< Port My Folio | Main | ADP hollowing me out >

March 4, 2005

All Quiet on the Safe Mode Front

It's been a LONG week, hasn't it?

Maybe it's gone quickly, but each day seems to have made a checklist of each second of each minute... and until all those are checked off, the next moment can't yet arrive.

This week has been especially stressing just because my computer's Internet connection dissolved. In result, I had to do all that academic blogging away from the comfort of my own keyboard, bookmarks, and shortcut commands. *sad face*

I still have no idea how any of this happened because my computer isn't even a year old and it was virgin to the Internet till I brought it to campus in January. I take care of it the best I can--virus software, firewalls, updates, adware removal...the works. I paid more for this machine than I paid for my first car, so I'm taking care of the thing.

After I went home briefly last Saturday and came back to campus on Sunday evening, for some really bizarre reason my computer couldn't connect to the Internet. No, this wasn't just the fritzy SHU connection. Nor was it the Root of All Evil playing host to the hinderance.

When I finally realized that the Internet wasn't going to work no matter what I did (rebooting, unplugging the Ethernet cable and rebooting, replugging it in and rebooting, blah blah blah), I thought I should contact Helpdesk on campus. I did--via email, since they don't respond to phonecalls, although I had to practically schedule time to get to a lab on campus because #1 I'm uber-busy *note: this was midterms week*, and #2 Labs can be very inconvenient.

Whatever. Helpdesk got my request, and although I didn't find out until the next day at work, they had forwarded my request to an affiliate company outside of Seton Hill: HobNob. Two gentlemen had called my voicemail at work (since that's what was in my email signature *argh*), and requested that I call them in return. Immediately I left work, informing my supervisor of this impending computer doom (she sympathized), and went to my room to buckle down on this problem.

Got on the phone with Carlos. Carlos is in Salt Lake City (!). So we sat and tried a few things with my machine and found a bunch of things that it's -not-, but nothing that'll solve my problem... I received an email from him later telling me to take out the "Res Hall Utilities" disk from the library, per request of Bryan who is the IT go-to dude here on campus.

I got the disk on Wednesday. I tried the "winsockxpfix" thing that he recommended that night, and to no avail... *strike one*

I didn't get to call Carlos again until just today because Thursday was hellacious.

*note: I also did not get to renew the "Res Hall Utilities" disk, that is an overnight reserve item. Freaking crap!!!

And it's a charge of $1/hr. late. Holy freaking cow... Not like I had a spare moment to do anything about it--seriously, if I've got to break my schedule down for the library people in order to get a little empathy, I'll do it! I can't afford a charge like that, and there's no way I could've gotten it to them by Thursday night...

(I had another insanely full day today until late afternoon: class, work, class, work... not even lunch, people.) But when I went to the library today around 4:40pm to get it renewed, the doors were locked!!! The library closes at 5pm on Fridays, but hey... 20 minutes early?!?! What the heck? Let me just say that I am NOT (repeat: NOT!) paying 24 hours more for late charges because they were closed early. That's certainly not my fault. I tried to get in, even. An IT guy I know was opening the door and I petitioned to enter, but he said he couldn't help me renew it and he thought it was closed (which is why he was using a key?). I pointed out the time and he just said he was sorry. Great. I don't have the cashflow to rack up random totally unnecessary library charges that wouldn't have happened in the first place if networks were more secure... [ /end rant].

So, here I am in Safe Mode. I can blog. I can IM. Compy can function for the most part. (Personally, I'm not really sure what I can't do in Safe Mode that I could do in normal boot-up... anyone know more on this?)

I'll say one thing, it's sort of refreshing to have HUMUNGOUS icons jutting off of the screen. I'm used to the basic sizes, and Safe Mode certainly "ups" the percentage of the screen that's used and the font sizes.

I won't get to talk to Carlos again until tomorrow to find out what to do next. We're on the tail of some kind of spyware/virus/trojan/something-that-I-can't-begin-to-understand that-I-just-want-to-get-rid-of and I hope that with the new day will be new solutions.

My trip to the library in the a.m. should be interesting. I'll keep ya posted. *argh* There is no way I can get a parking ticket and library fine and my meal plan shut off in one week, is there? Gosh, everyone is out to get me! Holy moly.

Posted by KarissaKilgore at March 4, 2005 8:00 PM



Posted by: Mike at March 5, 2005 1:03 AM

Yes, believe it or not, I am actually considering a Mac after this PC attack... :-) Thank you for that, Mike. Hehe...

Posted by: Karissa at March 5, 2005 1:22 AM

How did everything go at the library? Hopefully they didn't charge you, that's a real rip if they did.

Posted by: Sue at March 5, 2005 9:17 PM

Thanks for the concern, Sue :-)

Things went well, as I wrote in the above entry...

I'll be just fine--my wallet is only a fraction lighter, instead of empty. I can handle a fine if it's just-deserved. The $1 I paid because, yes, I did turn it in late. Fine with me; as long as I didn't have to pay the $37 that I had calculated to be what I would have owed at $1/hour... or the $267 if I wouldn't have gotten to return it till after break (!)...

Posted by: Karissa at March 6, 2005 12:06 AM

Post a comment

Remember Me?

(you may use HTML tags for style)