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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday, why art thou so short?

Today was a decent but short day.

My brother scored me a ladder rack for my truck, a practically new one from Drake Welding, located in Campbell, CA. Estimated value, $1,200 USD. My cost, zilch. Yeah, instead of letting it go to the local Pick And Pull, the yard boss offered it to me through my brother. He knew it would fit, since it was coming off of a similar 2WD drive Ford.

The donor truck wasn't worth what the rack was worth, by the way. They will get $200 USD for that truck, so why let them have a $1,200 rack with it?

Anyway, still have to drill a few more holes and bolt it down but all in all, that was a grand score. A Drake Welding rack is the Rolls-Royce of racks here in the SF Bay Area. It might outlast the truck, too. I'll post pictures when I have a few minutes.

Take care!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 9:52 PM
Categories: Family, General Blogging, Work

Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday's Blog

Well, Monday morning here at Casa Del Meig'h is an uneasy one.

It seems the little furry feline member of the family, Baby, is soon to go to the vet's office. She's been under the weather lately and a trip Saturday turned up a mass in her abdomen. This morning she will have an ultrasound performed to determine what this mass is and if it is treatable. We really hope it is, both medically and financially.

This comes at a bad time for us, since we had some expenditures that we needed to take care of. Now all of that will have to go on the back burner while we take care of Baby's needs.

On a lighter note, Chapter 9 of "End Game" has went to my able proofers but they must have been busy this weekend. Oh well, I'll get that chapter up soon. I'm about 4+ pages into chapter 10 at the moment.

A few friends here in SoCal are having a get-together at the end of the month and I can't begin to tell you just how bummed out I am that we can't attend. I really wish we could have put the trip together. Maybe next time.

Kellan, the old warhorse

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Tuesday's Mishap

Across the street from my work, a truck decided a fire hydrant was in a wrong location . . .

 

Taken with crappy cell phone. Sorry, the good point & shoot was MIA at the time. that's my pickup-truck's tailgate in the second photo. Alameda County Water District and the Fire department were not impressed.

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Termination Can From Hell

Okay, here's one of my favorites; a termination can that has it all. Telephone, clocks, intrusion alarm wiring, bells, cable television and a little more, the battery and power supply for the intrusion alarm. Stuffed. Literally.

The battery is that dark grey thing in the lower right of the can (12 volt, 5 amp/hour sealed lead-acid) and the charger is top center. It's powered by a 16.5 volt power bug that's 'somewhere' inside the room. I have not actually found it after an extensive search. :( 

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Just Checking In

I thought I might check in just to prove I'm still around.

Went to work sick with a serious cold/cough this week so I'm very under the weather. Gah, it seems like I have been sick forever. At least I feel a little better today so maybe I'm on the mend.

I know where my friend SC will be tomorrow; watching the Canucks and the Yanks battle it out on the ice. I'm kind of torn by this, since there are many great American hockey players and a number of great Canadian players. At any rate, the Gold remains in North America regardless. I hope I can watch the game and I'm not nodding off like I have been doing today.

I was really hoping for some better weather this weekend because I really wanted to get some shots of my hometown of Niles. I wanted to capture the railroad station now that it has been moved back to downtown but it's raining off and on right now. Maybe tomorrow.

"End Game" apparently has gone over well with my proofers so I hope to get the next chapter done this weekend. That's if I can stay awake. Isn't if funny how cold medication makes you sleepy? Oh well ... 8)

Take care,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Have You Ever ...

Have you ever found things that didn't belong there?

I had to assist with some troubleshooting of a piece of equipment that was malfunctioning. The equipment in question is an older Rawland Telecenter communications head end unit. It has an issue when going off-hook to page. The unit 'feeds back' but not like you would think; it is a somewhat single pitched sound that disappears as you speak into a handset, then returns when you aren't speaking. Odd to say the least.

Once we tore into the beast, we found signs of an unwanted houseguest; droppings.

Sitting on the PCB's ...

Doing damage ...

First picture is Curtis, trying to clean the damage.

 

Second is some of the worst damage. Doesn't look good to either of us.

