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Monday, April 21, 2008

Macbook beep

I bought a Macbook about a year ago and I really like it. I run Vmware Fusion on it so though I prefer OS X, I can use things that require XP as well or run various linux versions. It's my plastic friend who's fun to be with.

So, I was was getting irritated by a faint beep that sounded like it was from the motherboard. I hit Google and it looked like bad news - dead hard drive. I backed it up, and started going through my warrenty info, but I just didn't see the performance drop you usually get with a bad drive.

I found a few posts that mentioned that some updates can mess up the speaker. They recommended updating the machine. I had Leopard and just hadn't gotten around to loading it. I loaded it - it was a very easy upgrade. The beep was still there. I then chose software update from the Apple menu and after those updates were applied, the beep was gone.

So, if you have a strange beep, first back everything up and then update. If it still beeps, take it in for service.

Monday, April 07, 2008

So Who is Senator McCain?

Senator Kerry knows him very well. Check Crooks and Liars for the information that the reporters on his bus and who attend his barbecues won't give you.

Oh, also - he's seriously breaking campaign finance laws.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Saturday Morning

Hey - I think we should replace rickrolling with a cowboy

Thanks to atrios. Even if you don't like his politics, he's got great taste in music. He also introduced me to Gogol Bordello.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

One Left Standing

Not a candidate but it just occurred to me that the only amendment in the Bill of Rights that this government hasn't broken is the third amendment. That's the one that forbids quartering soldiers in peoples' homes. I'm just waiting for that notice to come in.

They've ripped through the 10 Commandments pretty well too.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Oink Oink Oink

Once in a while I say something nice about my congresscritter, Mark Kirk. He has 17 entries on the pork list. They all seem pretty reasonable. The money for Lutheran outreach looks a little questionable but as an ex Lutheran I've got to say they're pretty lax about converting people and have a good social service infrastructure so I'll let it go. I'll bet that Dan Seals would do an even better job.

I'd be really pissed off if I lived in Arizona. What has Senator McCain done for them? He brags about not bringing any pork home but we do all depend on our representatives to express our needs and bring needed projects. McCain also is proud of kicking Boeing off a project and handing it to Airbus. And I thought the wingnuts hated France.