matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Agent Smith)
Just back from the Best Buy in Salem, NH. Turns out the keyboard problem was a registry glitch. The tech fired up the laptop, and the machine literally behaved then and there, but he tinkered with it to make sure it doesn't do the same thing again.

Also, there is a problem with the DVD player: there is a problem with a chip, causing the DVD player to randomly Not Work. This is a problem that would require me to bring the machine in and have the chip replaced, which would take as much as three weeks. I've brought the machine home to back up the files and plan to bring it back the next time that we're in Salem, NH. At least tonight's repair (and the chip replacement) was covered by the warranty, which is good till May.

Also got "Inception" and reboot!"Star Trek" on DVD: I felt a little bad coming away without paying a dime. Customer service reps gotta stick together.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Flood_ORLY)
About a half hour ago, I was typing away happily, tagging RP tags, rewatching the first season of Supernatural, and musing about what fics I was going to work on, when out of the blue, I cannot get a single letter to appear on the screen. I figured it was a momentary hang-up, but even after waiting a few moments, I could not get any letters to appear on the screen. I tried restarting it, but It Got Worse. I can't even type in the password field to log into my laptop. :: Sighs:: I haven't had the best of times for the past few days, either, between working crazy hours due to storms, and having to walk on the street due to unplowed sidewalks, and getting pushed out of my slot at work by an out of control guy with OCD who insists on trying to ring up his own groceries and/or bag them himself. Now this. I know everyone has their runs of bad luck, but does it have to all come at once? ::Grinds molars::
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (There Is No Spoon)
...Or no need for it, since I now have the laptop connected to the home wireless connection. Just got off the phone with a very nice tech from Verizon, who diagnosed what's up with the desktop. It appears said desktop has a virus, as there was nothing wrong with the router. It was a simple matter of finding the passcode to hook up to it, and that turned out to be right on the router itself. I'm of a mind to have the desktop wiped and reloaded, but we'll see. I'm happier with the laptop than I've been with the desktop.

So! I'm fully connected once again. I just need to get some files from the desktop and get back to work on various projects that have been hanging (ie. the Twhinelite/Yami no Matsuei crossover, the [ profile] centi_50 fics, etc.).
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (MRCode)
Well, sort of. Thanks to a trip to the Best Buy in tax-free Salem, N.H., I am now the owner of a shiny new Dell Inspiron 17 laptop, with wireless capabilities, among other bells and whistles (like a webcam! Oh my!). I still don't have a connection via Verizon... However, I just discovered a weak wireless signal (possibly my neighbor's) and so I am making use of that for now. I do feel a little odd about pirating this signal, but hey, I'm making like a refugee from the Matrix, hacking into a signal to get my work done. I did discover that a local McDonald's has free WiFi, so I nipped in there for a couple of hours.

At least that much is going well: I wish I could say the rest of my evening was. I won't go into detail, but it entailed a long walk to and from a Perpetual Adoration chapel at a church in town, in the process of trying to find a family member who'd gone for a long walk. Let me tell you: long walks all over town, in the middle of the early night to find stray family members are cool only in Blood+. Hopefully I won't have to do this again soon.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (There Is No Spoon)
And it is rather starting to get on my nerves, though that likely has something to do with missing a bus as I scrambled to get back to the library in town, which is just a mile from home, and thus pretty much in walking distance. :: Sighs:: I'm keeping this short and simple since I still have tags at [ profile] carpe_ho_ras to catch up on and I want to be back home at a reasonable time so I can call Verizon about this. I ran a diagnostic last night and the thing told me something about an IP address needing to be renewed and that I would have to contact my ISP to resolve this. Oy...

Maybe my mom is right and I am addicted to the Internet, not that I see it that way: it's a means of communication. One might as well accuse me of being addicted to talking or writing.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Easter)
My Twitter tweets have been spotty, this is how far into hermit-mode I've been: plus, I've been up to the eyes with work, Easter, and shenanigans at Carpe Horas -- the last has been keeping me sane when the first started to eat me alive.

--Easter: Had a fairly quiet Easter Sunday; we had a late supper at Cracker Barrel, and my dad and I spent much of the day cleaning up the yard after winter and all the windstorms we had (lots of downed branches and twigs in the grass). Gave my mom a Hello Kitty Easter plushie in her Easter basket.

