|Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016|
KB3035583 is back as an "Important Update" even if is isn't selected by default. This is one of the ones to "Update installs Get Windows 10 app in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1". I recommend everyone be careful not to install it.
|Friday, September 11th, 2015|
|A Glut Of Office Supplies
I've been going through the excess office supplies from this year's World Science Fiction Convention (aka Worldcon), Sasquan, in preparation for making a list of them and repackaging them to send on to next year's Worldcon, Midamericon II, in KC. It appears we have done our fannish duty to increase entropy by adding to the number of paper clips, push pins (seriously they ordered like 1700 and used less than 500 most of which were returned), pencils (144, of which I'm pretty sure 96 were left over from the last Worldcon), staplers and staple removers (8 each), and of course staples. Actually I'm really not sure what I was thinking when I ordered a box of 5000 staples to go with each stapler since only about 50 staples was actually used in each stapler. (Yes, I did most of the office supply ordering.) Also I ordered 500 sheets of cover stock for one area (2 packages of 250 sheets per package). It appears we wound up with about 2000 sheets of cover stock (at least 8 packages) and 4 of those packages had about 5 sheets each taken out and the other 4 packages were unopened.
My hope is by making a list of what we are shipping the 2016 Worldcon in KC there will be less excess ordering. Yeah. Right. (And yes, when you are dealing a million dollar budget, this is all in the noise. But I still find in humorous, especially in that "I've been up for too long" sort of way.)
|Monday, August 31st, 2015|
|Wednesday, July 15th, 2015|
|Green Line D trains on the C branch ...
So, on Sunday the MBTA was reporting hosed service on the D Branch of the Green Line due to a disabled train at Longwood. Their twitter feed talks about various options like busing, taking the C branch, or using commuter rail to Yawkey. However, I have at least one eyewitness report (L's BF) of a train that stopped at Kenmore, announced that everyone going between Fenway and Beaconsfield should get off for busing, then proceeded down the C branch to Clevland Circle where it took track at the end onto Chestnut Hill Ave, back onto the stub tracks between the Clevland Circle and Reservoir stations, back onto the D branch, where it reversed into Reservoir Station and stopped. From there it continued down the "Highland Branch" to Riverside as normal. All with passengers on it. I'm wondering how often the MBTA actually does this?
|Sunday, April 19th, 2015|
|Robert's Rules and Voting
So a question came up today while I was presiding over part of the Arisia Corporate meeting (due to a chain of unfortunate occurrences - I am not one of the principal officers but am instead currently Convention Treasurer and happened to be filling in for Clerk / Secretary who was unable to make the meeting; the President was also unable to make the meeting; the VP was presiding for most of the meeting but had to recuse herself from running that part of the meeting as it involved appointing her to something which needed to be voted on). As it turned out my ruling would not have affected the outcome, but still.
Once a vote has started, if other members enter the room, should they be allowed to vote? I ruled that they could and no one moved to overturn my ruling, but at least one member questioned it. If it matters, the vote was by secret paper ballot.
Was I correct?
|Thursday, April 9th, 2015|
I'd be remiss if I didn't plug the annual Arisia Relaxacon, Friday 29 May to Sunday 31 May in Dennisport on Cape Cod. It is probably my proudest contribution to Arisia. Relaxacon is one of the things I feel I made happen as Arisia President. I am glad it is still happening ten years later. I know ten years isn't long in fannish terms. Anyway ...
Come for ...
Hanging out in the Con Den (with shared meals - a cross between a Con Suite and a Staff Den)
Movies (perhaps a marathon viewing session?)
Swimming (ocean, pools (indoor and outdoor) and Jacuzzis), Child play area, beach, jogging
Explore the Cape, geo-caching, local trips & hikes & other sights
Whale watch, nearby shopping, restaurants
Free Wifi Access
and of course SMOFing!
It's at the Corsair & Cross Rip motels, 41 Chase Ave, Dennis Port, Cape Cod, MA.
|Wednesday, April 8th, 2015|
|Puppygate ... the dangers of fast printers ... and ... how I wasted about 100 sheets of paper ...
So, I went to print out Deidre Saoirse Moen's recommended voting strategy to combat Puppygate using the link in the Slate article. After a couple of minutes, I realized the printer was still printing. So, I had to get up and hit cancel. Fortunately it was just an HP5000 (12 ppm) as opposed to an HP9000 (50 ppm) as that probably would have gone through an entire ream of paper instead of the only 100 or so pages of paper I did waste. I really should be more careful. (The link in Slate posted to her blog post which had many, Many, MANY comments.
If you are not familiar with Puppygate, check out Slate or EW or even grrm
post here http://grrm.livejournal.com/417125.html
|Monday, February 23rd, 2015|
Boskone was last weekend. Still haven't really recovered. For some reason Boskone was more work than Arisia. And it's not like I've finished all my Arisia work either (still need to finish another debrief report and all my expense reports). The combination of the all the snow, Arisia, and Boskone this year has been real special. I haven't really looked at FB since early January and now I'm about two weeks behind in LJ too. Sigh.
|Wednesday, January 21st, 2015|
|Well, that was Arisia ...
