Friday Cat Blogging – 19 March 2010

I asked Inkblot to do something interesting this morning so I could take a picture of him, but he just yawned at me. And then fell back asleep. Meanwhile, Domino headed out to the backyard to snooze among the spring flowers.

Speaking of which, spring starts tomorrow. And then on Sunday, the first full day of spring, we should get ourselves a shiny new healthcare reform bill. Nice symbolism, I think.

And now I’m off to lunch, followed by another session of Windows 7 troubleshooting. The upgrade basically went OK, and I’m now working through the list of annoying things that don’t work quite right. Like the color balance on my monitor and the fact that I can’t get VNC to work. (This is highly detrimental to my maternal tech support duties.) Top of the list, however, is my printer. It doesn’t work. Plug it in and nothing happens. Just the little USB thunk sound effect and that’s it. No error message, no searching for drivers, no nothing. My computer just sits there, providing no clue about what’s wrong. And yet, the USB port works fine with other devices, the printer works fine on a different computer, and I don’t think there are any conflicts since everything I own worked fine together on the old computer. Very strange.

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