January 15, 2010

Happy Hour Fragmented Friday VGNO - Lost in Cyberspace Searching for the Tooth Fairy


Is it Friday already?  It's been a long week, but at the same time it feels like it flew by extra fast.  Luckily  Mrs. 4444's is the doctor in the house for all the scattered fragments you have no idea what to do with.  Throw them in a post and call her in the morning.  Well, maybe you shouldn't call her in the morning... at least not too early, since it's Saturday and all.  I'm sure she'd appreciate a little sleeping in time.  Just be sure you don't drunk-dial her if you're out partying with the VGNO tonight.  I'm just sayin'.



I've been a bit scarce as I've been searching and hunting and searching some more for the magic code to fix my feeds so people know that I'm actually over here jumping up and down and waving wildly to let y'all know that I actually have been posting.  Not like what Google Reader shows as my most recent post being last Saturday.  I've been lost in cyberspace.  Literally.

I'm hoping I might have found the 'fix' yesterday - but I'm not holding my breath.  While I think the color blue is a lovely color, I don't think I'd like my face would look all that great in a blue color.   Although it might be a nice change of pace from the red-faced frustration I've had this week.

I apparently had the magic code at one point - my feed suddenly started working Saturday morning.  Of course that was after I killed my blog on accident the night before, when I was trying to catch up on blog reading and wanted very much to play along with the VGNO.  But my blog was dead.  For several hours.  I didn't think reenacting its death to see if it jump-started my feeds was a very good idea.  Although I was tempted several times this week, as I was feeling a bit murderous.

Meanwhile, if you have/had me on Google Reader, and if the last update shows my post from last Saturday - please unsubscribe and re-subscribe.  I tested that mode out yesterday, and that brought in the newest posts to my Google Reader.  I'll let you know if it adds this post after it goes live.  But I'm not staying up until midnight to find out.



Speaking of frustrating technology - if you're minding your own business and reading this blog on Internet Explorer 7 or 6 or something even more ancient - thank you for your dedication.  But while you'll be able to read with no trouble (well, unless you need your eyes checked, but that's not IE...this time), you won't be able to comment.

Along with trying to find out the why/how/what/who/dammit issues with the broken feed, I've also be searching out if there's some sort of secret code that can be added to the behind the scenes code of my blog to 'fix' IE created issues in order to enable you to leave comments and not simply skulk or sulk.  Unfortunately the IE Fairy is playing those cards close to his/her vest and not letting me figure out the next move.

But if you're feeling adventurous and insist on using Internet Explorer, if you upgrade to version 8, the comment error blockage is resolved automatically.  No special code needed.  Or, if you're feeling extra adventurous, you could switch over to Firefox or Google Chrome or Safari - where you not only eliminate the security issues that IE is rife with, but you won't have problems commenting on blogs in general.  C'mon, cross over to the other side - I double dog dare you!



Speaking of computer and security issues...well, more computer than security...I wanted to verify that you could leave comments on my blog with an updated IE browser.  I had IE7 installed simply for checking websites that I design and master, since so many people really do insist on using that as their browser-of-choice.  Since my laptop is running on Vista (gasp! I know!) I had to turn off the Windows Automatic Updates completely, because they were randomly installing updates for crap that I don't have or utilize on my computer - which would then would lead to the Blue Screen of Death.

I hate the Blue Screen of Death.  Not only does it suck and take forever to reboot to get back to where you were before, but if you were working on anything that you didn't save, *poof!* it's gone.  So, my little rabid IE user friends - if you still want to use IE and decide to upgrade to IE8, be wary of the secret and multitudes of Windows Updates that will get installed involuntarily with your upgrade.  Of course, if you're one of the fanatical ones that lets the updates happen on a regular basis, and you don't experience the BSOD (because your computer is probably way better than mine and you aren't running Vista on it) you should be fine.

