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Xena, Uber & More
Sunday, 19 March 2006
iTunes and random computer musings
Mood:  cool
Topic: Computer musings
I did some upgrades to my computer today, including a new data hard drive (the ones with my ripped-from-legally-purchased-cds- hard drive died), and that went ok. Next, I opened iTunes to start re-ripping aforementioned legally purchased cd's, and I got a message to update. No problem.

Um, problem.

Every time I tried to rip a cd, I would get a disk access error message. If I clicked ok, it would go away and leave me alone, and let me rip the mp3s properly. So, several hours later, I had just about 10 cd's ripped. Well, I was distracted, I'd bought the 10th anniversary Xena collection and was watching that on my little DVD player while doing all this.

Then, I decided to burn an MP3 disk to play in my truck. Problem. It wouldn't recognize the cd in the drive. I then thought to myself, "Self, when has this happened before?" And self answered, "When you needed a firmware upgrade for your dvd/cd burner. Silly."

So, I googled my brand/model of burner, found the firmware upgrade, and went about the business of updating it. This time, iTunes happily burned my cd of mp3s without a hitch.

Hooray!

JS Stephens

Posted by jsstephens at 8:30 PM CST
Sunday, 9 October 2005
No word yet from Symantec
Mood:  lazy
Topic: Computer musings
I blathered last time about NAV going down and having to uninstall it. I wrote a paper letter (shock! snail mail!) but no response. I'll give'em a while before pursuing it further.

The weather is beautiful here, finally hit 73 F (at nearly 1:30). I mowed this morning, pulled weeds later on, and now have moved inside to do boring stuff like laundry. The cats are sending sleepy waves my direction, pulling me off course from household duties. Of course, my gf is having to work again. Grr.

JS

Posted by jsstephens at 1:21 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, 12 November 2005 2:02 PM CST
Saturday, 1 October 2005
Which antivirus software?
Mood:  irritated
Topic: Computer musings
I had paid to extend my subscription to a certain antivirus software (that I won't mention here), but low and behold, it suddenly decided that not only had I not renewed, but that my original cd key was bogus! After fighting with it, search the vendor web site, and generally growling for the better part of ninety minutes, I decided to give up. I uninstalled the puppy, had to use its special uninstall tool to get rid of the rest of it in the registry, and downloaded/installed avast! home edition free antivirus http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html.

Now, I've been using computers for 25 years, had one of my own for ten, built six computers from scratch, upgraded/reinstalled Win 95/98/2K/XP, installed/configured countless programs, and been a webmaster personally and professionally for more than eight years. If I can't get this puppy to accept that I paid for the subscription, then I don't think the average Joe or Jane could either. I'm pissed.

Okay, I feel a little better now.

Rant over.

JS Stephens

Posted by jsstephens at 7:42 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, 12 November 2005 2:02 PM CST

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