Wednesday Weirdness #277

Happy St. Valentine’s Day to everyone out there. Believe it or not, I had evening activities postponed because of the “holiday”. I know events in the past must have cancelled or rescheduled even though I can’t remember it. I just never considered Valentine’s Day the type of event that things got rescheduled for. Personally, we would rather go out when places aren’t so crowded.

Wednesday Weirdness #276

After literally months of phone calls and letters I finally got everything straightened out and got my “refund” from the IRS. Now, its almost time to do it all over again. It’s amazing how something that should have been simple and straightforward become so convoluted. And it was totally their mistake. We try hard to always owe them so that we avoid ending up in this situation. But, when they can’t read, there is nothing to be done.

Wednesday Weirdness #275

Earlier today, The Wife happened across some caffeine free, zero sugar pop (soda) we thought had been discontinued. She doesn’t drink pop since she has more healthy habits than I do. Conversely, it will be my refreshment of choice until we run out of it. And, unlike most of the other things that I like, I won’t have to work out extra. Sometimes, the smallest thing can make your day.

Wednesday Weirdness #274

One of the things I don’t like about working downtown is all the crazy drivers. I almost got hit by a car without any lights on when I was walking to my car after work. Fortunately, we saw each other at the last minute. I try to be careful. But dark cars turning into the road from side streets are difficult to see. Automatic headlights should be required on all passenger vehicles. It was certainly after sun down.

Wednesday Weirdness #273

I recently discovered in the latest major Windows Update that “if the SMBv1 client is not used for 15 days in total, it automatically uninstalls itself.” Of course, that was only after I wasted hours trying to do something that I had done many times before that suddenly stopped working. I know that using an obsolete version can be a security issue. But silently automatically uninstalling a feature based upon it not being used in an arbitrary time period seems excessive. Especially since a reboot is required to reinstall it.

Wednesday Weirdness #272

I just received the 2018 map update for the GPS in my car. According to the instructions, it takes 50 minutes to upload and the car has to be running the entre time! Who lets their car idle for almost an hour? If I’m in the car that long, I’m probably on a road trip and using the GPS which, of course, means I can’t do the update.

Wednesday Weirdness #271

I’ve been getting a lot of packages this week. Mostly because I picked ship “faster rather” than “fewer boxes” when I was doing my Christmas shopping since I was concerned about one item delaying everyone else’s Christmas presents. The shipping cost (to me) was the same either way. I expected a few more boxes. But, not nearly as many as I’ve received. Still, its great to be ready fore the holiday even if I have extra cardboard boxes to recycle.

Wednesday Weirdness #269

The computer that I recently upgraded to Windows 10 totally wireded out when I deleted the Windows.old folder so I had to restore it. I’m not sure why. But I need to determine what the problem was/is. Other wise, I will have a major problem when Windows auto-deletes the folder to reclaim disk space 30 days or whatever it is after upgrading.

Wednesday Weirdness #268

After many, many failed attempts, I finally upgraded the last computer that I use regularly to Windows 10. I’m not certain what the issue was; but I suspect lack of disk space. The Windows.old folder is HUGE. Much larger than on any of my other systems. It certainly would have been nice to receive an error message to that effect. Especially since the program theoretically checks to ensure enough disk space is available. The setup logs were amazingly uninformative. And, since everything gets deleted, upon failure, there was no way to tell what that problem was. It was coincidence that I had more space available this time around. What a gigantic pain.