THE CLOCKS GO BACK TONIGHT. I dare say you know whether you are among that mass or not (waves at exceptions: earthquake1906, rhiannon333, ringbark, possibly lambertman if he's in the right bit of Indiana, ditto bookshop, argentus and netdancer, er...) but if you're in any doubt then you can look it up here. If anyone blows any engagements tomorrow morning by exactly one hour, then that is why.
Life is pretty good at the moment, except that the hard disk drive on my main machine has been giving severe problems. Currently I am rebooting and it gets stuck at "Verifying DMI Pool Data". Thanks to dezzikitty (whom I still love at least as much as ever) kindly giving me a laptop for my birthday, I have found two pages of advice.
I have created a Windows 98 boot disk using http://www.bootdisk.com/ and booted from it; it stuck in the same place as before for a good couple of minutes or so but eventually went to an A:\ prompt. I attempted to run sys c: from the floppy as directed but it reports that "Invalid media type reading drive C". That's worrying. I have a suspicion that the hard disk is very very ill after it had previously taken close to 20 hours to SCANDISK while booting, but it eventually did boot at normal speed a couple of times and I was able to run SCANDISK from Windows through successfully a few times, both standard and full versions, and concluded that I was clear.
I have backups dating from early August, but I'd really rather not use them. This may be a trip-to-the-computer-shop job, especially if people are going to make worrying suggestions like physically taking the hard drive out of the machine and connecting it to another computer. *looks pleadingly*
Happy last-day-of-October, especially if you are lore and celebrating a birthday today or daweaver and celebrating tomorrow.