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Firefox skin incompatibility

Tuesday, 6:01 pm

By Kate

Sep

13

2005

clear night

For the last week, my computer has been misbehaving with frequent brief pauses/freezes in activity and extremely sluggish mouse behavior. I did all the virus and malware testing and got rid of a couple lesser known ones, but operation was still poor. So, I tried to retrace my steps over the last week to see what had been added that might be causing the problem.

Turns out that I upgraded Firefox last week. And downloaded a new Firefox skin. I dumped the new skin and went back to the one I had been using. Voila! Problem solved. Something in the new Firefox skin (AquaFox) was not playing well with others.

Just saying, in case anyone else has been having similar difficulties after a recent Firefox/skin upgrade.



 

Bad skeeters

Tuesday, 5:28 pm

By Kate

Sep

13

2005

clear night

Well, that was an interesting phone call I just received from the school’s assistant administrator. I’m so glad that that’s his job and not mine.

Yesterday the state health department sent out an urgent notice that the 4th eastern equine encephalitis case had been diagnosed in our state. Two of the people have died. Since this is a mosquito carried disease and since we live in the mosquito capital of the upper east coast, the school made the quick decision that the cross country team would not be allowed to hold practices or meets at the state park, which runs along the river and has a stream running through it that tends to dry up and become pools of stagnant water in the late summer.

As you might imagine, that ruling went over like a lot of lead balloons.

After thinking it over and talking with local health officials, the school decided to rescind that ruling. We’ve had such a prolonged dry spell now that there are relatively few mosquitoes around. Plus, nights have been quite cold the last week, which inhibits mosquito reproduction. There are far fewer mosquitoes around than usual. And the kids are usually finished at the park long before dusk sets in, when the dangerous mosquitoes come out. So, for the time being, the kids will be hosed down with bug repellent and they will be allowed to continue practicing at the park and holding their meets there. The lad, being captain, is asked to help make sure that his team mates comply with the bug repellent application.

I’m pretty okay with that. As long as the kids use bug repellent and are supervised in doing so, I don’t really see a problem—unless there are some parents who don’t want their kids using bug repellent. I can also see that, but since we live in an area that’s typically and thickly populated with skeeters, few folks are strangers to the concept of bug repellent around here. It’s just a way of life, for good or ill.

Between the threats of lyme disease and encephalitis, it’s kind of a scary world out there.



 

Time to scrub and polish

Tuesday, 4:56 am

By Kate

Sep

13

2005

sunny

I enjoy the thoughts of cleaning my house. And I love being in my freshly cleaned house where surfaces sparkle and floors shine. But I do not like the chore of cleaning my house. This is where a little Zen would come in handy. I wish I could find cleaning as enjoyable as sitting down with a fresh cup of coffee and a book. It’s attitude, I’m sure. But after nearly a half century of practice, I still haven’t found the right attitude to make cleaning a pleasurable pursuit. I think I’m cheating myself out of something. Maybe.

Note to Miss Abbie (cat): If you insist on eating large crickets, would you please spit the legs out before you swallow the rest? I’m getting a little tired of cleaning up regurgitated cricket legs.