Archive for March, 2011

Reloading software

Friday, March 25th, 2011

My computer was suffering from the effects of being used every day for the past three years. Too many programs were taking its toll. The poor thing would go into spasms, fail to launch programs, not able to log on the Internet and keep giving messages like “I’m dreadfully sorry but I need to close now. Too bad about your unsaved work. It’s gone.”
So after much hand wringing I decided I had to reformat the hard drive. Naturally the computer gave me one last chance to change my mind. “Are you sure you want to do this? What is it going to be boy, Yes or No?” I looked for the “Maybe” button but that choice wasn’t given.
Next came the process of installing all that software. I am not sure of the reason all software has a sixty-seven encryption code that one has to enter. Possibly it’s so that you have a chance to touch every key on the keyboard at least twice. A couple of the licence codes had a font six on a gold background. I presume that was to help sale of magnifying glasses. I studied the digits for five minutes before coming to the conclusion I was holding it up-side-down.
The old computer is now working again and I can start doing real work again, or at least checking the Internet for the latest Dilbert cartoon.

even the Roadrunner went beep beep

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

My car goes beep. No, there isn’t anything wrong with it. It’s just that vehicles today are sensitive to anything out of what it considers normal. This includes doors ajar, the temperature dropping near freezing, low fuel, low tire pressure, seat belts unfastened, low washer fluid and maybe the stereo on too loud. To complicate matters the key and remote starter (Marvellous device for those in cold climates. You can start your car from the inside of your home and let it warm up first before you venture into the cold night.) also will beep. It beeps when you unlock or lock the door, start the car or leave the car running with key in your hand.
The car manufacturers may think these beeps add to safety, but honestly all these beeps make driving confusing. Yesterday I heard a constant beep while driving and after a thorough investigation the culprit turned out to be my wife’s mobile.
I don’t mean to make a big deal about this, but the whole world goes beep. Microwaves, mobile phones, laptops, watches, ATMs, retail cash registers and a dozen other devices. I hope that someone can come up with a more musical tone someday. If you can think of one, call me and leave me a message at the sound of the beep.
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