 

Some more damage. The affected area extends under the chip.

So, at the end of the day, score was critters 1, technicians 0. We're hoping Curtis' boss has a stash of spares hidden somewhere.

On the way to help Curtis, I took a moment to take a nice shot of Mission Peak in the sun. This proves it is green here at least part of the year.

Anyway, that's all for now. I need to do some laundry and some grocery shopping, since my tigress is still contagious. I'm hoping to get some pictures of historic Niles this weekend for your viewing pleasure.

Slainte M'hath!

Kellan, the old warhorse 

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Tuesday's Update

Okay ... Stupid things.

Went to work today, thinking about my tigress being home sick. I was chatting with the secretary, letting her know what was going on and my boss overhears our conversation. He immediately sends me home with orders that I can't go back to work without being cleared by my doctor! Yeah!!

So, a call to my sister confirms all of us kids had chicken pox. Knowing that, my doctor said he would give me clearance to go back to work. Messed up, I will agree. You have to understand the fact that my supervisors have a knee jerk reaction to things like this.

On to the other item-chicken pox takes 12 to 14 days to incubate. Where were we slightly over two weeks ago? Further Confusion! Yup, Con Crud on a grand scale. I just hope none of our friends are affected by this.

Anyway, I will update this blog after my tigress is checked out by a doctor.

Kellan

Tuesday's Musings

Well, I thought I would share my thoughts about the last few days. Last Friday, I was putting my truck away for the day when I noticed something in my work boot. It had gotten into a position to irritate my foot so I removed my shoe to find out what it was. Out fell a quarter and a penny! Doh!

Weird stuff part two-

I didn't watch the Superbowl, mainly because I was busy disinfecting a computer. Yeah, not a way to spend Sunday but I was begged, literally, to fix their computer for them. What a mess it was, too.

I had never ran up against a virus that prevented any process except a browser from running! To make matters worse, it managed to block the computer from running in SAFE mode on more than a few occasions, forcing a reboot to try for SAFE mode again. Nine and a half hours of frustration. You can guess where they were surfing ...

On to my favorite intrusion alarm duo. They are Ademco Vista 128B alarms and I have learned they are not user friendly. I spent about 3 hours just putting a few users into the systems. Since I'm not a certified installer, I don't have access to the Vista software that would make programming much simpler. Argh!

So, that leads up to now. My tigress is sitting here, pondering her case of chicken pox. Yup. Now, I really can't remember if I had them as a child so I might be infected. Won't know for a few days until they have had time to incubate in my system. I'm hoping I don't have them. Oh Well ...

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday's Musings

Okay, I did the deed and my laptop is no longer saddled with Vista, the worst piece of malware to be found on the Internet. It now runs XP Pro SP3 and I am so happy.

Of interest, if you have a laptop and you're installing a new Hdd, it might behoove you to obtain a USB enclosure to simplify transferring your documents. That's what I will be doing later on today, when I go get some Sudafed for my stuffy head.

Take care,

Kellan

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Saturday, Saturday ...

Just a short update and some musings for you-

I thought I would share this with you all:

 

Yeah, the hardware in our schools are modern, up to date equipment ... NOT! Note the build date on that clock mechanism.

A good friend made a comment about that last pic I posted. I smiled, then giggled, then busted up laughing for some unknown reason. She managed to lift my spirits on what had been an otherwise tedious day. I smiled a bit the rest of the day because of that little comment. Thank you, Aslaug. I needed that.

Now, on to the actual reason I started this post after my bit of digression was to inform my friends that Chapter 32 of "A Loss Of Rights" is posted for your reading pleasure. I admit it's a bit short but it sets up the next chapter.

Enjoy the weekend,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Housekeeping ...

OK, so it's an electric water heater ...

Stuff stacked against a water heater  

Those green things are dust mop heads.

Oh Well ...

Kellan, the old warhorse

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday's ... Troubles ...

So, here I sit, attempting to put thoughts to text. I'm not being very successful, either.

I'm not sure what happened but I have lost all inspiration to work on several works that I haave been thrashing. I'm not sure if it's the heat, the heavy workload or my brother's troubles, but for some reason I have grown cold to either story. My inspiration is gone.

