innerslytherin: (write - call this working)
I've had an Acer AspireOne D260 netbook for two and a half years, and it came with Windows 7 Starter Edition preinstalled. The netbook has 1GB of memory and a 1.66 GHz processor, but it was never quite enough enough to handle the load of web surfing and Microsoft Word. I took the netbook on our trip to Trinidad and Tobago, and it was adequate for downloading pictures and uploading them to Tumblr, but not truly satisfactory.

Recently, I've had a horrible time making myself sit down at my desktop computer to work on revising the novel. I have an iPad that's okay for actual writing, but horrible for editing and revision. I haven't found a writing app that doesn't mess up the formatting in Word. Not even QuickOffice, which ought to be perfect. But it turns tabs into spaces instead. So annoying.

Anyway, I finally bit the bullet and installed Xubuntu Linux on my netbook. It's like having a brand new computer all over again! I can't quite figure out how to make it as pretty as I would like (I know, I know) but considering the fact that my real complaint with the netbook was that it has always run painfully slow, even while only word processing...

I've decided I love Xubuntu. :)

Hallelujah

Jun. 12th, 2010 06:57 pm
innerslytherin: (1cm - spencer yay!)

Thank You, God!

Despite that it isn't my habit to do so, I purchased the extended three-year service plan on my desktop! I didn't even remember it for most of the day, but somehing made me remember that. So the Office Depot tech person thinks it sounds like a hard drive or mohterboard issue. I have to acquire recovey disks from HP but then Office Depot will be sending someone out to fix it. FREE.

Hallelujah!

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Hallelujah

Jun. 12th, 2010 06:57 pm
innerslytherin: (1cm - spencer yay!)

Thank You, God!

Despite that it isn't my habit to do so, I purchased the extended three-year service plan on my desktop! I didn't even remember it for most of the day, but somehing made me remember that. So the Office Depot tech person thinks it sounds like a hard drive or mohterboard issue. I have to acquire recovey disks from HP but then Office Depot will be sending someone out to fix it. FREE.

Hallelujah!

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innerslytherin: (headache)

My computer is dead.

It started acting weird last night after Windows installed updates on Wednesday. Watching a DVD crashed it. I finally gave up and went to bed after the third crash. This morning it booted fine and I started checking email and stuff. It worked a good half hour at least.

Read more... )

My life sucks.

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innerslytherin: (headache)

My computer is dead.

It started acting weird last night after Windows installed updates on Wednesday. Watching a DVD crashed it. I finally gave up and went to bed after the third crash. This morning it booted fine and I started checking email and stuff. It worked a good half hour at least.

Read more... )

My life sucks.

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innerslytherin: (reading (aka Reid reads))
My father spent an hour and a half in Best Buy. HOW do you spend an hour and a half in Best Buy? HOW? I mean, I am a bibliophile who was vetting the nook before having it ordered as my belated Christmas present next door at Barnes & Noble, and I was bored about forty minutes before he was done at Best Buy.

I still have no idea.

My feet are freaking killing me. I had been expecting to walk around a lot, but I hadn't been expecting to spend an hour at Menard's and a half hour at Staples and another hour and a half at Barnes & Noble. I mean dang.

BUT! OMG you guys I am so freaking excited about having my nook on order!!!! It's supposed to arrive around February 4, so I've obviously got quite a wait. But just knowing that it's coming is exciting enough.

I also found a new graphics card at Staples that's better than and way cheaper than the one I thought I needed to upgrade to. My dad bought me Dragon Age: Origins for Christmas, and I've been addicted to it since then (fantastic world-building, great storyline, and how freakin' cool is it that you can make NPCs fall in love with you?) but it was playing pretty laggy even with the extra GB of memory I installed this past week. So I'd been expecting to have to just play it that way, because I didn't have the $240 to buy the graphics card I thought I needed. But while at Staples today I found an even better graphics card for $119, and I had most of that left in Christmas money. So woohoo! Now I just have to save up for the iPod I want (come on, big tax return *crosses fingers*) and hope that my 4th generation will hold out long enough for that.
innerslytherin: (reading (aka Reid reads))
My father spent an hour and a half in Best Buy. HOW do you spend an hour and a half in Best Buy? HOW? I mean, I am a bibliophile who was vetting the nook before having it ordered as my belated Christmas present next door at Barnes & Noble, and I was bored about forty minutes before he was done at Best Buy.

