And it gets worse…

After wasting 4 hours yesterday, I had the system fall over after a comprehensive scan disk session today. Scan picked up *loads* of errors, and on rebooting, Windows kindly informed me that the security details were invalid and I’d have to reboot in safe mode.

Which I couldn’t do.

The details that got scrambled were mine – i.e. the administrator’s. So now that I’ve got back onto the system (reinstall over the top, seeing as I couldn’t use “Repair” due to the password being lost) I have a load of stuff stuck in locations I can’t get to. Or at least I did until I deleted the now “Unknown” user profile.

You’d not believe the amount of stuff Windows insists on installing in your own profile, when you want it available to all users on a system. Back out with the application installation programs *grr*.

Oh, and to cap that, I can’t download three of the Windows Update fixes which came down the wire without a problem first time round. XFM‘s online radio broadcast won’t work either, though I think that could be something else.


The weirdest computer problem ever

I’ve just built a new PC (geeky specs on request, people. And pictures. I’m not sad enough to post them up here. yet). It’s worked fine since I started going on it. Started to get a bit bogged down now that I’ve installed all my crap back on it, but there you go.

Anyways, I got in from work today and my firewall said it had an update. Needless to say, I said “grab it” and let it do the download. Little blue line…. “please reboot”. Fair enough. Reboot.

Only when the system came back up again I had no mouse pointer. Argh.

Briefly, I have a couple of machines routed through an electronic KVM switch, thus sharing a mouse, keyboard and monitor. The mouse is USB, but shoved through a USB-to-PS/2 adaptor and the keyboard is just plain PS/2.

First thought is that it’s just struggling, so I gave it a minute or so. Nope. Nothing. OK. Reboot. Still nothing. Pants. Obviously, I’m assuming hardware here – after all, a firewall upgrade’s hardly going to shaft the mouse, is it? Oh, and I’m running WindowsXP so I need the mouse to click on the icon.

Somehow, after swapping cables around and stuff, I got a mouse pointer. Hurrah. Wiggle-wiggle. Mouse wiggles. Click on icon. Start to type password… and nothing appears in the box. And the mouse pointer’s died. Still there, just doesn’t move. Ooooookay.

Basically, after much fiddling and plugging of various things directly into various ports and popping USB mice directly into PCs, I discovered this: Once Windows had even *started* to load, as soon as I touched a key on the keyboard the PS/2 ports were locking up. Completely.

If I booted to DOS or into the BIOs… no problem. No problem. Must be a driver issue. I’ll get into Safe Mode and roll back to a recovery position. Only I can’t, as I need the F8 key to get into safe mode and the fraction of a second I’m out of the BIOS area… the PS/2 ports lock.


Can’t use VNC as I’ve disabled the remote access. Besides, to create an XP-accessible client of any of the other machines, I need a network disc that I’d have to create on the PC I can’t get on to. In the meantime, the XP machine is alone on the network.

So… a 90 minute round trip and &163;22 netted me a USB keyboard (erm… and two fans with red LEDs that I accidentally bought as well. Oops). Plug it in, boot it up, no problems. Roll back to last night’s sound card driver installation (which was prior to the firewall update), remove USB stuff, re-insert PS/2 stuff…


So why the hell did the firewall trash my ports? No idea. But it ain’t getting updated again. Four hours and &163;22 gone. Grr.

Things To Do In The Office When You’re Bored

Yup, another day sat at my desk twiddling my thumbs because I’ve got nothing to do. My job is based on working on site. When I’m not there, I have nothing to do. Yet they still insist I come into the office. Two hour round trip, eight and a half hours at my desk. What’s the point?

Hey ho.

Well, as something to do this afternoon, here’s a list of things to do while sat at your desk with bugger all to do. I’ve tried to make them things you can theoretically get away with. When I reach the stage of playing paintball in the corridor, I’ll let you know.

Update your blog

Check your email

Chat on MSN… for 8 hours

Do coursework



Twiddle thumbs


Pick your nose

Eat it

Update the virus scanner 4 times a day

Surf various sites while avoiding all the porn ones you want to go to

Chew gum


Try holding your breath for a bit

Sneeze and spoil it

Bang head repeatedly off desk

Play Pantera drum-beats on your belly

Insult the MD in a very loud voice

Make farting noises

Play “toss the soup can” until it lands on the desk with a *THUD*

Contemplate making yourself sick all over the desk so you can leave

A Funny Thing Happened At The Doctor’s…

Genuine story from my boss. A couple of years ago, he was living with his dad when a letter from the doctor’s arrived addressed to “Mr Anderson” (for the same of argument – names changed to protect the innocent).

Obviously with them being father and son, they’re both Mr Anderson. Mr Anderson Senior (72 years of age) opened the letter and read that it was about an appointment. He duly noted the date and went to attend.

He arrived at the clinic, sat down and waited. After a while, a nurse called his name and asked him to go into a particular room to see the doctor. Upon arrival he sat himself down and the doctor started an informal chat.

“Before we go any further, Mr Anderson, we need to ask a few basic questions.”

He nods. Fine.

“First of all… how long have you been considering having the vasectomy?”

Apparently it took them a week to clean the burnt rubber from his plimsoles off the floor.