Archive for December 19th, 2007

19
Dec
07

No Solidarity For Vick

It would appear that convicted and sentenced dog killer Michael Vick still doesn’t get it. Bad choices made and bad people chosen to “hang” with. It’s not a good idea to lie to a judge that is going to sentence you after you have accepted a plea bargain and your friends have rolled over on you. It’s an even more stupid act to burn a little tree before your sentencing (knowing that there will be a whiz quiz). Now, you’ve got former teammates, yes the very same ones that he let down by making all of these stupid decisions in the first place, staging some weak protest while the Falcons were playing on Monday Night Football. Roddy, White, Alge Crumpler, DeAngelo Hall and Chris Houston all managed to get tagged for a $10,000 fine by the NFL powers that be for various displays of “Free Michael Vick”. Joe Horn got spiked for $7,500 his handwritten version of the same sentiment. The Falcons lost. And then their coach quit. BUt Atlanta fans shouldn’t worry. Rumor has it that The Big Tuna is coming to save the day.

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19
Dec
07

Damn Mice!

I have one of the original Microsoft Wireless Mice. The one from the era of “optical” and massive battery consumption. Given that the crud on the mouse had actually solidified like ever so much tartar and calculus on un-cared for teeth and the fact that I had actually worn away the plastic on the left click button, I decided to get a new one. Let me digress for a moment. I use my mouse all day. And it is connected to an old school KVM switch that runs the three computers in my office. Although the original mouse is a USB mouse, it works just fine in the KVM with a USB to PS2 adapter. Those of you who see the problem coming, shut your pie hole.

So I buy the nifty new Wireless Laser Mouse 5000, which is supposed to have more control, work more smoothly, consume less batteries, and have some nifty scrolling and magnification features. A $10 off coupon at OfficeMax helped. Run software first. Check. Unplug old wireless receiver, put batteries in new mouse, reboot. Norton anti virus craps out on reboot… not a good sign. Reboot again. All comes up but mouse doesn’t work. Unplug from KVM and plug into spare port on front of main box. Works fine. Save mouse settings in the applet and reboot. Everything is working fine, so I move the wireless receiver back to the KVM. Dead. To the port, live. Turn KVM power supply on and off. Nothing. Put old adorable mouse back in the system and everything works fine. Go back to old settings for mouse. Hurl passionate venom toward Redmond. It really should be easier than this.

¬†And I know… I need to buy a modern KVM. Bah!

19
Dec
07

Junior Authoritarian Born This Day

So my youngest, the perpetual over-achiever, has another title to ad to her resume’. She’s an official Safety Patrol officer for her elementary school now. She’s got the cool sash and a whistle, too. I think that I will teach her how to take an unruly teacher to the ground in a choke hold as well as the proper method for telling parent drivers to slow down…