An Ounce of Prevention


Today’s going to be really short, since I’m fighting a migraine that just won’t let up. (The prevalent thought is that it’s actually a caffeine headache, since I’ve only had one cup of coffee all day, whereas at this point in the day I’d usually be on cup four or even five.)

I just ordered the keyboard covers for the laptops to try and avoid another incident with liquid getting inside the keyboard. They should be delivered either Wednesday or Thursday. Here’s hoping they’re as thin as advertised and will fit the laptop even with the lid closed. I do know they’re custom designed for our specific keyboards, so hopefully that’s a good sign.


Technological Update, Part III


My primary laptop is almost back to normal at this point. All the keys work, but it suddenly started taking a notably longer time to load Windows after logging into the computer (BIOS is still running as before, though). Not sure what the lag is, but it’s disconcerting. We’re still only talking about a matter of maybe 20 seconds, if that, but I’m used to less than five on this system (solid state boot drives are sexy things). I’m soliciting suggestions on that issue if you have any.

The only thing I haven’t tested is my ability to broadcast, but with everything else running according to plan, I don’t anticipate any problems today.

Back to the usual struggles with mental health tomorrow.

Technological Update, Part II


Yesterday the laptop I spilled water in spent the majority of the day having a fan blow on it on high. A few times during they day, I would check how it was doing by opening Word and hitting every key and taking note of what the result was before shutting it back down and putting it back in front of the fan. With each passing check, more and more of the keys were returning to normal.

With the check I just performed on it before putting it in front of the fan for the day (we had errands to do this morning) only the h and p keys, the 6 and 8 keys on the numpad, and the up and left arrow keys were doubling up. Everything else has returned to normal, so I’m fairly confident that I’m going to get the whole thing back in time for my show tomorrow. If not, I always have the USB keyboard to get me through.

It has, however, started exhibiting a delay in booting up that wasn’t there even during the early stages of this drying out process. It eventually starts up again, but it’s just long enough for me to be concerned that it’s hung in the boot cycle and won’t actually start. I’ll be keeping a close eye on this latest development.

Here’s hoping tomorrow’s update will be the last I’ll need to do.

Technological Update


Yesterday I explained that I was a klutz and got my primary laptop keyboard wet, which made it go haywire. It’s been drying out, with a fan blowing on it, and we’ve also given the keys a dose of compressed air, and it seems to be helping ever so slightly.

Good thoughts are continuing to be solicited concerning this situation. A repair will take us months to save up for.

Sorry for being so short yesterday and today, but typing on this somewhat smaller, stiffer keyboard is taking some effort to do well.

I’ll continue to post updates as events warrant.

Technological Setback


Earlier today I managed to spill a small amount of water in my primary laptop. I got it as dry as I could, but some of it got into the case through the keyboard and at this point it’s siting dormant and trying to dry out on its own. The keyboard is pretty messed up, but that can be bypassed by plugging a wireless keyboard into a USB slot. Problem is, using the wireless keyboard covers the laptop keyboard that I’m trying to dry, so it’s pretty much out of commission for the time being.

Right now I’m using a spare laptop for the most basic things, like blogging and using Firefox, but nothing graphics intensive, which means I’m likely going to be watching movies and reading for the next few days.

Keep your fingers crossed. We don’t have the spare cash to get it repaired, much less replaced.

Morning Fun with My Personal Assistant


This morning has been spent dealing with a headache (mostly gone by now) and dinking around with Microsoft’s personal assistant, Cortana. Those of you familiar with the Halo series of computer games will recognize the name (and the voice behind it). So far, the rabbit hole has taken me to the following commands.

  • Tell me a joke.
  • Tell me a science joke.
  • Tell me a sports joke.
  • What’s your favorite sport?
  • What’s your favorite game? (No surprises here.)
  • What’s your favorite song?
  • What’s your favorite TV show?
  • Do you like dogs?
  • What’s your favorite movie?
  • Tell me a story.
  • Tell me a bedtime story.
  • What are you afraid of?
  • Are you afraid of clowns?
  • Do you have nightmares?
  • Do you believe in ghosts?
  • Are you a zombie?
  • Do you eat?
  • Do an impression.
  • Sing a song.
  • Say something.
  • Tell me something interesting.
  • Tell me something funny.

In related news, the U-verse guys are sending a “senior technician” to troubleshoot the problems that we’re having with the Internet. Their window of arrival starts in 45 minutes so no time to go back to sleep. I can nap later.

October 5, 2015: Three Good Things


1. Despite waking up to some bad news (personal stuff, nothing, uh … personal … the situation is under control at this time) my mood was pretty chipper throughout almost the entire day. My computer is beginning to frustrate me and I’m thinking a clean install of Windows might not be a bad idea, but it’s not anything that’s greatly affecting my mood. Sure, I’m not looking forward to the process, but I think it will improve my computer’s performance. Might start that process after my show on Thursday night.

2. During the walks that I’ve been taking recently, I’ve started to get winded well before the end of the lap around the complex. Tonight, I didn’t get winded until after I’d climbed the stairs to come back home. My endurance is getting notably better.

3. Today my cat was especially social, spending almost the entire time my wife was at work on the couch with me. She usually naps for a few hours in the afternoon, then comes out a couple hours before my wife comes home for dinner to cuddle with me on the couch, and then hops up with me off and on after lunch. Today she was right there from the beginning and didn’t much leave until my wife kicked her out of her spot upon coming home for the evening.

Bonus: today is day eight of the complete checklist streak.