Mar. 7th, 2011 05:02 am
oxfordtweed: Tim Bisley puching Vulva in a pub (Tim - Punch)
I now know why my new mouse was only $7. The mouse itself is excellent. Perfect size for my tiny hands, centre click that actually works, and isn't very jittery at all.

The USB connection, however, utter shit. It's way too big. Sticks out awkwardly, and rather gets in the way if you're using a laptop on a surface other than a table, ie your LAP. Also, my cats like to make out with it, and I'm fairly sure that it's already got a short, after less than a fortnight.

I may break down and get a proper laptop mouse with a proper USB connection that hardly sticks out at all. Best Buy had some good Logitech mice. I just didn't feel like spending money on Logitech last time, because they are a bit expensive. But I think it will probably be worth it.

Fuck it

Feb. 24th, 2011 04:59 pm
oxfordtweed: (Joyce - FASCIST!)
Going to Best Buy. Getting a mouse that doesn't randomly disconnect when it feels like it. Track pads are evil, and mine is the worst of a bad lot.

I gave in

Jan. 20th, 2011 05:34 am
oxfordtweed: (OMG - Tim)
Got myself a new netbook yesterday. I'm sick of the desktop, for several reasons. I don't really do anything much beyond muck about on LJ and write, so I think a netbook will be a better fit.

I'm not on it yet. I'm still waiting for UPS' working hours to begin, so they can deliver it. And then I'm off to Best Buy to get a new wireless router so that I'm not confined to the sofa (like I am now, when I use the desktop).

But that's what today will be spent doing. Getting that thing all set up and moving some of my more important stuff over. Luckily, most of it is already on DVDs from my recent adventures in system back-up, so it's mostly just my documents and music, since I can't remember what's new since I backed all that stuff up.

The next thing on my list of things to get is a small kitchen table, to put by the window.


Dec. 8th, 2010 09:23 pm
oxfordtweed: (Watson - WTF)
At this moment, I have 185 gigabytes worth of assorted data to back-up. I have 30 DVDs remaining, which have been failing at a rate of about 1/3, so I realistically have probably closer to 20 DVDs. I really hate having to pick and choose what I want to save. And even without such a huge fail rate, I'd still need about ten more than I have.

As of this typing, I have been working at backing stuff up for about 13 hours. Maintaining the rate I've been going today, I can probably finish sometime around probably 2:00-3:00 tomorrow afternoon. And then I get to completely to a full system reformat, which hopefully does not just catastrophically fail.

I want my email back. I want my sound back. I want to get out of fucking safe mode and away from 800x600 resolution. I want this thing to stop shitting all over itself every time I ask it to do anything beyond opening Firefox (which is, apparently, even occasionally too much to ask).

I need to go to bed.
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So. I was never able to get Windows 7 installed. Twice, I went through the process, and twice, it aborted itself halfway through. So, I'm still running Vista.

Annoyingly, I can get into the 'extra' login on the computer, and everything works just fine. The main one, though. Somehow fucked. It blue screens, and freezes, and is trying to give me an aneurysm or something.

Luckily, the second login on the computer is able to do everything except run Trillian or Thunderbird, for reasons I am not even going to begin to try to fathom. It can, however, run virus and malware scans, which is what I've spent the day doing so far. And since I can't run Trillian or Thunderbird, there's very little reason to actually be on the computer. So, my day has been spent largely listening to the Velvets and giving the kitchen a good, deep scrub. The kitchen looks fucking amazing, now. I don't think it's been this shiny since we moved in. I'll probably move onto the bathroom next, depending on how long this system scan takes, and whether or not I'm able to get into the main account afterward. If it is, fantastic! I'll make myself some cucumber sandwiches and spend the rest of the evening pretending to be a vegetable in front of the computer.

If it doesn't work, then.... well, I have a plan. It's a terrible, annoying plan and I loathe to do it, but it's so far the only other plan I have.

I've determined that the issue with installing Windows 7 lies with the install disc I have. There's a flaw, small but visible, in the inner third of the disc. I cannot afford to purchase a copy, because I need to fix the Xbox, which will cost just as much. I do, however, have the means by which to burn every single fucking file I have to DVD, and perform a full system wipe and reinstall. I don't want to do this. It's a nightmare, and I really, really, really don't want to go through the hassle of putting everything BACK onto the computer when I'm done. But, whatever. If I have to, I will.

If I'm not online by tomorrow, this is exactly what's happening.

Also, it would appear that the kitchen tap is now dripping. FANTASTIC.
oxfordtweed: Movie!verse Arthur Dent looking annoyed, with text reading 'Irked' on the upper right (Irked - Arthur)
If yesterday sucked, today is shaping up to be the worst.

First, the Xbox red-ringed AGAIN. It's also out of warranty now, so that's $120 to get it fixed. GRAH.

While that was being a dick, the computer froze up on me, so I restarted. Now I can't boot back into Windows. Every time I try, I get a fucking BSOD. I managed once to get into Windows, only to get a pop-up telling me that an unauthorised change has been made to the OS, and that I'm no longer allowed to use it.

Uhm, what?

Luckily, I have Ubuntu. I don't really like it, but it works until I can reinstall everything. I might just say fuck it and upgrade to 7, since I've got discs for that somewhere around here. I don't much like 7 either, but it's better than Ubuntu.

I'm very annoyed. I can't get to anything I NEED, because Ubuntu doesn't like Microsoft files.

Not happy.

ETA: This will likely affect RP, since I haven't got the proper email addresses set up on this system. I think this affects specifically Ford Prefect, Gus Dickinson, Travis Martin, and Penn.
oxfordtweed: (Gum would be perfection - Chandler)
As I mentioned in several previous posts, to commemorate the soon-coming of the Eleventh Doctor, I bought a Sonic Screwdriver from Amazon. Well, according to UPS, it was scheduled for delivery today. Being Monday, I had to run out to put some things in mail boxes, and grab a few supplies. Worried that Amazon would want a signature, I rang USP, and asked if the package could be left at my doorstep, and the dispatcher said that it's upon the driver's discretion.

Well, I put a note on the door, begging for the package to be left, in case Joe didn't hear them knock, or whatever, and ran my errands. I came back, no package. The dispatcher said that it could be delivered any time, because USP is made of fail like that.

As it started nearing 5:00, I began pacing the house like an expectant father. Did they come while I was gone, and not leave a note? Did it go to the wrong address? Did they lose it?

spoilers: it arrived )


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