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Hospital work ended a couple hours ago, yet here I sit still stealing Hospital's Internets while a rather old laptop churns through the process of re-configuration. That's not quite accurate, actually. It's a shade more than re-configuration.

Herself, shortly after Mother Mary died, received this old laptop from one of her brothers to help with estate business, Herself being co-executor. Worked fine for all of that, however now she's in need of something to take with her to a major SCA event known as Gulf Wars. There's a bit of history with this particular event and our family. Herself was Queen of Trimaris when the whole shebang started ('91, '92, something like that), because, well, she started it. Only she's never been.

This year, I was informed in no uncertain terms that I have the Ranch Watch during Gulf Wars. No worries.

However, Herself is also taking along her bit of business and setting up as the Portuguese Merchant her persona is. Wants the ability to record sales & inventory and such, including conducting credit-card transactions on the day of rather than waiting for return to the Ranch. This of course needs on-line access, which the site provides. Old laptop is running... was running Win98 plus some service packs. Not so much friendly with wireless access to anything.

So I upgraded the OS to an old (therefor legal) copy of W2K floating around here. Right after the upgrade, starting up the laptop, laptop asked for Password.

Self: Laptop, D00d, no password. Never set one. Go to work.
Laptop: Dweeb, watt iz password? No password, no work.
Self: (after some effort, needing to find appropriate disks to achieve command prompt for this interaction) Laptop, D00d, password is Format C: /sys

Which led to today, and waiting for this venerable piece of silicone history to finish installing W2K, when I shall still need to install the wireless card drivers right after installing an antivirus package from AVG. Oh, and probably a video driver, as the CPU seems to think all it can achieve is 640x480 pixels.

I really wanted this done today. Confirmed checking wireless access and everything. Just right now, looks like not so much...

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tx_cronopio
Feb. 29th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
I firmly believe that in 40 years or so, our whole generation is going to be toddling around the nursing home, muttering our pins and passwords over and over and over...
madshutterbug
Feb. 29th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
Very Possibly.

The good news is that the upgrade to the W2K apparently provided a sufficient video driver that the beast believes it really can display at 1028x768.

And congrats on the teaching eval, eh? Excellent!
tx_cronopio
Feb. 29th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
Tks, hon! It'd been a while since I had any positive validation in the work world, so go me ;)
fatfred
Feb. 29th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
We get used to speed so quickly!
madshutterbug
Mar. 1st, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
In more ways than one. It pays, every now and again, to pause and contemplate that time proceeds inexorably at one heartbeat per heartbeat.
curiouscat2
Mar. 2nd, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
speed is like a drug
bordercolliebrs
Feb. 29th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
You need to come home, Boss. It's BossStaysHomeDays now.
Houdini
madshutterbug
Mar. 1st, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
I did, Houdini. Was working on something for MrsBoss. Today, we make rounds!
wedschilde
Mar. 1st, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
that's a great password :::giggles:::
madshutterbug
Mar. 1st, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is. Let me make you an offer you won't refuse.
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