February 3rd, 2004



Went home a bit early for lunch, expecting my new case to be there. It wasn't. Called into the phone company, who explained that my service was turned off because I didn't pay a bill that I didn't receive. They went on to explain that they didn't care if I was overcharged, if they didn't get the full amount then my service would be shut off. Went to Chinese for lunch.

Work was completely useless. Headed home a bit early to call back in to the phone company on a different number. Got transferred, then finally thought it was getting fixed - nope. They said they could make the change going forward, but could not change the bill already issued. I threatened to go to the other local phone company, and they said they didn't want me to do that but had no other choices.

I fumed, then sent off an email to see if I could get some help. Supposedly, I'm getting something. I also got an FCC website at which to lodge a formal complaint if this other doesn't happen. I'm thinking of dropping the phone altogether, although that has impacts I'm not sure I'm quite prepared for.

Anyway, had dinner then headed out to make the drop/payoff. Found the person first thing (well, after having a token machine eat my quarter) and got the cash, so the deal was done easy. Saw some newbies playing DDR. Stepped in to help them finish a song, and helped select easier songs for them. They still failed. Got up and did a basic old performance to Afronova, which scared them off. Ah well. Finished the set, and headed home.

Vegged for a bit, then RedneckNinja called. We talked for quite awhile, then I vegged until finally crashing. Didn't sleep very well - until, of course, the alarm went off. I'll have to take that as a postitve sign, though... I've been waking/getting uo before it for several weeks now.

Today... Stop by Best Buy and get Red Dwarf 3 and 4... Head home for leftover Chinese for lunch. Perhaps stop by the apt office and have them tow the people who have been in my (reserved, paid for) spot for the past 3-4 days, and perhaps fix the washer. I may start assembling the new machine, although I realized I forgot to check voltages and may need a new videocard as well.

I have a little paperwork to do for work, and a meeting which still hasn't actually been scheduled yet. Shit, I just realized I'm in training all day tomorrow... Hope I remember that in the morning.

I finally booked my flight to the Northwest... Looking forward to it, but a little anxious as well.

Hmmm... other stuff, I'm sure... maybe later.
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Aches and Pains

I had the beginnings of a migraine at work. Left, came home, slept. Woke feeling a bit better, so decided to start in on assembling the new machine. I should have known better.

For a really cheap case, it's not too bad. Rather sturdy, in fact. I like the fact that it came with thumbscrews - even for the card slots. Anyway, I brought out that cheap power supply I got awhile back and installed it. No problems there. Then I figured I'd take the front panel off and install the front fan. Ugh. I hate the way this case's front panel works. I ended up using 4 screwdrivers and 2 pairs of pliers simultaneously - by myself - in order to get the damn thing off. I ended up ripping a nail, to boot.

So I finally get the fucker off. And the fan cage is a real bitch to get off - looks like the tab on one side is too big for some reason and won't let go. I struggle with that for a bit before finally getting it off. And then I can't find the damn fan. I know I took it out of my other case before I sold it, but it's not sitting with any of the other crap I've got scattered around waiting to be reinstalled. W.T.F.? So then I decide to take a break from searching and open up the editing machine to put the Corsair memory in it. That goes relatively painlessly, although I realize there's some sort of crap all over the side panel and window - and the window is scratched as well. *sigh* Anyway, to take out the ram I had to take out the videocard, since it was blocking the tab. And to do that, I had to take off the cover that extends out the back to protect the card slot screws. P.I.T.A. Anyway, got that done.

I take a break to eat, and wander around for a bit looking for that fan. It finally occurs to me that it may be in my big tub o computer shit. Indeed, once I dig that out - there it is. I'm about to install the fucker, then realize it's duty as all hell. I get a can of air, freak out the cats with it, then stand partially outside to blow it off. Takes another 5-10 minutes to get the fucker in the cage, then out the cage back on the case.

That accomplished, I decide to head online to see if I can figure out what this extra cord is that was included in the case kit. I don't know why case manufacturers refuse to put instructions or even detailed diagrams of their products up - it's fucking annoying.

Anyway, while I was here I figured I'd go ahead and catch up onilne. Now that I'm vegging, I realize that my neck hurts, my headache is coming back, and I've been in a really bitchy mood since I got home. I'm wavering at this point between trying to get at least the motherboard in, or just getting things relatively cat safe before drugging myself to sleep.
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