bardic_lady: (morgana - not your mother's)
I have my computer back! And in honour of completing grad school, I have changed my LJ layout.

bardic_lady: (wh13 - myka grow up)
When last we met, our heroine had just passed her oral defence and become a Master of Arts, Theatre History. There was great rejoicing.

That very evening, my laptop got the Win 7 Total Security virus. This virus is insidious and evil and people who invent this sort of thing should be shot. So... it honest to goodness totalled my laptop. Like, it even destroyed the HP recovery partition. The computer services guys could not restore Windows 7 on my computer. They managed to get it back to Vista, which is where it started, and, since I don't have my Windows 7 boot disk here, I will reupgrade it when my parents get here a week from Thursday. There were three positive things about the situation.
1. I keep a fairly up to date backup and they were able to boot the computer into Linux off a disc, so I could grab the notes for the last paper that I had to write.
2. I am still a university student, so backing up all my data, wiping the computer, and doing a full system restore is only going to cost $50.
3. My old laptop, the one that was dying and making terrifying whirring noises in August of '09 when I first got to Canada, was still sitting on my shelf. It still makes terrifying whirring noises. It's making them right now. But it's a computer and it allowed me to write my last paper this week.
So I want to be clear. Things could have been MUCH MUCH WORSE. Things were, however, pretty bad. I'm hoping that I will have my computer back tomorrow. It will be at least Friday week before I have things like Office and Photoshop back, since I'm not going to install them on Vista and then have to reinstall them on 7.

Speaking of that last paper, it was like pulling teeth to write. Took days. My brain emphatically did not want to write that paper (Similarities between Shakespeare print editors and Shakespeare dramaturgs). But I finished it this evening, had someone else look over it to make sure it didn't totally suck, and submitted it to the prof. I am officially done with grad school. Whoa.

(Now to pack up my apartment, move back to California, and... oh yeah, get a JOB)
bardic_lady: (starbuck - hate you. a lot.)
Somehow, between leaving home this morning to go to Hedda auditions and getting home tonight (between which times I was at a high school with no wireless) my computer decided not to connect to wireless networks at all. I am NOT AMUSED. Right now, I'm at my mom's desk hooked up to her wire, but that is UNACCEPTABLE. The wireless recognizes that there are wireless networks in range, but refuses to connect to them. Help me out guys. 'Cause otherwise I'mma start pounding my head against walls.
bardic_lady: (bionic woman - neon)
Oh wise and powerful flist.

I have good things. But first, let's deal with the major issue. My HP Pavilion dv5000's internal fan decided about two and a half hours ago to make a noise that I would describe as... blender-like. It makes this noise anytime it engages, i.e. any time that I'm doing anything involving, say, memory, on my computer. This is a major problem. I have, on my brother's instructions, carefully blown compressed air on it, both from the outside and from the inside, by dint of having totally disassembled my laptop, which was a harrowing experience I don't ever care to repeat. The fan is in such a place that I couldn't fully get at it, I could only sort of poke and figure out that nothing was caught in it. Am I better off getting a cooling pad and hoping the fan never engages? Do I have to brave the stupid wilds of Fry's and have them tell me that it's gonna take six weeks again? What shall I do? The noise is making me crazy.
bardic_lady: (alia - waiting)
New news is good news. After my Fry's visit of epic fail, my brother said, "Why don't you just buy a keyboard and I can swap them out?" ...NOW he tells me. So, I've ordered a keyboard (for less than Fry's would charge me) it should show up Monday/Tuesday, my brother will swap them out, and I will have an H key again.
bardic_lady: (envy)
Good afternoon, readers. Concurrent to Princess Bing's declaration of today's not-goodness, I would like to issue a similar proclamation. Today is fired.

I went to have my computer fixed. For those not in the know, my phone fell off my bed and onto my laptop keyboard about seven months ago, breaking off the H key in such a way that it could not be snapped back on. I've been muddling along, typing without the key, but it got old and the little rubber thing that's under the key is showing signs of wear. So, I went to my local Fry's, from whence I acquired my laptop, and where I am a year and a half into a three year warranty. I figured they would say "We order the thingy, we call you when it gets here, it takes two or three days, bada bing bada boom." Ha. Ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Instead they said, "The warranty doesn't cover the part. It will be $50 for a new keyboard." I said "Eh...Okay." They said, "It will take six weeks to get here and WE HAVE TO KEEP YOUR COMPUTER." Um...FUCK NO. I said, "Why do you have to keep my computer?" They said, "So we can run tests to see if the problem is the key or the board." I opened the laptop and pointed at the HOLE WHERE THE KEY SHOULD BE and said, "I promise, it's the key." They said, "We need it for the ordering, we can't order a part without holding the computer." I said, "Can I put down a deposit, or pay for the part in advance and have you call me when it comes in?" They said "No, we have no way of charging you until the part is ordered and installed, six weeks. We'll give you a loaner that is only Vista compatible that your programs won't work on." Um...FUCK NO. I said "Can I talk to the manager?" The manager said "It's company policy, can't do anything, whoopsie." I said, "CAN YOU TAKE THE HARD DRIVE OUT OF MY LAPTOP AND PUT IT IN YOUR LOANER?!" They said, "we wouldn't dream of doing that to our precious loaner." This process took five trips in and out of the store because there's no cell reception inside their GIANT ELECTRONICS STORE and I needed to consult with my father. All the while, they talked down to me (and my breasts) and were generally rude and unhelpful. EPIC FAIL.


Fuck this. I'm going to have my adjustment and massage.
bardic_lady: (alia - waiting)
Tomorrow morning I'm taking my computer to have its keyboard repaired. (Seven months without an H key is really too long) I don't know how long they'll keep it. I'll be around...
bardic_lady: (chessy - peek-a-boo)

You're back! You're back, you're back, don't EVER leave me like that again!!!!!

Around 2pm today, my computer stopped recognizing my internet cable. BAD. BADBADBADBADBADBADBADBADBADBAD. I took a four hour nap and then rebooted and now it works again, but still...BADBADADBADBADBADBADBADBAD.

January 2015



I Cannot Hide What I Am

I must be sad when I have cause and smile
at no man's jests, eat when I have stomach and wait
for no man's leisure, sleep when I am drowsy and
tend on no man's business, laugh when I am merry and
claw no man in his humour...
I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in
his grace, and it better fits my blood to be
disdained of all than to fashion a carriage to rob
love from any: in this, though I cannot be said to
be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied
but I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted with
a muzzle and enfranchised with a clog; therefore I
have decreed not to sing in my cage. If I had my
mouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do
my liking: in the meantime let me be that I am and
seek not to alter me.

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