George celebrated his birthday today with his friends. Rather than have a party, George decided he really wanted to invite some of his friends for an afternoon flying kites at the beach. Joyce gathered them all into the van, and off they went. Afterwards, they all came back here for a pasta dinner, cake, ice cream and movies for an evening ‘sleep over’.
Gave up on upgrading the Gnome desktop environment, after it appeared to have broke the apache web server and associated components of WordPress. Had to strip out all of Gnome and all the components that appeared to be associated, and then rebuilt the server platform. After a few last glitches, it appears that all is running again. I will have to think about reinstalling any desktop environment.
Was riding to work this morning on my bike. I had just crossed into Lowell along Pawtucket Blvd, where the road is relatively wide, with a wide shoulder good for cycling. I must have hit something in the road, or some broken pavement, because my front wheel twisted and I went down on my right shoulder. After getting up, and getting myself brushed off (and thanking the Lowell Police offer who stopped to ask if I was OK), I realized that my right shoulder was sore, and I wasn’t going to make it to work on my bike.
I rode home, and after taking off my reflective vest, jacket and other cool weather gear, I went up and had to wake Joyce. Joyce took one look at my right shoulder, and said “… you’re going to the emergency room.” After checking to ensure the kids knew we were leaving and they were to get themselves ready and out the door for school, off we went.
After x-rays confirming my collarbone was broken, the doctor said no exercise for the next four weeks. Baystate Marathon is out this year. With luck, I will be able to run Tyngsboro Trot and get myself ready for Mill Cities Relay.
The goal for 4,000 miles under my own power for the year is probably out as well. I did make it (to date) to 3,157 miles, perhaps I can add a few miles more after this all heals in November and December.
I would use a much stronger word for this, but this is suppose to be a family blog.
We use Norton Antivirus at work. I’ve come to believe that Norton Antivirus uses us. For some reason, Norton will some days decide that it’s going to suck up 100% of the computer for it’s own use.
Our computers will nearly grind to a halt, as Norton throws nearly 53,000 page faults a second. It doesn’t make any difference what you are doing, doing it 53,000 times a second doesn’t leave much time for doing anything else.
We’ve been to the Symantec support site, where the Norton people deny that there any problem. Their postings state that page faults aren’t a problem, page faults are perfectly normal, and besides, other programs generate more. Also, you should buy more memory, no matter how much you already have. Translation: we know, we don’t care, and we’re not going to do anything about it.