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July 13th, 2005
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Not snow, nor hail, nor crashy Mac ...
So ... My laptop doesn't seem to want the Internet any more. It's inexplicably laggy (system load 3 or higher) and takes forever to do anything when the AirPort card is on; won't connect to our home wireless hub; and -- worst of all -- hangs entirely upon coming out of sleep mode. (I'm in the habit of saving my work, but I had a lot of open windows and web pages it freed into the aether.)

This is a semi-esoteric problem with the menubar AirPort monitor; I've managed to kludge around it before, but it's back. I spent most of last night wrestling with my computer to fix it again -- and in the process, managed to badly hang our router (I was just trying to assign my laptop a static IP! Honest!) and had to reset it to factory default and rebuild our house wireless network. I ended up falling asleep on the floor in front of the router box. It wasn't fun.

Long story short, I'm currently borrowing Kady's laptop -- I'm going to set mine up on an Ethernet cord, but until then, am having a heck of a time getting online. Which is why I haven't responded to any answers to last post's dart riddle yet. Doing so now. (Incidentally, I'm impressed by the breadth of the answers. Two formal mathematical proofs, one complete computer program, and a healthy mix of clever number-wrangling and cleverly applied brute force.)

Those of you who enjoyed working out the answer should also get a kick out of a secondary question that lhexa asked in response. Go to it.

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From:darkkdragon
Date:July 13th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like it is time for a format/reinstall... bleh, computers...
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From:wy
Date:July 13th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Is it a OS/X problem that might be corrected in a newer version, maybe?

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From:baxil
Date:July 13th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
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That's my hope. It does, however, mean getting my hands on an OSX 10.3+ install disk, by fair means or foul.

I'm currently on an austerity budget while I'm waiting for a house sale to clear that has about $11K of my money tied up in it.
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From:wanderdragon
Date:July 14th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
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If I could ever get around to mailing you anything like...oh...I dunno...your christmas present from three years ago, I could also offer to add in copies of these 10.3 disks. But we can all see how likely I am to ever get to the post office, huh?
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From:baxil
Date:July 21st, 2005 10:47 am (UTC)
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Well, if it helps prod you any, my birthday is Friday. (hint, hint ;))

Maybe I should cut you a deal. You make a post office trip, I write something you want to see? Post a new Tlands story? My BayCon update? Ask you your interview questions? Name your price.
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From:kadyg
Date:July 14th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
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> I ended up falling asleep on the floor in front of the router box. It wasn't fun.

Nor was finding the Body of Bax flopped in front of the bedroom door in the morning. If I hadn't know what you were up to, I would have thought you'd been shot.

Glad you got the cord, maybe your laptop just wants a leash.
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From:tyraelis
Date:July 14th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)
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Wait- is your laptop a Mac, or is Kady's laptop a Mac?

Pity. How old is the computer? Is the OS behind modern standards?
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From:baxil
Date:July 21st, 2005 10:46 am (UTC)
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Late response: Both, actually.

Not TOO old. But, yes, about two OS revisions behind. Mac OS X unfortunately has a track record of occasional, inscrutable errors requiring odd workarounds.
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From:tyraelis
Date:July 21st, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Yay! Macs! I'm a Mac user myself... if I can help it, I'll try to only use Macs.

My dad's also a Mac user (our whole family is), so he buys the latest updates/gets the latest updates and I can receive them and update my computer.
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