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Tic or Tweet

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That was what Twitter says was tweet #1025 for macheide. Not counting a batch of very early tweets that I deleted when I had good strong reason to suspect Twitter to be intentionally blocking certain politically inclined tweets.

Since Twitter makes it extremely difficult to retrieve any tweets earlier than the most recent hundred or so, I’ve begun collecting deep tweets in my own personal tweet archive. There is absolutely no way I will ever complete or keep up with that archive, so let’s make that effort one of the charter members of a project I’ve been working on for well over two decades and will now give to RTM – projects I will never have the time complete. Details on that separate project to follow . . . if that itself is not on its own list.

Beef and blue sandwich by Chef Meg (link to follow). With carmalized onions by macheide (ditto). As tweeted by Twitter (et cetera). Let’s do that again sometime soon!

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15 April 2012 at 7:11 am

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Sick Cell Phone Anemia

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Verizon has a webpage that probably deserves a periodic visit: Fraud and Scam Alerts. HowStuffWorks has another piece about How Cell-phone Viruses Work that also deserves a read.

I think it’s high time we get some good antivirus software running on our laptops. Particularly if my laptop is going to be peeking around looking for bluetooth devices to link up with. (And it would be a good idea for me to figure out how to turn that off, since I don’t really use any connection between my laptop and anything else, such as my cell phone.)

We’ll be heading over to Verizon today or tomorrow to request a new cell phone number for me. I don’t know if anyone at the local stores can answer this for me, but I’ll want to be sure that getting a new phone number is not going to be just a waste of time if my cell phone software itself has somehow picked up a virus.

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12 June 2009 at 6:34 am

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Permit Me To Introduce

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Minnie and SheebaThat’s Minnie I’m holding, my new HP Mini netbook, putting Sheeba out of work at last.

All the space I need, all the speed I need, all the software I need. And she hasn’t crashed a single time!!

Ain’t she just the cutest little thing?

[Update – Several weeks after this post, Minnie took on her new name, “Jeanette,” as in, “I play it by Jeanette Book.”]

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8 December 2008 at 10:57 pm

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Threesome

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Keeping all three of my babies busy this morning.

That’s Harry on the left, getting a few things together for the coming workweek. Being a secure government computer, the work I’m doing on Harry isn’t allowed to come over to either of the other two; nor are any of the personal computing activities being done on either of the other two permitted to come over to Harry.

To the right is Susan‘s Sony. Since I don’t have a good, up-to-date version of Office operating on the ancient workhorse that shoulders most of my own personal computing activities, I’ve booted the Sony up for doing a requested review of a powerpoint presentation Nat has prepared. If I didn’t hate the Sony’s keyboard so much, I’d have other personal computing going on in other windows on that machine.

And then there’s Sheeba daring me to throw her off my lap onto the floor again. She’s been having another rough morning. Another crash or two, and instead of using her for today’s blogging and whatnot, I’ll haul out the spare keyboard and run all non-work traffic through the Sony.

So, why all three within reach simultaneously? Why not just one at a time? Well, for one thing, I don’t even need to get that all-too-common we-did-it-again WordPress failscreen to know that I can get a hell of a lot done on either or both of the other two ‘puters simply while waiting around for WordPress to store and load up any new or revised post or page. One of these days, I’ll record a video of one of these sessions, and you can stop laughing.

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30 November 2008 at 11:52 am

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Sleep with the Fish, Sheeba

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Sheeba is dead.

I’ll bring her back up on the mortician’s slab one or two more times to rip a few final organs from her, but won’t sweat myself out over it. If she accidentally finds her way to the bottom of the pool without divulging any final secrets, don’t be surprised to find her feet solidly encased in concrete.

No more Toshiba machines for me, please. They’ve cost me countless hours of lost time over the years.

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23 November 2008 at 8:12 pm

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Sheeba Nearing Retirement

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Back when we were still naive enough to use AT&T Wireless for our cell phone service, I remember the connection problems getting so bad that for any call I initiated – whether personal or business – I got in the habit of quickly shooting a rapid-fire summary of essential facts as soon as I started the call, since I had every reason to believe that I might not make it so much as five minutes on a typical call without getting cut off. An AT&T executive laughed it off, pointing out that with AT&T, “You don’t pay for good service,” then saying I was free to quote him. Yeah, right, but start forcing me to act unnatural on my calls, and you’re just begging me to go with a cell phone service that respects its customers and knows what good service means to us both.

Whatever. Thing is, I’m now getting the creeps that maybe AT&T has crept in and taken control of Sheeba, my personal laptop computer. Old as Sheeba is, she really does need to consider retirement, perhaps become just an unplugged toy for toddlers the way Susan‘s IBM rock of a lemon quickly did. But this past week has been getting downright intolerable: sometimes I barely get the damned machine turned back on from one crash before it decides to crash on me again. So like I had to do for AT&T Wireless’ shrugging off any attempt at providing reasonable service, with Sheeba I’m getting in the habit of preparing as much as possible off on other machines – including an even older Palm PDA!! – then rushing my personal tasks through as quickly as possible as soon as I turn Sheeba on, holding my breath at every keystroke expecting that next crash to come when I least need or want it to occur. And like with the AT&T Wireless phone calls, when I swear it got so bad that I was spending as much time re-dialing dropped calls as they gave me to actually spend talking, with Sheeba I’m starting to feel like I spend more time re-booting and getting back to where I was and what I was doing, versus the duration of the brief periods I get actually using the machine between crashes.

So, now I’m treating Sheeba to some patriotically correct waterboarding sessions to torture all useful information out of her, moving her photographs and other files off onto CDs and flash drives and Internet parking slots. Then she’ll get put out of her misery.

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9 November 2008 at 4:52 pm

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Blue on Red

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Yes, I once possessed one of the very first IBM XT machines off the assembly line, and yes, it’s difficult to find so much as an unplugged minute in my day-to-day life. But all things considered, I tend to drag way behind the curve when it comes to tech updates. I may never long for a Blackberry, I know I would rather get exiled back to the rock ages over having to appear with an iPhone, and I’m making a 5-year-old laptop live on life support as long as possible before I’ll replace it with the bare minimum model that will be around when this machine crashes its final crash.

But every now and then I do get pulled along after the crowd into new tech. Susan will pick me up an mp3 player or a laser pen that talks with my laptop for presentations. Or my job will bless me with a wireless card or a new laptop with software that isn’t a decade obsolete. Or some other bit of luck will add to my little tech toy collection.

Like, Kelly got his bluetooth cellphone earpiece wet, whereupon it ceased working, whereupon he seemed to have lost interest in replacing it when he recently upgraded to a Blackberry. The dead piece of equipment sat around on the kitchen counter for a few weeks waiting for me to give it a random moment’s notice. Absent instructions, and me not really having so much as a spark of a knack with such things, it still came very very close to finding the trash can once I did finally play around with it last night, especially after Kelly himself couldn’t get any signs of life out of it. Then suddenly, pop, there it was, picking up an invite from my cell phone, then wending its way through my bumbling explorations of how to make and receive calls with the device.

And so far, I do like it! I’ve been using a hands-free cell phone earpiece that connects with a cord that is barely long enough to reach to a pocket, too frequently inconvenient, not at all relaxed. This bluetooth earpiece gives me far more freedom, far more flexibility.

Another little lucky step forward along the technology highway.

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22 September 2008 at 7:17 am

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