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Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
8:42 am
1) error popup on taskbar last night, some exe corrupt; don't know what generated the error - can I get to computer management w/o explorer?
2) chkdsk ran on boot and found something that I didn't pay attention to since I hadn't yet had coffee.
3) Windows login screen ok. Attempts to log on as 'normal' user = fail (immediate logoff). Log in as me, get a blank desktop (no explorer). When logged in this way, task manager can run iexplore and will get online. Did not try cmd. Cannot run explorer. Forgot the error message. It's not useful.
4) nothing installed recently other than AOE3.
5) I thought system restore and shadow copies was on by default - but there are no restore points available.
6) windows boot diagnostic tool found no startup errors.
7) msconfig/turn off all startup items accomplished nothing.
8) next step? safe mode?

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Monday, October 6th, 2008
8:06 pm
My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
junkpc goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as A phone guy.
fireba11 tricks you! You get a toothbrush.
ginabeth tricks you! You get a wet rag.
grayhawkfh gives you 13 green grapefruit-flavoured gummy worms.
killernurd tricks you! You lose 7 pieces of candy!
lohquesse tricks you! You get an eraser.
moliarity gives you 7 teal grape-flavoured pieces of bubblegum.
mousecat0 gives you 7 yellow pineapple-flavoured pieces of taffy.
punkwalrus gives you 13 pink mint-flavoured gummy bats.
stoooooooo tricks you! You get a dead frog.
usethe4sluke tricks you! You lose 23 pieces of candy!
junkpc ends up with 10 pieces of candy, a toothbrush, a wet rag, an eraser, and a dead frog.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
8:29 pm
It will be mine... oh yes, it will be mine
Well, ok. Technically, it already *is* mine.
I got the title issues with the car figured out on Saturday.
The jorb, still pretty good. I gots nothin' to complain about. Hope it stays that way.
Family life, well... the baby does not seem to mind daycare all that much. Mrs Junkpc seems pretty happy with her new jorb.
Um... yeah, the lappy arrived, and I have decided to leave Vista on it. Just 'cause. Mostly 'cause I am lazy.
I did, however, attempt to install kubuntu on Virtual PC, and ran into what seems to be a common error. Something about a processor error or somesuch. I am not a good geek, 'cause I don't remember it.
Either way, for the stuff that I have been using it for, the lappy ain't too bad.
Um... what else.....
Fessor's busy being himself, and he and Boogie still occasionally fight. I don't think it's serious.
I'm gonna go poke around some boring web pages for a bit, then sleepy time.

Current Mood: good
Friday, August 1st, 2008
9:07 pm
Need help/information from MD people re: MVA
I need to do an auto title transfer and get plates **yesterday**. MVA site says that they are only open on Saturday for license services. I am absolutely stuck.
If you know that this is not true, or that there is an independent title service agent, let me know please.
Since I am new on the new job, I cannot take time off to do this, neither can Mrs Junkpc.
Sunday, July 27th, 2008
6:49 am
New Hotness
So, I have a dilemma.
For the first time, I have actually purchased for myself a brand new computer. We're not talking about some fistful of parts that I need to assemble myself with a .... really, it's valid MS license for whatever flavor of Windows. No, no! We're talking about an open the box and here's a shiny new computer that's not for someone else!
Now - there are some of you that know that we got Mrs Junkpc a new PC right around the time of the baby's arrival, and some would argue that this computer was, in fact, mine. It's something different when the intended main user is not you.
So, anyway, my new laptop should get here in a few weeks (apparently the batteries are on backorder).
Now, to my problem.....
The new computer will ship with Windows Vista Ultimate preinstalled.
I have heard/read different things about it. Many bad, but some ok.
I have several options;
1) I can 'downgrade' to XP Pro
2) I can dual-boot with XP Pro
3) I can virtualize XP Pro
4) I can forget XP Pro and just learn Vista Ultimate
5) I can go off the deep end and install some flavor of Linux

realistically, 5 is not an option for me. We don't need to go into why. I have other computers here with which I intend to play with Linux. I can also, if I really want to play with it that badly, choose options 2 and maybe 3.

I am thinking that I am more in favor of 3, then 2. I guess it all depends on what I want to use the thing for....

So, anyway, any thoughts? Suggestions? Tips to learn to love Vista?
Is Vista actually XP's ME?
Film at 11?
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
4:02 pm
Even Rush isn't as good as Rush - http://www.colbertnation.com/?p=1657

Current Mood: amused
Monday, July 21st, 2008
5:21 pm
First day
If today's interactions were any clue, I may actually have gotten myself way inverted on the bullshit to pay ratio. This is a very good thing.
I gots things to do here at the ranch, though - so y'all can wait here 'til I gets back, y'hear?
Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
8:22 pm
Well, it's about time!!
Ok... Let's see - for those that haven't heard from me in a while, Hi! You could email me, or something.

So, what's new -
I am changing jobs. That's right - after 5+ years with the same employer, I am leaving. I am going from being a giant whale in a goldfish bowl to being something single-celled and very insignificant in the Pacific. BUT - the amount of money that I will be given in exchange for whatever it is that they want me to do is significantly higher than what it is/was. And the benefits.... so, yeah... I won't ever be able to wear shorts to work again, and I pretty much need to bag the Chuck Taylors. Ok.
In other news, Baby Junkpc is doing well.... and by well I mean smiling, burping, pooping, pooping, pooping, and being a pretty good baby. People love her.
Also, Mrs. Junkpc is changing jorbs as well. Yep. No more crazy people for her.
Well, at least, no more crazy patients. We still have our friends.
In addition, I just had to buy a car - I can explain that later. Our other car just got paid off, so it's not *that* bad.
Oh, and yeah - Junkpc's brother, the Auto-Tech, is planning to move in with us for a while.

