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?

Links provided to me:


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.

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.
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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.

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?

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?

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?!?!?

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!"