I still have no idea.

My feet are freaking killing me. I had been expecting to walk around a lot, but I hadn't been expecting to spend an hour at Menard's and a half hour at Staples and another hour and a half at Barnes & Noble. I mean dang.

BUT! OMG you guys I am so freaking excited about having my nook on order!!!! It's supposed to arrive around February 4, so I've obviously got quite a wait. But just knowing that it's coming is exciting enough.

I also found a new graphics card at Staples that's better than and way cheaper than the one I thought I needed to upgrade to. My dad bought me Dragon Age: Origins for Christmas, and I've been addicted to it since then (fantastic world-building, great storyline, and how freakin' cool is it that you can make NPCs fall in love with you?) but it was playing pretty laggy even with the extra GB of memory I installed this past week. So I'd been expecting to have to just play it that way, because I didn't have the $240 to buy the graphics card I thought I needed. But while at Staples today I found an even better graphics card for $119, and I had most of that left in Christmas money. So woohoo! Now I just have to save up for the iPod I want (come on, big tax return *crosses fingers*) and hope that my 4th generation will hold out long enough for that.

YIPPEE!

Jun. 11th, 2009 08:41 pm
innerslytherin: (4cm - morgan/rossi)
Whee!



3409 / 20000 words. 17% done!

Thanks to storms that were rolling through when I first got home from work tonight, I got a lot more writing done on the [livejournal.com profile] bau_bigbang fic. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kyrdwyn I have started using Q10 for writing -- it's a full-screen word processor that has a running word count at the bottom and a timer you can set and even makes typewriter noises. Through the Q10 website I discovered Portable Apps and have been using that word processor while at work (because if I'm at work, I want to write unobtrusively, not full-screen). So anyway, got a lot of work done on that, and now I've reached the hard part of the fic. Yippee.

It's been a nice evening, though. I got home, ate dinner, then took the netbook and a glass of wine to bed with me. I expect I'll be going to sleep in the next hour and a half or so. And my head is feeling much better.

Tonight's wine: Grape Inspirations Savvy Green (apple wine)

YIPPEE!

Jun. 11th, 2009 08:41 pm
innerslytherin: (4cm - morgan/rossi)
Whee!



3409 / 20000 words. 17% done!

Thanks to storms that were rolling through when I first got home from work tonight, I got a lot more writing done on the [livejournal.com profile] bau_bigbang fic. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kyrdwyn I have started using Q10 for writing -- it's a full-screen word processor that has a running word count at the bottom and a timer you can set and even makes typewriter noises. Through the Q10 website I discovered Portable Apps and have been using that word processor while at work (because if I'm at work, I want to write unobtrusively, not full-screen). So anyway, got a lot of work done on that, and now I've reached the hard part of the fic. Yippee.

It's been a nice evening, though. I got home, ate dinner, then took the netbook and a glass of wine to bed with me. I expect I'll be going to sleep in the next hour and a half or so. And my head is feeling much better.

Tonight's wine: Grape Inspirations Savvy Green (apple wine)
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My parents bought me my Christmas present today. I recently saw the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 in an employee discount flyer at work, and have been techno-lusting over it ever since. Well, I did some comparison shopping and found out that Acer Aspire One got some great reviews as far as being the hardest working netbook out there. So we went to Indianapolis today so I could test-drive the keyboard. Since what I was looking for was high-mobility writing machine, I have to love the keyboard. And I do!

I originally wanted white, because my plan was to stick NaNoWriMo stickers on the lid. They didn't have white, though, so I ended up with pink. And I quicklky came to adore that, as well.

The one thing I was disappointed about was that Fry's didn't have the version with Linux preinstalled on it...so I have to go through the process of picking WHICH Linux to use, learning how to install it, and so on. Because I definitely want to run Linux on this machine. It's the perfect opportunity to learn something new.

Pictures of my new baby )
innerslytherin: (Default)
My parents bought me my Christmas present today. I recently saw the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 in an employee discount flyer at work, and have been techno-lusting over it ever since. Well, I did some comparison shopping and found out that Acer Aspire One got some great reviews as far as being the hardest working netbook out there. So we went to Indianapolis today so I could test-drive the keyboard. Since what I was looking for was high-mobility writing machine, I have to love the keyboard. And I do!

