Thursday, August 04, 2011
I recently had my first computer virus, after using a personal computer quite a few more than 20 years. After a lot of expense and frustration, I formatted the hard disk and started over. I also bought a second computer so I had some way to get on the internet if something like this ever happens again. the old one (desktop) has a 64 bit processor but uses a WindowsXP (32 bit) operating system, and the new one is a notebook with a dual processor and has a Vista 7. The operating system for the desktop fits on two DVDs, which was a shock to me at the time, and the operating system for the notebook takes four DVDs.
I was a little surprised when I first had both computers running to find that the one one took about twice as long to move from one web site as the old one, but I rationalized that the new one isn't always better than the old one, and went on.
The reason I was able to recover is that I have an external hard drive for the desktop. I bought speakers and a wireless keyboard and mouse for the laptop as well as a new external hard drive. I couldn't find the CD with the Shadow software that I use to automatically back up all my files, pictures, and music, so the two computers are pretty much interchangeable, with a memory stick to carry over anything I want to move - I haven't linked them to an internal network.
I was using the "backup" command for both computers because I couldn't find the commercial program CD, and almost paid for another, but decided to search one more time, and did finally find it. I installed the backup program on both computers, which is nice because it keeps copies of several generations of your files and you can use Windows Explorer to look the stored copies over, and recover just the material you want.
The problem with that was that this computer suddenly got a lot slower, and it wasn't until yesterday that I realized that the difference started when I added Shadow to the computers. I think that the backup program and two antimalware programs watching every move that you make might be a little too much security. So far I have been living with a slower computer, but I am thinking about removing the backup software.
Monday, August 01, 2011
When I walked the dogs this morning the thunder was rumbling and mumbling in the west, and it was really dark - no blue showing anywhere. The gates to the big parking lot at the school were open, and there were a few cars in the teacher's lot. The sky was so exciting that I turned around and came home early, and there was someone standing with their head in a car as we passed. We only covered 1.62 miles, but we didn't get wet. Right now the sun is shining (6:10 PM).
I picked up copies of my last two cat scans and the radiologist's reports this morning. Bill printed out extra copies of the reports for me to keep, which I didn't request. The one of the neck does indeed say there is a 99 per cent blockage in the left carotid artery, and I suspect that the surgeon is going to be pushing for immediate surgery - I'll find out Wednesday morning.
Other than that, I helped the BW change sheets, called 18 people for the class, made name tags, sorted and counted books and pass outs, and loaded everything in the car for tomorrow. Then I sat and finished a book that I started yesterday. I also ate too many dates, probably. In order to get rid of them I put them in my prune jar, and the BW doesn't like dates, which I just found out and which surprised me. I have loved them since the first time I tasted them (as a little kid) and had no idea that she didn't like them after 55 years together. It's always a surprise what you don't know about people.
Tomorrow I teach half of a seminar, make up the certificates, and then pass everything on to my fearless leader so he can do the second day.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
We had four tenths of a inch of rain last night and two tenths this afternoon, but in between I did get the grass cut. It was a little wet, and I had to clean the mower deck half way through, but it's done and looks better.
This evening I made the dark chocolate Sorbet - just water, chocolate, sugar, and vanilla, and the BW almost swooned. She thinks it would satisfy anyone's chocolate craving. We each had a bowl and there's a little less than a quart in the freezer. Next time I'll try the same recipe with Splenda instead of sugar and see what her reaction is - the batch is 162 calories per half cup, and most of that is from the sugar. Obviously I could make chocolate ice cream, or chocolate ice milk the same way with the same recipe, but the calorie content would be even higher - especially with heavy cream. The Sorbet is extremely chocolaty - like Hershey's special dark, but no fat.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
I need to cut the grass tomorrow - and it's hot and wet and miserable, so I'll get up early and sweat a lot. We walked past the Palm Harbor University High School the last couple of days, and they have four days set aside next week, one for each of the four high school grades, for doling out lockers and parking permits. It has been odd to look at those hugh parking lots with nothing in them, but I guess that will change soon. The summer break doesn't last nearly as long as it did when I was a kid, but I suppose not many of these kids work on their relatives' farms.
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