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I've been using FireFox, but I'm hearing things about good things about Google Chrome too.

Anyone have a good reason I should or should not try Chrome?  Will I even notice a difference, really?

Along that line, I'm thinking about changing the OS on my oldest laptop to Linux t try that out.  Suggestions/caveats, or am I totally not getting the point?  (Keep in mind, IF I do that, I'll be having a pro take all the old data off and back it up, then strip and redo the ... thingy.  System.  Whatever.)  And the data is currently on an external HD as well, but...I don't necessarily trust them little electrons.
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Remember when I posted the pic on my usericon, the bed of the S-10 full of books salvaged from a dumpster?

According to this site a regular size pickup bed full of books is one gigabyte.  Approximately.

I have a "thumb drive" that holds 4 of those.

I just picked up a one terabyte external hard drive for under $100, tax included.

that's enough storage for 1,000 pickup trucks worth of books.

I'm gonna go lie down with a cold washcloth and a warm puppy.


Dec. 25th, 2009 02:35 pm
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It's pretty bad when your ad-aware will let you download a game app that gives you crazy amounts of pop-us, but won't you uninstall said app!

Yes, I did get it uninstalled, after I figured out just what was going on.

In other news, mixed a bottle of Thieves' Oil to set aside and let it mature.  This one seems to be a bit heavy on the Rosemary.

I seem to be on a Rosewood kick; after letting this bottle mature for two years, I've developed two blends in as many days with it and working on a third.  Did a total of five blends today, two that are favorites for me and three to experiment with.

Adopt one today!
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Is anyone else having trouble with yahoo? It wants me to sign in, but just keeps kicking me back to the sign-in page -- not even claiming my PW or user ID are wrong, it just basically doesn't recognize that someone is trying to login!

Since that's where I get Yahoo Groups and FB notifications, use my "other" email -- zianuray at livejournal dot com if you want me to see something.

Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!
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Computer things and I are not getting along again...

I have downloaded some books in zipped files from Baen Books -- legally, thank you.

I have the thing to unzip them.  SecureZIP for Windows.

I can't get the flippin' things to open, and yes I've tried the help file.  Some of the things it tells me to do I just do not understand.

Would someone be kind enough to either call me or let me call you and talk me through getting one of them open?  After that (and copious handwritten notes) I SHOULD be able to do it again.

PM me for phone number, or if you don't mind my having yours, PM that and a good time to call please.  I can pay in imps, fancy soaps, or jewelry like the stuff on my Etsy shop.  Or if you live close enough or will be somewhere I plan to be, massage.

OK, I can read the books -- though I'll have to delete everything I have already and download a different format to use with a different method.  Wheee!
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So DH was having a problem with some program he bought for his computer and stuff had to be downloaded and I don't know what-all but it just wasn't working.  And support has some really short hours and he's at work then.   And got frustrated.

And I remembered that when I downloaded the update for Adobe, I had a choice of Mac/PC and then IE/FF.....
now we have just PCs in the house, since we don't do graphics much if at all.  And that for some things I have to switch to IE to get them to display right.

And I mentioned that I didn't know if he ran FF, but was it possible that the program was set up for one-or-the-other?  And he cleared stuff off,, and redid things with the other one (i.e., IE) and it works now!

And three different support techs didn't think of this?



Jan. 6th, 2009 12:19 pm
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I think I need someone to talk me through choosing and downloading a thing to backup my LJ.

If ou are good at this and patient with those unsure of such processes, may I ask for a contact # and good time to call?  comments screened, of course!

ETA:  Ok, I got ljarchive-0.9.7-doc  - SecureZIP xpress, downloaded and unzipped it....now how do I tell it to get LJ entries?  And do I have to tell it EACH entry, or just take it to the first one say "Sic 'em!"?

OK, [livejournal.com profile] shannihilation  talked me through setting up a copy-to-IJ using LJ-SEC; it did NOT copy comments, though, and I still want a backup to an external drive (which I have on hand) WITH comments.....yeah, I'm ARCO, what about it?
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For the 15th time, just from frustration, I uninstalled the printer drivers and reinstalled them from the Dell website. 

Had to turn off some things that hadn't been turned off by the HP/Compaq talking me through it, but eeh.   And y'know what?

I just printed some stuff I need from the Compaq laptop using the Dell printer, exactly as it should work.

DH suggested that there may have been an update inbetweentimes that corrected whatever was thrown off when it quit working.

I don't know.

I DID set a restore point to right after I printed those pages!
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Been on the phone with Tech support for the laptop for days.

thurs, Oct 2, the printer worked.

fri, oct 3, it don't.  Communication not being happening.

don't ever even bother with the typing-chat thing.  they don't dig the difference between "computer problem" and "printer problem."
which this is a computer thing b/c the printer works with other computers in the house, and it DID work with this thing until the above-mentioned date.  I think there may have been one of those sneakattack updates that won't let you do anything until you agree to update or just automatically loads itself.  which I thought I had that de-optioned, but whatever.

so unplug cables, turn off this&that, restart, uninstall and reinstall the printer driver; all this in vain.

chat support:  all that again, plus uninstall fracking USBs for some reason, rewrite bios, (which was NOT a new rev, same one it had),  then they decide well if that don't work it's the printer so I get sent to a whole nother section of the site which is for this brand which is the same thing with a sticker on it.  Meh.

Now y'all know I am NOT by any means a computer-fixer-person, so I tend to do as I'm told once i figure out what it is they're telling me.