I originally wanted white, because my plan was to stick NaNoWriMo stickers on the lid. They didn't have white, though, so I ended up with pink. And I quicklky came to adore that, as well.

The one thing I was disappointed about was that Fry's didn't have the version with Linux preinstalled on it...so I have to go through the process of picking WHICH Linux to use, learning how to install it, and so on. Because I definitely want to run Linux on this machine. It's the perfect opportunity to learn something new.

Pictures of my new baby )
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Got a response from iTunes regarding this post. They said they can't change the system requirements, so I'm SOL. They'll refund my purchase if I want. So lucky me, no more freaking Supernatural until it comes out on DVD. Bastards. Perhaps they can't change the system requirements for the NEWEST iTunes, but I'm sorry, I happen to think that downloads should be backwards compatible. It's BULLSHIT that I need the newest iTunes version in order to run a video. Particularly as they 1) gave no warning that this change was coming, and 2) all my other videos PLAY just fine in iTunes.

Grrr.

I've been playing with layouts on my LJ all day, we'll see if I'm satisfied with it yet. I also have a new mood theme with Dr. Spencer Reid. Yummeh.


Here, have a meme:

innerslytherin: (Default)
Got a response from iTunes regarding this post. They said they can't change the system requirements, so I'm SOL. They'll refund my purchase if I want. So lucky me, no more freaking Supernatural until it comes out on DVD. Bastards. Perhaps they can't change the system requirements for the NEWEST iTunes, but I'm sorry, I happen to think that downloads should be backwards compatible. It's BULLSHIT that I need the newest iTunes version in order to run a video. Particularly as they 1) gave no warning that this change was coming, and 2) all my other videos PLAY just fine in iTunes.

Grrr.

I've been playing with layouts on my LJ all day, we'll see if I'm satisfied with it yet. I also have a new mood theme with Dr. Spencer Reid. Yummeh.


Here, have a meme:

GROAR

Feb. 1st, 2008 06:48 pm
innerslytherin: (act her age)
Okay, so the video thing is becoming even more frustrating. I have video that is saved on my computer, and it plays perfectly in Quicktime. It plays the audio and no video in VideoLAN.

With a DVD, VideoLAN also plays the audio but no video. Windows Media Player...gave me some other message, I can't remember what. InterVideo WinDVD crashes my computer and gives me a blue screen of death that says something about a physical memory dump. (I have this vague idea that I got 'physical memory dump' messages in the days preceding Gandalf the Desktop's hard drive failure, but I can't remember for sure.)

I have no problem watching YouTube videos, but I can't for the life of me figure out what could be causing this issue, and so suddenly. On Jan 13 DVDs worked perfectly. On Jan 16 they ceased functioning altogether.


In other news, I tried to get "Malleus Maleficarum" (SPN S3ep9) from iTunes tonight. I have a season pass, so they are supposed to check for purchases automatically and download automatically. When I told it to check for purchases, iTunes told me I was required to upgrade. I can't get any further by cancelling, so I downloaded the installer and tried to upgrade...and it told me it required XP SP2. *tears hair*

I REFUSE to reinstall SP2. It utterly destroyed my system performance while I had it, and as soon as I uninstalled SP2, all my "CPU usage 100%" problems went away. I sent a scathing email to iTunes complaining about this and demanding the product that I have already paid for. We'll see if I get anywhere.

GROAR

Feb. 1st, 2008 06:48 pm
innerslytherin: (act her age)
Okay, so the video thing is becoming even more frustrating. I have video that is saved on my computer, and it plays perfectly in Quicktime. It plays the audio and no video in VideoLAN.

With a DVD, VideoLAN also plays the audio but no video. Windows Media Player...gave me some other message, I can't remember what. InterVideo WinDVD crashes my computer and gives me a blue screen of death that says something about a physical memory dump. (I have this vague idea that I got 'physical memory dump' messages in the days preceding Gandalf the Desktop's hard drive failure, but I can't remember for sure.)

I have no problem watching YouTube videos, but I can't for the life of me figure out what could be causing this issue, and so suddenly. On Jan 13 DVDs worked perfectly. On Jan 16 they ceased functioning altogether.


