Some people never learn

The older you get the wiser you become, at least that's the lie we keep telling ourselves. So after thirty-one years, as of today, on this spinning ball of mud you'd think I've learned by now.

No I haven't been chastrated after my last post and the missus still hasn't kicked me to the couch. She, luckily, took the for better or worse part of our wedding vows seriously. Good thing too, 'cause there's a whole lot more worse than there is better. Now if I could just get her to remember the obey part I'd be all set.

I'm instead talking about my pal Murphy and his irrevocable set of laws. Primarily the least known law that states: Any project phin thinks will go smoothly will snowball into the shit hitting the fan.

Now of the background. Thanks to Uncle Bill and his merry band of midgets at Microsoft I'd been getting the Blue Screen of Death for about a week. The only option, reload Windows. Easy enough for a semi-non-retarded tech guru. So I decided to format the machine, copying all the needed files to a second drive, and while I'm at it setup a dual boot system running linux as well.

As I said, the best laid plans, etc...

Copying files, no problem. Using the Microsoft Transfer Settings Wizard, problem. The file they said looked great (and that I tested) tanked when it came time to use it. No biggie, I copied the settings from the backup that I'd made.

Next up, installing SuSE. Easy as pie, I like pie, only problem, I wanted SuSE to be the default OS and Windows doesn't like that. So I had to beat Windows into submission.

Anyhoo, I'm back up and running after two days of highly technical terms that mainly consist of four letter words strung together.

Regularly schedule delusions of grandure and marriage advice should continue any day now, right after I get a couple of designs wrapped up and the setting in Windows back just right (hell it only took two years last time).

Posted by phineas g. at 05:26 PM on July 18, 2006 | TrackBack

Happy birthday, Phin, and many thanks for your advice when Sadie was incommunicado. Now that you're moving into your thirties, I admit I'll be interested to see how you go about becoming even more reactionary.

Posted by: Mr. Atoz at July 18, 2006 05:50 PM


; )


Posted by: Chrissy at July 18, 2006 06:44 PM


Oh, and um, the obey part? Never gonna happen. ;)

Posted by: Theresa at July 18, 2006 07:10 PM

happy birthday, uncle phin!

many happy returns : )

[[what did the phinlet get you? was it the legendary ___ on the ____?]]

; )

Posted by: amelie at July 18, 2006 10:11 PM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: seawitch at July 18, 2006 10:42 PM

Um, honey, I think it's "castrated" not "chastrated." Oh, but whatever Mary, who am I to criticize at this point?

Happy birthday!! and may you never again get the blue screen of death! (Even though some of us have been getting it for years. Damnit, not fair.)

Posted by: bobgirrl at July 19, 2006 02:05 AM

Happy Birthday....Mister.....President.

Whoo! I have a hangover. Is the party really over?

Posted by: agent bedhead at July 19, 2006 08:01 AM

Happy Birthday Phin!


Posted by: Sacramento Republicrat at July 19, 2006 04:28 PM

I'll wish you a Happy Birthday but leave the relationship advice alone.

You scare the hell outta me, man!!!

Happy Birthday!!! Oh, and glad you got everything straightened out.

Posted by: Tammi at July 19, 2006 09:10 PM

Yay! Happy Birthday!

Posted by: spacemonkey at July 19, 2006 11:18 PM
happy birthday, uncle phin!


Not one of mine, I swear...

Happy belated birthday, not so little little bro.

I'll see ya Saturday...

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at July 20, 2006 02:38 PM