palsgraf_polka: (Jean Reno says the Internet Is Srs Bzns)
I have beaten Plants vs Zombies so many times I had a ton of coins. so I bought this tree of wisdom and it told me that if you type the word "future" while battling zombies you get zombies from the future!

click to be spoiled! )



Jul. 12th, 2010 08:58 pm
palsgraf_polka: (Amelie - Glasses)

I write like
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I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Based on a depressive rant I did.
palsgraf_polka: (Hagrid OMG)
The first trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!


I am so excited.
palsgraf_polka: (Middle Finger)
as annoyed as I am by LJ only putting 10 entries per page now? It's really bugging me.

Fucking Russians.
palsgraf_polka: (Acid)


Mar. 31st, 2010 07:12 pm
palsgraf_polka: (Sheldon)
If you're a fan of The Big Bang Theory you'll like this license plate:


clicky for driving pics )
palsgraf_polka: (Me - in the light)
It's a 1.6 Ghz Pentium Dual Core processor. The hard drive that is currently in it is apparently missing some drivers that aren't enabling it to install Windows on it (this was my secondary drive that never had an OS on it before I installed Ubuntu/Linux on it, which by the way runs beautifully without issue, I just don't like the clunky flash) and the drive is 160 gigs. It has 1 gig of RAM on board. It has been a great computer that served me well for 4 years until this crap happened that has gone beyond my expertise, but the drive that had my Windows on it that got the virus failed and is no longer in the computer. The drive that is on it is a good drive.

I'll pay to ship it, or I'll bring it to you if you're local. So if anyone wants a free computer that runs Linux beautifully (great computer for a kid who doesn't have one yet) the drive on it has been completely reformatted and has Ubuntu/Linux on it now.

If no one wants it, I'll just take it to the recycle.
palsgraf_polka: (Middle Finger)
I burned a new Windows disc and I still get this after it boots from disk and goes through finding all the components and then says "Starting Windows" (not even to a reformat screen). This is the good hard drive! The bad hard drive is no longer in this machine!

I am so frustrated. I am so worried that I'm going to spend a non-refundable $200 on Windows 7 tomorrow and get this same fucking message.

Does anyone have any ideas?


I need an Ativan.
palsgraf_polka: (Middle Finger)
I got hit with a massive computer virus this morning on reboot of my computer, and my computer is fuxored.

And you know, I'm so safe and I'm so good about not going to any websites that are questionable and I don't do anything weird on my computer at all. I am so pissed that this happened, and apparently, after doing research, this is a nasty trojan that slips in under ALL the antivirus/antispyware programs and hits you. You can pay a $70 ransom to get it to go away, or you can do battle like a true IT Warlord.

Well, I'm not fucking paying. And the worst part is that I was going to back up my hard drive tonight and burn my Windows XP disc tonight in preparation for my reformat on Friday, but now I have 45 pages of instructions on how to get rid of this thing and everything on my computer could be infected with this shit. I don't even know if I want to use the Windows XP file I got that I needed to burn to disc.

For you out there that are more tech savvy then I am, if I go through all the manual removal rigmarole to get rid of this piece of shit trojan, can I go back to using my files as I did? Would you trust the Windows XP ISO I have on my hard drive or should I go out and buy one to have a fresh disc for the reformat on Friday? Also, I have pretty much everything backed up from a month or so ago on my external drive, which has not been connected to the computer. Should I just say FUCK IT to everything and just reformat my drives without removing this thing, or should I remove it first, then reformat my drives? I don't think I'll lose anything major - any pictures I've posted since I did my big backup a month ago can be recovered from photobucket.

Advice please? I've not really dealt with something like this on my own computer. Travis had a similar virus on his computer but I just reformatted it and it was gone. But I'd kind of like to do one final backup of my documents folder before I reformat. Also, without that Windows XP ISO that's on my hard drive burned to a disc, I can't reformat without going and buying Windows XP again because my disc disappeared.

So, please let me know. Hopefully some of you tech peeps are reading this.
palsgraf_polka: (Obama - What You Did There)
This is a screencap from my Facebook obsession Treasure Madness, on the current level I am playing.

Doesn't this Aztec look suspiciously like someone?

palsgraf_polka: (Prius)
Apple co-founder Wozniak shirks off Prius glitch

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak on Friday held firm to his love for Prius cars despite what he suspects is a Toyota software problem behind sudden spikes in acceleration.

"I love my Prius," Wozniak said during on-stage banter with AT&T Tech Channel's Hugh Thompson during a geek talk show at the closing of an RSA computer security conference here.

"It's just like all the other gadgets we have... Everything today has a computer in it, so everything will fail."

