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My apologies if you heard the SCREAM at 1:08 this afternoon.

Posted Monday, March 30, 2009, at 2:35 PM

Cindy was nice enough to send in a few restaurant and other miscellaneous additions for the mybedfordcounty website and I spent most of the lunch hour entering the information. Now I am not the best typist being neither accurate nor fast, so it took a little time.

I am done at 12:53 and I saw one little tweak and then I would save and upload it. The tweak got me. Big lock up and it did not take long for me to realize that NOTHING was going to work from then on without re-booting. Re-booting means shutting the computer down and LOSING ALL MY WORK!

At 1:08 I scared the B'jeebers out of our dogs, cats and any wildlife or humans in a 5 mile radius with the best blood curdling scream I could muster. I can not think of the right spelling to get my point across but I was slightly upset.


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Oh Gee..is that what that noise was..I thought sure it was the light and the boom coming this way from Virginia :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 2:39 PM

Beware, I am going to try again sometime today, but only after I shut down all my other work.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 3:45 PM

Steve, your work might not be lost...what app were you working in?

-- Posted by Thom on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 4:34 PM

I was working in Homestead SiteBuilder which is a point and click program for my sites and works online. When you said that, I went back to the site to see, held my breath and crossed my fingers, but alas, it was not saved.

Other software I use us Coffee Cup to do direct HTML or point and click. I have two websites I use that for and 2 that are tied to Homestead.

It would not normally be a big thing, but like I mentioned, I am not too swift on typing speed or accuracy. If only I took typing in school. I tried some typing software to break my bad habits, but I might be better off breaking my fingers.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 4:44 PM

I feel for you brother! I've been trying to learn to play guitar for fifteen year, I don't think the guitar knows but maybe six songs. Thank gracious I don't have to save what I put into it.

Garbage in, garbage out.

An unskilled typist is one who is normally very careful putting their thoughts into text, and I have always enjoyed your blog.

-- Posted by big daddy rabbit on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 6:25 PM

Yep, those of us that type on a regular basis will just put any old thing into our texts...sometimes without even thinking...lol.

Seriously though, I do enjoy your blogs. They are much more relaxing to read than the political blogs...although sometimes not nearly as entertaining, in a Jerry Springer sort of way.

-- Posted by Thom on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 7:48 PM

Hmmm,

The mysteries I read make mention of software that can record every keystroke a person makes.

If that's real,they ought to issue it to good guys for their own use and not just reserve it for the law to use on crooks.

(Imagine not losing half a term paper because a brownout occured before you could hit F2.)

Steve,you ought to record that yell and rent it out to foley artists for horror films and the like.

The Wilhelm scream (done by Sheb Wooley?),Godzilla's roar as done by Ted Cassidy,Tarzan's yell as done by Johnny Weismuller - and THE SCREAM as done by Steve Mills...

They could all be audio classics.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 7:51 PM

QC - actually, you can purchase physical key loggers that will record keystrokes. The downside to any software key logger is that an anti-virus will flag it and clean it for you. A hardware key logger plugs into the USB port that the keyboard plugs into and then you plug the keyboard into the key logger ([PC]-[key logger]-[keyboard]). This then records the keystrokes onto a flash drive. Then you can access this flash drive and copy the data off of it.

There are two problems in that it ONLY records the keystrokes and that's all text. There will be no formatting or anything.

Plus, Steve, if the cops confiscate your machine for any reason, they have all of that nasty evidence...of your gardening blogs.

-- Posted by Thom on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 9:38 PM

If they arrest one for typos, I'm finished!

My fingers just don't go where I tell them. I used to be a spell champion, so I usually KNOW what is correct, but it does not come our that way.

When you mentioned the key logger, recording my bloopers is the first thing I thought about. Yuk!

Thank heaven (or someone) for spell checkers.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 9:49 PM

This is absurd even for me but I can't hear the words "spell checker" without imagining Darren and Samantha's Aunt Clara dithering sweetly over such a disaster-preventing device.

(I think she'd have traded her whole doorknob collection for such a safeguard-if they'd had them back when Bewitched was being aired.)

Thom,thanks for the news on the key-loggers.

I've always wondered what a person has to do to be assigned to wire-taps and key-log duty.

I suspect even bad guys can be tedious but can you imagine how boring it would be to do surveillance,rummage through trash,examine hard drives and listen to the conversations of people who are innocent?

That may be our best protection from tyrants.

The more evil they are,the more paranoid they get.

The more paranoid they get,the more they target decent people.

The more they investigate the good guys,the more their minds turn into suet from sensory deprivation.

That might be how the meek inherit the earth.

(The stress of waiting for the hidden menace in our lives to show itself destroys our enemies.)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Mar 31, 2009, at 7:05 AM

The Bewitched reference brought a smile. I think her her uncle (Paul Lynde) needed a checker for his spells more than anyone.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Mar 31, 2009, at 8:38 AM

"I can not think of the right spelling to get my point across but I was slightly upset."

This is a family newspaper,Steve. I think if you had gotten the right spelling across, we wouldn't have been allowed to use it, LOL!

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Tue, Mar 31, 2009, at 9:50 AM

You think I would have said $%^&*! or *&^%!@#? Even the spell checker can't help me on those.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Mar 31, 2009, at 1:21 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.