I'll type some more when I feel more motivated.

Kellan, the old warhorse

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Sunday's Ramblings

Today's ramblings will be short and sweet.

It's been a long week and my back injury has been catching up with me. So much so that I didn't attend the Scottish games yesterday. Maybe today.

It still ceases to amaze me what I find at the school sites. Found in a junction can:

Box in a junction can  

Yeah, that one surprised me, too. In case you're not a techie, that's a box of cabling, 2 each 22 guage wires in a white jacket. Purpose? Unknown. Reason for being in the junction can? Unknown also. The orange corrugated tubing houses two fiber-optic cables, in case you're wondering. The telco room is on the other side of that wall, btw.

Anyways, enough for now.

Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day and please be careful if you have a barbecue or an open fire pit going! California has enough wildfires going as it is ... don't add to it!

Kellan, the tired old warhorse

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Stuff

Found on a 'modular' classroom:

spray paint art  

Nice work, Chauncey!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 8:14 AM
Categories: General Blogging, Humor, Work

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Warhorse's War Wagon

My Friend The Silver Coyote recently lamented the loss of his work steed, a very heavily used (abused?) 4WD truck. He was given a 2WD van to use that he wasn't happy with from the sounds of it. Well, SC, this is my War Wagon, a 2000 E250 with a 4.2L V-6. 113K on the odo at this time.

Yeah, I have managed to get it stuck at a school site!

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 1:37 AM
Categories: Friends, General Blogging, Work

Monday, August 17, 2009

Another one for my silver-hued canid friend ...

Let's take a step back from that closeup of the 66 block and take in the view just to the left ...

Nice and neat! NOT! Can you say, "Hack Job?" I knew you could!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

For you techies ...

Straight from the NFS-640 Operations Manual, Appendix D: Point and Systems Troubles List:

EPROM ERROR - The application and/or boot code is corrupt. Service required.

Nice, huh? BTW, it's done this about a dozen times since I posted that pic. Not good. Boss says the company that looked at has it under control. Is that why they cleared the panel history so I couldn't see what they did or did not do? Hmm ... I have a fire watch on that site now.

Oh Well,

Kellan, the (amused) old warhorse

Monday, August 03, 2009

Monday's short blurb

Thought I would share this with all of you-

Not something you want to see on your fire alarm panel. Same as BSOD on a window$ machine.

FACP in trouble  

Sorry about the quality-taken with my cellphone. Found on 03 Aug 2009 like this. Nobody at the site OR the monitoring company(!) bothered to call us to let us know.

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Resolution of a sort ...

The meeting behind me, I can breathe a sigh of relief for now.

The meeting started on a very ominous note, being told straight up that the funds, vehicle and tools of the trade have already been transferred to the new department. As of Monday, 3 Aug 2009, the victim, er ... I mean the lucky employee would report to the new department. If one of us didn't volunteer, an unfortunate tech, um, I mean a candidate would be chosen by management.

Our union rep stepped up to the plate at that point, stating the job transfer would be by seniority, reverse order per the Ed code. The new guy who I will refer to as 'Bob', was the unfortunate victim, I mean lucky guy. The person that actually started this whole mess, the tech with the most telco experience, looked at 'Bob' and actually said, "Sorry, I was just looking out for number one".

It was an interesting meeting, making me realize why the telco guru didn't want to over to the new department. There was definite bad blood between him and the new dept head. He actually called him a liar in the meeting! Unreal!

Anyway, 'Bob' is taking this very well, since he doesn't have a beef with the new dept head. In retrospect, if I had enough knowledge, I would have taken the position. This new dept. head, since he's trying to build an indispensable empire, would fight tooth and nail for you in a layoff.

The bad part is I am the low man in my dept. again. Bummer. But I still have a job and a certain coyote said I could pick his brains if I needed to. Thanks for the offer, SC.

Have a great weekend,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

An Unnerving Situation

Well, the old warhorse is sitting here on pins and needles this Wednesday night, wondering what tomorrow will bring ...

