December 23, 2004

More Craziness

Christmas will be different this year. Today my Dad took myself and my six siblings to a fantastic 4 hour laser-tag session in Fort Wayne, about an hour from home. We drove in two cars, Dad driving the minivan and Enoch a VW Golf. On the way back I was with Enoch in the Golf and we heard a "bump-bump". It was small and dismissed as ice or snow. About 20 seconds later we heard a loud scraping and the car dropped to three wheels. Enoch carefully pulled the Golf off the road and we called Dad to inform him of our lost wheel. We walked up the road about 300 feet looking for the tire, and Dad turned the van around and walked back to us.
We discovered that the axle had somehow severed at the hub, so the car would have to be towed. My toes were rather cold at this point (it's 13 degrees here) so I headed back to get warm and Enoch and Dad began walking along the road, one on either side. We waited for a few minutes, and then we began to see more and more flashing lights. Enoch came jogging up to grab the cell phone. He told me Dad had been clipped by a semi-truck.
Dad is ok, he probably has a broken arm and some very bad bruising in his leg. My Dad is very resolute, and didn't see any point to having the ambulance cart him somewhere when he wasn't in any immediate danger. Thus we drove him towards Goshen, our Golf on a tow-truck behind us. He decided during the drive that he didn't need to go to the hospital, as they were only going to tell him it was broken or not broken and then send him home. So now I am home, the Golf is in the garage (and every VW parts store in the area will be called on Christmas Eve), and Dad is resting in bed.
I'm very thankful for many things this Christmas. I'm thankful I got to spend a day with all my brothers (as they head all over the world this is becoming less frequent.) I'm thankful the tire didn't hit any other cars. I'm thankful that the Golf didn't lose its wheel during my drive north with Sharon last week. I'm thankful that Dad was far less injured than most who have such an incident. I'm thankful we all got home in the end, and I'm thankful to have a wonderful family through it all.
I know all of you will be praying for the family. Please pray especially for wisdom for my Dad, as he is very staunch in his decisions concerning his own health. I will keep you all updated as the situation develops.
Have a Thankful Christmas.

Posted by Moore at 08:36 PM

December 22, 2004

I hate Windows

I hate Windows XP.
I've always had issues with it, and particularly now.
I'm trying to get my main computer to share on the local network. I'm behind a linux firewall right now, so security is a non-issue. I just want to share a folder.
The system is running Windows XP Home. Whenever I try to access it (via Run "\\davidmoore") I get the error message:
\\davidmoore is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator to find out if you have permissions.
Logon failure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer.

My new laptop shares, without any setup, its own Shared Doc's folder. Yet my other Windows XP Home cannot be beaten into doing so.
I have done much Googling without results. Most sites tell me to create identical users with the same pw. This does not work. Others tell me to adjust settings in my Local Security Policy. Windows XP Home does not have a Local Security Policy (as far as I can know).
Does anyone have any ideas, this is driving me batty!

Posted by Moore at 01:28 PM

December 19, 2004

Wirelessly Online

Well folks, its a very merry Christmas here at home. I just received my Birthday/Christmas present, and its a very small laptop, a Lifebook P series about the size of a novel and weighing 2.2 lbs. I brought it to our food and song service at church tonight, and discovered something great.
Our church has an unsecured wireless network. I am posting from it right now on my little laptop. Huttah!
Now I'm off to browse on free, fast, and wireless bandwidth!

[This means, of course, that I made it home safely etcetera...]
[With a stop at the wonderful Lambert's House of the Throwed Rolls!]

Posted by Moore at 06:26 PM

December 12, 2004


My Icewind Dale 2 saves were corrupted last night, so I decided to try soloing this generally 6-member party RPG.
So far I've reached level ten as a Drow Sorceror. I've played all night and gotten to the beginning of the Horde fortress. For comparison, I was about level six at this point with a full party.
Greater invisibility + 1st level summon + fireball = fun.

In other news, my finals seem to have fallen out rather well:
Monday, 9:45-11:45 Statistics
Tuesday, 9:45-11:45 American History
Wednesday, 3:00-5:00 Electronics I
Thursday, 7:30-9:30 Digital Electronics
All other hours are labs and such.

Posted by Moore at 08:01 AM

December 10, 2004

Out of Laziness

Instead of a real blog post, I am simply going to link to my discussion of the importance of college in general. With any luck, while you are all amused I can escape with my life.

Posted by Moore at 10:08 PM