Me?  Not so much.  After I upgraded to IE8 and tried to go merrily along my way by not opening IE unless I had to (and only to verify that you could indeed leave comments where you couldn't in IE7), not only did I get to experience the phenomenon known as the Blue Screen of Death, but it happened three times within two days!  Three times too many.

So I decided to perform a System Restore and get it back to where it was before I did the upgrade and wipe out the involuntary Windows upgrade I didn't need or want, either.

No problem, back to working order.

Except.
I had purchased/downloaded a game from PlayFirst - it's a great place to try out games for an hour to see if you get totally sucked in and hooked actually like the game before you buy it.  I had downloaded a game for Princess Nagger, but hadn't moved it to her computer yet (because she was being belligerent about getting her homework done in a timely manner, so she didn't get to play any computer games).  When I did the System Restore, the game inadvertently got uninstalled.

No problem, I'll just go to my account and utilize the download button in the 'purchase history' section.  Except when I click on that download button, I get a screen saying the game is 'No Longer Available'.  The very same day I decided to restore my computer, they were entering into a partnership with BigFish Games.  The game I had downloaded was now over at BFG - but my code key from purchasing at PF couldn't be input anywhere.  I'm still waiting to hear back from PlayFirst to find out what my options are.

Since I'm not keen on the 'hurry up and wait mode' and their contact form states it may take 5-7 business days to receive a reply, I decided to un-restore the restore.  That worked, the game was back, so I moved the pertinent files to an auxiliary drive, then unplugged the drive so it wouldn't be included in the re-restore process.  Now, if any of you have had to perform a System Restore on your computers, you know it takes forever.  It wasn't until my computer had finally rebooted itself that I noticed I hadn't restored it back to the beginning of the week.  I had re-restored it back to earlier the same morning, you know, yesterday.  Instead of before the IE8 upgrade.

I think I need a break from my computer.  Or serious professional help.
I did finally do a correct System Re-Restore-Restore back to before the IE8 upgrade with the hidden multitudes of Windows Updates that were causing the BSOD).  I'd breath a sigh of relief, but I don't think I'll be doing that until my feeds are functioning again.  At least I was able to retrieve the game I purchased for Princess Nagger, so when she's done with her homework, she'll get to actually play it.



Speaking of Princess Nagger, she still hasn't lost those two loose teeth yet.  Remember she had hoped to lose them over Christmas so the Tooth Fairy and Santa could hang out together?  Didn't happen.  She's still refusing to let me yank them out, and I'm a little worried about the bottom one, because the big tooth is growing in quickly behind it instead of forcing it out and taking its place.  I guess when we go in to see the dentist next month for a teeth cleaning, we'll see what she says.  Unless I surprise her and yank it out unexpectedly.

What's the 'going rate' for a lost tooth?  When I was a kid, it was cool to get a 50-cent piece for a lost tooth.  I made the grave error of leaving a $5 bill for PN's first lost tooth, because I was ill prepared and had no singles on me.  Now she's expecting $5 for the next lost tooth.  I only have a couple of twenties on me at the moment.  Better get change just in case.   Don't want to raise the bar even higher.  Maybe I'll write to the Tooth Fairy and she can write a note to PN about the correct 'going rate' for a lost tooth.






Princess Nagger Conversation of the Week:


PN:  "Mrs. S and I have a lot in common!"

Me:  "Really?  Like what?"

PN:  "Well, I love dinosaurs, and she always puts dinosaur stickers on my papers, so I'm pretty sure she loves dinosaurs, too."

Me:  "Maybe she puts dinosaur stickers on your papers because she knows you love dinosaurs."

PN:  "No, I really think we have that in common.  She loves dinosaurs just like I do.  She's even having me read a dinosaur book for homework."


And now, time for Happy Hour!


  • Since it's been...... a week, I'm happy that it's Friday.

  • I'm happy that I was able to salvage the no-longer-available game for the Princess Nagger.

