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tashabear
tashabear
rebuilding
My machine is now rebuilt, as far as hardware goes. The software and configuring is taking longer... I downloaded a bunch of .exe files into Wolfie's computer for the various freeware that makes my life easier, and installed all that today, and I'm downloading AIM as I type. I still need to locate the Norton firewall and anti-virus disc -- oh, look, there it is. :-)

What's really bothersome is that I had a bunch of really great, well-organized bookmarks, and they're all gone. Definitely going to have to start keeping copies of those online. I used to use a website that kept bookmarks and favorites for you, but it went paid and changed its focus, and I haven't found anything since. That could be because I haven't looked.

So, recreating the machine I had proceeds apace. Wolfie is at work; I dropped him off at the train at noon (better early than late on your first day). I had a rather uncomfortable chat with the temp agency that sent me to the donut place, and it was no more enlightening than the voicemail she left on Friday. Whatever. My other agency has my resume in for a job in Burlington that pays $4/hour more than the donut weenies, so maybe that will pan out.

In the meantime, I get used to not spending the evening with my sweetie, which has the dubious upside of giving me complete control over the remote. If he gets to chat with me via email or IM, I'll likely spend even more time up here in the computer room, which isn't so bad, because if I close the door, the machines keep the room quite toasty, and I can keep the heat turned down. I think we'll definitely need a TiVO, though. :-)

i feel: hungry hungry

10 trips or shoot the rapids
Comments
esmerel From: esmerel Date: September 20th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I know a number of people who are really liking http://del.icio.us/- I guess it's a bookmark managing site, where you can share them and stuff. I haven't tried it myself, though, so I dunno how it works, or how useful it actually is.
From: nutter4 Date: September 20th, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Ah - was it you who tried to add me on AIM? I got a message when I logged in and refused it because I didn't recognise the e-mail address... oops...
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 20th, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Nope, wasn't me. Things went very quickly south when I tried to load the virus software, and now the thing won't stay online, and I can't seem to overwrite the file that's at fault at the moment. Waiting for Himself to get home so he can help me.
darkwolfie From: darkwolfie Date: September 20th, 2004 05:05 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Definitely...

...need a TiVo.

Hiyas, baby! Can't use e-mail or IM here, unfortunately. Too easy for a tinybrain to load up a virus into the system...

...it would be a Bad Thing.

frostyw From: frostyw Date: September 20th, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC) (base camp)
What's really bothersome is that I had a bunch of really great, well-organized bookmarks, and they're all gone. Definitely going to have to start keeping copies of those online. I used to use a website that kept bookmarks and favorites for you, but it went paid and changed its focus, and I haven't found anything since. That could be because I haven't looked.

What I might suggest, however manual, is exporting your bookmarks to a Netscape-style bookmark.htm and uploading it to your website somewhere convenient but otherwise unlinked. That seemed to be common practice 'back in the day' when I was cutting my teeth on the Internet.

I'm sorry to hear the job didn't work out, but it sounds like you're better for it. Good luck on your future job prospects!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 20th, 2004 08:06 pm (UTC) (base camp)
That's what I meant when I said "keeping copies online". There used to be a nifty little utility from MS that would convert favorites into a .htm file, but I haven't looked for it for some time.

All of it is moot at the moment, because there is some sort of fault that appeared after I tried to load the anti-virus software, and now it not only won't stay online, the entire system reboots when I log in. Very frustrating. I'm waiting for Wolfie to get home so he can help me fix it.
frostyw From: frostyw Date: September 20th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Meep. FWIW, I think IE now includes that in its Import/Export menu. I'm on my Mac, about 100 miles from my PC, so I can't confirm this about the PC IE.

I recall there were some complains about NIS or NAV and a certain patchlevel. Don't remember the details, tho. :/
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 20th, 2004 08:20 pm (UTC) (base camp)
It's an issue with lsass.exe in the windows/system32 folder. (I hadn't gotten around to downloading Service Pack 2 yet.) Problem is, I can't overwrite that file because it's in use when XP is running, and I can't figure out how to get to an MS-DOS prompt -- a command line window doesn't cut it, as XP is still running. I wasn't paying attention when Wolfie got there last time, so I need him to get there this time.
frostyw From: frostyw Date: September 20th, 2004 08:49 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Sounds like the Sasser worm is whacking your machine. I presume your computer keeps crashing with an error code of -128 in LSASS.EXE and starts a 60 second countdown? That's code on an infected system tripping yours. Anti-virus wouldn't stop this activity. The proper way would be to patch your computer. The MS knowledge base article is 835732. I think this is the patch you need to download and then install while offline to safeguard against future crashes.

We've seen a resurgence of this on computers in the office lately. Some rogue computer apparently got on and is trying to spread Sasser. Systems that somehow got by our round of patching are now getting knocked down regularly, and that's about the only indication we have that it's out there and that there are machines that missed being patched earlier this year.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 20th, 2004 09:47 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Yep, Wolfie nailed it as soon as I told him what was going on. I got AV and firewall up, and am getting the updates right now, and will be getting patches right after that.
10 trips or shoot the rapids