--Work: crazy hours last week due to the holiday, also being asked to come in earlier and earlier on one day in particular. I understand it's busy and they need me, and I did miss a day due to that flood, but I ended up feeling a bit put-upon, especially after I waded through six inches of receding flood water on my sidewalk to get in to work one of those days. Forgive me for feeling a bit entitled: I just felt like I'd stuck my neck out for them and my efforts weren't being recognized.

--Also, a word of advice to No more ads with viruses, I mean it. I couldn't hit the Ad Block fast enough to keep from getting hit. I did not need a virus scare at one in the morning, which kept me up till three trying to calm down. I am not going to archive my fics on your site any more, as I'm scared to death of your buggy site now.

Unfortunately, this means I can't read fics on there any more, and some of my favorite fics are on there. :: Sighs:: Someone needs to come up with some kind of plug-in to make ff.n safe to surf, or to collect fics from there and disinfect them. There was a new YnM fic that I'd just started reading and enjoying.

But there's been some good things, too:

--Mom's parakeet: The past week or so, Flurry the budgie has suddenly started to get very friendly: he's coming up to the side of the cage to say hello to us, even getting close enough to give "bird kisses" (ie. teeny nibbles on our noses, if we get close enough to the bars of the cage). He's also getting much better about sitting on and staying on fingers -- and not biting them, either.

--[ profile] carpe_ho_ras shenanigans: Crack plots a plenty, both the spooky and the silly! Practical jokes have been played on people by two twin elf boys, to the delight and annoyance of many. The moon turned blood red over the Mansion, leaving people scrabbling for an explanation. And I've introduced a character from one of my earliest serious fandoms, namely, Parsifal from the opera by Wagner; the guileless knight has been a hit at the Mansion and there is much plottage being planned.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (NaNoWriMo 2008)

The problems with the comp turned out to be:

A bunch of dust, and the bearings are starting to go in the fan for the power supply. I'm ordering a replacement for the power supply, but I think we're going with "hang onto the part until the power supply actually quits" since, according to the nice guy from Geek Housecalls who came last night, I might have another six months to a year on the power supply.

Had to work a long shift this morning and I'm a bit tired. Not sure how much I'll get done on the NaNo today, and while I'm a week ahead on my word count, I really don't want to fall behind since they want me to come in at nine on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. In theory, if I can keep up the momentum I've had most of this month, I may be able to finish my word count by this coming Sunday. I did manage to scribble down a couple hundred words while I was on my lunch break.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (NaNoWriMo 2008)

Managed to get myself a week ahead on my word count, but now the NaNoWriMo computer bug seems to have hit my comp: I got up yesterday morning, went to check my email and I discovered my comp was making noises like a weed-whacker. So I made a slightly frantic call to Geek Housecalls to set up an appointment: they're sending a guy over today to take a look at it. The general consensus is that it might be the hard drive, but I think it's a fan on the GFX card, since that's been acting wierd for some time now. Hopefully we can get this straightened out without too much of a hassle...
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Diary)
A couple of months ago, Verizon sent us a replacement power cable for the router we use for the FiOS hook-up, since some people were reporting they were having troubles with the power cords going bad. I didn't replace the cord, since the one we had worked just fine.

I'm glad they sent it, since I'd gone out for a walk earlier and came home to find the Internet had gone down and the activity lights on the router were all blinking red. So I quickly swapped out the power cables and now it's back to normal.

Just a quiet day otherwise: I'm pecking away at typing up a chapter in my current magnum opus, which I hope to have posted shortly.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (LJBlackout)
Kudos to [ profile] anivad for the heads-up on the recent LJ blackout. This from

LiveJournal has been under a DDoS attack since Thursday, August 6th. A DDoS attack is focused heavy traffic in an attempt to make the site unavailable; not an attempt to gain access to anyone's account or personal information. We have taken steps to filter this traffic so that the site can remain accessible.

The site is running normally for most users at this time. Because of the mitigation procedures required to keep the site up and running, however, some users may not be able to access the site or post entries or comments from some locations and browsers. This is not account-specific, and you may be able to access the site from a different computer or network.

