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Friday the 13th: The Day After
As if to continue the irony of the LA Kings winning the Stanley Cup on a day and date famed, in recent times, for movies about a maniacal killer in a hockey mask, the fates have not been kind to us this following morning.

Awake since 4, as usual, I fed the animals at 5:30 and was just trodding back to bed when Eleanor's cell rang. Couldn't find it. Then, the house phone. Emily.  Bad things were happening 70 miles away. Nothing dangerous or permanent, but it came as quite a shock to Mom, who took the call and talked her down.

All four animals surrounded her on the bed as this call went on, as if to say: this must be important.

Hopefully, the coming hours and days will produce more peace.

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Meanwhile, this new computer is seriously gorked.

It was running incredibly slow after I started looking at overnight posts and such around 6, so I restarted it. It then took close to half an hour to do its unannounced Updates (unlike the previous one, this machine defaults to "download and install immediately" and I don't know if that can even be changed).  When it finally came out of it and the desktop loaded, the cursor froze up in less than a minute- and wouldn't unfreeze.

This behavior now seems permanent.  I downloaded and ran Malwarebytes, which found a couple of nasties (and has since refused to run after restart so I can check the log of what they are), but it's still doing it. The cursor moves, and the touchpad works, for that first minute, so it's not a hardware issue,  but after maybe 30 seconds it seizes again.  Something in that Windows update messed with settings? Who knows?

Fortunately, I've got a fairly new physical mouse in the house; it connects by a tiny USB plug-in, and it recognized it instantly when I plugged it into one of the ports. So I can make do for now, but I'm still concerned about how slow many things seem to run on here, and about how many of the issues are just compatibility problems between some of my ancient (2000, 2003, 2006) programs and this Windows 8 stuff.

For the past month, I've kept my previous laptop as my travel machine; this one never leaves the house. The older one still works, except for its wifi and except for it being pretty damn full-up on the C: drive. If I can't get these assorted issues resolved, I'm seriously considering switching the two and going back to my "old" one as my main laptop for work, billing, email and blogging.  Tobor will then become the machine for the road- which actually makes more sense, because his wifi does work, and the only impediment would be having to pack a physical mouse in his bag.  The biggest impediment to that, of all things, is Apple: I can't sync my phone with two different computers, and I've gotten that process to work fine with the new one.

I know, I know: get a Mac.  Little late for that:P

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ETA. On the computer front, I did some fiddling and the hiccup seems to have stopped. Toshiba needed to push through a function-key change, and I rolled back the device driver on the touchpad, and for now, at least, I have a functioning cursor. I'm still disturbed by Malwarebytes not coming on when it's clicked, but I use it so infrequently, it's not that big a deal.  Annnnnd,.... you CAN adjust Windows Update to the way I used to have it- notifying of the availability and letting me choose when to download and install.  Done.

No word from the kid(s) since this morning, but I think that's good. Eleanor just called from work, and she said that getting into that environment made it easier for her to get the potential heavies off her mind; Em is likely scheduled to work this weekend, which should help her in the same way. I still don't have a lot of the details, and wouldn't share them publicly if I did, but as I said earlier, nobody's in trouble or in danger. It sounds like an early sign of some things going on that may be more easily solved in an early stage.
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throbinson From: throbinson Date: June 14th, 2014 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope all is well with Emily.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: June 14th, 2014 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I think it was a wake-up call in more ways than one, in that it reminded all of us just how fragile things can be. Neither of them has a lot in the way of a support system there- Cam has a few work friends, but most of Emily's besties left town when they graduated and her part-time work environment is a problem causer, not a problem solver.

I still know relatively little about the situation, but will try to update best I can.
warriorsavant From: warriorsavant Date: June 14th, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Speaking as a Mac owner... do NOT get an Apple. (See my recent tech posts for tales of woe.)
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