May 28th, 2002


the itchy & scratchy show

Parts of me... legs, lower arms, neck, face... are covered in this funny rash as of this morning. Little white bumps that itch and stuff. I thought it was just chiggers from the camping trip but it seems to be spreading. Dave said it might be herpes and asked who I'd been with. Very funny! Oh well, luckily we were able to get aveeno oatmeal/hydrocortisone cream... mmmm!

Ya gotta love wilderness.

Today: set up router! Very exciting. Have yet to get Dad on the Linux box because he's mad that I disconnected his machine, which is funny because it's a POS. My sister got on this morning and loved it though, because it's really fast so she can do all the really fast neopets stuff. I told her I was going to block neopets. Honestly, it's not good for her. I need to interview my sister for the celebrity page, really.

has she been had?

Sorry for the many updates. I need to separate my friends to make a "people who actually care about my computer issues" group and seal posts like this off. Well, until then, if you don't care about my computer issues, don't read on.

I bought this 704 router on ebay. When you plug a cable from the NIC to a port, the link lights on the router and card should turn on, but don't. The power light is on but none of the link lights turn on, and I've tested this on two computers. Also, you can't ping the router at it's default IP address. nada nada. Luckily Dave is here, he had a spare 704P in his car (love it) and that one works fine. We're set up and moving.

But is it just me, or did I just spend $50 on a paperweight?

I e-mailed my ebay seller and he says the router was working for him, it must be a configuration issue, he'll mail me the user manual. uh...


So my sister has complained since the beginning of the year that her computer hates her. Computers don't hate people, I explain, 0s and 1s do not hate. I get the computer in, Dave and I replace the video card and NIC, I format and partition the hard drive again (third time this year!) and re-install windows 98 SE. I put it on SpacefemNet and get things configured, download recent service packs and critical updates, insure the most recent drivers, get mozilla, get IE 6, surf on the internet for about a half hour with no problems. Then my sister comes up and asked to check her e-mail on my computer and I'm like, "Here! Use your computer, it's fixed!" She tells me again that it hates her, I assure her that it doesn't. I point the mozilla towards her e-mail login page, she keys in the first two letters of her user name, and mozilla performs an illegal operation and must be shut down. IE gets her to like three sites then performs an illegal operation, too. I get on and surf and it's fine.

So yeah, I guess my sister's computer really does hate her. I just had to see it with my own eyes.

In other news, Dad wants a 5-disk CD/DVD changer. Issue: the 5 disk players don't seem to have progressive scanning yet. Does he need progressive scanning? I don't even know what it is. I thought I might go into circuit city or something and ask, but you can get some funny blank stares from those people if you go on the wrong day or something.

Other other news: Sister had a job interview today so she borrowed my brand-new job interview outfit (I haven't worn it yet) and got the job. Uh, guess it works. Now gimme back my new clothes! It's like the first sip out of a soda, you know? It's yours!
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