  • I'm happy that it only took 3 hours of procrastination and stall tactics for her to finally finish her homework yesterday instead of the 4 hours the day before.

  • I'm happy that even though my feeds have been broken, you are being generous leaving me comments so I don't feel so lonely lost in cyberspace.  I plan to play catchup very very soon - broken feed or not!



If you're just hanging out at home on Friday night (and blogging), feel free to join in on Ann's Virtual Girl's Night Out (boys are welcome, too!)

Don't forget to visit Mrs. 4444 at Half Past Kissin' Time for fun Friday Fragments, Otin's and RxBambi's respective blogs for Happy Hour Friday, and Ann Again and Again for VGNO.

29 Random Sassy Comments:

dysfunctional mom said...

I don't know if you were showing up in my reader before or not, I've been SO behind. Hope you get it all fixed! I have an award for you over @ my place.

Otin said...

Man oh man! You have been having some tough time in this switch! Email me with a reminder to redo your blogroll thing. Will I have to drop you and then refollow you?

It makes me happy to see you play along with happy hour friday!

I am happy as PN with a stegosaurus picture! LOL!
.-= Otin´s last blog ..Happy Hour Friday (350 posts in 365 days) =-.

blueviolet said...

I love PN's take on the teacher and the dinosaur thing. lol

You must dream about computers and stuff these days. What a nightmare!
.-= blueviolet´s last blog ..Shoes Mean Business =-.

Justine said...

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr... yep, still not getting your damn updates!!!! Went to re-subscribe to the feed but didn't see a button to actually make it work. Add to that, I click "add comment" or whatever and it brings me back to the top of your post, so I have to scroll all the way down again to comment! Ack! Ptooey! Now I'm too damn tired to comment on the post!

Justine :o )
.-= Justine´s last blog ..Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop: My Name =-.

Martha said...

Happy Friday. We made it through another week! Sorry you are still having problems. Have a good weekend, at least it is supposed to be above freezing!
.-= Martha´s last blog ..Friday Fragments & Give Me Your Best Shot =-.

Martha said...

Yes, I see what Justine says about the comment section now. If you are at the bottom of the post, and click comment, it takes you back to the top of said post and you have to scroll back down to the get the comment box...

Good news, at least right now. I took you off my blog roll, and added you back in, and you rose to the top of the list!
.-= Martha´s last blog ..Friday Fragments & Give Me Your Best Shot =-.

angi said...

I know what you mean I was a new blogger and wiped out my entire blog all the buttons, everything and had to start all over I wish you luck in getting back on track
.-= angi´s last blog ..Friday Fragments =-.

Caution Flag said...

Our Tooth Fairy gives something BIG for the first tooth and then quickly disappoints by dropping to one or two dollars for each subsequent loss. She's a real cheapskate!
.-= Caution Flag´s last blog ..FF: Going Thankful =-.

mimbles said...

It's a good thing teachers share so many interests with their students isn't it ;-) I love that PN is so convinced that Mrs S is a fellow dinosaur enthusiast!
.-= mimbles´s last blog ..Friday Fragments and Linkfest No. 14 =-.

Jan said...

I understood every word you wrote, and sympathize more than you can imagine. I have avoided upgrading to IE8 (IE7 is a big enough PIA, thank you very much) and realize I will have to eventually, just so I can make sure MY blog (to say nothing of my client sites) work in it. But I don't wanna. Nope. I wish the rest of the world would get on board and use another browser besides IE - ANY other browser. Firefox is good. Chrome is good. Opera is good. Safari is good. Just dump Internet Explorer. NOW.
.-= Jan´s last blog ..Happy Friday, Y’all =-.

Casey said...

I left a not somewhere else today that the tooth fairy needs to get a paypal account. That way she can leave the desired amount and doesn't need to get change.

Sorry to hear about all of your computer problems. Take a break from it this weekend!
.-= Casey´s last blog ..Why Didn’t Somebody Warn Us - Part Two On Going Dye Free =-.

rxBambi said...

