I generally do not allow the livestock into my room. Because of mild allergies and annoyances – as it is my ‘sanctuary’.
HOWEVER, the ‘kitten’ Belle (who is now over one year; officially a cat) does sometimes get in. She is generally friendly and loving (except the whole trying-to-trip-me-on-the-stairs thing). And there is something soothing about petting a cat and hearing her purr.
BUT, she does like to explore, and find mischief. Like going to my desk and retrieving wrapped sugar-free cough drops as toys. Which she then drops to the floor, making them dog fodder – should they get in. And for me to step on, later.
The biggest annoyance, though, is as my computer is open on my desk – she walks on and sometimes lays on the keyboard! When this happens, two things occur:
The other morning, I began my usual rituals ending with sitting at my desk and starting to do my blog. Suddenly, it became VERY clear that anything I typed (No, TRIED to type) wasn’t working! It was as if the keyboard were haunted! Periods became <, even when the caps lock was off! Highlighting text (to cut and paste into my blog software) became very finicky and non-responsive. I actually began thinking I would not be able to use my PC to blog on and would have to resort to my tablet, which would be much more difficult.
Much cursing, whining and praying ensued.
After roughly 45 minutes, some combination of keyboard tweaks I tried actually WORKED! I was able to do the blog as I usually do, complete with correct punctuation! HUZZAH! Of course, I’ve no idea how I fixed things, exactly…
The plan, now, is to remove the wireless keyboard to an undisclosed location, if I am not using it, lest the kitten invade again.
And to figure out how she’s getting to those websites.
NO, not those ones!
Which, seriously is nothing. :-)
W O W
I’m truly amazed.
I still have low expectations, but feel compelled to comment on statistics and dates as I run across them.
Thank you all, dear readers.
Well, it must be that time of year, again.
Or of the month.
I’ve having difficulty with my browser.
I did find I was having ‘issues’ with Comodo Dragon, and Comodo Ice Dragon, and FireFox.
(FireFox is my favorite.)
SO, I’m back to using Opera, which is iffy, at best….
But, it is working better than the others, currently.
It’s always something.
I cannot afford a new machine, have a good router, like Windows 7, and have good malware and security software. But simply cannot stay ahead of the grade school kids who like messing with ‘the system’!
(The GOOD NEWS is I can leave comments on Laginappe’s Lair again!)
I awaken fairly early this morning, shower, dress, morning rituals…
And begin my day – with the Internet.
Specifically, my email accounts, news, almanac, and the Guffaw in AZ blog.
Or so I thought I would…
I’ve been having browser trouble, yet again. And today it was scary!
I received warnings like this one using Google Chrome and Opera browsers. I recently had switched back to Chrome, as Firefox had been giving me some different trouble! After ‘the troubles’ this morning, I ran both Windows Defender and Malwarebytes (the pay-for version). WD said there were NO problems, MWB recorded 22, which were then removed.
And Chrome and Opera still ran with ‘issues’. So I used Comodo Dragon and even reverted to Firefox to get my email and blogging chores done.
Word on the ‘Net is Firefox is going away (so, by extension, will her cousins Comodo Dragon and Comodo Ice Dragon!) Because Mozilla is lacking in support. And Internet Explorer is pretty much a ghost, now. I won’t even mention Netscape, AWOL since she was acquired by AOL.
So, the question remains: Is there a secure, modern browser with which one may check email, blog and even surf the ‘Net?
Or is accessing the Internet forever to remain a game of whack-a-mole, with regard to bugs, viruses and glitches?
This inquiring mind wants to know
I’ve posted something DAILY, along with a quote, a cartoon, a picture of a beauty, and a You Tube clip, EVERY DAY FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS!
Currently at 285,831 hits; 355 followers!
And, much to my continued surprise and delight, have not only attracted followers, but made friends! Some of whom have communicated with me off-line, and sent money and gifts I
probably don’t deserve. And some with whom I’ve had the privilege of sending lead downrange!
You guys are amazing!
My BLOG MOTHERS™ (including Tam and Brigid) whose own postings spurred me on to blogging, are a great joy! And terrific friends.
A special thank you to Borepatch, Murphy’s Law and Rev. Paul. Without whom, etc.
I plan on continuing to annoy, confound, confuse and disturb for at least another year.
(Or until the powers-that-be decide I need muzzling!)
This weblog remains a work-in-progress. As such, I’ve edited out some of the Usual Suspects who appear to be no longer blogging. If I’ve done so in error or you have a new link, please advise. My apologies.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED FRIENDSHIP AND SUPPORT!
