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niall_shapero
01 January 2020 @ 12:30 am
Many of the recent entries in this journal have been friends-locked (that is, if you're not someone that I have "friended" on live-journal, you won't be able to see them). if you want me to "friend" you, you need to: (1) have a live-journal account, and (2) leave me a comment, below, explaining how we know each other.
 
 
Current Mood: calmcalm
 
 
niall_shapero
26 February 2013 @ 05:23 pm
The workers are between a third and a half done. The upstairs bathroom is currently unusable, and the downstairs bathroom is only partially usable (the toilet works, thank heavens). They haven't been bad - though one of them managed to trip the circuit breakers by not paying careful attention to the loads they had already put on the electrical system. But it is a terrible pain in the posterior, and trying to get work done at the same time is almost impossible.

Meanwhile, I have been reduced to sponge baths for some five days, and I am getting ROYALLY sick of it. With luck, the shower should be available again Real Soon Now...
 
 
Current Location: The usual...
Current Mood: irritatedirritated
Current Music: None
 
 
niall_shapero
05 October 2012 @ 10:12 am
Dear People:

I got a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft, stating that my Windows machine had downloaded malicious software and had been switched to an alternate “universal router”. In proof of there Microsoft credentials, they asked me to type “assoc” in a command window and they said they could read out my “unique identifier” on the third line from the bottom:

.zfsendtotarget=CLSID\{888DCA60-FC0A-11CF-8F0F-00C04FD7D062}

This line, however, simply gives the a file association item – and the value is common across all Windows systems. The caller claimed that knowing what this number was, indicated that he knew what my system was. When I asked for the IP address or MAC address associated with my system, he did not know what I was talking about (the MAC address is going to be associated with my network card, and is unique). This is a SCAM. Links to the scam notices follow:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-security/scam-using-zfsendtotargetclsid-888dca60-fc0a-11cf/f446dc12-541a-4dc9-8324-eebf251c4c4f?msgId=bbb0afe4-075a-4473-a8cb-73bb666d88c9

and

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2011/mar/01/microsoft-virus-scam-continues

Don’t get caught. This scam is still actively being carried out.

Sincerely,

Niall Shapero
 
 
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
 
 
niall_shapero
19 June 2012 @ 04:45 pm
I have spent far too much time lately playing Diablo III – 22 ½ hours, in point of fact. 10 ½ hours running a Barbarian (now at level 19 in Act II), 5 hours running a Demon Hunter (now at level 13 in Act I), and 7 hours running a Wizard (now at level 15 in Act I). I’ve also started excavating our front room, trying to reduce the clutter to a somewhat manageable level before my new job starts (next Monday, 25 June).

It has been an interesting nine months on the beach, but my ship appears to have finally come in; my papers are all signed, and the voyage begins anew. We shall see what develops.
 
 
Current Location: Marina Del Rey, CA
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: None
 
 
niall_shapero
01 June 2012 @ 10:04 pm
One of my favorite places in Santa Monica (THE TUDOR HOUSE) is closing at the end of this month (June 2012). It's always been a nice place to have a spot of tea, and one of their delicious meat pies (I've always been particularly fond of their steak & kidney pies). But the recession has had another victim - people cut back on restaurant outings, and THE TUDOR HOUSE has just not been able to make its nut. So at the end of this month, they're going to shut their doors for good.

I will miss them.
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Current Location: Home base...
Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: None, though it should be "Funeral for a Friend"
 
 
 
niall_shapero
21 May 2012 @ 10:29 pm
John Scalzi, in his WHATEVER blog, recently had an entry entitled "Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is". It was a well thought out, clearly written piece, and it used an analogy that I thought was wonderful (even if not perfect). Unfortunately, many readers seemed to be from clue-free environments, and did NOT get the point. I have included a link here, so that others may go directly to the source and read it.

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/15/straight-white-male-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-there-is/

Scalzi is a professional writer, with several published science fiction novels to his credit, including (but not limited to) the following:

Old Man's War (2005, Tor Books, ISBN 0-7653-0940-8)
The Ghost Brigades (February 2006, Tor Books, ISBN 0-7653-1502-5)
The Last Colony (April 2007, Tor Books, ISBN 0-7653-1697-8)
Zoe's Tale (August 2008, Tor Books, ISBN 0-7653-1698-6)
The Sagan Diary (February 2007, Subterranean Press, ISBN 978-1-59606-103-3; April 2008, Audible.com)
Questions for a Soldier (chapbook, Subterranean Press, December 2005, ISBN 1-59606-048-4)
After the Coup (eBook, Tor.com, July 2008, ASIN B003V4B4PM)

Check them out.
 
 
Current Location: The Breakfast Nook
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: None...
 
 
niall_shapero
03 April 2012 @ 02:53 pm
My laptop died the final death this morning. The display wouldn't come up (even showing boot display) and when I tried it with a second monitor the result was the same. It was an older machine, but it was serviced by Dell just a couple of months ago. Of course, they damaged the bezel in the process, and did not make good on their promise to repair/replace the damaged bezel.

I've had my fill of DELL "repair" as of now - they've lost me as a customer henceforth. I'll write off the ~$800 I spent having the laptop "repaired" (for all the six weeks or so that it gave me of service). I'll go back to HP products. Maybe I can get a LITTLE bit better service from HP.

In the meantime, if I need a laptop, I'll switch back to my ancient Canon 386 system (which runs Windows 95, and which I bought some 17 years ago - and which still runs, thank you).
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Current Location: The Usual
Current Mood: irritatedirritated
Current Music: None
 
 
niall_shapero
30 January 2012 @ 09:47 pm
Ok, how many out there who are in to face-to-face paper and pencil role playing games (D&D, RuneQuest, GURPS, etc.) live in the Southern California area? (In particular, the greater Los Angeles area - including Orange County).

I've been pretty starved for games for some time (I run games, but haven't found enough local gamers ready to RUN games that I can run a character in). So, who is out there within a reasonable distance of West Los Angeles who is running a campaign of some sort?
 
 
Current Location: Los Angeles
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: None, for now...
 
 
niall_shapero
02 October 2011 @ 10:43 am
What’s the best way to mend a broken heart?


Time wounds all heels.
 
 
niall_shapero
19 September 2011 @ 04:47 pm
Unlike those of us who have "regular" jobs, there are musicians out there who depend a bit more on people buying their product. So if you have a local musician whose work brings you some small measure of joy, HELP SUPPORT THEM. Go to their concerts/performances, and toss a few extra dollars into the tip jar.

And if you enjoyed their performance, TELL THEM. They are human, too, and doubtless will appreciate an honest, "thank you, I enjoyed that".

(And, for what it's worth, if I didn't say so earlier, THANK YOU, ALLISON AND EBEN!)
 
 
Current Location: My little "den"
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: Ripping...soon to be an Eben Brooks' CD...:-)