Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Michelle – Taht smees ot eb a doog aedi, gnitirw sdrawkcab os eht “C” t’now dnatsrednu ti. I epoh ti skrow! Tub, s’tahw a “rpinter?” Oh, and I did get Skype and have it all set up at home. I’m afraid though, that with our 9-hour (I think) time difference you’ll likely be in bed by the time I get home from work in the afternoons.

Rob – a “kinetic recalibration,” huh? I kinda like that. Sounds like what I’d want to do to a robot. If I had one. And if it jammed. And if that didn’t fix the problem, the solution might just be to get a bigger hammer!

BWH – That sounds like a line from “Pancho and Lefty.” Something like, “Ah, but that’s the way it goes.” (You gotta love Willie Nelson singing with Merle Haggard.)

Christina – That sounds about right... 5 minutes after the installation guy leaves, the first malfunction occurs. The “C” in action! (Along with Murphy, who didn’t actually START the “C,” but who was one of the early pioneers in recognizing it and pointing it out to people.

One more note about this, to all of you. For several years I’ve carried back and forth to work a Flash Drive. Know what that is? It’s a little pocket-size (about like a butane cigarette lighter, if you’re not too young to know what those are) electronic device with NO moving parts that plugs into a computer’s USB port and is seen as a small disk drive.

I carry it with files stored on it, and can thus transfer them from my work computer to my home machine, and back. It holds one gigabyte, so it’s for files too big to just email back and forth. Faster, too.

Anyway, this device has worked for years. But today, my computer at work stopped recognizing it as a disk drive. It sees it on the system as a hardware device, but can’t read from it or write to it.

Our I.T guy was able to designate it as a different drive “letter,” and it worked again. How did it get changed in the first place, from what used to work every day?

Who knows?

(The “C” knows!)


Candace said...

Hmm. I think "C" is starting to stand for "Creepy!"

kenju said...

Creepy is right! But that kind of thing happens to my computer too, usually after Microsoft has sent out an urgent security update during the middle of the night.

Zinnia said...

I swear my pc has ghosts in it. I have files that disappear all the time. I had a chapter and a half of an erotic high fantasy novel that just poofed out of existence.

Hey, stop by when you can. I have something new that will be available in a month or so.

Christina visits me. She's way cool!

Emmy Ellis said...

Agree with Candace. That's just what I thought. It's getting creepy!


Christina said...

reminds me of the time a pharmaceutical rep visited our practice. he had something he wanted to demo on the computer, so he asked me if we had a computer with a "flash drive". i looked at him blankly for a minute, then said "i think you're asking the wrong person" (because i had no clue what he was talking about). he paused for a second, then said, "uh...a USB port". AHA! THAT I recognized and was able to point him in the right direction. i feel so computer illiterate!

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