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Running More Smoothly

…but there’s a problem. Over the past week, my main server has been giving me all sorts of problems, and I think that it has been resolved, this morning. Everything seems to up an running at full speed, except for one thing.

Over at bbGoth, there’s supposed to be a PHPbb forum. It’s actually the busiest part of the site, even though there’s only around 200 members. When the machine was restarted, this morning, the forum didn’t come back. It’s trying to load up a “suspended.page”, for some reason. I looked under the hood, and all of the files seem to be there. The MySQL database “looks” like it’s okay. I just can’t figure it out.

The only thing that I can guess is that my hosting company “suspeneded” it, for some reason. I really can’t see why, though, unless there was something happening that they hadn’t told me about…

I’m too tired to take a look at it, now, so I’m gona’ grab about 6 hours of sleep before the Broncos play, today. Hopefully, it’ll be back by then, but if not, I’ll work on it, later.

I really like having this “other” blog, so I can throw all of this crap that nobody really cares about…

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Note To Self…

Don’t ever post anything while you’re drunk! If you do, though, make sure that it’s a little bit understandable before hitting the publish button. That is all…

I Couldn’t Agree More

But I don’t have any suggestions for alternatives to this, either.
 

Back From The Shop

They didn’t take my laptop. The guy decided that he didn’t want to take the time to test the battery (like he was supposed to), so he just filled out the paperwork, and gave me an order number. He also “blew out” some of the air vents and said that a lot of dust and hair came out. It seems like it’s running somewhat cooler now, too. The fan just started running more often, so suddenly, that I didn’t even think about doing that.

Anyway, I just thought I give the update.

Today is my last “official” day of vacation, so I’m going to take a nap, now, and try to get back on my irregular schedule. I go back to work at 11:30pm on Tuesday, so I’ll spend most of Monday night awake, in preparation.

Going To The Shop on Monday

Well, my laptop has come to the point where I need to replace the battery. It only has about half of the “time” that it used to. I’m backing things up and making the trip to Fargo on Monday, to get a new one. It’s covered under one of those three year warrantees, so I might as well use it.

I hate taking my machine in, for somebody else to fiddle around with, though. I supposed to do all of that, myself. When it’s covered by them, you have to play by their rules, though. I just wanted to get this posted, just in case somebody does something terribly wrong (it could happen), and starts contacting people or changing things that I have shortcuts all over this thing for.

I’m backing “everything” up, now, and I’ll block access and get rid of all of the saved passwords, but you never know about those geeks at GeekSquad. I’ve bitched about what happened the last time I had to take this in to BestBuy, when the hard drive died (twice) over on Webfeed Central. I doubt that they’ll tell me that they have to send it in, but 2 more times and I get a new one.

The fan on this thing has been running a lot more than it ever has (not constantly). Ever since I had the problem with the Google Desktop using 100% of the system resources, it’s never seemed “normal”. I got rid of GDesktop, but it stiil seems to be running hot. If I mention that, though, they probably “will” want to send it to Chicago, to their service center. I’m still debating on telling them about it, but I suppose I should. One more big problem after that, and I get a brand new machine.

Once everything is backed up, I’m sure I’ll feel better about letting it go away for a couple weeks. It’s just that big feeling of loss that I don’t know if I’m ready to deal with. We’ll see. I’m sure I’ll be posting about this later. It might be from the desktop machine, though.

Share Your Pain

It looks like Microsoft has come up with a great idea to make “buggy” programs easier to handle. Microsoft WSYP. (.asf for Windows Media)

Reaching The Next Level

Over the past 7 years, a lot of my wife’s and my time have been spent taking care her grandfather, Jack Underhill. His health had started to deteriorate, and he had to be tied to an oxygen machine, 24 x 7. He moved in with us, so that we could take care of him. The last seven years have been full of ups and downs, and there is no way that I can capture the complete picture in a single post. I’m not even going to try.

Late last week, Jack went to a scheduled doctor’s visit, and from there, the doctor had sent him directly to the hospital. He went over to have some tests done. The tests that needed to be done required equipment that wasn’t available at the medical center, where his doctor’s office is located.

The test results came back and they had diagnosed him with cancer in his liver and kidneys. They said that the cancer was already pretty wide-spread, and any amount of treatment wouldn’t have helped. They performed a biopsy on Monday, to determine the next steps to take. Why this wasn’t caught earlier, I don’t know. He had been to both the doctor’s office and the hospital withing the past six months, several times.

By Tuesday, he was released from the hospital, and I brought him home. They had given him a “patch” with some pain medicine, and also some pills, in case the patch wasn’t working well enough. Being in the habit of sleeping quite a bit, he was pretty tired when we made it to the house at 2:00pm. He got up on Tuesday morning at 7:00am and hadn’t slept since.

When we got in, he slept for a couple hours in his bed, before having to get up to use the bathroom. When he was done in there, he came out and sat at the kitchen table, another one of his “places”. He slept for quite a while there, in his chair, which wasn’t too out of the ordinary. Over the next 24 hours, though, things became much worse.

32 hours after I brought Jack home from the hospital, he passed away, in his bed. At 8:55pm, he reached the next level in the cycle of life.

This is the first time that this has ever happened so “close to home” for me, and I’m not real sure how to handle it. I’m sure I’ll be adding some of Jack’s memories to Webfeed Decentralized.