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February 27, 2005

Bargain of the week!

The other night Katie and I wandered into Target up in Nora. Right as you enter the store, they have a section of bins with stuff for sale at $1.00 - well, they had three bins full of those cheapo, non-prescription, magnifying reading glasses. A buck apiece!
Old people like me need those things now. Places like Wal-Mart Walgreens, and the supermarket offer similar glasses for $12 - $18 Once CompUSA had them for about $4 and sold out. I have been asking for them ever since.

February 26, 2005

Fixing computers

Everybody is using authentication these days on their SMTP servers and not telling atheir clients about it . . . until it's too late.

It is the weekend

And the sun is shining. I went outside earlier to retrieve the New York Times and took a deep breath of that wonderful early Spring air. Delightful! It is far from warm though. Winter still rules.
I might get motivated later to clean up my deck and get things more in order. The pots I grow things in are all broken from freezing and thawing and general neglect. I supposed the smart thing to do would be to replace the terra cotta ones with plastic. So artificial, but they last. I am such a creature of convenience.

February 23, 2005

Days Are getting longer

Here it is just after 7:35 AM and it is fully light outside. I need that. Spring is in the air, although it is still colder than freezing, and the forecast mentioned the dreaded "s" word for tomorrow.
Had a productive day yesterday seeing four clients and I also had time to fetch the Poot from the electric shop. Katie let me down - I needed a ride one-way to the shop and she was hiding out in bed or something. I got the ride from somebody else. Get up, Katie, you've got a life to live!

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February 21, 2005

They kept my Poot!

Buggers! When Katie and I went to dinner last night, I noticed that Poot's battery light stayed lit. A quick glance at the voltage meter (GTI's have voltage meters in the console, as well as a clock and oil temperature gauge) confirmed that the alternator wasn't putting out! Well, because it was raining I thought the fan belt might have been wet and slipping causing this condition. Nada. Eventually the light blinked out and I forgot about it until today.
The same thing happened when I started it up this morning. Damn! I finally brought it to an electrical shop which was recommended to me because they know old cars. After an hour of waiting, the guy came out and said they didn't have a replacement alternator for my 22 year-old, ancient bloody car so they would have to rebuild the one that was in it, and would I like a ride home because it was getting late, etc.
So they still have Pootie. At least I brought it to the right place with the facility to totally rebuild the ailing alternator. Sheesh! Old cars . . .

RIP Hunter S. Thompson

RIP Hunter S. Thompson

February 20, 2005

I might lose a hard drive

I keep hearing one of the SCSI drives in my server re-starting itself. I have had this problem before. It seems to happen when my power supply goes on the fritz. The PS is ok, but the UPS battery is about to be replaced and maybe it is causing the problem somehow. I am expecting a delivery in a day or two so I hope it will hang in there just a few more days. I will be home all day tomorrow so if UPS (delivery, not battery) is working, I might get my delivery in the AM and get to install it right away. Finger's crossed!

HU'S ON FIRST *

*lifted from AiYahh

(We take you now to the Oval Office.)

George: Condi! Nice to see you. What's happening?

Condi: Sir, I have the report here about the new leader of China.

George: Great. Lay it on me.

Condi: Hu is the new leader of China.

George: That's what I want to know.

Condi: That's what I'm telling you.

George: That's what I'm asking you. Who is the new leader of China?

Condi: Yes.

George: I mean the fellow's name.

Condi: Hu.

George: The guy in China.

Condi: Hu.

George: The new leader of China.

Condi: Hu.

George: The Chinaman!

Condi: Hu is leading China.

George: Now whaddya' asking me for?

Condi: I'm telling you Hu is leading China.

George: Well, I'm asking you. Who is leading China?

Condi: That's the man's name.

George: That's who's name?

Condi: Yes.

George: Will you or will you not tell me the name of the new leader of China?

Condi: Yes, sir.

George: Yassir? Yassir Arafat is in China? I thought he was in the Middle East.

Condi: That's correct.

George: Then who is in China?

Condi: Yes, sir.

George: Yassir is in China?

Condi: No, sir.

George: Then who is?

Condi: Yes, sir.

George: Yassir?

Condi: No, sir.

George: Look, Condi. I need to know the name of the new leader of China. Get me the Secretary General of the U.N. on the phone.

Condi: Kofi?

George: No, thanks.

Condi: You want Kofi?

George: No.

Condi: You don't want Kofi.

George: No. But now that you mention it, I could use a glass of milk. And then get me the U.N.

Condi: Yes, sir.

George: Not Yassir! The guy at the U.N.

Condi: Kofi?

George: Milk! Will you please make the call?

Condi: And call who?

George: Who is the guy at the U.N?

Condi: Hu is the guy in China.

George: Will you stay out of China?!

Condi: Yes, sir.

George: And stay out of the Middle East! Just get me the guy at the U.N.

Condi: Kofi.

George: All right! With cream and two sugars. Now get on the phone.

(Condi picks up the phone.)

Condi: Rice, here.

George: Rice? Good idea. And a couple of egg rolls, too. Maybe we should send some to the guy in China. And the Middle East. Can you get Chinese food in the Middle East?

February 19, 2005

Old cars, you just gotta love 'em!