Finally home from Arisia as of about 7 PM tonight. Went thru the USMail, caught up on LJ, probably going to punt trying to look thru a week of FB, but I should check out the events I've been invited to, and then there are the 3300+ email messages of which about 3000 are new and 300 are Sasquan related that I really should catch up on.
|Wednesday, June 25th, 2014|
|Wednesday, December 25th, 2013|
|Poor Arthur ... ;P
I'm thinking it is time to start recycling some of Arthur's* boxes** and burning them as fire starters. About 2 months ago he had 2 boxes in the family room. He's up to 6 boxes at the moment between the shoe boxes that A left for him and boxes I've gotten from Ebay. There are 2 more boxes in the front hall with Xmas gifts to unpack. So, if I don't do something, he'll be up to 8 boxes at the end of the day. And he only uses a couple of them on a regular basis - including the smallest one which is too small for him.
* Arthur is a cat.
** We are talking cardboard shipping boxes that he likes to sit in; not the other type of cat box.
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|Saturday, December 7th, 2013|
|Thursday, November 28th, 2013|
|Wednesday, November 27th, 2013|
|Monday, September 16th, 2013|
|First World Problems ...
WGBH just gave me two "free" tickets to their $150 pp Food and Wine Weekend kickoff reception on Thursday night and invited me to the VIP invitiation only pre-reception. I wonder what this is really going to "cost" me in the long run.This entry was originally posted at http://paradoox.dreamwidth.org/3584.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Friday, September 6th, 2013|
|More laptop issues ...
If I was a conspiracy theorist, I'd say there was something in Texas that was eating disk drives. The bad news is that the disk drive in my primary laptop started throwing all sorts of read and seek errors while at LSC3 and this was the second drive that I'd seen that had failed down there (Hi Lisa). The good news is that at least it waited until after the con was over to fail.
So, I'm back to carrying around a backup laptop. I actually have two more recent laptops from work, but one is too big and one doesn't have any of my software on it.
I guess the other piece of good news is that the disk drive is still under warranty and I have an RMA from Hitachi already. The bad news is that it was a replacement for the drive that failed in May and they apparently sent me a refurbished drive which I guess wasn't all that refurbished. I may just go out and buy a WD drive from Microcenter.This entry was originally posted at http://paradoox.dreamwidth.org/3295.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Friday, August 16th, 2013|
|Laptop repair 201 (or 301) ...
Sigh my "Go to" laptop has developed a new problem. It is randomly rebooting. Dell D630 running XP about 4 years old. Yes, I know I should bite the bullet and upgrade probably to Win7. But, I like the D630 and I like XP. Recently L convinced me to bite the bullet and replace the screen which would flake out under heat. I did that and it was fine for a while. Now I have random reboots. BIOS diagnostics are clean. Norton says no viruses. Malwarebytes Anti-Spyware says no problems. Here is the kicker: IT DOESN'T HAPPEN IN SAFE MODE. Does the Nvidia card (which has known problems) run differently in safe mode? Is that driver not used and the default on-board video used in that case instead or something?This entry was originally posted at http://paradoox.dreamwidth.org/2715.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Sunday, August 4th, 2013|
|replacement power adapter causes only touchpad to misbehave???
I've just spent about an hour trying to cleaning the touchpad on my Dell E6510 which I use as the family room computer at Chez Wood. The touchpad was working poorly but the trackball (once I turned it back on) was working fine. I even went so far as to take the keyboard out to see how hard it would be to replace the touchpad (non-trivial). I was trying to figure out what I had spilled on the touchpad or something. Eventually it occurred to me that I was trying out a new "non-OEM" power adapter. (I bought it by mistake on Ebay. I should have realized the price was too good to be true and looked more carefully at the listing. But, since it was my mistake I wasn't going to send it back for the $10 I paid including postage, given the postage back would probably have been $5.) I switched back to the previous Dell adapter and the problem went away. I then tried it with just the battery and it also worked fine. This is weird because while the laptop technically requires a 90 watt adapter, it will run fine (but not charge well) on one of the 65 watt D-series adapters. I can only theorize that the non-OEM adapter isn't really putting out 19.5 volts and the touchpad is more sensitive to this than the rest of the computer or something.
I then tried the non-OEM adapter on one of my D630s and everything seems find there.
So, then I pulled out my trusty old (and I do mean old) voltmeter / multitester. I turns out the non-OEM adapter is putting out closer to 20 volts while the real Dell adapters are putting out closer to 19.5 volts.
So, the touchpad is sensitive to over-voltage?This entry was originally posted at http://paradoox.dreamwidth.org/2386.html. Please comment there using OpenID.