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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-08-09 05:45
Subject: [personal] Things which are irking me
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Tags:books, cancer, health, personal, politics, sunspin, tech, work, writing
It wouldn't be the Internet without some ranting going on from time to time. And, well, the annoyances have been mounting lately. Allow me to gripe...

  1. Lately, NetFlix streaming and my AppleTV have not been getting along. It keeps refusing to load, even though NetFlix streaming works fine on my Mac and my iPad. (@jeremiahtolbert gave me the hint to unplug the AppleTV, which seems to have cleared the problem.)

  2. Yesterday the "/" key on my MacBook Pro got stuck in the active position, so that the computer endlessly typed ////////. Which made it kind of hard to log in when I rebooted to try to clear this. [info]the_child figured out this behavior only occurred when the external drives were plugged in via USB. Which is baffling, as I've had those particular drives for months. I'm going in to the Genius Bar today to have this looked at, though I recognize I may simply need to replace the USB hub. I just don't see how a drive stack can force a key command.

  3. Yesterday, a low grade issue with Day Jobbe HR about my medical leave for surgery erupted into a major issue. Which was resolved, but what a thing to have to deal with.

  4. My body still aches like crazy, though, admittedly, it doesn't hurt like hell. Just as I really start to feel better, chemo will return. Cancer sucks.

  5. The intransigence of domestic politics seems to be irritating me a lot more lately. Counterfactuals have been fully enshrined in the rhetoric of the Right, protected by the 'liberal media' meme which allows politicians and voters alike to comfortably shrug off actual data and countervailing evidence as liberal lies. The Center has folded, essentially conceding the intellectual and policy debate to the Right. The Left hasn't existed in national politics during my lifetime. Irksome, all of it.

On the plus side, I wrote 2,900 words on Sunspin yesterday. Which makes up for a lot.

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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-08-09 13:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think you have every right to rant with that lot going on.
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David D. Levine
User: davidlevine
Date: 2011-08-09 14:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Given that keyboards can be connected via USB, it makes sense that a misbehaving USB device could be sending a repeated bogus "key pressed" event. Once you get the thing booted, try plugging in the devices one at a time to see which one is the culprit. If it's the hub, you are in luck; they're cheap.

How the heck did the child figure out that it might be the drive stack??
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-08-09 14:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
How the heck did the child figure out that it might be the drive stack??

By unplugging the USB cable. Trial and error, in other words...
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rekre8
User: rekre8
Date: 2011-08-09 15:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Computers, I fear, fit the mold as a classic "system out of control". There are a lot of parts interacting with each other in ways Man Was Not Bright Enough to Know; and force N which is supposed to have effect Y in lab conditions will also, due to state Q, send Moonbase Alpha spinning away from the Earth and out into the depths of space.

Imagine what life was like when the act of food production had this many unknowns.
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russ: lyles constant
User: goulo
Date: 2011-08-09 17:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:lyles constant
I think I would also be irked at having to take my computer to a repair place with the utterly inane name "Genius Bar".
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Jay Lake: signs-bad_English
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-08-09 18:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:signs-bad_English
I find it more bemusing than irksome.
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2011-08-09 18:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
the computer endlessly typed ////////

when my PC does this, I remove the 6 pound feline from my keyboard.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-08-09 20:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re #5. Irk is an understatement by about 10 orders of magnitude, if not more.
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