What I want to know is why someone would cyber-attack a blogging site, unless it's out of revenge or spite.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (LJBlackout)
As per my previous post... As suddenly as LJ suddenly refused to load on my comp, it's finally loading again. Thank you, Lord!!
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Diary)
Okay... thanks goes out to everyone who sent in their Friends request on my shiny new MySpace page... But I seem to be having a problem: Every time I go on there since last night, FireFox randomly crashes. I can't figure out what's up and if anyone has had this problem, do you have any suggestions on fixing it? Thanks in advance!
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (American_Gods)
Looks like my comp is in the clear. We (as in me, with WGAnubis coaching me over Xfire) ran a scan on the boot files; something odd did turn up, but it turned out that it just meant some optional component hadn't been installed. No big deal, but I'll admit, this is putting me off EvE for a while. But, there again, I got a lot to do in MxO, between farming for a snazzy new coat, preparing for a player event of my own, and gearing up for the Christmas/December holidays event, aka snow coming down,  snowball fights and yetis popping up randomly (usually in Westview). They're coming out with some lovely new formal clothes this year, including a warm-looking overcoat for the guys and -- finally! -- a knee-length skirt for the gals; Sieges, like her player, is a conservative dresser and she's been hoping for something like these.

Working steadily on my Christmas shopping: I just have to order a couple-few more things from now.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (EvE Online Sieges)
I feel like I'm spamming you guys for prayers about silly things, but this one could be costly: Turns out there's a very bad bug in the new EvE Online patch, that can mess up the boot files on your computer. Since my Internet connection is largely my means of contact with most of the people I really trust, I'd be in a tight place if something happened to it and I needed to call someone in to repair it. So, I'm asking for you to pray that my comp is all right and, if there turns out to be a problem, that I have the strength to keep my wits about me. Thanks in advance and I appreciate all of you.

I think I might just stick to MxO after this...
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Default)
Stolen from [ profile] hellsing, it's... ANDER-PLANT!

Made my whole night, and goes to show what you can do with one of those dancing plants that were so popular a few years back.

Doing a lot better than I did last night, thanks in no small part to doing some retail therapy at Wal-Mart. I desperately needed new winter pyjamas since the bottoms of the pair I've been wearing wore out and the jacket is getting thin in the sleeves; found a lovely red fleece set with a delightful print of penguins frolicking in the snow. Also went looking for some dark red flannel material; my Christmas present this year is going to be an Empire dress ala Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen in "Becoming Jane" (keeping an eye out for the DVD of that), which we're having a dressmaker sew for us, since neither of us is really good at sewing (though I did pretty good making some faux mantling for the black coat I wore as Harry Dresden on Hallowe'en). We weren't too successful, but we'll try a craft/fabric store in the area. Also got some marked-down Hallowe'en music CDs, including Mannheim Steamroller's second two-disc set; I got their first one just before Hallowe'en and loved it so much, I snapped up the other.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Chobits_Freya)
Waiting for the days to count down till the fiber-optic Internet service is installed, of course. I've got a lot of writing projects I'll be tackling during that time, including several MxO chat logs I've been meaninf to beat into story form... and a paranormal romance novel I've been toying with since I watched "Underworld" for the first time about two weeks ago (I know, I should post a review), when I was waiting for the last MxO update to patch. I've noticed there seems to be a trend toward these silly things these days (I'd blame Laurel K. Hamillton, but I've been reading her Merry Gentry series, which has become my chief literary guilty pleasure. I blame a certain fair damsel's reviews of them for getting me hooked on them :: Laughs at self, giggles at said fair damsel:: ), and I find it interesting. Of course they're usually vampires and werewolves or were-whatevers, but I saw one involving a mermaid, that looked intriguing.