Tomorrow is technically the last work day of the month but that's not what worries me. As some of you well know, I work for a school district. I work as a Communications Technician, which means clocks, bells, public address systems, cable television, intrusion alarms, fire alarms and to some very small degree, telephones.

My department is part of maintenance. Always has been. Tomorrow, however says whether I will still be in maintenance or not.

You see, the director in charge of computer/internet technology has decided that he should have phones and cable television in his little empire that he's building for himself. That means the money that was in our budget goes over to his budget, along with one technician. Possibly me. Or not.

As I have said, I'm not the low man. Our leadman has said it should be offered and passed over by seniority, since we are a union shop. We think the director has eyes on the best phone tech but we can't be sure of that right now. That would not be me, by the way. At any rate that means the leadman would pass, The tech that has the most experience would pass, then I would pass. That leaves the 'new guy', who has said that he would move over to the other department just to keep his job. I know, that deal stinks. Don't think I don't feel bad about it because I do.

Honestly, if I had the skills, I think I would move on over to the other department, if not just for the fresh air. I just don't have the skills, which is a long story for another day. It suffices to say, this deal stinks all the way around.

What of the union? I dunno. I think they're still scrambling to figure out what to do. I think it's too little, too late.

And what of Human Resources? Again, I dunno. They've been out of the loop ever since this little fiasco started.

The bad thing is this; if we all pass on this move for some reason, the money is still gone. One of us will get laid off (the new guy, who has a family to feed) and the job would go to the outside. Again, this stinks to high heaven. I guess I should point out the fact the 'new guy' as I refer to him by has actually been with the district about two years.

The real scary part is the possibility that I may be forced to move over to the new department against my wishes and then get let go at a later date because I can't do the job. That sucks but it could happen.

I really hate to see someone forced to move like this. It's wrong on so many different levels. I guess it's just the way business is done these days. Screw the employee, he/she will get over it in time.

I guess you can see why I'm on edge.

Kel, the old warhorse

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tuesday, under the weather

OK, so the old warhorse is home on a Tuesday, not feeling so well. Something I consumed in the past few days backfired on me.

Anyway, I'm still working on chapter 30 of "A Loss Of Rights" and so far it's slow going. Still have a few pages to go.

To make up for that, here's some picture humor for you.

Poster by Scholastic News, a huge purveyor of academic textbooks and teaching aids.

 

Note the bicycle's fork is on backwards!

 

You communications techs will like this; the 'neat' workmanship by our contractors. They claim they're finished. What do you think?

 

Typical mess found in a custodian's closet

 

Sign on that panel in the picture above-

 

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 5:22 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Health, Humor, Work

Friday, June 05, 2009

Friday's Quiz (and blog)

Friday has arrived so here's the quiz;

Q. What was Victoria's major complaint after being captured by the mage Terrance?

There were no guesses on Wednesday's quiz so I will wait until Monday to give out the answer. Please use the comment system below to make your guesses.

On another note ...

My friend that's been sick is out of the hospital now. (*edit* he didn't get released, like I thought) How he went from sick and on the ventilator on Tuesday to going home on Wednesday, I'll never know. He did wait until I had gotten home from work and taken some pain pills to call for a ride home. I was a little upset that he got all indignant when I told him I wouldn't drive in that condition. Grrr ... Just another example of his bad timing.

Anyway, my tigress hasn't decided what we will be doing this weekend for entertainment, so I will report later what transpired.

Slainte Mhath!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:07 AM
Edited on: Saturday, June 06, 2009 12:30 PM
Categories: Friends, General Blogging, Health, Humor, Work

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday's Blog

Just an update for y'all-

Chapter 28  of "A Loss Of Rights" has been posted for your reading enjoyment.

I went to see my friend at the hospital last night and I can tell you this; he didn't look like he was going to make it. pulse was 100, blood pressure was 88/55, oxygen level was 96 despite being intubated. He also had a fever over 100 degrees. I'm still feeling very somber right now.

That's all for now, I will post the answer to Friday's quiz on Monday. Have a nice weekend!

Slainte Mhath!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday's Blog-Viewpoint

Intense Pain is my new companion ...

