Catchin’ up … again

16 May

Well, I THINK I’m OK … this is a new machine my kid built for me. He put new guts in my ancient box (one I had given to him about 20 years ago, when I switched to something else). It was funny to get it back. I reckon some boxes are made protean enough that you can just switch motherboards in and out without too much sweat. I’ve got a dual-core chip in it, and the motherboard will accept up to an 8-core, if I want to melt the internet. And it will hold up to 8 Gig of RAM, so I can work on some heavier stuff that needs lots of processing power, like some of the format conversions that I like to do, and things like that.
It needs lots of tuning up … I’m trying to figure out how Windows 7, 64-bit works, and getting the browsers fixed up so they work the way I want them to … or work at all, for that matter. I’m having lots of trouble with things hanging in mid-operation, mass invasions by popups and unwanted redirects, and outright refusals to obey orders. IE seems the best at most things, but Firefox is a close second … Opera won’t work at all. That last doesn’t surprise me much … it was getting that way, anyway.
I haven’t been doing much photography … we’ve had lots of visually uninteresting weather, and There’s been a lot of need for me to stay close to home. Taking care of a bipolar is rather a full-time job. She just went through a rather extended period of irrationality, but seems to be herself again, the past couple of days. Now she won’t believe me when I tell her what she did. And I sprung my back trying to get her picked up off the floor, so I’m taking dope and being VERY careful what I do and how I do it. It’ll fix itself, but it’s something of a trial. The real kicker is that she can’t remember me doing it, so she keeps asking me why I’m acting like a cripple. When I tell her, she doesn’t believe me.
Anyway, my troubles aren’t all that interesting … I’ll get some photos fixed up and posted in the next couple of days.
Glad to be back; I’ve missed you all, and this place.
Cheers, all!


Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Uncategorized


16 responses to “Catchin’ up … again

  1. blackcalla

    May 16, 2014 at 2:38 am

    Good to see you back in circulation. Take care of your back. Merle

    • derwandersmann

      May 16, 2014 at 3:24 am

      Thanks, Merle … the real difficulty is remembering not to take the pill until I’m sure I won’t need to drive.

  2. pam

    May 17, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Glad to see your return and that you have a workable pc. So far mine is hanging in there. I do a virus scan twice a week just in case.

  3. gdare

    May 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I am using Win7 and Chrome for browsing and it works fine. As for tuning, there is a set of procedures I always do when installing a new operating system so I rarely got bored with unwanted computer behaviour. I am Win 2000 kind of guy and I hate automatic and ‘user friendly’ options, I like to have absolute control over my machine. As much as possible, that is 😛

    Good to see you back.

  4. evawiren

    May 17, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    It is very nice to see you back here. I am at the moment in and out of the internet but it will be solved . Take care ….

    • derwandersmann

      May 18, 2014 at 2:50 am

      Ah … pooter problems? How well I know them!

      • evawiren

        May 18, 2014 at 9:45 am

        Kind of frustrating ….. lol

  5. saktimari

    May 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Derwandersmann…happy week…. dziękuję za mantrę duża porcja wyciszenia….dla Ciebie muzyka która ci sie spodobała…. dużo spokoju…i radości życzę….. Mari 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. Furie

    May 21, 2014 at 11:19 am

    That look. The mistrust when you’re telling someone what they’ve done that they don’t remember, when they’re attempting to put their faith in someone else over their own memories. It’s heartbreaking and all too familiar even now.

    • Furie

      May 21, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Hope your back gets better soon, and that you can figure out your browser woes. Ours rarely starts on the desktop anymore and it drives Kim crazy each time she clicks the shortcut and it just does nothing.

      • derwandersmann

        May 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm

        Sounds like it needs a good dose of some sort of purgative.

      • Furie

        May 22, 2014 at 12:56 am

        We just give it the technical slap every now and then.

    • derwandersmann

      May 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Thank god for a wee drappie o’ the auld sod.

  7. Words

    May 23, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Glad to see you back on-line. I’m using W7 64bit OS plus the 64-bit version of Pale Moon for browsing, nicely tweaked to resemble my old Opera 12.x set-up. Works pretty well.

    Hope your back gets better soon. I’ve occasionally pinged mine and it is NO FUN!

  8. Harry...the Man!

    May 25, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Glad that your problems were resolved.

    • derwandersmann

      May 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Getting there … and at least I have an OS that has the prospect of remaining current for a few years.


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