Thursday, February 19, 2009

One Fish, Two Fish, Dead Fish, Blue Fish

My computer has been acting up lately. It started when I had some new RAM installed and it turns out that it wasn’t the right kind. Since then there have been some other issues. My anti-virus program found a couple of viruses that were removed. Two of them were in system restore files so naturally when I used system restore to fix things, instead I had viruses again.

I have since gone through and manually removed things from the system registry, which is scary business to say the least. I have downloaded different system utilities trying to get everything fixed. I have been making progress but it takes me forever to do stuff like that. One of the system utilities does all kinds of things to speed up your computer. It freed up 16 gigs from my hard drive that was just old restore points and stuff like that. One of the things that you have to do is run disc defragmenter if you want your system to be as efficient as possible. Let me just say that it turns out that when you haven’t done it in over two years, it takes a really long time.

This morning I was checking the defrag progress after having it run overnight. I was at nine percent. I gave up on that for a while since it makes things run too slow to do anything else and I didn’t want to give up my computer for the whole day. Marin crawled up on my lap to “help” me with the computer. By help, I actually mean slam her little baby hands on the keyboard and run off with my wireless mouse. After that she said “eye” and stuck her finger in my ear. This makes her crack up laughing, but it’s only a matter of time until she loses interest. Then she lifts up my shirt, says,” Butt” and pokes me in the belly button.

Marin hasn’t been laughing much today, however. She has been really grumpy. In an attempt to distract her from fussing and poking, I turned on my laptop on a shelf on my desk with the hope of entertaining the baby so I could at least check my email on the other computer. I pulled up the PBS kids website and found some Elmo videos. Marin was enthusiastic despite not having a clue about Elmo previously. She began pointing, saying, “Mo-Mo!”

It’s nice that Elmo made her happy but sometimes I just have to question the judgment of those people at PBS. One of the videos had Elmo talking about how he likes to play with Dorothy, his pet fish. If you happen to have kids and a fish, you could probably see the potential for trouble. What’s next? Elmo plays with electricity? Elmo uses the stove?
These educational TV types are just trouble.


Anonymous said...

I often wonder about playing with the pet fish too.

Have you ever noticed how it is clearly not the same fish - sometimes she is huge, other times tiny.

(I spend way too much time watching Sesame Street.)

And I'm very impressed with all your computer skillz.

J. said...

Computers are PERFECT if you want to make yourself nuts. Defragging is totally annoying, but necessary. And, not to make you paranoid, but be careful what utilities you use to fix things. With some companies, it can be a case of "sell you the disease and sell you the cure."

kel said...

Elmo makes me happy!

and we have had the same goldfish for seriously three years. The same one. It will not die!

DiPaola Momma said...

This is what one gets when messing with wild horned farm animals (RAM, ha!)... I'm still freakin' dying over the One Fish, title. Worried that when my kids next ask for that book I'll be unable to control my urge to add in your words!!!

I know I'm a bit tardy.. I am a Welcomista from SITS and I'm here to WELCOME you to SITS.. BUT see I love your blog so much I've given you ad clicky love AND am now a hopeless stalker.. um follower.. so who realy made out in this transaction?

Rhea said...

Sounds like you have been having lots of computer issues.

I can't imagine my life without a computer, but it does cause LOTS of problems as well.

Usually user error though, right?! haha

I'm with the SITS Welcome Wagon! I've been visiting SITS since last summer. I've read so many fun blogs and met so many amazing women. It's really a great community to share. Welcome aboard!

Jen said...

I know, my son wants a fish to 'play' with b/c Elmo can play with Dorothy. Good luck, kid.

Joy said...

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Mama Krit said...

Came by and left some clicky love!

Cher said...

Visiting from Project Mommy!

Bulldog said...

There's a restaurant here called "One Fish - Two Fish." It's excellent, and they do serve dead fish (thankfully), but no blue fish.

My Windows system blew up a couple of months ago, and I had to install a new hard drive, reinstall windows, then go through all of the XP updates and reinstall all of my programs. Not fun.

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Stesha said...

Click cheer I am hear to spread!

Hugs and Mocha,

Stesha said...

Click cheer I am "here" to spread.


Hugs and Mocha,

Anonymous said...

Sadly, that is how I lost my dear fish named Freddy.

Zeemaid said...

okay that bytes... I had a virus once, my own fault course I choose to blame hubby because he wanted to play Sim Cities at the same time as me so I tried downloading a cheat so we can both play on dif comps at the same time... so really... it's his fault. *L* That reminds me... I need to defrag too..... My laptop was never the same after the virus.

gave you some click love. thanks for stopping by my page.

Kristen said...

Came over to have a click fest on your blog :) My computer has been slow lately...I thought it was from all the ad clicking :) Time to sweep and defragment.

Cairo Typ0 said...

My brother, as a young child, once tried to feed his goldfish ice cream. He liked it, shouldn't Goldie?

We were never allowed to have fish again.

Robin Costello said...
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Robin Costello said...

That is too cute about Elmo. Make me laugh for real.

I hate computers and they hate me back. Kind of a thing we have going on. ;)

Sending you some *Clicky-love!*