This is my second work day, and I have to be honest; I may not make it to Friday afternoon. As some would be wont to say, "I'm in over my head".

I'm hoping a good night's sleep will make me feel better physically. Mentally, I'm not sure. A friend that I've known for 24+ years is dying. You have to understand, he's had a 'death wish' for some time now. He's diabetic and he also knows just how much extra insulin to take so he can eat a box of donuts. Pretty scary, huh?

Well, the doctors have been trying to save him but his heart is pretty much done. He's already had a quad bypass done and numerous stents put it. Last I heard, his heart rate was down as was his blood pressure and he was intubated to keep him oxygenated. Since I am not family, I cannot go see him. Kaiser Hospital, however saw fit to call me and ask me to authorize a procedure for him! He does have a niece that lives nearby, by the way. It was probably due to my being on his contact list.

So, that's my report for today, with this exception. My vehicle has a new addition since I last drove it. See if you can spot the addition.

WTF?!?  

This is despite the fact the guys at work 'Strip Mined' my truck while I was gone. They even took my personal jacket! Grrr!!!

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday's Blog

Well, Sunday is here and I'm kind of on edge. The reason, you see, is I'm going back to work on Tuesday.

I guess I should be happy to go back to work but for some odd reason, I'm dreading it. I've been off work since last September 1st and I can tell you, I have cabin fever like you couldn't believe. It's just ... well, I'm apprehensive as to the real condition of my back. I'm in constant pain and a day out of the house with my family puts me in the bed the next day. I guess I'm worried, that all.

Anyway, Chapter 28 of "A Loss Of Rights" is still being worked on. I expect to finish it in the next few days. There will a few big surprises in store so stay tuned.

Slainte Mhath!

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

March 21, 2009 Saturday Blog

A lot to say this evening so here goes.

As many of you may know, I have been off work for some time now. I had really hoped to return to work before now but as you see, this has not happened. This back of mine may have done its last real day's work and now it's starting to bother me. I can't take this not working and what would I do for a job if I had to leave my current employer? All I know is this: I have been working towards getting my back to a point I can return to work but it seems to have hit a brick wall with improvement. What I really fear the most is the doctor deciding my back is stable but unable to return to work. I just don't know what to do at this point. It's enough to bring tears to this old warhorse' eyes, I'm so upset.

I'm not sure if any of you have been following the AIG debacle but I can tell you this; if they get away with it, we need to forge a revolution against the government that allowed a practically defunct firm to use bailout money to reward their 'crooks' for getting them into such a position. This is an embarrassment to the government that allowed this and the Treasury officials that said they could go ahead with this should be jailed for even thinking such a thing. I really appreciate my tax dollars being given to crooks when that 170 million dollars could go to a worthy cause, such as the 'Make Kellan Meig'h a Flipping Millionaire' fund. I know, not funny but fitting.

On a personal note. I am still working on chapter 25 of "A Loss Of Rights" so it will not be posted this weekend. Tomorrow (the 22nd) is the Tigress' birthday so I will be banned from the Internet most likely. Not that I see it as a bad thing but it is her birthday so I have to make it special for her. I didn't have time to get her a present today so I need to go tomorrow and get it for her. Besides, chapter 25 is a very important chapter that requires my full attention (what little is left, at this point).

It is kind of off topic but I started out this blog sipping some nice 12 yr old Lombard Speyside "Pebble Beach" scotch. Very smooth, slight smoky peat taste, very smooth finish. Anyway, very good but very expensive so I limit myself on it. I kinda needed another wee dram but all that's in the cabinet is good ol' Jack Daniels. After sipping the Lombard, Jack seems like paint solvent. Oh Well ...

Anyway, that's all for tonight. Take care y'all, especially my friends SC and Aslaug.

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 10:24 PM
Edited on: Saturday, March 21, 2009 10:33 PM
Categories: Family, Friends, General Blogging, Ranting, Work, Writings

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Another Friday Blog (that spilled over into Sunday)

It's been hot here in the SF bay area ...