And I do a "restore" which is supposed to set things back to where they were before the problem....but the printer still doesn't work and NOW the laptop can find the router but not the internet and the other two computers are on just fine!  And unplugging the modem and the router and restarting the lappie don't work.  So PHONE the tech (which happens to be just 30 miles away for gossakes) AGAIN and tis one (a girl this time) we flail around and eventually something works and i have net again.  But still no printer.

And as far as she and her co-workers and super can tell, "it's a Vista thing."

Just like the "turn off the screensaver to burn a CD" thing is Vista thing.


Just blowing off steam, y'all.  I'll figure it out and get it working, it'll just take me time and patience.
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All  the OS i've ever had is MSWindows.  ME on the desktop, and XP on this laptop.  I am FAR from a professional, but I've heard Linux is an all-around better system and not hard to get used to.  For a non-pro, is that likely to be true?  

(If it matters, which I doubt, I've been able to load and use Mozilla Firefox, which if I understand correctly is based off a Linux/MS hybrid called "Lindows.")

[personal profile] thebruce, I know you told me earlier that a hard drive has a useful life of about 3 years.  

Anyone:  This one is on borrowed time.  Better to replace the drive and add some memory or just replace the whole shebang and have someone transfer files?

IF Linux is practical for a relative novice, is a Linux OS available on a new system, or is it all Windows Vista now (which again, I've been told is SOS and not in a good way)?  If I still have my XP disk that came with this laptop, can I (practicalities, not permissions) load XP onto the new hard drive?

What am I forgetting to ask?
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I have been asked four times now for a catalog or brochure for Fifth House.

I have been trying to produce one (intermittently) with the word processing thingy on this computer -- "word office" might be? -- and am having a bit of difficulty, largely because I think I need to see the WHOLE page to know what size something is gonna be, etc. I know it's limited by the size of the screen, thank you. I get pictures overlapped and out of kilter, words where I do NOT want them....

Can someone point me to any books or tutorials that will actually HELP me figure out what I'm trying to do?
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Running Firefox browser on a Dell through DSL.

Keep getting the "detected an error and must close" thing minimum of 3x daily.

Run spysweeper daily and after any downloads, using AVGfree virus scanner.

ID-10-T error, something in the combination of the setup, no way to tell, wha.......????
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I still have the question:

What is the practical difference in CD-R and CD+R? I've been told that it's really not anything I "need" to worry about at this point, but I'd like it in plain American so I can decide that for myself, TYVM.
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Lou Costello Buys A Computer

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's famous sketch "Who's on first?" might have turned out something like this:


ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks. I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer.
COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.
ABBOTT: Your computer?
COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one
COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou.
ABBOTT: What about Windows?
COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?

ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?

COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look in the windows?
ABBOTT: Wallpaper.
COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.
ABBOTT: Software for Windows?
COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What have you got?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?
ABBOTT: I just did.
COSTELLO: You just did what?
ABBOTT: Recommend something.
COSTELLO: You recommended something?


COSTELLO: For my office?
COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!
ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.

COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, lets just say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: Word in Office.
COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.

ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?
ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue "W".
COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue "w" if you don't start with some straight answers. OK, forget that. Can I watch movies on the Internet?

ABBOTT: Yes, you want Real One.
COSTELLO: Maybe a real one, maybe a cartoon. What I watch is none of your business. Just tell me what I need!
ABBOTT: Real One.
COSTELLO: If it's a long movie I also want to see reel 2, 3 & 4. Can I watch them?
ABBOTT: Of course.
COSTELLO: Great! With what?
ABBOTT: Real One.
COSTELLO: OK, I'm at my computer and I want to watch a movie. What do
I do?
ABBOTT: You click the blue "1".
COSTELLO: I click the blue one what?
ABBOTT: The blue "1".
COSTELLO: Is that different from the blue w?

ABBOTT: The blue "1" is Real One and the blue "W" is Word.
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.

COSTELLO: But there's three words in "office for windows"!
ABBOTT: No, just one. But it's the most popular Word in the world.
ABBOTT: Yes, but to be fair, there aren't many other Words left. It pretty much wiped out all the other Words out there.
COSTELLO: And that word is real one?
ABBOTT: Real One has nothing to do with Word. Real One isn't even part of Office.
COSTELLO: STOP! Don't start that again. What about financial
You have anything I can track my money with?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?

ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.
COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?

ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.
COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?
ABBOTT: One copy.
COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money?

ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy money.
COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?


ABBOTT: Hello, Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?
ABBOTT: Click on "START".......
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So we got the 'puter back...and all Tema's "stoof" (the fanfics in at least four different universes she has written over the last four years, some in collaboration with her sister Hope) is GONE.  Bloody well erased by the tech.


"Hi, I can't find this stuff, where might it be?  Would it have been saved at all?"

"It must be there; did you check *such folder*?"


"Well, it MUST be there, we wouldn't have deleted it."

"I've looked, she's looked, and the CAT has looked, fer gossakes.  Where ELSE might it be?"

"It IS there, we don't delete files.  Unless they were corrupted, then they wouldn't have transferred."

"Can you explain to me, just so i know how it goes, exactly what the procedeure is?"

"Oh, i don't know any of THAT; I'm the SALES MANAGER."  (Yes, he managed to give it capitals and all.  Over-inflated little.....nevermind.  I'll save the invective for HIS boss.)

So why didn't the bloody goof SAY SO in the FIRST PLACE??????????

Sounds like a tech question to me, how about it?


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