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  • Birthday 07/07/1938

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  1. Thanks, muttonhunter -- at least I know I'm not alone!
  2. The latest yellow shield from Windows Update urges me to download what appears to be a two-in-one: an upgrade to .NET Framework 3.5, and Service pack for same. Well, I'm easy, but a 248 meg download is stretching it a bit; with my dial-up, I estimate about 11 hours on a none-too-stable connection. Googling has been unhelpful. All I can find are some references about improved compatibility for certain applications. If I really need this, I'll try to nurse it along, but what happens if I don't? A midnight visit from the Microsoft Militia? Bursts of bone-melting plasma from my monitor? I am the perfect Microsoft customer: half ignorant, and totally paranoid. Someone talk me down, please....
  3. Caintry Boy: Nice detective work! I'll give it a try. Thanks!
  4. During the last week, I have been getting an "Internet Explorer has encountered a problem...etc." with a reference to a 0x0000005 error code. The only new installations have been this month's MS security downloads (uh, oh....). A Pit scan showed some out-of-date drivers, but that's about it. All other scans came up clean. I'm running IE7 SP3 (two month old install, no problems). I can run FireFox with no problem, but I understand that IE is always lurking about somewhere in the background, not to mention that I don't like loose ends. Google and MS Support is no help; workarounds and fixes are aimed at AMD machines, applying them to Intel could stop me from booting forever and ever. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!
  5. On Afghanistan: "I must say, I'm a little envious.... If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed.... It must be exciting for you... in some way romantic, you know, confronting danger." I am in no way a fan of John McCain, but at least he does not fantasize: "War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality."
  6. Only thing that works for me is to shut down my AV while immunizing.
  7. Unopened, about a year. Opened (and refrigerated), maybe three days....
  8. I'm gonna ride my hobby-horse, here: I am aggravated that Spoofstick has not seen fit to keep up with the past several upgrades of FireFox; it seems to me to be a simple enough little program which could very well help you avoid a spoofed site. Oddly enough, Spoofstick works very well on IE.... (Also Oddly enough, Spoofstick never worked on the Pit, neither does FasterFox)... Enough of that, however...thanks for the heads-up, Jacee!
  9. I would like to visit, but I'm a bit nervous about encountering Keith Alan Blackwell, one of the most abidingly brutal men in modern lit. ("Now that's a nail... galvanized, one-and-a-half, roofing. I've nailed men's hands to bars like this, with nails like that".) Although, fair do's, he was a Tazzie. As far as New Zealand, what's good enough for Gandolf is good enough for me.
  10. If you're sure -- ok, granted, but there goes your shot at "America's Funniest Home Videos". I wish fo universal brotherhood.
  11. "A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." Friedrich Nietzsche "Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian." Robert Orben "Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt
  12. My kid teaches at an elementary school, for Gawd's sake; they recently (before Virginia Tech killings) had a "gunshot drill". A deputy walked the halls, firing blanks at random, while the kids practiced cowering in their classrooms.... At least they knew it was a drill; that's something, I guess....
  13. Those "corrective mechanisms" are some of the most incredible functions of all (my biology I instructor: "dammit, don't EVER talk about 'purpose'! -- the word is 'function'!). A living system not only monitors its own condition, but recognizes departures from that "normal range" that you mention, and has the capacity to steer the elements back to that normal range. Not bad for a "bag of water with a few trace elements". Microsoft should be so competent!
  14. Those "corrective mechanisms" are some of the most incredible functions of all (my biology I instructor: "dammit, don't EVER talk about 'purpose'! -- the word is 'function'!). A living system not only monitors its own condition, but recognizes departures from that "normal range" that you mention, and has the capacity to steer the elements back to that normal range. Not bad for a "bag of water with a few trace elements". Microsoft should be so competent!
  15. At the risk of sounding philosophical, I am always astounded at the incredible number of systems that have to work in harmony for any life to "live". It is networking on an incomprehensible scale, and it all HAS to work, right down to the molecular level. One seemingly trivial departure from optimum, and, bang!, you're in a jug of formalin in the mutter museum.
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