Monthly Archives: February 2008

Prozac for Laptops?

i’ve been using a loaner laptop for the last month in order to beta test vmware’s fusion (first generation MacBook Pro). Pandora is her name, and, bless her heart, she’s caused nothing but trouble in the beginning. then, suddenly, she worked just fine. then, she started causing trouble again.

Pandora is clearly bipolar. “ooooh, we’re a happy laptop! we are working! look! here’s word! Look! here’s wireless! look! here’s google! look! let’s play games! lets do things!”

Then, “no, there is no wireless! there is no word! i dont work! who are you? what do you want? what do you expect from me? life is horrible! turn me off!”

then, “look! i found wireless! look! outlook is running! look! here’s some java! let’s play solitare! let’s connect to the vpn and talk to the cool servers at work!”

then, “no! there is no vpn! i have no IP! what do you mean, you want to print? there is no printing! there is no work! there is no fun! life is horrible! turn me off!”

Here’s an example – i am in a meeting, and i desperately want to download and view the ppt offered by our brilliant ADFUSTI. but, Pandora is having a little episode. over the course of one minute, i captured screenshots of her wireless connectivity.

on

off

on

off

just imagine it, blinking on and off like a circus light.

oh, and the Rainbow Swirly of Doom. I see that a lot, too.

oh, and she runs hot. REALLY hot.

She is not a lap friendly laptop. Poor thing.

Sigh.

Interlocking Filet Dishcloth

I made this really cool dishcloth for February’s Crochet List dishcloth exchange out of the Interlocking Filet stitch. Sorry for the crappy pics – I ended up taking them at the post office. I absolutely love how the square turned out! Once I got the hang of how the filet interlocked, it was very easy, and I think I will make more of these in the future.

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Help! My Dreams have been Hijacked!

K, so y’all know I’m taking these classes at the local community college, right? Word (specialist), Word (expert), and Excel. Aw yea, loads o fun. Really, I do like MS2K7 over previous editions… when I can find the right friggin’ tab. And it’s not like MS’s crappy help will give you an image with a big red arrow pointing to what you want. or even a handy file path.

So this Saturday I spent nearly all day doing 3 chapters of homework and stuff (with fun breaks here and there, like ‘put the laundry in the dryer’ and ‘mop the kitchen floor’). For whatever reason, the had-been-good-until-this-point-textbook took a break from reality and failed to clarify some ‘click heres’ in a few (most) particularly important places, resulting in some very hair tearing and frustrating hunts, for example, the elusive “Edit Image Design Tab” (which I honestly dont think exists). Finally, after doing nothing even remotely satisfying for an entire friggin’ saturday, I was done.

Come nite nite, yea, guess what I dreamt. Word. Excel. Putting images into Word. And Excel. Putting Excel into Word, and Word into Excel.

Not fun. I do NOT think dreaming about Microsoft Products is remotely gratifying.

sigh.

The Dafghan

Yaaay! The Dafghan! 120 six inch squares, 40% of which came from CL granny square exchange members. I edged each of the squares with a round of sc. I stitched them together with slip stitches through the back loops on the wrong side, which gave the front an interesting ridge effect. I finished it by edging it with 2 rounds of dc. D loves it. : )

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