Artist: Iron Butterfly
Today’s Quote: “When you take charge of your life, there is no longer need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life.” ~ Geoffrey F. Abert
My weekend didn’t turn out like I’d planned but that’s the way it goes sometime. This past week was Nude Recreation Week and I had planned to join my fellow club members at the Cedar Trails Nudist Retreat but stuff came up at the last minute and, for the second year in a row, I had to cancel my plans. I’m really disappointed and I really could have used a full day of total relaxation. Maybe I’ll get to go next year.
Her computer began misbehaving. For some unknown reason, it couldn’t access the Internet through a browser or FTP client. At first I thought it was the firewall software because it had inexplicably decided that the wireless adapter should be in the Internet zone. I fixed that, still no access. I turned off the firewall and still couldn’t access the Internet. Every other computer in the house could get out so the problem wasn’t with the router or my DSL.
I’d been meaning to reload it anyway so I backed up the data and loaded XP on it. That may not have been a very good idea. It took some coercion to get it to join the domain and it won’t run login scripts. The only network drive it maps is the home directory and that’s only because that’s part of the profile. I found something in the computer’s Group Policy to tell it to wait for a network connection before logging in but that doesn’t seem to work. The setting I need is available in 2003 Active Directory and later but my domain is Windows 2000. I’m about the only one that uses the mapped drives so I can live with it for now. Maybe next weekend I’ll back it up again, wipe the drive clean, and downgrade to Windows 2000. About the only good thing about XP on it is the wireless management. Otherwise, I’m profoundly unimpressed. Eventually, when 2000 becomes unsupportable, it will become a 100% Linux network.
The other accomplishment this weekend was victory over the leaky valve in the shower. Still unable to find suitable replacements, I had the guy at Gem City replace the packing washer inside the valve and sell me a new valve seat. It still leaked. I took it to Lowe’s and I finally talked to someone in the plumbing section who actually knew something about plumbing. He handed me a package of packing cord and told me how to repack the valve. I took it home, repacked the valve, put the shower plumbing back together and, for the first time in ages, it doesn’t leak. I feel so accomplished.