Archive for August, 2016

Ciprofloxacin 500 mg

Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 2:12 pm

On antibiotics for the next two weeks.  Bleech!  At least the visit and scripts cost me a grand total of $2.40.  There are advantages to being retireded.  Have to stay out of prolonged sunlight and drink lots of fluids.

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Hoping to have the new fi-op connection by next week.  I still have some cleaning to do.  Mid-month at the very latest.  Not sure how long I can endure this.

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Shifting projects when I get back to working condition.

Posted on Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at 11:48 am

Saturday morning

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Friday was burn day, burning DVD backups from the new drive arrangement, 32 disks so far, another 8 to go.  But I ran out of jewel cases, and they are no longer available in Brenham.  Grrr.

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Starting to get the office cleaned for the fi-op installation.  Stuff getting restacked so that the desk can be moved aside.

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The internet connection is particularly bad tonight.  Typing the into TextEdit for copying later when I can access my site.

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Trying to switch to day shift, but it’s not coming easily.  Fever sprouting again.  Grrr.

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Sunday

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Internet has been down.  Finally got it back for a little while, at least.

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The fever escalated to 102.6°F this morning when I woke up.  So I’m going to get clean of sweat and go to the clinic for some antibiotics.  This is the tough ones that survived the first round.  I hate to go that way, but it leaves me little choice.  Oddly enough, my temp is now 98.6°F.

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At least I finished the DVD burns before this hit me like a ton of bricks.

Quo

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016 at 6:14 am

Well, the hard drives are all in order like ducks in a row, three 4TB USB 3.0 externals and the 500G Firewire system clone/catch all.  The backup drive still has the old folder order, but the backup files are all there, just needing a little shifting.

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The desk has more room with two drives removed, making Myka happy.  That is not likely to last long, with the Mac Air addition expected this week or next.

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I am trying to get the Esther’s photos retouched.  Eight have been completed and uploaded.  Almost halfway there.  My eyes are a little sore, but I did a pretty good job on the first ones.  One or two more days of Photoshop and I’ll have the existing scans delivered, internet willing.

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Looks like the rain is finally drying out.  Temps will be returning to the low 90’s for summer’s finale.  Forecast is not calling for any more upper 90’s.  Not complaining.

New drive

Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 at 6:31 am

Well, the new 4TB drive has been erased and formatted, and all the 3D files have been copied over from the backup drive.  The 1.45TB transfer took 25 hours 14 minutes.   I am basically back to where I was before the SMC problem and the fry job on the 2TB.  Hopefully there won’t be any further problems.

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I will be transferring the contents of the two 500G drives over to the 4TB and retiring the pair of USB 1.1 drives from the line up.  That will give me three USB 3.0 4TB drives and the 500G Firewire (+USB 1.1) system clone/catch all drive.  It will be a reduction of external drives from six to four.

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Still no headway in finding the 2TB drive outside of the USB port reader in System Information (profiler).  Two options, get a USB 3.0 housing, if it doesn’t show up on the MacAir (when it arrives).  If neither of those work, the drive is dead.  $20 – 30 to verify would be worth it if the 2TB hard drive is still intact, and not too big a price if it’s a door stop.  It’s a 50/50 chance of it being the drive or the controller.  However, because the SMC was to blame, my suspicions lean toward the controller being fried.

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Anyway, I will have old USB drives for whatever purpose.  But it feels good to be back to quo.  Now I can move the desk and get the new fi-op internet feed installed.  That was a delay that neither I nor my wallet needed.  The MacBook Pro is slipping further away.

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On a lighter note, the Myka and the gecko story continues.

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gecko

more baby back ribs

Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 at 8:16 am

Cooked another rack of baby back ribs.  Yummy, yummy.  Taking advantage of the cool August temps.  (Not everything is working against me.)

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2 TB down

Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016 at 1:14 pm

Well, the 2 TB USB drive (3D collection) crashed.  Fortunately, it was all backed up and cataloged on the 4 TB backup drive.  Whew.  I have been having cut out problems with the USB in general, but I reset the SMC (System Management Controller), and that might have solved the problem.  Unfortunately, it may not have been soon enough to save the 2 TB drive.  I was able to bring up the drive, though there were problems, but now it won’t mount and it won’t display in Disk Utility.  I don’t know if it’s the drive or the USB controller, though probably the latter.  The data is still probably on the drive.  It’s probably cheaper, not to mention easier, to get another drive unit than a new housing for the hard drive.  Another expense I don’t need taking away from the new Mac purchase.  But at least there is no loss of data.  But I won’t be doing any 3D for a while, until I get another drive.

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Since the SMC reset, the mouse has been steady, the catch all drive works fine on USB again, and things look okay, at least for now.  I’m hoping it stays that way.  There were a number of small problems, such as the temperature monitors, that were also giving me problems right before I’d lose the mouse.  So I think the solution is the right one.

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Looks like I’ll be getting internet here, AT&T looks to be the choice.  Another $50/month drain on the finances.  I was hoping to sign the contract today, but alas, the USB issue has prevailed, setting the cleanup back another day.  I need to get some sleep.

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For what it’s worth, the temperature has been downright pleasant with the Gulf system keeping everything overcast and rainy.  Had a low of 72°F last night.  I haven’t seen a temp that low since May.

three digits

Posted on Friday, August 12th, 2016 at 6:05 pm

It finally hit three digits for the high temp, so this definitely qualifies as a mild summer.  And rain off the Gulf is headed in this direction, as well as approaching from the west.  It should give me a couple of days for cooking.

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Still haven’t nailed 98.6°F, though the deviation is less than 0.5°, mostly subnormal.  I haven’t been expecting a swift recovery, but two weeks, with over a week of that being residuals, is better than three weeks of potent wide spectrum antibiotics.  I’m just about there, symptoms are all but gone.  Feeling pretty good by comparison.

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Net connection has been the pits.  Can’t download anything without it dropping the handshake before it’s done.  I’m ready to get a new connection.

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Blew out the kitchen sink drain with the puffing nozzle, and it drains better than I’ve ever seen it.  Well worth the money spent.

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Pinching pennies.  I’m hoping that I can get a new laptop at the first of the month, but it may be October.  We’ll see.