atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4243: The nice thing about closing being able to sleep until 1 PM, have time to blog, and not have to rush. I have about half an hour before I have to start getting ready to go, and I've chosen to spend it here. Whee!

Part of me observes that I could have made a Hell Day out of it today. My brother's oldest son is graduating from high school today; I could have gotten up at 6:30 AM and gone up thataway, attended the graduation, and then left there in time to get to work--but the last time I went to a graduation there and "only" spent four hours I got myself disliked for being a party pooper. Besides, I wouldn't expect anyone to drive a total of 180 miles (3-4 hours depending on your average speed) to attend a party I was throwing, especially not when that person had to work that day.

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Over the past couple of days I have had a thought about a good post topic, failed to write it down, and then have found myself unable to recall what the everlasting F-F-f-ity-foo-fah it was. Twice. I hope to do better.

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So, on Wheeler Dealers this week they had a Citroen 2CV, and fortunately it was one that needed an engine rebuild. The French do things their own way, and that car's no exception; the suspension is a pretty interesting solution to the cheap and robust and useful equation.

The engine is a dead-simple two-cylinder air-cooled horizontally-opposed configuration. (Pity I couldn't think of more hyphenated modifiers to add there.) The most interesting thing is that the car uses a centrifugal clutch, like a go-kart. The shift pattern was never explained; I think "AR" means "park", and therefore the the "S" must be "reverse", but it was arranged in an odd pattern. "AR" was where first is in a modern manual transmission, and "S" was where fifth gear goes. (And if "AR" is not short for arret or whatever, but actually indicates reverse, then what is "S"? But there was no obvious control for a parking brake, so....)

It's pretty crazy stuff, but it worked well enough for Citroen, and it was a fun episode.

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In the "system restore" column for Floristica, I've noticed that little things don't work as they should. When I turn off spell check in Pale Moon, the next time I log in I have to do it again. Ditto for the various game applications included with Win 8; I have to log in each time. It's irritating.

The inclusion of the first "episode" of Adera is, of course, a marketing ploy. Give the first hit for free, then charge up the wazoo for subsequent doses. Looks like it'd cost me about $30 to play to the end of the first "season", and while it's an enjoyable game it is not that enjoyable--and paying only $6 per "episode" does not spare you the commercials they've apparently inserted. I have therefore decided that I won't be continuing to play that particular game.

The hard drive was--for some inane reason--partitioned into two chunks. The C drive is about 150 MB; the D drive is the balance of the 1 TB drive minus some figure for the recovery partition. (Hidden--or at least I hope it's hidden. If this machine doesn't have a recovery partition I'm going to be annoyed.) Fixing this issue may require wiping the drive and reinstalling the OS. Of course.

Even though I used a software tool from work to clear the passwords, the computer still tries to boot into the administrator account and issues an "invalid password" error. If I hit the "try again" button (whatever it's called) and hit "enter" on an empty password field, it logs in normally. But normally I don't want to use the Admin account, because its access to some of the software--like the games--is restricted (!). So I have to navigate to the login screen where I can pick the user account I wish to use, at which point the login proceeds normally. And even though I've given this account administrator priveleges, I still cannot do some administrator tasks with it. Argh etc.

This is certainly a new twist on administrator priveleges, let me tell you: "Okay, you have admin privelege, but you can't do that because you must be logged in as Administrator. Oh, but as Administrator you're not allowed to run those programs...." F-in' Windows. Whatever they did to this machine to set it up as a shelf display, obviously they did not fully undo when boxing it up for us. They removed their demo software, but nothing else. It would have been a lot better if the guy had just handed me the machine and told me, "Go ahead and do a restore on it before doing anything else." But he insisted on treating me like a first-percentile computer user rather than a 99th percentile--even though I told him otherwise--so here we are.

Well, that's the way of computers in the 21st century. The last time a migration was easy for me was when I got Jurai, in 2001; moving from Windows 95 to Windows ME was easy and painless and I never had any serious trouble with ME, either. But Jurai and its OS were 20th century technology.

Even so, this machine is so fast it makes you want to punch yourself in the face.

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Well, now I'm minus minutes, so I'd better get moving.

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