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Meat is Obsolete!

Dammit! So much to say- no time to write! In brief:

What the hell is wrong with my body, anyway? Surely 1.5 hrs of sleep is more than adequate, right? I mean, c'mon, I was only up until 6 am doing work via VPN (before you ask, no- I don't get overtime)! So now my body telling me that it's unhappy with me in a dozen little unpleasant biological ways. Grrrr...

Caffeine is my shephard. I shall not doze.

Speaking of Gir, my beloved metal symbiot left Tennessee yesterday with his repairs complete! Weee!!! This afternoon I'll be heading to the Apple store during lunch. I *SO* hope that the delivery people get there before I do, and that we can finally be reunited. It's now day 7 of Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth, and I'm OVER it with life without my digital counterpart! I miss him!!!

Of course, once he's back safe in my arms I'm gonna turn around and take him apart to upgrade his hard drive- a task I look forward to with excitement and more than a little trepidation. I'll post more on that later.

GREAT BIG HONKIN' WONDERFUL NEWS!!! I got both voice mail and e-mail from Jennifer Chapman with Alcor yesterday, asking about how things are going with the cryonics red tape. She's got great timing, 'cause MY INSURANCE POLICY ARRIVED YESTERDAY!!! WEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! The way the paperwork works is like this: You fill out the initial big pack of paperwork and send it to Alcor. Then they ship you a half-dozen (not kidding here) other packets of paperwork, and you've got 3 months to get blood drawn, get a life insurance policy, cross the i's, dot the t's, get it notarized, and send the results back to Alcor. Then they send you the Bracelet of Immortality (tm) and you're in (except that now you're making insurance payments for the next 65 years and membership dues to Alcor until you croak and they put you on ice).

So the only thing remaining is to finish one little packet of paperwork and send the whole mess to Alcor. Everything else is done, and I should have the last of the red tape in the mailbox by Monday. This is something that I've wanted for about 11 years, and it's now so close that I could just explode! [HAPPY DANCE!!! (see above icon)]

Or maybe it's the caffeine.

Plus it's Friday. Plus I've got the best smoosh that there is! Plus we're gonna see tacit and anklesnake tonight!

OK, now officially late for work. Must bolt now.

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slartibart
May. 21st, 2004 07:17 am (UTC)
The most useful advice I ever got in the Army: never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lay down, never be awake when you can be asleep. :)
datan0de
May. 21st, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
I've got a team meeting in 10 minutes. I'm going to try very hard to NOT take that advice! ;-)

Totally off topic: do you have the firewall turned on on your Mac?
slartibart
May. 23rd, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC)
How would I verify that?
datan0de
May. 24th, 2004 11:26 am (UTC)
Open System Preferences, then select Sharing and check the Firewall tab. If it's off then there'll be a button to turn it on. If you have a trojan of some sort that might help. It's certainly suspicious that the performance is noticably worse when you're plugged into the network.

BTW, I have some software for you if you wanna lug your machine back to Game Night on Wednesday.
slartibart
May. 24th, 2004 03:36 pm (UTC)
You may be on to something
Do you have any anti-virus software for OS X? I followed your instructions and as soon as I clicked on "sharing" it froze up. I did get it back up and was able to start the firewall (it was stopped). Should that make us suspicious? Have you heard of any Mac virus which may produce such symptoms? I will gladly bring the Mac back to game night for your help, and I shall beg the forgiveness of the smoosh for monopolizing you once again.
datan0de
May. 25th, 2004 05:32 am (UTC)
Re: You may be on to something
Actually, I've only ever heard of two Mac viruses EVER, and both were proof-of-concepts written in a lab that never actually got out into the wild. Macs can be carriers for PC viruses, however, and that's mostly what Mac antivirus programs go after. I have no antivirus software that's even remotely recent, but I believe I know someone who does. I'll check and let you know.

Trojans, on the other hand, are a possibility.

Since your machine is prone to freezing up, it's probably a coincidence that it locked while going into Sharing. Did it happen consistently?

I'll be more than happy to look at your machine again tomorrow. I found the OS 9 update, and have some other goodies for you. :-)
slartibart
May. 25th, 2004 09:49 am (UTC)
Re: You may be on to something
It didn't happen consistently: I was able to turn the firewall on on the next boot-up, after which it worked alright, even plugged into the network, for about 40 minutes. The more I try to find a pattern, the more random it seems to become. I'm tempted to go buy an external harddrive, back up everything I can, and erase the whole damn drive. But I'm worried if I manage to back up the whole drive, do I then back-up the problem as well, and wind up in the same mess when I restore it?

Ugh. It will be good to see you tomorrow.
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