I'm happy you're playing HHF with us!

My kids haven't lost any teeth in a while, but if I recall I gave them $5 for their first tooth, but then only $1 for additional. Until, that is, I just gave up and handed them money cuz I kept forgetting to be tooth fairy.

I never said I was a great mom, but my kids are whole and relatively well adjusted so I guess I'm doing okay ;)
.-= rxBambi´s last blog ..Happy Hour Friday =-.

Lori said...

Oh dear that's a lot of a head ache to deal with. Ugh! I am happy that you are getting it figured out. I had wondered why I wasn't see any of your post show up. Now I know. I hope your computor nightmare is now over and you can get on with life. Now pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy happy hour! Happy Friday!

UnknownMami said...

I'm stressed out just reading about your technical issues. I just resubscribed to your feed when I noticed no new posts were available after a few days.
.-= UnknownMami´s last blog ..Fragmented Fridays =-.

Toni said...

Wow Stacy that gave me a headache just reading it so big hugs to you for not giving up! And as for the comments; you'll never be lost in cyberspace, we won't let it happen :) And I'm sorry to say this but you've only got yourself to blame giving PN $5 for her first tooth...tut tut lol
.-= Toni´s last blog ..I want crusty bloomers* =-.

buffalo dick said...

I bet you can run up a cell phone bill! You like to talk as much as i do!

VandyJ said...

We helped Turbo's last tooth come out because the new tooth was growing in behind it. Oragel was instrumental in a painless extraction. The Tooth Fairy paid just fifty cents for the first teeth but the rate is going up, he got a dollar for the last tooth. Not sure what you can tell her about the lower rates.
.-= VandyJ´s last blog ..Spiders, creepy crawlies, and large groups, oh my! =-.

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debbie said...

Good heavens, girl. You have had more than your fair share of computer problems. I hope they are all fixed soon.
.-= debbie´s last blog ..My Reading Peculiarities =-.

blueviolet said...

Hey, what's this? No Saturday post?

Otin said...

oops, no new post today!
.-= Otin´s last blog ..Book of Otin Genesis =-.

Chief said...

so frustrating.

I have struggled with my blog and feeds as well.

I don't do the reader I just have a list of my faves that I try to hit at least once a week. it's the only way to keep up!

Good luck!
.-= Chief´s last blog ..Friday Confessional with Glamazon! =-.

mrsbear said...

Okay, unsubscribed then resubscribed. It's working fine now. Good luck getting it all worked out.

My son just lost his two bottom teeth after much drama and wincing every time he had to take a bite of a sandwich. The going rate around here has been $5 for a while. It seemed like a lot at first, but after talking to a friend, she knew several people who were handing out $10. $20 would be taking it to a whole other level. ;)

Martha said...

I hope everything is okay! No Saturday or Sunday post has me a little worried about you!
.-= Martha´s last blog ..Friday Fragments & Give Me Your Best Shot =-.

Otin said...

Okay! I am wanting my Sunday Quotes!!!! :))
.-= Otin´s last blog ..Book of Otin Genesis =-.

Karen MEG said...

All your technical issues scared me! I'm glad that you got things sorted out.

oh, and I like dinosaurs too. How cool ;)!
.-= Karen MEG´s last blog ..Do you remember... =-.

Yaya said...

Oh technical difficulties drive me nuts.

And yes...looks like you need to keep $5 bills on hand!
.-= Yaya´s last blog ..Orange You Glad It's Saturday?! =-.

Otin said...

Starting to worry now..........
.-= Otin´s last blog ..Knucklehead's writing competition week three (Parody) =-.

Anne said...

You sound like a computer whiz! I hope you can work out the problems. The first time the tooth fairy came to our house, she brought $.75. I found out after that that she is much more generous with everyone else. She switched to a $1 after that. She can always leave change if you don't have any bills.
.-= Anne´s last blog ..When Did I Become That Lady? =-.