What in the Wolf?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 13:12:06 (Second Life) (, , , , , , , )

What Do I Do Now?

Here Fenella stands next to me, the Twilight Wolf. I’m fairly certain she was contemplating what in the world she’s supposed to do with a wolf pacing around on her deck, which I’m sure was a first for her.

I have a few suggestions in that regard, which may very well provide all parties involved with a howling good time. I present said suggestions in no particular order or priority:

  • Scooby Snacks
  • Tummy Rubs
  • Hide & Seek
  • Tummy Rubs
  • Frisbee
  • Tummy Rubs
  • Lots of Petting and Nuzzling
  • Tummy Rubs
  • Hunting Expeditions
  • Tummy Rubs
  • Going for Walks
  • Tummy Rubs
  • Live Prey
  • Tummy Rubs

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Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 Install Unsuccessful

Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 13:12:11 (Technology) (, , , )

Yahell!

The picture says it all. No matter what I try, I cannot get Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 to install onto my laptop with Microsoft Windows XP SP3. Each and every time I try I get the same message.

I have tried various methods of installation, including turning my anti-virus and firewall off, instead of using the supplied installation mode. I have run CCleaner in advance, cleaned my registry, and even defragmented my hard drive. I have tried deleting the Yahoo! Messenger folder from my programs directory, as well as removing any other Yahoo! related items on my computer. I have gone to the Adobe website and installed the latest version of the Flash player. I have even tried installing it while in Safe Mode.

I have also tried voodoo tactics such as trying to hold my mouth in the proper position, making a ward-evil sign, and even jumped up and down and spun around 3 times while singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 installed and now runs without error on my Microsoft Windows Vista x64 system, but as far as my XP laptop, no dice.

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Lucid Confusion

Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 11:12:44 (General Discussion) (, , )

Have you ever had a lucid dream? How about a lucid dream so deeply rooted into your conscious that you swear it was real and not a dream at all, no matter how improbable or impossible the events were?

I had such a dream the other night. It must have been a dream, because the possibility of what happened being reality are so minute that it borders on absolute impossibility.

But what if your deepest, most powerful instincts keep arguing with your conscious thoughts over it? Instinct versus Education, each battling to be king of the hill.

What if instinct is right, and education was wrong? What if the scientifically impossible is possible? What if you face your issue head on and the most unlikely of answers is actually truth? How do you face the possibility of an answer so terrifying that it has unfathomable repercussions?

I question my sanity for believing the impossible was possible, for even considering for a moment that reality could be that distorted. Yet I can’t shake the the feeling that it is real. Maybe I need it to be real. Perhaps if it were real, then my own problems become nothing more than a minor annoyance in the face of a much more terrifying reality.

It’s time to wake up.

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Where Are the Spiced Apple Rings?

Monday, December 8, 2008 at 11:12:11 (General Discussion) (, , , , , , , )

Captain’s Log: Stardate -315935.64

I have received communication today from the Klingon Federation High Council that I believe to be a very promising joint venture against the Borg invasion.

I went to the grocery store this morning to pick up some, you guessed it, groceries of all things. I was going to pick up a few things for Christmas dinner, such as turkey, butternut squash, yams, and spiced apple rings.

Okay, I live outside of a very small town, population: shameful. Nevertheless we have a Publix grocer. This is not some backwoods mom and pop grocer, this is Publix, a well known grocer in the southeastern United States.

“Welcome to the Deep South, dear Rhonda, may your stay here be an enlightening one.” That is what I keep telling myself, it’s a learning experience, getting to know life in various geographical cultures.

First stop, butternut squash. I picked up two of them, they were very nice looking as far as butternut squash go. So far so good!

Second stop, yams. No yams. “Excuse me, where are the yams?” The produce manager didn’t even know what a yam was. I tried to explain. I got directed to the sweet potatoes, being told that yam is just another word for a sweet potato. Thanks o ye knowledgeable produce manager. I don’t want sweet potatoes, I want yams, there is a difference. Oh well, sweet potatoes it is.

Third stop, spiced apple rings. “Excuse me, where are the spiced apple rings?” The pimply teenager directed me back to the produce department. No, I don’t want fresh apples, I want spiced apple rings in a jar. I get told they don’t sell those. What do I find instead? Pickled Peaches.

I kid you not. They don’t sell spiced apple rings. You have to buy pickled peaches instead. Who the hell pickles a peach? Who the hell eats peaches that have been soaking in a jar of vinegar? The things looked like gelatinous peach colored goo floating around in a specimen jar. No thank you!

Of course, I really shouldn’t have been surprised, after all, this particular store offers no less than three different brands of pickled pigs feet, of which you can also buy the economy 5 gallon jar size. All that’s missing is Granny’s possum vittles over in the hot foods section.

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Goodbye RAID 0+1, Hello RAID 5

Sunday, December 7, 2008 at 12:12:49 (Technology) (, , )

This week I migrated my 4 disc RAID 0+1 array to a RAID 5 array using the nForce RAID management software utility that came with my XFX nForce 680i LT motherboard. The transition from one array to the other took the better part of the day, but I feel it was well worth the time, and everything went smoothly with no problems detected.

I have 4 identical Seagate Barracuda ST3250410AS 7200.10 250GB drives that I use for my RAID array. I started out wanting a RAID array when I built my computer because I wanted a bit of redundancy since I got a little paranoid over a recent hard drive failure on my old computer that left all data on it unrecoverable. At the time, RAID 0+1 seemed like the perfect answer for both performance and redundancy, and for all intents and purposes I had for it, it was more than adequate.

Lately though I’ve been wanting more storage space, but with my budget now being in the red, I’ve decided to migrate to a RAID 5 array using the perfectly good HDD’s I already have, as opposed to paying for larger drives that I really can’t afford right now. RAID 5 still offers all the read performance I could ever need, and the slower write performance is a non-issue with me, it also seems that my system is powerful enough that it doesn’t suffer any noticeable performance loss when processing the parity data.

This has given a much needed increase in storage capacity, going from 500GB of storage in RAID 0+1 to 750GB of storage using RAID 5. Yes, I could have 1TB of storage if I used JBOD, RAID 0, or used them as just single drives, but I am very much enjoying having a bit of data loss protection should I lose a drive.

To further increase performance, I installed a 5th HDD I had laying around from my old computer, a Western Digital Caviar 250GB, that the system uses for virtual memory, and also serves as a scratch disk for Adobe Photoshop.

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