Thursday, July 26, 2007

Of Charms and Luck

Have recently been inundated with a slew of stupid problems. Was bemoaning this fact when I realised that there are hardly any clever ones around... Problems are often caused by stupidity. It's a fact of life... Otherwise, just call it bad luck. That's when your lucky charms and tangkals come into play.

Funny how when I used the bracelet that "attracts abundance", I end up with tons of irritating mini problems. Things get jammed, files get stuck, and I feel that I crawled underwater just to get a few simple things done.

When I wear the one that's supposed to "bring peace and love", I feel calmer, but still things get stuck.

One day I started wearing both at the same time, and I managed to get a few things done with not too much hassle. Still, I feel that I'm struggling to make progress.

I guess when too many things go wrong at the wrong time, you start blaming the universe for your problems. I mean, why does the computer need to go crack when you have a lot of work to do? And why must it be some major issue instead of a simple glitch? I don't throw my lappie around. It fell off the bed one time and suddenly the system board need to be replaced. *&&*#^*&#%*^#*$%(&.

Abah is not himself anymore and stupid stepmother is like a virus that can't be deleted or quarantined. Maybe get those guys to blow her up to pieces so that I can get my Abah back. The day after they stopped by, my wheels went crazy. It's still not fixed and I've been to hell and back just getting to the office and getting any work done. Yesterday I couldn't even connect to the internet to email some vital stuff.

Sometimes I feel like I'm fighting ropes that keep me from moving forward. I feel like going to some bomoh and do a mandi bunga or something. Things suck!!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Fed up

I'm usually willing to keep on trying for ages, the typical Ox bullheadedness. But I think I've had enough of the f**king spyware screwing the Stupid-Suite over and over again. Tak jadi keja aku. So I have decided to let everything do as they like as long as I can get my work done in peace. Lantak la. Asyik kena jam aje, bila nak siap keja?

Monday, July 16, 2007


Phew. Nasib baik Yahoo!Briefcase exists and allows me to upload my work files. At least I have a simple way to retrieve my work from various locations since I can't copy/ retrieve things from the flash drive or print on the lappie. At least the Internet is a reliable option... Buang masa je I try to network the computers semalam. Wish I had thought of it earlier. All those hours wasted! Darn it. How in the world am I going to get everything done before 10 tomorrow?

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Insanity Strikes Back

I have reason to believe that networking a small home network must be avoided at all costs by people with OCD.

Due to my laptop problem which I can't afford to fix, I thought a practical solution would be to network it to my sister's PC and utilize it to access flash drives and shared printers. I have done this before, so it shouldn't be too difficult... Unfortunately, our home system is loonier than I realised.

Nothing is ever straightforward. Numerous attempts to link them up failed for whatever reason. While the lappie connects via wireless, and PC via LAN connection, they are both utilising the same modem. So what gives? Just as I was about to give up, SOMETHING kicked in and voila! I could see a network on the laptop.

My wireless router had failed to connect to the internet when I first bought it, so I took the advice from the internet and changed it into an "access point". It worked great, but unfortunately, it is no longer functioning as a router. Mysteriously, it unfailingly connects me to my wireless network, which I have NO IDEA where it resides, but I can no longer access the web interface controls due to unknown reasons. I thought I could adjust SOMETHING through that... sigh.

Then I found that the network that kicked in is the ADSL modem aka LAN connection. Trying to check it out was impossible since it went to a web interface asking for user ID and PW which I doubt I had ever set up when I first upgraded to broadband. At least I could see computers on my workgroup. I'll call that progress. PC was still unaccessible, though, so I let the little one get a rest and worked on the PC.

Now, the PC is an even smellier kettle of fish. The network just never appeared! And it was impossible to view the workgroup. At some point I disabled the AV and voila! it appeared. With the same problem - can't access the properties/ controls. Great. At least I know its there, at least. Workgroup is still unviewable.

In the end I got fed up and uninstalled the Zone Not-So-Smart Suite and put in the free firewall. Found that it, too, blocked the network, so I shut it down for a bit. And when I restarted it, look what came up if not the Zone Anti-virus which I am sure has already been uninstalled from C: drive. Must have come from the supposedly defunct OS on D:. Yeah, yeah. Guess where all the malware is sitting, waiting for a chance to spring back to life and wreak havoc on the machine. Seriously, this system is weirder than LOST and PRISON BREAK put together...

Realised that my accumulated OE files is most probably full of malware since I fell for a trick and opened up a bad link the other day. *Stuff* has probably infiltrated the system and is calling in SPAM every time I access my emails. Nak delete semua, sayang.... lagipun banyak work related emails kat situ. So I took a temporary measure and exported them all out to the thumb drive. HOW I'm supposed to import them back, I really don't know. Am still getting vicious spam on the email even with them all gone. Urgh. Macam mana lagi nak buat pun tak tau la.

Felt bad earlier for screwing up sister's PC, but have since realised that it was probably a Pandora's box waiting to be opened anyway. It's working much better now that I have deleted the dodgy looking files from D: and that Zone AV has kicked in. I'm not sure if it will ever be crap free, but I guess as long as it works relatively OK, we can just pray nothing kills it outright.

Sigh. The whole day wasted on crazy systems... make that the whole WEEK wasted. Sheez. Saba ajelah...

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Wrestling Match

I have a throbbing headache and I feel like puking.

Reason? Wrestling with jammed AVs. I couldn't do anything at all yesterday. AV could not initialize and I can't open up files to work on. Internet was totally blocked, so could not send over requested files. Dratted spyware can do incredible harm if not kept away... Sheez. Finally caved in and reformatted C: drive on sister's PC. I hope to God I didn't erase anything of importance...

Comp works ok now but newly installed AV has "Autolearn" which means until it is convinced that Mozilla Firefox is completely harmless, it will take 20 minutes to move forward.

And my laptop? After receiving a 4-figure quotation, I said thanks, but no thanks and will have to pick it up sometime soon. Ugh. Have so much catching up to do... :p

Friday, July 06, 2007