So - that's what's going on with me - that's why I haven't called you or sent an email. I have been just a bit busy - and that's just the stuff I can remember right now.

My lawn is a wreck!!

What's *your* excuse?!?!?
Sunday, July 6th, 2008
2:00 pm
Monday, June 23rd, 2008
6:17 am
Time to rip his page from the address book
For those that saw the bit on his last tour.... yeah.


Fortunately, Mrs. Junkpc and I got to see the last stop in Baltimore. I have a calendar on my desk, so today's entry:

Considering how often these child-trapped-in-a-car stories have been reported on TV, don't you think by now parents should have gotten the idea? Actually, isn't that one of the more fundamental rules of child rearind? "Don't bake your children!"
Saturday, May 10th, 2008
7:56 am
Happy Birthday
Because I am just now able to get to a computer for a few minutes, I am a bit late in announcing the arrival of our daughter, Pandora. Born 5/7/2008, 7 lbs 4.5 oz, 21.25" @ 8:40 pm.

The only thing I can say is this:
The door is closed. The safety lecture has been given. The fasten seatbelts light is on, and the pilot just hit the throttle. We are well on our way to what will surely be a giant adventure. We already have a few stories from her first few days of life, and at least one of them is a defecation misadventure involving the poor timing of an inexperienced parent.

Thanks to all for kind words, support, gifts, advice, and everything else that our friends have provided. We are really lucky people to have our friends. Pictures will be posted soon at images.junkpc.com.
Also - if there is anybody that I did not notify personally in the last few days, please don't take it as anything but my poor planning and lack of a centralized information store. (I know - I should have an Exchange server here at the ranch) I still have a lot of phone calls to make, and I'm learning how to be a dad.

Time to go see if Mrs. Junkpc is still sleeping. She deserves it.
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
11:44 am
Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
9:21 am
Time Stand Still
Blatantly stolen without permission - read the lyrics or watch. Ignore the 80's-ness of the video, it's not the important part.


I turn my back to the wind
To catch my breath
Before I start off again.
Driven on without a moment to spend
To pass an evening with a drink and a friend

I let my skin get too thin
I'd like to pause
No matter what I pretend
Like some pilgrim
Who learns to transcend
Learns to live as if each step was the end

(Time stand still)
I'm not looking back
But I want to look around me now
(Time stand still)
See more of the people and the
places that surround me now
Freeze this moment a little bit longer
Make each sensation a little bit stronger
Experience slips away
Experience slips away

I turn my face to the sun
Close my eyes
Let my defences down
All those wounds that I can't get unwound

I let my past go too fast
No time to pause
If I could slow it all down
Like some captain, whose ship runs aground
I can wait until the tide comes around

(Time stand still)
I'm not looking back
But I want to look around me now
(Time stand still)
See more of the people and the
places that surround me now
Freeze this moment a little bit longer
Make each impression a little bit stronger
Freeze this motion a little bit longer
The innocence slips away
The innocence slips away...

Summer's going fast, nights growing colder
Children growing up, old
friends growing older
Freeze this moment a little bit longer
Make each impression a little bit stronger
Experience slips away
Experience slips away...
The innocence slips away
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
9:27 am
Fetal Rock-n-Roll Syndrome
Ok - the title is a stretch, but it seemed like it fit:
Mrs Junkpc calls me while we're both driving to work.
The local rock station decided to play Rush's 'Tom Sawyer'
I am a huge Rush fan - not the most rabid, maybe - but I am half way on my quest to own all of their work on vinyl. (That's 33 1/3 RPM record discs for those of you not from the stone age like me)
Anyway -
Mrs Junkpc calls me from the road and announces yet another reason why this is most certainly my/our child.
She (the fetus) has not been very active in the mornings. Until she heard Rush today.
Then, she started moving all over the place.

Now, there are several possible explanations for this, but I am choosing to ignore all but the one that amused us this morning - which is that we know that our baby will also be a fan of that wacky Canadian trio.

other possibilities include:
1) hated breakfast
2) woke up cranky and upset because internal organs were crowding her personal space
3) just decided that Mrs Junkpc needed a punch in the spleen
4) hates Rush and was trying to get away

- I think I should find some archive tape of Myron Cope and Bill Hillgrove. This is something that we will need to know about now.
Saturday, January 12th, 2008
8:32 am
Sonogram SAYS!!!!

Sorry - couldn't resist.
It will be a girl.
Sunday, October 21st, 2007
11:27 pm
Beaten by *Denver?*
I should have gone to bed.

Current Mood: tired
10:07 pm
Damned responsibilities
Losing 21-7 at the half, and I need to go to bed.
Edit: 21-14.
Can I change mood to only slightly less annoyed?
I really should go to bed.
Another Edit: 28-14.
I should have gone to bed.

Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, October 11th, 2007
10:10 pm
I know that this may get annoying, but I know that some people have 'friended' me on here.
Just because it's mine, I have decided to use craptastic.junkpc.com as my primary dumping ground.

So either just check that regularly, or I'll probably keep adding links here for the immediate moment.
You can feel free to comment here if you'd like, or there, or - don't bother. Up to you.
Monday, October 8th, 2007
9:22 pm
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007
2:10 pm
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