mondhasen: (clueless)
My two year old refrigerator's ice maker has given up the ghost: it appears that an ice cube jammed the mechanism and caused the unit to stop half-way into a cycle. I don't know how long it was stuck like this, a couple of days perhaps, but all my attempts to revive the device have failed. In fact, it went from cycling-but-not-producing-ice to stopping cold (yuck) in cycle with all its fingers raised in a salute to me.

I love the Internet, particularly YouTube, for repair hints and advice. From this I learned the intimate details of:
- How an ice maker works, and how many things can cause it to do otherwise.
- How to uninstall your ice maker and water valve (and how to remove your bottom mount freezer door). This was necessary for thawing out the machine, and blowing out water lines (ice block check). This was also good for looking for corrosion in the tray.
- How to perform continuity/resistance tests of components using your antique dust-covered multi-meter without having to uninstall all the above mentioned components, only to not trust your readings and pull everything anyway. Here I also learned that my meter contained batteries, quite corroded, that were decades old *embarrassed grin*.

The first video I watched actually contained the most sage wisdom: replace the unit(s) versus the components to save time & frustration! I spent at least four hours fussing with this problem: I unloaded the freezer twice and disconnected the water line three times: at least I'm 98% convinced this will solve the problem (I noticed that my water pressure at the valve was weak, but it may have always been like this). Tomorrow I shall round up a new maker and valve!
mondhasen: (ordnance)
One of the most common complaints by new users of the library computers is that their home pcs are 'broken.' This is more frequent than we more savvy users might be aware of.  I say savvy but I could also say 'fortunate' or 'lucky.' It astounds me how many people click bad links and fu@k up their home computers. It amazes me more that there are so f''ing many bad links out here. The malware people have gotten very sophisticated, and it's scary.

I've opened infected email, and luckily I had antivirus software that jumped all over it before anything seeped out. For the most part I can generally spot junk prior to clicking, but there are those mouse over nasties and redirects that sneak in regardless. And then there's that CryptoWare running around the net extorting users to retrieve pictures and files.

I've been backing up my system more frequently and keeping programs patched and updated, but I don't feel as secure as I could. I'm considering buying Faronics Deep Freeze for home (we use it at work, and it is one of the best tools in my kit. And it has that cute bear!).

I spent approximately five hours this week trying to clean up my sister's pc. Spybot, MSE, System Restore, and good old fashioned sleuthing still didn't pull everything out that I would have wanted to eliminate, but it runs faster and cleaner than before. After the first round of cleaning she made the error of clicking a damned java look-alike link and flooded the system with redirect programs and the like. I got to the point of googling every unknown file in the processes and tossing out what files would allow me to dump them. Nasty, invasive stuff.

But I got a nice gift out of it for my helping (aside from some gas money): a Wilton Cake Decorating kit! I also got a bunch of cookies and candies she didn't want as she is on a diet.

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 Well, no, not really... I have a new browser app (AdBlockWeb) that eliminates advertising, but double posts my replies, and probably entries. I try to catch these duplicates and eliminate them, but I found one this morning that 'got away.' 

This browser is strictly for journals/forums: I can imagine my financial woes if I used it for shopping or paying bills! But then, I'd have twice the plush arriving ;o)


Oct. 31st, 2013 07:07 pm
mondhasen: (halloween)
It's a rainy, windy Halloween here in RI. This isn't as bad as the years I took the kids door-to-door with a beach umbrella over them, but it's discouraging nonetheless.

We haven't ever had trick-or-treaters come to the door in the twenty-seven years we've lived here, but we keep a bowl of candy at the ready, just in case. When the kids were young I'd drive them over to the plats where the homes were closer and the roads safer (slow and sparse traffic). Tonight I'm here with just my middle child (24) while the others are all out and about. My wolfling is down to URI at the Rocky Horror Picture Show presentation. Others are off to Roger Williams Park Zoo to see the pumpkin extravaganza or are out among friends in general.

It will be a tv night for me, perhaps with a little Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, or Vincent Price. On the darker side I'll also 'visit the folks' for a bit and walk among the graves while I reminisce over Halloweens gone by. They always had us over and gave the kids plenty of goodies every year. Ain't afraid of no ghosts! ;o)

Hope your night is safe and happy.


Feb. 8th, 2013 10:37 pm
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 The wind is rushing through the trees, sounding like a freight train. We've a foot or more of snow on the ground, and it just keeps falling. The power has blinked several times so I've run the heat up to an unprecedented 68°F so that in case we lose electricity the house may stay somewhat warm until it is restored. Nemo is, as predicted, a massive storm. Locals compare this to the  "Blizzard of 1978:" I prefer to remember our 1968 blizzard instead as it sounded just like this one does!

In 1968 I had a poetry assignment where we had to assemble anthologies of favorite poets' works. Among my choices was Emerson's The Snow-Storm. It's a pretty piece, and it's where I first encountered the word maugre. I never use the word, but I remember Emerson's farmer on those rare occasions I see it in print. I wish I still had that folder I submitted: I drew a nice picture to go with the poem. 

Maybe I can post some snow pics tomorrow, and catch up on reading friends' journals. That will be after we shovel out the anticipated 24" of snow.
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I almost ran down a rabbit today on my way into work. I had been thinking about rabbit prints in the snow, seen in a dream last night, and deer beyond the fence, also seen in dreams, and Poof! A rabbit races across the road so close to me that if I hadn't braked hard he'd have been caught under my back wheels.

I've had a lot of dark dreams of late: seeing this lovely bunny (he was magnificent, a perfectly profiled fellow running across the road) was a "get your mind off such things" moment.

LJ access

Jan. 2nd, 2013 04:11 pm
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 Or not.

I haven't been able to access LiveJournal properly for a few days due to timing out, 'varnish errors,' and general bogging down. This has clinched, or cinched, my decision not to renew my paid account there: I couldn't renew if I wanted to because nothing will load!

I should have pulled up stakes long ago, but that I had more people in my friends list there. I'm going back to trying to maintain both sites, but with more emphasis on DreamWidth. If ever I can get back on LJ I'll try to sort this all out.

This entry was originally posted at Please comment there using your own DreamWidth account or OpenID.
mondhasen: (curious)
I'm starting to get renewal hints from LJ for my paid account, but am not sure if I want to pay for a service that has been as buggy as it has been for me lately. Pages load slowly, if at all, and sometimes I just can't connect without several resends. I've checked my internet connection and Speakeasy reports fast upload/download speeds even during LJ's problem times. I don't have problems with other sites like I do with LiveJournal. The only benefits I think I'm getting with a paid account are more user pics and an advertisement-free screen. I know it's relatively inexpensive to have a paid account, but I wish the site 'worked' better.


*sigh* if my credit card numbers were still loaded into my account I'd just let it renew automatically. Since changing my numbers early this year, though, I'll have to make a decision.
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In brief:

- We survived with little more than some branches and a small tree falling.

- Our power only went off once, tonight, for 1.25 hours. There are still thousands without power in the State, so I'm not complaining.

- Verizon FiOS internet speeds are abysmal following the storm, I assume due to all the outages and downed wires. My new 50/25 service is running at around .8/8 tonight.


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