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Hey everyone. Well, I learned something today. Yes, the impossible has happened. GRIN! What I learned isn't really important, but the thought that it gave me might be.

The hosting provider that I'm using for my web site offers a very basic Podcasting script for a small fee. I know I've been talking for a while now about creating a podcast, but the big question has always been what, exactly, would I podcast about. This thing that I learned today would make an awesome podcast, so I was thinking about doing something based on some kind of technology how-to or something. I'd create a podcast if and when I came across something that I thought was neat, or something that not many people might know how to do. I know there are a lot of similar things like this out there, so my idea might be totally overkill. This is why, before putting out some money for something that nobody might even like, I present you with, for once, a poll that isn't totally useless information to me. I'd like feedback, so please feel free to leave me additional comments.

Oh. And, for anyone who's interested, I thought I'd use what I learned this morning as the first podcast topic -- how to add or change your search provider in IE 7. Or, maybe I'm just clueless and the rest of the world already knows how to do this? SMILE!

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This is obviously not my day for good luck. And, I swear my computer has ears and hears absolutely everything I say. I decided this morning that it was time to add more memory to my three-year-old Dell Dimension 4600. It's been performing well for the last few years, but the way I use the machine has changed drastically, and programs are getting bigger, so on and so forth. So anyway, I broke one of my cardinal rules and placed a call to Dell, twice. The first time I called was because I couldn't find memory on their web site because that site is sort of interesting. I wanted to know what it would cost. I got my price quote and said that I'd call back if I decided to make the purchase. The guy kept asking me what time I'd be calling. I had absolutely no clue. I mean, if I decide to buy I'll call back. If I decide not to buy, I'm not going to call back. Plain and simple. Well, I decided I was going to buy a 1 Gig memory stick. I've got 4 slots total, two of which are taken up. I figured I'd get one stick since it was cheaper and be done with it. When I called back to order the memory, the guy at Dell told me that I had to buy memory in pairs. Okay, I've never done it that way before, but whatever. I'll do things his way. So instead of one 1 Gig stick I ended up buying two 512 sticks. It cost me more, but I got free shipping so I guess I can't complain too terribly much. Doesn't mean I'm not going to try though. SMILE!So, after I ordered the memory, my computer started to do really weird things. I've got a big presentation coming up next week, (and in fact will be gone from Wednesday through Friday), on OCR solutions. I'll be covering OpenBook and SARA, K1000 and the K-NFB Reader. (No, I don't get to go to CSUN but I'm thinking that I just might have to save up for that next year.) I figured that one feature that would be really neat to demonstrate is the ability that K1000 V11 has to recognize a form and allow someone to fill it out. It's a great concept, right? Right. Unfortunately, it's not so good in practice. Well, I can't blame the program, but I will blame my computer. It's kind of weird. I was able to recognize the form and work with it, but every time I tried to bring up one particular area the program crashed. Not only did it crash, but it crashed hard. The program acted like it was closing, when in reality it was just kind of sitting there. It wasn't visible on the screen other than this really small little blob but it wasn't in the alt-tab order or anything. I ended up getting rid of it with the Windows Task Manager. But, this happened every time I'd open this document. Not exactly a good thing when trying to prepare for a presentation. Again, I don't blame K1000 for this one, although I just recently found out that I may have actually discovered a known bug that should be fixed sometime this week. We'll see. In the mean time, tomorrow I've got a different form that I'm going to try to work with. Tax forms aren't very exciting anyway, right? SMILE!So tonight was the main menu presentation that I wrote about previously. I've been hearing a lot about the Icon, and it really sounds like a really neat gadget. I can't wait to see one this summer, but then I'm really going to want one. I actually have this terrible habit of wanting all the cool new stuff. But, I still really want the Book Port, and even if it doesn't actually come out by the time of Convention, I'll be getting it when it does become available. It seems like many companies give some pretty nice discounts on products during the conventions, so it'd be really nice if I could get it cheaper or something. At any rate, it definitely sounds like it'll be interesting. I just wish people would listen though! There were a couple of questions that were asked about two or three times during the night.Anyway, it's past my bedtime, and I've got another day of, um, what? tomorrow. So I think I'm going to go post this and then call it a night. I've recently decided to read all 28 books in the Lillian Jackson Braun Cat Who series in order from start to finish. I've read most of them before, but I'm going to start completely over this time. I'm on book 2. I absolutely love these books! I'm not normally into mysteries, but you can't beat Coco and Yum Yum. SMILE! Later guys!Oh, and one more thing. [livejournal.com profile] johnmill79 if my computer problems are in answer to your computer survey of a couple of weeks ago I'm going to come find you. GRIN! And no, you're not the reason for my MSN sign-in name. SMILE!
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Earlier today I had planned to sit down and write about how I realized that Saturday is my favorite day of the week because it's the day after Friday, and there's always still one day left in the weekend. Unfortunately, none of my plans really went the way I'd hoped they'd go.

