Wrangling with the beast that is my computer

I am beginning to think that whoever came up with the non-destructive recovery thing needs their head examined. Did they tell you that they would re-install all the programs that came with the factory PC (which is fine), but that they would leave lots of traces of the old programs that were supposedly erased? This goes for things like Microsoft .NET which was another story unto itself. I had to install over 200MB of windows updates, which is fine. However, when it came time to install programs, I was in deep doo-doo. For instance, with .NET 2.0 and 3.0, the installation kept failing with some error code that I couldn’t find a solution to. Well, the long and short was, .NET files were littered on my computer so I had to download a removal tool from a Microsoft guy (Aaron Stebner) who works on .NET which removed all instances of .NET (i.e. .NET 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0). Only then, was I able to install all the .NET flavors. All was fine & dandy and I should have let sleeping dogs lie. I was connected to the internet (!), I had installed the latest microsoft updates (!!), I had my defenses installed (!!!), but my $70 Nvidia GeForce FX 5500 graphics card was lying useless. So, I took it upon myself to do a simple swap out. Do you see where the problem lies? In the Device manager (rightclick “My Computer” and select “Manage:. Then, go to “Device Manager” and click the plus sign by “Display Adapter”), it said that Nvidia Drivers were enabled! However Add & Remove programs had no record of this.

Now, I didn’t know how to go about this so there was a lot of trial and error involved. Hell, I still don’t know if I got it right, but I’m online and typing this, aren’t I? First, I disabled the onboard integrated Intel graphics card I had, swapped my cord connection to the Nvidia card and restarted. I got hit with a blank screen. After a few cold restarts, I got a msg about Windows not starting right due to some hardware/software conflict. I was happy because at least, it let me get into Safe Mode. While there, I then, re-enabled the onboard graphics card, but wasn’t able to re-install the Nvidia drivers. So, another cycle of rebooting began. To make a long story short, the settings on my computer are thus, I’ve uninstalled the Intel Extreme Graphics Driver and now have Nvidia Drivers installed. In Device manager, it shows the integrated graphics card as being enabled although I don’t know what impact it’ll have on the functioning of my Nvidia graphics card.

Right now, I’m tired and done with tinkering with stuff on my computer. It’s time to get to more important things like fiddling with my spanking new camera. Oooh, did I forget to tell you? I’m going camping for Labor Day for 3 days. lol. This should be fun and interesting because the group consists of me & Matt, his dad, Matt’s friend (John), and Julie & Jonathon. This camera couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m sure that with time, I’ll discover more things that have been left over, no thanks to the silly non-destructive recovery thingie. I should have gone with my initial reformat-the-harddrive thought. *sigh* Still, I’m online and that’s almost more than enough for me. πŸ™‚ And my computer’s booting up in less than 2 minutes, a miracle after the sluggishness that was just a week ago. I know I didn’t have any virii or baddies. I just had a shitload of programs on a mere 160GB hard drive that I rarely used! I mean, I had at least 5 graphics editing programs (Photoshop CS, Irfanview, InkScape, GIMP, & SnagIt. Does ConceptDraw count?). I won’t go into too much detail, but suffice it to say that I will be severely curtailing my visits to certain sites. πŸ˜€

The movie, Descent.

Well, well, well. I’m on round two of “negotiations” i.e. another look-see or interview. Just when I was lamenting to Matt about how things didn’t seem so good. An interesting thing that happened today: I actually turned down an interview. I was mentally kicking myself about it, but Matt reminded me of the facts: city was 3.5hrs from where I currently live. My riposte to that was: we could move! However, right now, that would be not-so-smart of me because I surely haven’t exhausted all my chances in this city. I’m excited and really psyched. In other news, I saw the movie “Descent” with Paul and Matt. This movie made me mad, in a good way. First of all, they should bill this movie as “required viewing” for would-be spelunkers or cavers. This is a horror movie and the premise is this: group of 6 girls who are ‘experienced’ and outdoorsy types decide to go caving. This is a fun trip to do with your girls except there are several things that go wrong namely: their ‘leader’ forgets a book that details the entrance & exits; another ‘leader’ conveniently forgets to file a “flight plan” of where they’ll be so in other words, no one knows that they’re there; another ‘leader’ forgets to inform the others that the cave they were currently in was not the cave they thought they would be visiting. Ostensibly, said leader does this because she wants them to claim the cave as theirs. Give me a break. Anyhow, they get trapped in the cave and start getting stalked by some humanoid creatures. Straightforward, right? They get the horror down and I liked the movie up until the screenwriters made a serious error in judgment on who they killed off and who they didn’t. It was like the screenwriters lost their sense of direction once their characters were trapped in the cave. There is an unexplained killing of the main ‘leader’ by another caver and it really pissed me off. In honor of the dead main ‘leader’, here are my suggestions for real-life group spelunking:

  1. Subject everyone to a psychological test to isolate and drop-faster-than-a-hot-potato those who are most likely to wig out on you when it’s pitch-black or wiggling in a tunnel.
  2. Subject would-be cavers to a virtual simulation to buttress the psychological tests and ditch nutcases.
  3. If you are the group leader, ensure that you hold the sole flashlight versus everyone turning on all their flashlights and running out of light energy at critical moments.
  4. In order to prevent Wandering Wilhemina’s from taking off after seeing “daylight” which is truly phosphorus glowing in the cave (which WW would know if she had taken her basic Caving 101 classes); feel free to give WW a stinging slap to jolt her senses back into place.
  5. If a group member is wigging out on you in the cave, feel free to bestow another stinging slap on said group member’s face.
  6.  This one’s for group members: feel free to be more interested in specifics of where you’re going, what you’re doing to avoid going to no-man’s land.Yes, it’s cool to be an “extreme sports” person, but temper your exuberance with a little bit of common sense!

