Tuesday, February 24, 2009


My title today is indicative of how I feel - I downloaded a 'registry cleaner' that cleaned things so well that I had to reload my computer. I couldn't even get Freecell to work! Couldn't see the router that is about five feet away; etc. Bah!

I'd forgotten how much I dislike Microsoft and how many extras I've downloaded. It's amazing how much stuff I use to avoid Microsoft or to do things that just aren't available from them. Anyway, the machine is back to about 50% of it's old self. Some things I'm still working on. For example, when I hover the cursor on top of something, the machine decides to go there without a click. This is something that is installed to enable people who for whatever reason can't click on the item. That's a nice idea; but in is not supposed to be enabled; the box isn't checked; but the damn thing is working anyway. Bah, humbug! At any rate, the people at Toshiba did include a 2 disc set that quickly and easily reset the machine. I am happy they did such a nice job.

Unfortunately, I didn't backup my 'favorites' list. Some blogs and other sites will be forever lost. Guess I just didn't care all that much anyway. If you spot my comments in the future, know that I really like you!

It's a sunny day in the desert; we've been overcast for several days. Should reach 70F (21C) today for the first time this year. I'm planning a little outside work to mark the occasion. The previous owner planted perhaps 20 trees in the yard then didn't water them. Needless to say, all are dead. They are little; 1-3 inches (2-7 cm) so some I can just snip off; others I'll saw off at ground level. We are going to rock over the entire yard so leaving the root ball shouldn't be a problem.

Must go get to work. Be careful, it's dangerous out there!


LEon said...

Hi Don

Regarding the blog backup, why not use the Reader on google http://www.google.com/reader/. If you have a Gmail/google account, you can simply go to your favorite website and subscribe to the RSS. Most website has that RSS subscription anyway.

In that way, you just need to log into your google account online and all your favorite blog updates and contents will be in there. You can read your fav blogs anywhere. You should try it. :)

Lee said...

Good to see you visiting, even if I did call you Dan instead of Don. Sorry about that.

A Lawyer Mom's Musings said...

As you know, I can certainly empathize with your computer woes. Have become a blackberry blogger as new computer still not here.

As for Microsoft ratings, I totally relate there, too. I down-loaded their explorer update and bam. Toolbar gone, favorites gone, etc. I de-installed it as best I knew how. And lo, it was not long after this microflop encounter that my computer completely died. Now I'm not saying the two were related. I'm merely just sayin'.

But you sure sound like you know what you're doing. I wouldn't know what a router was if I found one in my bed.

Good luck. If all else fails, pour some cajun roast gravy on the @+#* thing (plan to try your recipe soon)!

Croft Randle said...

It IS dangerous out there Don. Especially on the Internet. Have a look at Crap Cleaner. It is free and lets you tell it what not to clean. Backup, backup, backup.