I'll admit, I got the idea for the paranormal romance novel from a bit of RP going on in the MxO recently: Morraeon the reaper (Sieges's alter-ego) is a little different from her kin in that she has the capacity to love, to form attachments with other creatures, specifically Exiles and other AI-like beings, and she's been exploring this quirk of hers, which lead her into a somewhat ill-advised romance with a vampire named Vanil... but I was gently warned off of that plot by my good friend Anubis, since this guy, as good an RPer as he really is, tends to lean towards cybering, and he didn't want me getting into a tangle. But I came away with the germ of an idea for a novel. We'll see how I can adapt the situation and the universe so I can actually sell the book, and not just have it kicking around as the umpteenth fanfiction.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Default)
*GOOD NEWS*: When I called Verizon today, I learned that our town has the technology for fiber optic Internet service, which is faster even than DSL. Thus, I've ordered the service and if everything goes according to plan, I will be dial-up free after February 23rd. I'm so excited, I'm shaking a little, and I'll admit, these next two and a half, three weeks are gonna be a little tough to get through, but this buys me a lot of peace of mind. No more slow connections. No more Juno screw-ups. No more download times that take foooorrreeeevvveeeerrrr.... The MxO will run a lot smoother. I'll able to listen to all these neat Catholic radio shows that I just can't access on this slow connection. I can download BitTorrents of "Supernatural" episodes I've missed. I can upload the book I've been trying to publish since forever. And what's more, my dad and I won't be bickering over using the phone line. He can talk to his crazy friends and I can be on the 'Net at the same time. God, I sound like the old Verizon DSL commercial. :: Laughs::
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Guadalupe)
It seems the church is staying open indefinately yet again, but there is a catch: this one priest who often says the Latin Mass for us is for some bizarre reason not allowed to offer Mass for us. I swear the goons in the diocesan hierarchy are holding him hostage with the church as the ransom fee. There are times when I am so aggravated with the people in the Church, the hireling shepherds we're stuck with that it's enough to make me want to find a way to split from the Church as an organization and yet still go to Mass and the Sacraments.

And the main reason I haven't been posting on this journal as often as I should: my computer phobia is starting to come back with a vengeance. The little glitches and quirks were getting on my nerves so badly yesterday, it almost gave me a minor anxiety attack. Sometimes it's all I can do just to go online long enough to check my messages. I'd better get this thing in to the Geek Squad at the Best Buy in Danvers, but I'm worried about the cost of repairs. If I just knew someone personally who could help me tweak this thing and make it behave, I'd be much better off.

Some pluses recently: went into Lowell to First Friday Mass and confession with my mom yesterday, and I'm trying to work on the back story for my MxO alt, though I'll admit, my computer anxiety has made it hard for me to collect my whirling thoughts long enough for me to write them down. I've been reading a lot of books lately, to distance myself from these feelings and get my mind onto something else. Thus, I've been finishing a lot of half-finished books I'd set aside: Dante's "La Vita Nuova" (the love story of Beatrice and Dante himself), Mario Puzo's "The Godfather" (I like the movie better, but I love the ending of the book), several of Terry Prachett's hysterical books, including "Mort", "Reaper Man", "Hogfather" (great for the Christmas season!), and "Soul Music", and I just started "Maskerade"; if this guy's wacky stuff doesn't get my mind off my worries, nothing will!

Best of all: It snowed finally! Three inches of fluffy white stuff fell last night and blanketed the ground. Finally looks like winter out there!
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (flight into egypt)
I feel like clocking one to Xfire, the otherwise lovely little IM program for gamers which I've been using lately to keep in touch with my MxO buddies outside the game: it downloaded a patch, but somehow that patch didn't go through since it crashed itself twice during the download process. Last thing I need to deal with right now is more computer woes, though this one is nowhere as horrible as the connection woes I've had.

In other news, just took down our big Christmas tree and I'm about to put up our Epiphany-season angel tree, using one of those stylized wire-frame trees that people put up in their yards sometimes. This helps us sort of transition out of the Christms season and get the house back to normal, plus my mom and I have a large, lovely collection of angel ornaments and this is a great way to show them all off at once.

And we finally got a dusting of snow here in the North East! A dusting is better than nothing, and it finally looks/feels like winter here.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Agent Smith)
I had every intention of posting about Christmas yesterday, but my Internet decided to act flooky again. If this happens to me one more time, I am going to knuckle down and get DSL, even though that means I may wind up being offline for a week or two. I'm about due for a break from the MxO, and I've got some writing projects I need to take a look at and get back to writing. Most notably, the infamous "This Shouldn't Be Happening".

Christmas post coming, I just need to get some liquids into my system, since the anxiety from work and from dealing with pernickety computers has left my mouth feeling dry.

April 2017



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