July 13th, 2003

Roman

the old drive

I managed to get the newer drive recognized as a secondary drive, and I replugged the CD ROM drive and it was recognized at Boot, but is not recognized now. I am thinking the drivers are not smart enough to recognize that the drive is now connected to the promise card - maybe...so later i will try to reinstall the drivers.

Right now, though, defrag. It is going very slowly but it is going. I hope this helps with the running of the system. Earlier, I tried to download virus updates and the download got to 79%, then stalled. I tried again, and while it was downloading my cable company popped up, said it wanted to update, so I stopped the virus update, started the cable update, and that one stalled too. I have run the disk cleanup twice, do see a few places where I can get rid of files still, and this too should help. Finally, I may be able to download some system tools on my lap top to a floppy, and use them on the desktop machine. I ran msconfig, cleaned out the startup programs, which at least seems to have helped with some of the sluggishness, but not enough.

Again, I am so glad I have this laptop. It keeps me connected through the tough times, when otherwise I would feel woefully alone.
Roman

the beat goes on

the defrag beat, that is. 37% right now. Laundry is spinning in the dryer, the bed sheets are changed, my hair is washed. I should go somewhere. Where?
Roman

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Woman doesn't live to defrag alone, although to judge by the last several entries here, it looks like I do.

I went on a hike, up Islay hill. It has been a few months since I last did this climb and it seemed harder. I weigh more and it was hotter. I was glad nobody else was on the trail the whole time, who might see me struggling up or slipping on the way down. I feel more tired than such a hike really should make me, but still I feel good for having done it, and for having been there, sitting on top, letting the breeze sift through my hair, touch my face, and smelling the wild sage and rosemary. I'm sweaty now. While I was gone, the cable program interrupted the defragging so I had to turn that off and start over, so now it has only made it to 55%.
Roman

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Actually, the safflower seeds are not seeded. Now there are little white hulls on the ground instead of the black sunflower hulls. It makes a change.
Roman

Faking it - a different kind of makeover show

I love this show. I watch the BBC America version (there is already a copy on TLC). There is something wonderful about taking the "raw" person, adding all these helpful, friendly experts, and one month later - wham! - totally different person! I have seen the transformations into bouncer, used car salesman (a clergyman, yet), hairdresser (!), country-into-society, house painter into "artist". Every time there are transformations that go deeper, and the person mentions the increase in self-confidence. Most of them don't want to become the person they faked being, but they are nonetheless renewed.

I also like the way the experts work with them, how they take it from different angles, bring the person into many dry-run situations, even bring in reviewers where necessary, and how they do all this with such kindness. I think anyone who has the opportunity to do this thing will gain from it, and how nice that is.

Defrag report...83%
Roman

headache

I felt the hint of it earlier today. It has now risen to serious. I have taken two sets of two excedrin migraines, am hoping for relief soon.
Roman

web woes

Getting anything to load in either browser is like watching grass grow. My laptop loads stuff faster. Maybe the cable, maybe Norton, something misconfigured, I think.