Wozniak said he has bought nine Prius cars and even drove one from the Silicon Valley city of San Jose to San Francisco that day.

He said he conducted his own tests of Prius acceleration, taking his car to an open stretch of highway at dusk and then incrementally notching up the speed using the cruise control mechanism.

At "some number over 72" the car accelerated and kept picking up speed, Wozniak said.

"I wanted to see how high it would go," Wozniak said. "It wound up being unlimited so I hit the brake. The problem had to be in the software."

Wozniak advised treating cars like any other computer-based mechanisms by shutting them down at signs of trouble and then restarting them to essentially reboot systems.

"We who work in computers know there are all kinds of little failures," Wozniak said. "I love Toyota; I'm going to buy more of them. I think it is not unsafe."

His remarks came as key US lawmakers looking into Toyota's problems with deadly spikes in speed asked the company for documents backing up its position that electronic defects were not to blame.

Representatives Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak, top Democrats on a key House committee looking into the Japanese auto giant's woes, made the request in a letter to the embattled company's top US executive.

"We do not understand the basis for Toyota's repeated assertions that it is 'confident' there are no electronic defects contributing to incidents of sudden unintended acceleration," they wrote.

The lawmakers' letter to Toyota Motor Sales USA president James Lentz said the firm has yet to share documents conclusively documenting its position that such flaws are not behind speed surges blamed for some 50 US deaths.

They also sought detailed quarterly reports on claims of sudden unintended acceleration and detailed information on the installation of brake override systems designed to slow vehicles and on so-called 'black-box' data from cars and trucks involved in accidents.

The Japanese giant recalled more than eight million cars worldwide to repair accelerator and brake defects.
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When I lived in London in 1996 I think I went about a week without internet access (I used to go to cyber cafes). I think that might be the longest I have gone without the internet since I got online in 1994. I might have gone 8 or 9 days while I was backpacking in Belgium, Holland, France and Spain. But definitely it is during that trip where I had the least amount of internet access.
palsgraf_polka: (Dance with a fat girl)
palsgraf_polka: (Hypnotoad)


Dec. 27th, 2009 08:42 pm
palsgraf_polka: (Howler)
palsgraf_polka: (St. Theresa)
I got up to pee at 5:42am and I noticed that currently playing on the TV (I fell asleep with the History Channel playing in the background) was some show that was mentioning Thomas Cranmer and the Catholic Church and all of a sudden my ears perked up and I hit the "guide" button on my DirectTV console. It's a 2 hours documentary on the Protestant Reformation. Well, you know I'm just creaming my knickers with that, and on a lark I hit the "record" button and my DVR was able to "record" it back to it's beginning at 5am because it had already been on that channel! How awesome is that???

It's little shit like this that makes me a very happy woman. So now I'm awake and watching the show from the beginning.
palsgraf_polka: (Default)
Courtesy of [ profile] jdack:
palsgraf_polka: (Leonard is the hottest of the Nerd Show)

Is the Large Hadron Collider Killing Its Own Grandfather?

If you’ve read about all the troubles scientists at CERN in Europe have been having getting the Large Hadron Collider to work, you must have had the same sort of thought about the failures as some such scientists have: Obviously, a time travel paradox is to blame.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) first went online September 10 of last year amid much hullabaloo about the possibility it could have some… unfortunate repercussions. It promptly went offline nine days later, and has since given the CERN folks a great deal of trouble getting it back on its supercolliding feet. It is scheduled to be brought back online next month, but in the meantime, many theories have sprung up to explain the various failures.

One of these theories is that the Higgs boson has traveled back in time to prevent its own creation. This is not a joke, though you could easily be forgiven for thinking so. Two respectable physicists have published papers on the possibility, and they have even come up with a test they say will determine whether or not they’re right. One might argue, of course, that if the Higgs boson is crafty enough to kill its own grandfather, as it were, it would also cover its tracks.

Of course, other respectable scientists think this idea is… well, as ridiculous as it sounds. If the LHC fails yet again, though, you can be sure more people will start subscribing to this theory. The great physicist Niels Bohr once reportedly said “We all agree your theory is crazy. The question is whether it’s crazy enough to have a chance of being correct.”

As a parent, I do advise that it might not be a good idea to let your kids read about this Douglas Adams-esque idea. I can just picture my kids saying “Daddy, it’s not my fault! The Higgs boson went back in time and made me get a bad grade on my math test!” And how do you respond to that?

[Follow the link to the original article because it has embedded links to other interesting articles. This is so cool and scary and weird.]

Here's the coolest offshoot article:
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palsgraf_polka: (Cat Farts)
Joe just won't shut up about Cheetos.


ETA: I just found this fabulous animated .gif and thought it belonged here.



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