Saturday, April 07, 2007

Fings Ain't What Dey Used Ta Be.

I'm back. More or less. I have a new C: drive that "mostly" has all my old software on it, and "most" of that is "mostly" running the way it used to do. Sort of.

I spent an inordinate amount of time downloading Codecs the other night in order to get Windows Media Player working (it won't play the video portion of AVI files unless you download and install something called "DIVX" first --- isn't this fascinating?)

ANYWAY, it's working now, only something's wrong with the MOVIETICKETS.COM website and I can't figure out if it's the website OR the fagulous new Internet Explorer web browser I agreed to install but am seriously thinking about shitcanning in favor of the old version.

Lesson Number One: Learn how to create "Restore Points" on your personal computer and REGULARLY schedule them (once every two weeks should do).

Lesson Number Two: Either spring a couple of hundred bucks for one of those external USB - multi-gigabyte hard drives that backs up your drive at the touch of a button OR spring for some backup software that will let you burn your most important files to a CD or DVD every week.

Lesson Number Three: Hard Drives fail. Not "if", but "when." I, of all people, should know this lesson by heart, having suffered through innumerous drive failures ever since I started working with personal computers in 1984.

I don't know where my head was at. Probably stuck up my butt, as usual. But I've learned. I remain teachable.

So, in keeping with today's Title, "Fings Aint..." etc., I am no longer the impervious, bulletproof geek I was a month ago. Today I remember that I, too, make mistakes and that I need to mend my careless ways.

However, some "Fings" still are the way they used to be, and that includes the 1956 Paramount Production of "The Ten Commandments," airing tonight on ABC-TV.

Every year ABC plays this sand and sandal extravaganza, and every year the New York Times has this to say about it:

"Heston and fog destroy Egypt's first-born. Ornate DeMille tonnage, saved primarily by the Red Sea and Yvonne DeCarlo."

Which is about as good a recap of the nearly 4 hour long butt-numbing Postcard from the Sinai as I've ever read!

Happy Easter, everybody! If that's your bag!!!


Bev Sykes said...

Why aren't you using FireFox? (which I love and which more and more people seem to be switching to to avoid having to deal with IE)

JoyZeeBoy said...

Well, Ms. Smarty-Pants, for your information I took your suggestion, downloaded and installed it and it's working just like Explorer used to work. And yes, it fixed my problem with but it turns out that "Grindhouse" really is 3 and a half hours long, so it wasn't just a Microsoft glitch.

Thanks for the suggestion!