Not just hot, but 'Frigging' hot! So hot that I shouldn't have rode to work on Thurday. That was the day that we had our hottest temperatures here.

Friday was hot but not as hot according to the weather service. Tell that to the heat detector that went off in a modular classroom ceiling. A 135 degree detector. Oh boy was that classroom hot!

Saturday was spent searching for a few new biking duds. Well, gotta dress properly to ride to and from work ... yeah ... um ... can we move on here?

Today, Sunday was spent with my Tigress and the little Filly at the Livermore Scottish Games. My friend Alan did well with the games and we had a good time. The Knights Of Avalon were there, putting on a good performance for all of us. Nothing like seeing 2 tons of horseflesh charging at each other with crazed knights on their backs, holding lances. I'll add some photos for all of you later.

Going to do a few things for my brother so I gotta go,

Kellan

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 8:16 PM
Categories: Family, General Blogging, Work

Friday, April 18, 2008

Freeware

Do you use freeware?

I have some architectural drawings that I have to work with to perform my job. As such, sometimes I need to print them out, modify them, etc. Because these documents exist only in PDF format, I have to use an imaging program that understands them.

This is where GIMP comes in. GIMP (Graphic Image Manipulation Program) lets me do what I need to these files. I was installing this program on my laptop at work when Mr. Not-So-Savvy asks if I'm modifying(!) a co-worker's laptop! What an idiot! The desktop should have said it all-it had my name prominently displayed on it!

Some people just don't have a clue, I guess ...

GIMP  and Ghostscript (needed to open PDF files)

(A thoroughly disgusted) Kellan

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:29 AM
Categories: Ranting, Sheer Stoopidity, Work

Friday, April 11, 2008

Virus on a stick...

We use computers at my work for various things ...

I work for a school district as a Low Volt Technician. As such, I use my laptop (a Dell Latitude 510) to interface with various systems and for my documents and spreadsheets.

We needed to share a few files recently and I had my system react strangely to having the boss's flash drive stick placed into a USB port. It tried to autorun (I have that turned off by default) and the first few menu choices showed a strange, code-like selection. Just about that time, my antivirus (AVG) went off, complaining of two items on the stick.

#1 was fooool.exe (yes, 4 letter o's!)

#2 was explorer.exe

Both were identified by my antivirus as being trojans. I cleaned the stick with my antivirus and formatted it, getting rid of the weird entries in the menu. A few weeks later we needed to share files again and lo and behold, the virus was back! Worse yet, my co-worker put the stick into his computer (the Dell Latitude 510 w/o antivirus ... I know, it should have had something ...8-P) and transferred the trojans to his laptop!

Well, I spent the better part of the day trying to clean up this mess. The stick was easy ... AVG was used once again, disinfecting it properly. The laptop, however was caught in a loop due to Spybot S&D trying to warn of an registry entry change by the trojan. I found file #1 and deleted it only to have a long, painful search for the second file (hidden by default), all the while the warning pane looping in the bottom right hand corner. The file was finally found hiding in C:\Windows\system32! I found it only because I had a nearly identical laptop to set next to it and compare files. What a day!

While all of this was going on, a not-so-savvy fellow worker kept suggesting that the trojans piggybacked their way onto our systems via freeware that I use. He thinks that if you don't pay for it, it's full of virus/trojans/etc.

Day before yesterday, my partner was going to use his now-cleaned and antivirus'd laptop to interface with a fire alarm panel. Well, this was a bust since the software couldn't open COM1 for some reason. Mr. not-so-savvy suggests it's the freeware again and that I don't know cr@p about computing in general. For the record, that freeware amounts to puTTy, Spybot S&D, AVG and Adaware.

I get the laptop dumped back into my lap (well, asked to look at it by my partner) and I spend another 3 hours looking for an answer to my problem. the answer was the APC Powerchute© software running on startup, grabbing control of the com port and not releasing it for the fire alarm software to use it! So much for paid-for software! You don'tknow how much I wanted to delete that stinking APC software! Grrr!

Anyway, other than that,I had a wonderful week! How was yours?

Type to ya later,

Kellan

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 10:44 PM
Categories: Computing, Ranting, Work