My old car is a 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI whom I refer to as Poot. Now Poot has slowly been begging for attention these past few weeks, as all old cars do constantly. There is always a loose this or a broken that to take care of almost every week.

There are three things that have been gradually growing worse. The windshield (windscreen) washers have been working less and less. Now they are useless and it is still Winter. Then the rear hatch wiper has been failing to work predictably, and there is a dash light out - the one that illuminates the speedometer. All of these problem are related. They are all electrical in natire, and a pain in the ass to get to. It seems that with age, contacts develop corrosion which inhibits the flow of electricity just enough to render these devices useless.
Today was the day I decided to take the steering wheel off, and delve into the matter. Emory board in hand, I am glad to say that I was able to rasp clean all the offending reed contacts. The only part I needed to buy was a 22mm socket and extender to get the steering wheel off. A cheap repair, and time well spent.

February 18, 2005

No juice

If you click to find The Nez Sez and find the server to be down, let me know and I will see what I can do. The UPS is a few years old and is wearing out. As many of you know, UPS's tend to have the opposite effect when they start to go bad and just go dark randomly taking their attached devices down with them. I have ordered a replacement which should arrive Monday or Tuesday.

February 16, 2005

SPOD*

A recent view shows that 57 percent of ladies are unsated
with their sexual partners. Of course most of these girls
would never tell their associate that they are ill-fated.

Correct this problem

* Spam Of The Day

Hump day

and, of course, it snowed again a few hours ago. And, thunder woke me up last night! It all tells me that Spring is on its way. The snow did not amount to much - it'll be gone in a couple of hours. The days are getting very noticibly longer now. There is probably a robin or two out there as well - my camera is ready. I used to be a "Fall" guy, but Spring has got its high points. (I sound so terminally optimistic)

February 14, 2005

In honor of Valentine's Day, I give you "How Do I See You?" (Found at Infinitely Pie's)


1. Reply with your name and I will write something about you.

2. I will then tell what song[s] remind me of you.

3. Next, I will tell you who you remind me of, celebrity/animated or otherwise.

4. Last, I will try to name a single word that best describes you.

5. Put this in your own blog.

February 13, 2005

Trading radios

Yesterday was an excellent day to be outside. After breakfast, Katie and I decided to trade car radios, not a difficult job. We both have Sony radios and the wiring harness is exactly the same so it is literally plug and play. After that, the WX was so pleasant we both decided to clean out the interior of our respective cars. They were full of junk, especially Katie's. Not now.

After a pizza lunch and a quick whip around Wal-Mart, it was back to the crib for a rest only to be interrupted by Heather coming over to claim her reconditioned Dell. She stayed about 30 minutes. Too bad she and Katie don't get along anymore, but that's another story.

February 12, 2005

Busy

This time of year many clients are doing reporting of activities for the last year. I have been swamped with report design requests which has kept me humping to please for the past week. Well, almost a week. I was traveling back from a nice weekend in New Jersey last Monday, so Tue-Fri was solid with report writing. I notice that all the snow is gone again. Let's hope it stays that way. Spring is in the air. Unfortunately, this Spring I am going to remain in the country instead of my usual trip to England - my English cousins are going to Wales for a week this year, I am sorry I am going to miss that.

February 07, 2005

Quick trip

I am still in New Jersey this morning. The WX here is very nice - mild and sunny. There are piles of snow everywhere from the big weekend snowfall, but they are melting rapidly. Glad to catch up with the family again. My mother has the world's largest cocker spaniel called Brandy. My sister is doing marvelously and plans to return to full time work in March. I think she is going a little crazy staying at home.

Today we are returning home this afternoon, but not until I install a new sound card in my grandnieces' Dell. I will also pay a quick visit to my friend, Andy before heading to the airport this afternoon.

February 04, 2005

Buggering off to Jersey

Katie and I are on the 9:00 AM flight tomorrow, that is if she gets up in time. I will start texting her around 6:30 AM to see if she is awake.

It is the first time I shall see my sister since she had some serious surgery around Christmas. She sounds fine. It is also her birfday on Feb 5, but I won't mention the total number of Winters she's been on the planet. I am supposed to take a look at her computer while I am there, so blogging, commenting and e-mail will continue uninterrupted.

RIP Ossie Davis

RIP Ossie Davis

RIP Maggie Cat

RIP Maggie Cat

February 03, 2005

What's with all the sleep?

I could not keep my eyes open last night. I would start watching a TiVo-saved program and nod right out, only to be woken by the sound of its "bong" asking me if I want to save or delete. I gave up and went to bed about 11:30 PM and slept right through until 5:55 AM. The news comes on at 6:00 AM, but I didn't bother turning it on and just rolled right over. The next thing I knew it was 8:00 AM! I think it must me the "Thursday-night sleep deficit catch-up rule" coming into play early. Usually I make up for all my missed sleep on Thursday night, but this week, it is hitting a day early.

February 01, 2005

Ready for the groundhog

Tomorrow is the big day! Spring is coming although you couldn't tell it here what with all the snow still around. I can see patches of lawn poking through in the bits that have melted though. It still goes down into the teens at night however.

G-day has another meaning in my family. Uncle Norm and his daughter Lindsey share a birthday!