Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Surprisingly Productive Weekend

I started out my weekend with the intent of doing nothing. Ended up doing quite a bit. Wiped my tower twice (seems like when I switch to a different OS, it usually takes a couple of tries to get it right). But I got everything going right on the second try. At least with my laptop, I still have access to a working computer. While the 1 tB of my data (documents and such) was copying over from my usb backup drive. I also adjusted the front brake of my bicycle (there’s something to be said about not wheels not squeaking and squealing at 1 in the morning). And I pulled out the pump and I put about 20 lbs. of air in my tires. I’m going to take my cargo rack off the bike as soon as the fenders that I ordered arrive. I was only using it as a rear fender, and I figured I might as well get a matched set.

Laundry was done yesterday, of course. But all things must come to an end, and it’s time to get ready for work tomorrow. Goodnight.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Try, Try, Try Again

Well, the first attempt at putting Windows 8.1 back on my tower went well at first. Got it installed, debloated, upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro, resized the partition, and got the updates installed. And then I couldn’t open the Windows Store. I tried all my tricks, and no luck. So, I’m starting over.

I guess it’s a good thing that I have a laptop….

What’s for dinner tonight?

So, you take Papa John’s BOGO offer, and add a $25.00 gifts card that I got for Christmas, and what do you get? 2 extra large pizzas to be delivered in about 20 minutes….

It’s my day off today….

Start of another ‘weekend’ for me. Today’s agenda: laundry (2 loads), wipe the tower (yes, I know I do it too much), and does as little else as possible…

I’m not really worried about Specter and Meltdown. If it’s going to happen, it will happen. These bugs are in the hardware, and they’ve been around for the past 20 years. Besides both my tower and my laptop both run AMD processors, (and all the buss is how these affect Intel processors). These are more hardware bugs than software exploits, and the only real solution is to upgrade your processor. And I’m not going to just buy a new computer just to patch a bug that’s been around for 20 years. I’ll just live with it. Though I will install the Windows patches when the come available. Though from what I’ve heard, there are stories of the latest patch bricking AMD processor powered computers….

Wiped the tower again (like I’ve already mentioned). This time with Windows 8.1. Though I remember what happened a year ago when I tried Win8.1, and my power supply went up in smoke. Literally….

Maybe I’ll order pizza tonight. I got a Papa Johns gift card for Christmas, and it’s time to use it….

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

So some comments were made on New Years…

First it was Kim Jong-Un saying he has a nuclear button on his desk. And then President Cheetos-Face said he has an even bigger one...

Basically, two madmen (one of whom is supposed to be the leader of the free world) are getting into a dick waving contest. Something tells me that nuclear weapons and egos shouldn’t go together….

An unexpected journey. And an unexpected bonus….

I screwed up this most recent paycheck. I went to pay my bills, and the two credit cards that were due. And the electric bill. And my bus pass (I still need to take the bus most places. My bike is mainly for commuting home when I cant take the bus). Then there was the last Facebook ad that I ran for Mrs. Fields this Christmas. So, I was looking at being about $75.00 short when it came time to pay the rent…

Anyway, I got a text from my boss at Mrs. Fields to come in and set up his new printer. So, my day off (today) from my main job I go in with my laptop. First thing, I notice is that my laptop still remembers the store Wi-Fi password, even though I’ve wiped the laptop since I last logged on. Not that I’m complaining or anything. So, I set his printer up (basically installed the software on my laptop and configured it so he could wirelessly print from his cell phone). And then he gave me a paycheck. That I had not been expecting.  And he gave my a Christmas bonus, too.

Needless to say, I won’t be short when I pay the rent. And I can afford the next vial of insulin….

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

A slightly later strange trip…..

Normally I’d post this on New Year’s Eve, but circumstances dictated otherwise (I had to work). When the New Year began, I was at the Transit Center, waiting for my bus. Anyway, in no particular order, here’s what happened this year:

  • I transferred to a closer location for work. There is a difference between a 20 minute walk to work vs. 2+ hours on the bus….
  • I got fired. Never a good time.
  • I got hired at another company. And two months later, they pulled me into the office and officially made me full time (yay benefits!).
  • I bought a laptop. Along with it I’ve also upgraded the RAM, added a USB Blu-Ray, and a TV Tuner. It can now do anything my tower can do. In fact, this post is being written on it.
  • I got a  bicycle. Uber is expensive. Owing to my schedule, I’m getting off the bus at 12:30 in the morning at the SR 512 Park and Ride. If I walk it, I get home after 2. Not going to happen anymore. With the bike, I’m home at about 1 or so.
  • Dad had two strokes. He’s still in therapy, but he is making significant progress.
  • I took over the Mrs Fields Store’s Facebook Page. Not really, but I was given administrator access, so I could write the posts. And this also includes the Facebook ads…
  • I bought 4 pairs of shoes. The plantar fasciitis is almost gone (though I also think that the bicycle is helping that, too).
  • I thought that I could do all my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving. And then every time I set foot in Worst Buy afterwards, I still spend at least 3 figures….

Basically, a lot of stuff happened this past year. But 2018 is just beginning….

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas has come and gone….

Tonight was the official Bryant Christmas celebration. I did my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving, and as soon as I brought my packages home, I promptly forgot who was getting what. So I didn’t bother wrapping them, and I ended up just giving them out at random. But everyone was happy, and I learned a valuable lesson (never do my shopping that far out early again). But all my Blu-Rays and gift cards made it to recipients. And I even gave away my spare present (one of my Christmas shopping traditions, is to buy for everyone on my list, and then shop for one person extra, in case someone extra shows up so they don’t have to be left out).

Christmas has come. And now it’s gone. Good food was had, and a good time was had too. And yes, Pizza is a quite appropriate holiday meal. Though this will be all the celebrating I’ll be doing this season since I have to work New Years’ Eve and New Years’ Day. Perhaps I shouldn’t have told my boss that I quit drinking for years ago….

Finished….

Day 2 of 3 day Christmas break is over. And today, I’ve finished rebuilding my laptop. Tomorrow, we go out to Karen’s for the actual Christmas gathering. Though I’ve already given my brother his Christmas present. He got the Harry Potter Box Set on Blu-Ray….

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Feeling much better now….

The cold medication has kicked in. I feel much better now. Happy Holidays….

Sorry I’m late…

I hope you’ve all had a merry Christmas. Normally, on Christmas Eve, there’s the Big Bryant Family Reunion in Olalla. I missed it this year as I had to work. The ookiness that I’ve been fighting for the past two weeks finally became a full-blown cold. So I spent the day at home, self medicating with all manner of hot beverages. Finally today, I got out of the house and got to Wally World for some cold medicaiton. I went for the über-strength severe formula. If nothing else, I will get my sleep…

Our actual Christmas celebration will take place tomorrow. Due to transportation issues (Dad is not yet cleared to drive). So My Christmas will be a couple of days late.

And hopefully, I’ll feel better…..

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Split weekend….

Normally I get two days off in a row. But not this week. I had to take a sick day on Sunday, and so tomorrow, I’m coming in as a make-up day (I have enough paid time off to cover the shift I missed, but I don’t want to use it yet). So that made today my last day off before Christmas. Didn’t really do much. I did finish installing all of my Steam games on my laptop, and I set up my new TV tuner….

Both my computers are equal now

Today, I set up my laptop’s TV Tuner. Now there is nothing that my tower can do that my laptop can’t do. Though since my tower has twice the hard drive space, and there are a couple of programs that are activated on my tower than my laptop. But I can now watch TV and Blu-Rays on both devices.

Now I just have to remember to keep both devices current…