Sunday, July 17, 2011
Yesterday we started to watch a movie – “Disclosure” with Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, and Donald Sutherland, released in 1994. It’s about a sexual harassment suit where Demi harasses Michael. We only watched the first 45 minutes, then stopped because there was a harassment scene that was at least close to soft porn, and, in my case, the whole movie reminded me of my experiences in the working world. I guess the personalities, problems, and actions show up again and again in many organizations.
This morning I woke up at a quarter to four and couldn’t go back to sleep because I was thinking about the movie, so I got up at 4:15. The paper wasn’t here yet, so I red a book, made breakfast, and fed the dogs until about 5:30. When I looked again then, the paper was here so I worked on that for awhile and thought about the movie.
At 6:10 it was light enough and dry enough, so I went out and cut the grass. While I was doing that I thought about the movie some more, and just now (8:00 PM) I talked the BW into watching the rest of it tomorrow. It’s hard because of the events, and because sometimes people talk so fast I can’t really understand what they said. Part of getting old is that you tend to listen a little slower. I can understand the old movies and TV shows fine, but not all the new ones.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Lately the southeast, including Florida, has had a serious drought stretching on. There is just one area in Florida, right here, that had a rogue weather pattern for a couple of weeks, and we had serious rain almost every day for a couple of weeks. There was so much rain that the official word is that the water table is up, and the drought is "over." Even the reclaimed water is no longer rationed.
The BW left an empty five gallon bucket sitting on a plastic table on the east side of the house, and then had me come and look at all the water in it. I stuck a ruler in it, and there was 10.5 inches of water accumulated over five days. There was one dry morning and I managed to cut the grass then - and it rained hard that afternoon.
Now the forecast is 50 or 60 per cent chance rain every day, but it hasn't rained for at least a week here, and the new hedge has some plants that seem to really want water today, even though the sprinklers ran this morning. I was going to water them, but it started sprinkling on me, so I passed. That was about an hour ago, and it didn't really rain. The sun is shining, and if it's try tomorrow morning I'll cut grass instead of walking the dogs. If it's soaking I'll just take the day off, unless it dries out later in the day.
It's interesting to see how double or nothing is a sucker strategy, because no matter how many times you win, if you lose once you're broke. And if you try to use that trick to win, sooner or later you will hit a losing streak that lasts longer than your money does. I got to buy a round for the house that way once, by flipping coins.
The chance of no rain for a week with 50 per cent rain predicted daily is 1 in 128 if you bet before the week starts, but I think we would have won that one.
Friday, July 15, 2011
We went down to the Pier to have lunch with Chuck and Sandy yesterday, and I had two Yuenlings and a bowl of chili. I left some of the corn chips that came with the chili. Today we took Jack and Alicia (his wife) out to lunch with us, and I could only eat half of the Mediterranean Monte Christo I had for lunch. I brought the other half home with me, and I think I will get two meals out of one restaurant serving. That's a milestone for me, because I still haven't broken the habit of eating everything that hits my plate. Being adult doesn't necessarily make you one.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
We now have maximum security on the wireless router. The key was that you can not use the same name as one that was used before, or the satellite devices stay with the old per-shared key, and won't work. I am sure I used a new name at least once without good results, but at this point I don't care. The tech-support lady told me to go to the right web site, turn the security on, and THEN change the name but not the password. I assume this would have worked when I reset the routers, but every time I just tried to re-establish the old link.
As a side issue - when I turned the notebook on it wanted to update with 37 files and 107 MB. I decided it was time to wait it out (I got tired and stopped the upgrades on July 1) and it took from 8:28 until 12:00 - when it still wasn't done installing. It got 36 of the upgrades but had an error in one, which might have been part of the problem. Anyhow, at midnight I gave up and went to bed. I checked at 2:00, and turned it off. Then at 7:00 it said the install failed, it was going to revert, and it fooled around doing various things until about 8:30, when it seemed to be OK. That's when I got everything up and on line and called tech support again, and in minutes all my problems were solved. If I had known last Friday what I know now, I could have saved $26 and a whole lot of hours.
There's an old German saying - "Ve get too soon oldt, und too late schmardt." I think I just proved it.
PS - The trick is to change the name of the network (or enter the name) AFTER you set the security level.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
After all my years in the Electronic Warfare business with lots of security emphasis, I got in the habit of keeping my head down. I just don't want to have someone coming into the network, and the notebook hasn't been updated since the first of the month. I read about one virus that changed the control settings of your router so that you pass through a web site that can monitor your addresses, user names, and passwords without you realizing it because the signal passes to the right address and you see only the one you entered - not the one that is looking over your shoulder.
I called the technical services at D-Link, just wanting to know if a cable would take preference over the wireless connection. If so, I could plug the notebook in to the modem and still not be showing my signal on the air. I never got an answer - the technician just wanted me to have everything up and maybe she would be able to fix the problem. I could call back later - just keep the problem number, so I turned on the television and notebook. Then I immediately had updates, so I finally let them come ahead. There were 37 updates and 107 MB of data, so it is taking a long time. We have downloaded everything and installed the first 31 updates, but it's 10:09 and I started at 8:38.
I think I will go to bed when the updates finish and work on it some more between times tomorrow. The BW and I are going down to the pier for lunch with Charlie and his wife (from Venice) tomorrow, and I have to be at a church at 5:00, so there will be some time to mess with the modem tomorrow and Friday.
I wouldn't log on to any financial web site with an unsecured wireless internet, so it will turn out OK however the installation turns out.
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