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Monday 5 November 2001

The driver update for my Matrox G400 hasn't fixed all the intermittent display problems I have been having. Occasionally, the fonts in Outlook would become corrupt and thankfully that issue appears to have gone away. What remains is sometimes there will be a "ghost" of a window's title bar after switching to a new window, or the white arrow mouse cursor while I am editing a document in FrontPage. I now suspect it's a dodgy video card. Since the problem doesn't prevent me working, I suspect I will live with it. I'd swap the G400 for the Millennium II in the server except the server doesn't have an AGP slot.

Since changing ISPs from DingoBlue to iPrimus, I'm having problems publishing my web from FrontPage. Most of the time, publishing just results in an interminable wait, while FTP is as quick as can be expected considering the server is in USia. Browsing many sites in USia, such as those located on Pair, is impossible during the evening. Apparently DingoBlue managed to fix its problems eventually, so I suspect I will return to using their service after the three months with iPrimus are up. Likely this will disappoint Thomas as he enjoys playing games on iPrimus's game servers.

Thought for the day:

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little coarse, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Tuesday 6 November 2001

I had my eyes tested for the first time in a couple of years. My eyes have a higher internal pressure than is considered acceptable, so I am supposed to have them tested at least once a year. The fields test establishes whether the pressure has cause any damage to the optic nerves and is boring to say the least. Then there's an examination of the retina that requires the application of belladonna to dilate my pupils, leaving me partially blind for some hours. Fortunately, the prognosis is good and I will not be needing drugs to control the pressure for another year at least. I am having another pair of reading lenses made up as my current reading glasses are no longer sufficiently strong. Being able to read book print in comfort again is what stimulated booking for the eye test. While I am reconciled to the gradual failure of my senses and various body parts, I do not enjoy the process. 

Thought for the day:

I would rather live in a world where life is surrounded by mystery, than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.

Unknown


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Thursday 8 November 2001

Not my favourite day. Telstra has disconnected the telephone at the cottage because we are moving to The House of Steel in a month or so. The fact that there is no cable from the street to our new residence appears to have escaped them! Mercifully, they have left my Internet line connected, but my new ISP, iPrimus, leaves a lot to be desired. Currently, I cannot connect to Google, or anywhere else of interest to me. My email is getting through, but very slowly. I have no idea when I will be able to post this to my website. My cell phone doesn't work at the cottage and requires some moving about to find a reasonable signal at The House of Steel. Right now, I don't feel like walking over there.

Thought for the day:

Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have.

Alan Bennett


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Friday 9 November 2001

There's an often interesting TV show in Australia, called Australian Story. Last night's was about Fred Hyde, a man who in his retirement builds and funds schools in Bangladesh. A school to educate 400 children costs approximately $US3,000 to build and a similar amount annually to pay for books, paper, pencils and teachers. It seems to me that Fred's war on terrorism is a lot more cost-effective than that of the US government.

Thought for the day:

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.

Edward Everett


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Saturday 10 November 2001

Our voice line still has a message for callers saying that we have been disconnected! On Thursday, it was going to be "fixed in ten minutes". Today, the moron at Telstra said that it couldn't be fixed before Monday. And no, they won't give out a telephone number where a complaint can be made! This, the company that prides itself on its handling of complaints. The rhetoric has it that competition improves service.

Today I am expected to vote for the incompetent nincompoops, who can't tell if it's raining or Tuesday, that foisted this improved service on us. 

Thought for the day:

Never vote for the best candidate, vote for the one who will do the least harm. 

Frank Dane


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Sunday 11 November 2001

After much scrambling around behind the computers, I managed to plug a phone into the socket for my Internet connection. Tried phoning my sister, then my mother. The message said "cannot connect to the Optus number from this network". A pox on this madness! Presumably, my mother and sister momentarily saved a few dollars for the week it took Telstra to match Optus's prices. I guess we'll have to rely on email to stay in touch for the foreseeable future.

John Howard's Liberal/National coalition won the General Election last night, so I imagine that will be taken by Howard as a mandate to commit more mayhem on our health and education systems. I voted for the Labor candidate in our electorate, Harry Quick. An unfortunate name as he's more than a bit thick. But, and it's a big BUT, he works his arse off for local community groups rather than grandstanding for The Media Moguls. And there's nothing quite as important as the local community IMHO.

Instead of watching the election results come in, we watched Notting Hill on video. Very enjoyable, but not as much as Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Thought for the day:

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge where there is no river. 

Nikita Krushchev


 

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