Tuesday, September 28, 2010

3107 Happy Laptop

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
-- Dave Barry --


On Sunday I had a phone conversation with a high school classmate of Daughter who now has a computer service business local to me. He helped me get Firefox back up off its knees. It doesn't look like I have a virus after all. It looks like all the problems were from the "cleaning" done by Office Depot two weeks ago. They removed the virus, but that crippled everywhere the virus had inserted itself. I had to uninstall and reinstall several things, including all my firewalls, sniffers, virus scanners, and other friendly guardians.

He also helped me change a few settings to speed things up, and make it safer. The system really is faster now, a LOT faster, even IPLing, but there's no browser history, no remembering of ids or passwords. I never allowed the browser to store passwords for sensitive sites anyway, but Bloglines? Google Reader? Blogger Dashboard? Who cares about those passwords? So now I have to log in for all that stuff the first time I use them after every shutdown, and I'm famous for not only not remembering passwords - I can't remember my ids! And with no browsing history, when it's a site bookmarks don't work very well for, I have to remember the full URL of the site. Ick.

Oh, well. It's fast, clean, and safe now, and I guess eventually I'll get used to not depending on the system to remember things for me.

1 comment:

Ally said...

for my backup bookmarks, i use delicious.com.

my memory isn't so good at the remembering ids and stuff.