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I love computers (part dva)*

OK, I'm not quite sure what's going on with my home computer. (You thought this was going to be another rant about my computers at work . . . don't worry, I'm sure they'll do something stupid soon.) At least once a night, Firefox and Skype will just stop dead. Firefox won't load pages, Skype won't contact people, and if I shut them off and try to restart them, it gives me the message that "An instance of Firefox is currently running. Please close the window or restart your computer."

Mind you . . . it's not an internet connection issue because Twitter and Thunderbird are running perfectly fine.

I've run my A/V, I've run my anti-spy ware, I've checked my firewall. I'm pretty darn sure there's nothing on my computer that's not supposed to be there.

Well, I do still have Vista . . . and I'm leaning more and more toward believing that's the issue. It wouldn't surprise me to find out that Microbroke has done something to muck with Firefox, but that might just be my rampant anti-Microsoft persona showing through.

So, that's why I didn't post anything last night.

Which was too bad. Because I was having some very interesting chats on Twitter. I was reminiscing with someone about performing in jazz bands years ago and discussing the joys of running "TCAE Power and Light" during Desert Shield/Storm with another person (I'll tell that story another time.)

However, with all the computer issues, at least WordPerfect was running like it should. I added 1230 words to Steel on Target last night and I hope to finish up Chapter 14 tonight. I had been cranking on a scene Monday night, but when I opened up the chapter today, I had one of those momentary flashes of "what the hell". It's still a good scene, but it was in the wrong place. It needs to happen in about six chapters, not now. So, I carefully extracted it and moved it to a separate file to insert later. I let my muse get ahead of herself because I'm looking forward to that whole scene, but the middle of the book wasn't right. I haven't built up to it quite enough yet.

O.K., the snow's shoveled. The daughter-unit is off to school and I need to get myself to work here. Talk to you all later.

*dva = two in Czech.

Words for Today

1230 / 1000 words. 123%

Progress on Steel on Target

47983 / 85000 words. 56%

Words for 2010

5682 / 250000 words. 2%


( 4 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Feb. 3rd, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
I can't be 100% sure about your situation, but when Firefox runs, looks for something in your profile folder. If the program crashes or exits improperly, or the profile folder goes missing (say if the drive housing it disconnects), Firefox will think that it is running already when you try to restart.

I had this problem on my old machine. My profile folder was on an external drive, which would sometimes disconnect from the system. If Firefox couldn't find the profile folder, FF wouldn't start. I'd have to reconnect the drive, and use Task Manager to make sure that firefox.exe wasn't running before trying to restart Firefox.

I'm afraid I have no ideas about Skype.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
I'll pass your suggestions on to wishweaver since she's the computer scientist in the family. *grin* I'm more a poke at it until it crashes computer user.

It's definitely a starting point to troubleshoot this issue.

Feb. 3rd, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
What do you play?
Feb. 3rd, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Musician?
Back in my younger days I played trombone in HS & College. My HS had a jazz ensamble and for some strange reason, the director actually let me solo a few songs. I was not the most polished trombonist (or bone man, as they said back then), but I didn't embarrass myself too badly.

wishweaver still teases me when I start doing Air trombone to songs like Deep Purple's "Hush" or Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4". Old habits die hard.

I've played guitar off and on most of my life and performed on stage and in coffeehouses a few times. Never been a lead guitarist though.

Got dragooned into playing bass a couple of times when someone got sick. Also got drafted to play bass for the Army Birthday Ball back in 1988. It was interesting strapping a bass on while wearing Army Dress Blues.

Also played bass drum and tympanis back in HS. Loved the kettle drums, but my brother was a better drummer than I was (he played professionally for a few years) and I wasn't going to fight with him over who got to play what songs on the tympanis, so that's when I became a trombonist.

Used to actually be able to sing also. *grin* A tad out of practice these days.

Edited at 2010-02-03 05:11 pm (UTC)
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