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A view from (and of) our classroom on one of the last days of the Embedded Systems class. (Eagle Spring Lake, Wisconsin -- from Pete's boathouse.)
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I can't get through this comic without crying, but damned if it isn't one of the best things I've read this week. #cats   #comic   #crying  
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At 16:11 today, my new computer was in Hodgkins, IL. The next update is 18:18, an arrival scan in Oak Creek, WI. I was at UWP during this time period, so basically it passed between my home and me.

Augh! Seriously, just pull over for a minute, I'll take it from there ...

OK, I'll pick it up at the UPS Store in Kenosha on Monday.
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So, which is going to get here first: my new computer or the replacement capacitors for my Samsung monitor? (OK, I can use the computer with the spare monitor, but I'd prefer my main monitor, especially with the new video card.)

#geek   #computerrepair   #linux  
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So about two hours ago I ordered a new computer from System76. While I've set aside the full purchase price, I decided to finance it anyway so I could spread the payments out a little. This involved a text from their finance service, but since my phone doesn't do texts (or rather I've not enabled the option,) I opted to get my verification code by voice.

Imaging my reaction when a very GladOS-like call came over my phone. Yeah, it made me laugh, but still ...

Anyway, I'm really looking forwards to this new system.

#linux    #system76   #geek   #portal  
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Ever have one of those "What the hell did I just watch moments?" I do have to say that I actually like this and might be interested in seeing / hearing more. (Admittedly, I have no idea what's being sung and although one of my sweeties does speak some German, it's a bit too fast for her to really translate.)  #music   #musicvideo   #peterfox   #german  
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"Oops."

Good thing I have backups, huh?
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During some downtime at work here, I was playing around with a WINE setup that I'm trying to configure on my Linux laptop. Here at work I've got a VirtualBox on my Win 7 desktop so to test an idea, I installed WINE (well, actually, PlayOnLinux, but same idea ...). This means that I was running a Windows compatibility layer on Linux in a virtual box in Windows. I'm pretty sure this violates some state laws, but it made me laugh.

(Also I think it helped me solve my problem, so yay!)

#linux   #geek  
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And you're adding me to your circles because ...?

OK, new policy here. If you have no information in your profile, no common users with me, no pictures, and no posts, I'm just going to go ahead and block you without hesitation. I don't know what benefit you think you're getting out of adding me to your circle, but if we have absolutely no connection at all, I really don't care who you are, so piss off.

#cranky   #random   #spam  
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This story really touches me. I had a cat who's preferred location when I took her to the vet was on my shoulders. I usually had to kneel down so the vet could examine her, but the vets very much understood and acknowledged it as part of caring for her (and us spoiling her as much as we spoil any of our cats.)

Personally, I think I would have stopped the visit as soon as the vet said "Yes, I know what I’m doing here. Now please step away from your dog." No, you obviously don't know what you're doing. The vet that came out and treated the dog (and patient) correctly? Yeah, that almost brought tears to my eyes. That's the right way to do things.
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