In other news, I tried to get "Malleus Maleficarum" (SPN S3ep9) from iTunes tonight. I have a season pass, so they are supposed to check for purchases automatically and download automatically. When I told it to check for purchases, iTunes told me I was required to upgrade. I can't get any further by cancelling, so I downloaded the installer and tried to upgrade...and it told me it required XP SP2. *tears hair*

I REFUSE to reinstall SP2. It utterly destroyed my system performance while I had it, and as soon as I uninstalled SP2, all my "CPU usage 100%" problems went away. I sent a scathing email to iTunes complaining about this and demanding the product that I have already paid for. We'll see if I get anywhere.
innerslytherin: (act her age)
You are a worthless piece of shit, and I am SICK to DEATH of the way something is always WRONG. Why did you quit playing the video of DVDs for NO APPARANT REASON last week? Just two days after I had watched a DVD, you decided that you hated the DVD I put in. Thinking it was that disc, I tried three more, suffering through several blue screens of death and a great deal of frustration. I finally gave up and started watching Criminal Minds on YouTube instead of DVD. But now? Now I would really like my DVD capabilities back, please. I have the latest drivers, so you should be happy. My Guild Wars disc still works, so you're perfectly capable of reading a CD. Why are you suddenly hating on the DVDs?

No love,

Your frustrated owner.
innerslytherin: (act her age)
You are a worthless piece of shit, and I am SICK to DEATH of the way something is always WRONG. Why did you quit playing the video of DVDs for NO APPARANT REASON last week? Just two days after I had watched a DVD, you decided that you hated the DVD I put in. Thinking it was that disc, I tried three more, suffering through several blue screens of death and a great deal of frustration. I finally gave up and started watching Criminal Minds on YouTube instead of DVD. But now? Now I would really like my DVD capabilities back, please. I have the latest drivers, so you should be happy. My Guild Wars disc still works, so you're perfectly capable of reading a CD. Why are you suddenly hating on the DVDs?

No love,

Your frustrated owner.
innerslytherin: (grumpy!snape)
Dear person who is emailing me chain letter bullshit thinking I am A---,

There is a lovely website. It is called Snopes.com. The woman who runs it, the intelligent and funny Barbara Mikkelson, is very good at research. She researches a very large number of urban legends, chain emails, and other things like that. The first time you forwarded me something, I sent you a nice email with a link to the Snopes.com page debunking the particular urban legend you were passing along. To no one's surprise, you did not reply, but unfortunately you also didn't take me (or A---) off your forwarding list.

I feel it's my duty to tell you that no, the serial killer does not drop dollars at the gas station in the hopes that woman will take them and he can kill them. (The serial killer, in fact, being smarter than that and also more depraved, only kills woman that fit the same profile. Furthermore, the serial killer this urban legend started about is now behind bars.) This morning I feel it is my duty to inform you that the government is also not taking "In God We Trust" off the new presidential dollars, so there is no need to "boycott" this currency. (I would also like to point out that, by furthering this incorrect report, you are making people who trust in God--i.e. Christians--look stupid. It annoys us smart Christians who are able to research something before having hysterics about it.) Also, that girl in the "Amber Alert" email probably isn't really missing, because we weren't given any details like where and when she was last seen, what she was wearing, or who she was with. It's true that her name wasn't specifically mentioned, but there were several others in the exact same context of an email...and I checked two missing children websites and didn't find her listed.

Here's another thing I feel you should know: No matter how many times you see an email that says, "Forward this to ten people and hit shift and you'll see the answer", or "Forward this to at least five people, and when they have forwarded it to five people, you'll get an email with the answer", it is not true. Let's think about this for a minute. If those claims were true, that would be indication that the originator of the email had some sort of tracking software installed on your computer. This is generally known as spyware, and most people don't think it's a good thing. If you would like to help that little girl with cancer you think wrote the poem (she didn't) then donate money to the American Cancer Society, don't forward some stupid email. You'll be sorely disappointed that you didn't get the answer to the "Paul Harvey" riddle that came with the "Paul Harvey" essay (Lee Pitts actually wrote that, by the way)--though as Barbara Mikkelson points out, the answer to that riddle is "nothing", so in a sense, you will get the answer, she says: If you forward it, nothing will happen. (To which I have to say, Yes, nothing, except that your more intelligent friends will be thoroughly annoyed at you.)

I realize not everyone is as net savvy as my LJ friendslist. However, when I have sent you a link to a powerful website, how much time does it take for you to check these things out before you forward them? Answer: not much.

Sincerely,

The annoyed temp who has to check A----'s email

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