Finally, check out synopsis/review from Hollywood Reporter.

The highs and lows

I’m discovering that I can be a very impatient person sometimes. It’s frustrating to feel like someone else holds your future in their hands, but I know that there are always other options i.e. there’s no one sole option. It’s always a question of whether or not one is willing to go against the odds or dare the consequences. Anyhow, it’s been 4mths on the job market and I’ve got 4 interviews under my belt. The first 3, I knew would be bust because I hadn’t squared out my immigration paperwork. As He would have it, the 4th interview came right as things started turning around with respect to my USCIS stuff. I’ve got a 5th one in the works that should happen next month. Matt’s very happy for me and I’m happy for me. I really want to stay in this part of town, this city and in this state. Granted, there are not many jobs here, but I’m hopeful that I’ll find the right one/fit for me. That said, I’m not averse to moving. I’m not necessarily tied down to GA and Matt isn’t either. It would be foolish of me to discount moving although the chances of getting a job out of state are not any better than GA. Georgia’s got a thriving biotechnology industry. Hell, I live next to a university so right now, my targets have been set on working there. Wish me luck. In other news, this one is sure to make my momma smile. lol. I blended some tomatoes that Matt’s coworker gave him from his garden and made a banging stew. πŸ™‚ No beef/chicken due to the horrendous prices. However, we just ate some potatoes with the stew and Matt’s verdict: awesome. Not that he had any other choice of words. πŸ˜€

Before I forget to write about this ever, did I tell y’all that I went to see Live Free or Die Hard a while ago? That movie was awesome! From the start to finish, I was rooting and cheering for Bruce Willis and Justin Long all the way. That was a heck of an action movie and I’m inclined to go see it again. It helped immensely that I saw it at the fabulous dollar theatre I live close to. Some googling action on your part will give you the brief synopsis of the movie. The fight scenes are just fabulous and sometimes, a bit of a stretch but done in a way that will leave you cheering rabidly. lol. The directors knocked this movie out of the ballpark. Go see it! Ooh, my brother, Nick, is having his b-day on the 22nd. Here’s wishing him a wonderful 24th and many more good things to be had out of the year!

A lazy day and Tallulah Gorge

Following our visit to his mom’s place, we headed down to his dad’s which isn’t too far. Another sleepover and today’s here! πŸ™‚ I’ve been installing some cool plugins and most notably, the TinyMCE advanced plugin which supercharges the standard TinyMCE that comes with WordPress. I’ve uninstalled the WPG2 plugin because being unable to access my category pages was driving me nuts. It doesn’t seem to be a full fledged product yet and it’s still in release candidate form. Anyway, it’s no skin off my nose. If you really want to see some cool pictures I’ve got, head over to my gallery page. Today, Matt and I are going to be on the road. We’ve bought food supplies and may be hitting Tallulah Gorge, which is a state park. The pictures are breathtaking! Just do a search on Flickr, Yahoo’s acquisition and premier photosharing site.

I don’t want to wait in vain…

I ripped this title from Maxi Priest’s song “Waiting in Vain.” I’m applying it to my job hunt. I’m currently at the 2nd stage where ones references are being checked out, etc. It’s a very interesting process and if one doesn’t have the right attitude, very disheartening. I recently fell into the comparison trap that sends me into the doldrums and I am just snapping out of it. You know, the one where you check up on old acquaintances and see the awesome strides they’ve taken. You are naturally excited and freaking proud of them. However, the point I’m trying to make it that’s their path. I’ve taken a very different route and the key thing I know is that I am happy. Hell, I was in that fast lane before and it didn’t do wonders for me. I recently rekindled relations with an old college professor who could totally relate to the events that have happened in my life. I turned 22 this year and I’ve got a veritable garden of forking paths in front of me. The chess pieces are falling into place and I should be ashamed for even griping. So, I’m toasting to my renewed future. To finding more adventures with my husband. To being the best at whatever it is I am doing. And being at peace with myself. I wish that on you too. For kicks, I just picked this off someone’s wall and it reads: “Do what feels right for yourself. ‘Cause in the end all you have is your damn self.” Let me leave with the video of Maxi Priest ft. Lee Ritenour.

Site updates

Well, as you probably know now, I’ve decorated my site with some hopefully pertinent Google adsense adverts. I’ve tried to make them as non-intrusive as possible, but your feedback will be most appreciated. Gracias. πŸ™‚ I’ve also decided to host my poems on this same place and in the process of painstakingly creating pages for all my old poems. It’s a task of love so don’t feel bad for me. lol. It just occurred to me that I should simply just publish all my stuff from WordPress. So, I’ll be hosting everything on this portal. No more of that pesky sub-domain nonsense till I have a concrete plan in mind. In other news, something really cool happened to us i.e. our hard work got rewarded. Now, all we can do is wait. As my people say, “a bird in hand is worth two in the bush.” ‘Nuff said. No work yet on the job front although things look promising. Matt said something that struck me especially as I’ve levelled the same criticism at someone else. He said that I needed to let go of my stressors because my person was such that I would find something else to obsess or stress over. *sigh* He’s a tad too intuitive sometimes. Oh well, wish me luck in my jobhunt and