*my very first blog post was so entitled Well, Here We Are…
As I’m approaching another year as a blogger (aka ersatz writer, copy thief, waster-of-time) I’m looking at my blog roll (The Usual Suspects), and trying to decide who to keep, who to add, ad infinitum – ad nauseum. Some folks are simply no longer blogging.
Also, is anyone missing? What about those blogfriends™ who list Guffaw in AZ in their blogrolls, but I don’t list them in mine?
Is anything missing? Serious, thoughtful commentary? Intellect? Blazing retorts? Nudes? (Remember Rule 5!)
What would YOU like to see? More politics, stories of governmental abuses, gun stuff, libertarian stuff, investigation/security stories? (Remembering the final decision is up to me, regardless). :-)
PLEASE let me know, especially if you have been kind enough to list me, but I’ve neglected listing you…
In either case, due to this
cold allergy attack, I am taking the day OFF! (If you recall, I don’t get colds!)
Generic Nyquil is my friend! :-)
PS – (01/05/15) – feeling a bit better, today. Thanks for all your kind messages and health aid suggestions!
…or at least from friends and family! :-)
Whenever I get a windfall, I usually spend it on bills. Or necessities. Groceries. Or one of those things, and perhaps a meal out.
This year, I did get a gift card or two, and some actual cash. Not a lot, but more than I had previously(!) I am blessed.
Instead of buying my annual collection of diabetic socks, or having a new edition of ‘Ed Sullivan’ (the really big shoe) built up, I opted for something a bit more frivolous.
Some time back, my roommate J gave me her old computer tablet. It worked for about four months, when the on-off switch went South. A common occurrence in this model, I’m told. Also $200 to repair! For a now three-year-old tablet.
For Christmas I bought myself an inexpensive, more up-to-date 9″ computer tablet! With Android KitKat 4.4!
It doesn’t have very good cameras (I have a cell for that!), and it’s not bluetooth compatible, but it’s MINE! Much lighter weight than the hand-me-down, fast, and with a quad processor.
Sadly, it’s of PRC manufacture.
But, with my gifts, I only had to pay the $7.98 for one day Amazon shipping! I figure, if it breaks in a week, I’ve had a new tablet for eight bucks!
Of course, as with buying a new gun, there are always tertiary accessories needed. A screen protector and protective case! (ordered this afternoon)!
I’ve been having ‘problems’ for some time now with regard to the posting of commentary on others blogs and some folks seeing MY little blog and commenting, as well.
Seems WordPress has had some issues. I left Blogger a couple years ago, as THEY had some issues!
More than 100,000 WordPress websites have been infected with malware after attackers exploited a vulnerability in a popular WordPress plugin called RevSlider. The attack turns the infected WordPress sites into unwilling distributors of yet more malware, this time aimed at visitors to the sites.
The malware campaign has been dubbed SoakSoak because it causes some infected websites to redirect visitors to a malicious website at soaksoak.ru. In an attempt to curb the infections, Google has blacklisted over 11,000 affected WordPress domains, according to Menifee, California-based security company Sucuri.
We get what we pay for!
I can’t afford to pay for a blogging platform – I certainly hope those are running without issue(?)
h/t Rev. Paul
Essentially, it describes a kind of malaise.
Why blog anymore?
Between Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook*, blogging is being re-defined as the ‘buggy whip’ of social media. Who blogs, anymore? I mean really…
For me, it returns me to why I began blogging in the first place, and what I expected to get out of it.
I began blogging because it gave me something
constructive with which to waste my time. A personal daily discipline. And the ability to share my politics, philosophy and history with family and friends. I had no expectations then, and certainly don’t now. And have been met with a wonderful community of friends I didn’t know I had until I began blogging! Some of whom have become friends and confidants off the Internet. In the real world.
Many folks have voluntarily or involuntarily removed themselves from the blogosphere since I began. And that saddens me. It means time is passing, and people have removed themselves from our lives. That is their choice. Or Fate’s.
Guffaw, your humble blogger, will continue blogging. At least for the time being.
Weather permitting. :-) (“They’ll be a rain dance, Friday night. Weather permitting.” – George Carlin, The Indian Sergeant) See, there’s always guffaw in there, somewhere. :-)
*Facebook – Guffaw is on FB, in his real name. But, the more I blog, the less I am there. Guess I’m doing this backwards(?)