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♫Bom ba ba bom ba bom ba bom bom, ba ba bom ba ba bom ba ba dang a dang dang.... - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
A Møøse once bit my sister ...
♫Bom ba ba bom ba bom ba bom bom, ba ba bom ba ba bom ba ba dang a dang dang....
Ba ba ding a dong ding Blood-blood-blood-blood moon, dip di dip di dip....♫

That's what we've had the past several nights, and maybe that's why the ensuing days have been just plain weird.

Tuesday, in addition to being Tax Day, was a day of other significant deadlines for several clients, and seemingly every single one of them missed the deadline, or just got in barely under the wire.  Things got worse for one of them yesterday and worse still today. But I've pulled off so many miracles in this case in the past, I'm just tempted to smile and wave at the client and say,


Yesterday then brought a year-ago client and a months-ago opponent out of their respective woodworks- both for the good, I think. One consequence of the former is that I am now due to be in Utica on the morning of the 23rd, which makes it logical for me to make a trip to Binghamton for the evening of the 22nd.


Continuing our relentless march into the 21st century, I picked out a replacement for this laptop earlier this week, first time in ages I've done it on a preventive basis rather than after witnessing a major system crash. The salesperson (same one who sold us Eleanor's new laptop and helped us switch it out when it died a sudden painful death at the age of 10 days) will be back in on Saturday, when I plan to pick it up. She also let me switch out the wireless adapter for this machine, which I bought from them in October, and which spontaneously stopped working a week or so ago. Having it is not crucial for this machine, since I've been able to connect it by ethernet cable to the new cable-with-wireless modem, but it did allow me to re-Internetize the XP machine in Emily's room. Its older wireless adapter wouldn't play nice with the new wifi, but with the external one enabled, it does so nicely.

And, oddly? Despite all the warnings and XPocalyptic red balloons about THIS OPERATING SYSTEM IS NO LONGER SUPPORTED AFTER APRIL 8? Windows delivered a full suite of updates dated April 16th to that computer, including Internet Explorer 8, Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool and Microsoft Security Essentials- all while saying in big red letters that they wouldn't anymore.

This is not the operating system you're looking for. Move along with the download.


A neighbor just gave us a couple pounds of ground coffee they'd won in various things, because they do exclusively K-cups now.  We have one of those machines in the Rochester office, and they seem awfully wasteful of time and material relative to just heating up a self-measured spoonful or two. But the machine always ends the cycle with a noise that sounds like the Addams Family doorbell, and I am not one who is gonna get into an argument with Lurch.


I was going to link to something on the Boston Globe website, but the URL was out of date, so instead I got their standard 404 page:

I'm sure it helps the Hub's consciousness that they've won three World Series titles to the Mets' none since the end of that event.


Windows (the literal kind) are back open, the sun is out, and while it's cool, it's cool- and all (or at least mostly) good:)

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tilia_tomentosa From: tilia_tomentosa Date: April 19th, 2014 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
If only I could get a higher version of the goddamn IE while still running XP...

And now our ancient IE 6 refuses to even open all the way and "freezes" very badly, and I wonder what the hell. I've long switched to Chrome for all my personal stuff, but we still need IE-and-nothing-else sometimes.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: April 19th, 2014 12:59 am (UTC) (Link)
You could try telling them you're part of the government of the USSR and Microsoft might cut you a deal. It worked for China, after all;)
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