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November 27th, 2002

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04:35 pm - Not much going on
Am posting from the cybercafé in town. This little PC has Windows XP installed on it, which is the first time I've ever used it. Nice-looking, at least.

PC has gone to repair shop now. No idea if the repair shop is any good or not, but at least it's local and it claims to be very cheap. I managed to get the last bit of probably-important information off it before I went. Strangely, it seemed to be the case that the harder you push the power button or the reset button the more likely the PC was to boot, so I ended up jabbing the reset button with a pen and pushing it right inside the case. Whoops.

My home ISP, Demon Internet, are being very flaky indeed at the moment - even their webmail service is unreliable from here. The modem on the backup computer claims to be a 56k but in practice things are between one eighth and one quarter as quick as they were with my 64k ISDN connection. Hey ho. Will catch up on some tidying-up if I find the motivation and do some (offline) reading in the interim. Most of the useful things I could do are firmly on my PC, though; while I have backups, I don't fancy my chances of reinstalling them on the slow backup PC...

Thinking of you all! :-)

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Date:November 27th, 2002 09:12 am (UTC)


"so I ended up jabbing the reset button with a pen and pushing it right inside the case"

I must admit that Harmless no longer has a reset button for exactly this reason, I long ago shoved it into the case and out of reach ! I'm glad I'm not the only one !
[User Picture]
Date:November 27th, 2002 05:13 pm (UTC)

Re: Reset

Zorac's last case had a similar problem, but with the power button. About a third of the time I had to rip the front panel off the case and manually hit the microswitch...

Hope your PC gets well soon.
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Date:November 27th, 2002 10:52 am (UTC)
I have a Demon account and have a lot of trouble with getting disconnected and slow service. Haven't tried their webmail tho.
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Date:November 27th, 2002 01:17 pm (UTC)
Their Webmail is borderline-usable. There are technical reasons why their old webmail service, no longer accessible, is better simply because it poses less of a theoretical safety risk, but the new one features exciting and advanced functionality such as sending replies and other outgoing mail.

Demon's connectivity is usually decent, especially via ISDN, but it's lousy at the moment. Demon's webmail using BT Internet for the connection can be lived with. Eep!
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Date:November 27th, 2002 01:11 pm (UTC)

Let him have it

When you say you 'managed to get the last bit of probably-important information off it', do you mean you saved it for reference or you saved it from prying eyes?
[User Picture]
Date:November 27th, 2002 01:14 pm (UTC)

Sock it to me

There was a bit of both involved today, as it happens.

(The answer to one of the two aspects includes my MSIE Favo[u]rites list. Not telling you about the answer to the other aspect.)
[User Picture]
Date:November 27th, 2002 06:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Sock it to me

Is there pornography on your computer?

...are you SURE?

[User Picture]
Date:November 27th, 2002 07:05 pm (UTC)

Re: Sock it to me

There are some very dubious photos of a young man doing strange things with what appears to be a bottle of soft drink which I should not like to have to explain. ;-)

Afraid that if anyone searches my PC for .avi files or what-not then the most interesting thing they will get is a 44 MB one with the opening sequence to Shane Richie's Luuuuuuuuuucky Numbers. (Have you ever taken a close look at the "girl who appears to drop the towel which is draped around her" one-second scene of the "The Sun" ad bumper?)
Date:November 27th, 2002 11:19 pm (UTC)

I hope your computer gets fixed soon! And yes, I have XP too, its quite prettyful IMO. I have the colors set for Silver/Chrome theme. :)

*sends loff* Its our Thanksgiving today, but I will wish you a good one, regardless whether you celebrate it in London or not.

You could always eat a bit of Turkey and pretend your celebrating it with us 'Mericans. *grins*


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