Monday Monologue #277

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • Not happy that events that are marketed as being broadcast “live” are actually somewhat delayed. There have been a lot if spoilers with everything appearing almost instantly on social media.
  • It’s a bit creepy; but, we got a report from our smart thermostat showing that the heat ran 5 hours less last month than the January before. And that the average temperature set was 1-degree less. An interesting report; but, it does raise some privacy concerns.
  • It’s getting harder and harder to find the specialty incandescent bulbs that fit some of fixtures in our house. LED bulbs are available; but they are expensive. And, they don’t match, so you have to replace all the bulbs at once.
  • Now that we’ve got everything, it’s time to start working on our taxes. We always owe, so we approach tax season with even more dread than most people.

Monday Monologue #274

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • It warmed up enough over the weekend to melt most of the snow. Unfortunately, the temperature is already dropping and its supposed to snow again on Tuesday. I know it, is only January; but I was still hoping for a few more warm days.
  • Updating the maps in the GPS on my car really highlighted how computerized today’s vehicles have become. It was much like Windows Update complete with a progress bar followed by the obligatory reboot at the end. But it was somewhat disconcerting to have all the screens go dark while I was driving.
  • The keyboard tray on the desk I use was getting stuck all the time so I lubricated the slides over the weekend. It moves smoothly; but now I get WD40 on my hand when I adjust the position and grab edge the slide rather than the tray itself. Very annoying since I have to go wash my hands since I don’t want to get penetrating oil on my keyboard.
  • Why do they install gas pumps that don’t work with gloves in places that get cold in the winter? I wear gloves that used to work with touch sensitive devices; but now they’ve worn out.

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 #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.

Monday Monologue #269

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • The Wife has the flu so we may not be follow our normal posting schedule for the next few days.
  • This weekend was a not the best of times if you are a college or pro football fan around here.
  • Corel VideoStudio X10 has some great features. It may become the video editor of choice in 2018.
  • One more warm day and then we’re forecast to have colder than normal temperatures for December. Is it Spring yet?

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.

Wednesday Weirdness #261

I changed/upgraded my internet service over my lunch break. Of course our home didn’t have any connectivity until I got home and installed the new equipment since they deactivated the old equipment even though they weren’t supposed to. Fortunately, The Wife was taking the afternoon off. I really can’t understand why service providers make things so difficult for their customers and themselves.

Monday Monologue #257

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • Saturday was wet and dreary; but we were able to get in the pool both yesterday and today. A great way to commemorate the symbolic end of summer.
  • Looking forward to pro football season. Hope springs eternal for the downtrodden fans of our favorite team.  Especially before the first game of the season. Perhaps the weather will cooperate and we’ll be able to get attend some games in person without freezing.
  • I replaced one more item on our boat that I didn’t think needed to be replaced but was actually more worn out than I thought. We row it a lot so things get worn out faster than if we didn’t use it so much. Hopefully this is the last thing for the season.
  • For some strange reason, an old computer game that is a favorite of The Wife and I has been crashing a lot recently. I’m not sure what, if anything, has changed; but it’s frustrating, especially when we’re winning.