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19 January 2006 @ 12:02 pm
Probably should have done this weeks ago, but I started my computer in Safe Mode last night and started the basic cleanup service. Started with Spybot Search & Desroy, moved to AdAware, and am now into Norton Antivirus.

It's amazing how slowly these things run in safe mode. You'd think that without the overhead of all that other crap loaded, it'd all be faster. Seems not to be the case.

Also, SS&D found 17 items that it may or may not have found in normal mode (not sure), AA found nothing, and NAV has yet to find anything (over 500,000 files into its search). Still, at least I can feel semiconfident about these results.

So anyway, if you've been wondering why I haven't been online for a day or so, that'd be it.

Next time on Joel's a Geek: The "AOL IM Mail Saga," or "Why I Hate The Blink." Be sure to tune in: same geek-time, same geek-channel.
egheaumaen on January 20th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
Who's a Geek?
I just spent $200 for aluminum-backed blinds so we can see the Den TV better during the day. I got your geek quotient beat cold.

Though be advised, if your response to that is "Neat!" you will gain some ground.
Lightwayslightways on January 20th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Who's a Geek?
Neat! Who did you get them through? It is distinctly possible that my company supplies them with the component parts. (We supply to most of the major manufacturers.)

Yes, I'm a geek.
Idtechnomonkey on January 21st, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
OK, you clearly win. Mine's technical, but I didn't pour cash into it.

Meanwhile, that's the coolest thing ever! (Actually, since aluminum is a good heat conductor and these'll be in the sun, it's probably not. Still, you get the point.)

Did you get these just for the den, or did you put them in the kitchen too so you don't have to worry as much about the door being opened? (Side benefit of that is you could turn the blinds around and reflect concentrated sunlight on the neighbors' cars and set them on fire when their parties block you in!)
egheaumaen on January 22nd, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
Re: Dude!
Den only. One for the big window and one to cover the windows in the door to the backyard. I got the price wrong. The total is $389.83. It's normally more, but we caught 3 Day Blinds when they were running a special. We described that we wanted the room as dark as possible so we could see our rear-screen projection television better, and this was what they recommended. I guess they get that request a lot. Ultima Single Cell Shade, 3/8" Serenity - Swan. It's white on the front to match the room, and its backing is aluminum. Though I think there's another white layer behind that, so people on the other side won't get blinded. The pull cord will be on the left side, so we'll no longer have to walk around the couch to raise and lower it. I'm sure it'll be worth the money. It'll get used.
(Anonymous) on January 22nd, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
Re: Dude!
So to paint a clearer picture for those coming late to the party, this soon-to-be-darkroom contains a 64" widescreen HDTV, 5.1 surround sound, a DVD recorder, another DVD that plays Pal and Divx, a VHS, a cable box with HD channels, Xbox 360, Xbox, Playstation 2 and Gamecube. Everything except the VHS outputs via component cables and optical audio, and runs through a single switcher. Hence the geekhood.
egheaumaen on January 22nd, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
That Was Me
Man, this program just wants your password as often as it can get it!