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22 January 2008 @ 10:11 pm

We are not having especially good luck with computers in this house. I don’t want to turn my new one on until I’ve got a heavy-duty surge protector, which I keep forgetting to buy, and today the power button on Ted’s computer, which had been broken before, ceased to work entirely. The piece can be replaced, but whether we can find a replacement remains to be seen. *headdesk*

I keep forgetting to mention that I actually *have* been practicing my tin whistle! It sounds more like music if I cheat and look at the fingerings, but I’ve been working really hard on actually re-learning to read music, and aside for everything above high E (I just start panicking at that point, unable to remember what notes those are supposed to be, much less how to play them), I’m getting the hang of it again. Of course, I’ve got virtually no recollection of what the different note, er, notations, mean, and I’m not fast enough to make anything sound really good, but at least I’m practicing. *waves a little flag*

ytd wordcount: 26,000
miles to Minas Tirith: 54.5

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

The Bellinghmanbellinghman on January 23rd, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Half an hour ago, my monitor blew up.

I'm now running with the fallback one, but it's only 1440x900 instead of the full glorious 1920x1200.

I don't think wiggling wires is going to help this time.

Yah, I've got a proper UPS down beside me, just to keep power properly under control. It can only keep its load up for about 3 minutes, but if we get a power glitch, it's either a few seconds, or everything will be stable when the power goes and no corruption should occur as the machines just starve to death.
kitmizkit on January 23rd, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)
xnamkradxnamkrad on January 23rd, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
So will I schedule in a tin whistle recital for P-Con?
kitmizkit on January 23rd, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)
No! :)
O'Mike aka  onyxhawkeonyxhawke on January 23rd, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
You might want to consider one of the battery backups that has a built in surge protector. I have my tower, monitor, and modem/router (an all in one unit) plugged into it. This gives me several minutes of work time in case of surprises, like someone hitting a pole or a transformer over loading.

Oh yeah, check my lj over the next day or two, i'll be mentioning you.

kitmizkit on January 24th, 2008 08:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's a good idea.

Eee, will you be saying nice things? :)
O'Mike aka  onyxhawkeonyxhawke on January 24th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
(insert evil laugh here)