Four More Years:)

OS/2! OS/2! OS/2! OS/2! OS/2!

Anonymous said...

Liberal, Bohemian snob:

(same tune:)
Macintosh! Macintosh! Macintosh! Macintosh!

Don Snabulus said...

(To the tune of a frog in a pond:)

Linux! Linux! Linux! Linux! Linux! Linux!

Anonymous said...

(off-key and arhythmical:)

Netware? Netware? Netware?