It started with Jim's computer this morning. He turned it on and it wouldn't boot up. He said that he thought he had an error, so I came out to see what was happening. He had one of those really pretty blue screens that are really nice to look at but mean nothing but trouble for your computer. I rebooted the beast a couple of times, and each time the blue screen came up. No Windows, no nothing. We called someone who lives here in the building who's read things for us in the past and he came down to read the exact error message so that I could figure out what we needed to do. It came down to two basic options. Pay our computer guy, (who is reasonable but we really didn't want to have to pay money for this thing), or call Dell for free and deal with who knew what. We settled on the Dell option. We purchased these desktop machines three years ago with in-home four-year service contracts. They wouldn't honor mine when I needed a new hard drive put in about a year and a half ago, but I was going to make sure that they were going to honor it in this case. So, I got online from my laptop to look up the customer service number for Dell. After locating the number, I put in the call. I couldn't help but laugh to myself when the automated system picked up, and started taking me through a series of voice activated menus very similar to the fictitious Dell Customer Service call that I created a while back. (For those that didn't download this last time, this link is an MP3 this time and much smaller, so if the size kept you from downloading it last time, go ahead and try it now. It should be a lot better.) When we were asked for the service tag, the guy helping us was crawling around on the ground, trying to get into a position where he could read the stupid thing. He finally found it, and I got placed in the cue. The hold music wasn't all that interesting, and they kept coming up with possible tips for people to follow that were supposed to help solve problems. Of course none of them would have worked for this situation since we couldn't even get into Windows, Safe Mode, or go back to the last known good configuration. This thing was completely dead in the water.

When someone finally answered, we needed to get yet another tag number. The guy was hard to understand, but he was extremely patient with us. At one point I wanted to scream though because he asked if we had the Windows disk that came with the machine. I have no idea where the disks for Jim's machine ended up. I knew where my stuff was, but not his. The guy wanted to send us a completely new disk before he could solve the problem. This was most definitely not an option. We tried my disk, (which is for an identical machine), and it did what we wanted it to do. We basically had to run a repair of Windows after booting from the CD. It took a couple of hours overall I think, and instead of waiting on hold the entire time, the guy offered to call us back. So he did call, and he kept thanking us for being patient. I think it should have been the other way around though. SMILE! I know I've given Dell a lot of crap in the past, and done a lot of complaining about them, but in this situation I was really pleased with the service.

So, one problem was resolved. I figured that I'd be able to pick up where I'd left off earlier in the morning; in bed with my comfy fuzzy sweat suit, a book and at least one cat. Unfortunately, even that didn't happen. Okay, so it did for a while. I was reading a book, and decided that while it was on I was going to play Yahtzee. I brought it up and started playing. For some reason though, the commands for navigating weren't working very well, and my braille display was jumping all over the place. After a little more experimenting, I discovered, (sniffle sniffle), that my PAC Mate, which has worked perfectly for the last three years, has apparently developed a keyboard problem. It's weird because I haven't spilled anything into it, but pressing keys cause other characters to be entered, and in some cases they're being entered multiple times. So on Monday I've got to send my baby in to FS to get it fixed. The good part of this, (if you can call it good), is that at least I'm not completely without a PAC Mate. I have the BX unit that I use for demo purposes. It's not my QX, so I don't have the nice leather case and it's a lot fatter than my QX, but I was able to snap on my 40-cell display so at least I didn't have to compromise that part of things. I got all my data, calendar, contacts, and programs onto the BX easily, and have a complete back-up for when I get my unit back. So, I'm not exactly without, but I honestly prefer the QX units. I like a regular QWERTY keyboard over braille. This is extremely odd considering that I've been using braille since I was three, but I do more typing these days then I do brailing, so I'm really going to miss my baby! At least I'll be in the office for a staff meeting all day on Wednesday so I'll be able to get a UPS pick-up. Oh, and just a reminder to myself, let's not have a repeat of the buy.com incident where I forgot to include the RMA number? SMILE!

So, that's been my day, and here it is almost 6:00 PM. I'm going to make corn dogs and fries tonight for supper because I really have no motivation, and it's easy. I still plan to be lazy tomorrow at least. After all, I have a whole week of The Young and the Restless to catch up on.

Anyway, I'm going to go turn on the oven and get things ready. Later guys!

Office 2007

Feb. 2nd, 2007 05:21 pm
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Since I can't be left out of the fun, I've decided to download the 60-day trial version of Office 2007. Okay, so it's not only that. I want to evaluate it since we're most likely going to have to start putting it on client machines in the next few months, and I want to see how it works before I get put into a situation where I have to start training people on it. I'm currently downloading the first of two files that will add up to a total of just over 700 megs. Cable definitely rules!!!! I'd love to upgrade to Vista too, but I honestly don't think my desktop could handle it. I barely meet the minimum system requirements, and I don't want to risk this system just yet. My laptop could handle it, but I think I'm going to wait just a little while for that, as much as I don't want to. So, maybe in a day or so I can give everyone a totally unquallified opinion of Office 2007. We'll see what happens.

Well, the first download is almost done, so I think I'm going to go and start the second one. I need to create a system restore point first too, just in case. If I decide not to buy before the end of my 60-day trial I'm probably going to lose my Office 2003 installation anyway, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. Catch you all later.

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