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Things I Learned Today
  1. Do not, as an accidental animist, expect to say goodbye to your 1993 Mercury Tracer without feeling as if you have just told a beloved pet it was going to go to a nice farmer in the country.
  2. Do not (make a note of this, now) pick up a AA battery, put it in your front jeans pocket with a car key, then sit down at your desk and expect nothing bad to happen. What actually will occur - ah, the wonder of battery-to-metal chemistry, a thing of which you have not, heretofore, been aware - is that you will shortly realize that the tender skin of your upper leg, just where it disappears into your torso, is burning. You will then jump up from your desk in a most undignified manner, whilst fishing about in said pocket, burning your fingers and cursing, then throwing both battery and car key onto your desk. Your leg will hurt ever so slightly for the rest of the afternoon, and your colleagues will laugh at you.
  3. Do not attempt to figure out why your faux-pod (hereinafter known as Portable Disk Drive K) persists in telling the PC from which you wish to import music that it is write-protected, at least not without the wisdom of BB beside you. When BB is bed-ridden and recuperating from emergency tooth extraction surgery, be patient, and wait for the morrow.
  4. Do not - do not - forge ahead with your reckless, unknowing voyage into computer country, and think that you can get rid of Portable Disk Drive K  - no matter how convinced you are that this is a perfectly reasonable method of solving your problem - without potentially dire consequences. Previous admonishments involving the presence of BB still obtain.


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Apr. 11th, 2008 07:56 am (UTC)
I hope BB feels much better soon.
Maybe the faux pod was in the same pocket with the hot key?
Or could the write lock switch on the faux pod have gotten, er, switched
while the faux pod was in your pocket, independent of the electric key?
Apr. 11th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Heh. We humans do look for patterns in action, don't we?
Apr. 11th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Condolences to BB on the tooth surgery. My dad alway had a tough time with the dentist as he wasn't allowed any freezing due to all his meds. Tooth extraction without freezing must be much less than the best thing.

We are still toying with the idea of an ipod (or clone) but we need to wait for the strike vote at the University before we spend any more cash than we absolutely need too.
Apr. 11th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the good wishes. He used to bounce back regularly from this type of minor surgery, but not since he was affected by the fumes at our old apartment.

What university group is deciding on strike action?
Apr. 11th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
It is my wife's union that is taking a strike vote. It is composed of an odd mixture of clerical staff and IT professionals (my wife is one).

I will be surprised if it comes to a walk out as the IT staff mantain some very important but very creaky systems that probably would not last two weeks without constant maintenance. After two weeks it would get prohibitively expensive for the University though I am not certain the management understand this. The management staff are decent and inteligent people but they don't have much in the way of technical skills. I don't know if they realize you can't replace IT people who are familiar with a unique system as easily as you can replace a plumber or a clerk.

Time will tell how it all works out.

Apr. 12th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
The best of luck to your wife and her compatriots!
Apr. 12th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
Ack, I hope BB feels better soon!

Batteries and keys -- at least you didn't burn down the office!

I don't have a faux-pod because I spend most of my time in the house or the van, both of which have nice CD systems.
Apr. 12th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
BB's on the mend, and I have recovered completely from the battery-key adventure. Thanks!

(How's your kitty doing?)
Apr. 12th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Shiva didn't argue too much when I dosed him last night and this morning and he's eaten a lot of dry food. He's still suspicious of the wet food when Spirit is eating it, so I think part of it is still psychological.
Apr. 12th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
After I stopped laughing, I realized I should say something supportive...

I hope your key is OK!


I hope _everything_ gets better soon, from teeth to thighs to faux-pod recognition.

Apr. 12th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)

Yeah, the key's just jim-dandy. Heh. Bob's mouth is slowly recuperating and we have yet to find a way to release Portable Disk Drive K from its Write-Protected servitude.
Apr. 13th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Best wishes and a swift recovery to BB...

Does the afore-mentioned faux-pod use an SD card internally? If so, might the write-protect switch on the card have been bumped to the write-protect position?

Does said PDDK "pod" have another name? Perhaps a model-name that would allow more specific diagnostic suggestions?
Apr. 15th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
Thanks for your kind wishes. I love your icon!

When it comes to the damned MP4 player (An Anko with 2 Gigs of memory), we Googled and disocvered that a lot of people have had the same problem. I don't think it has a -- wait, I don't even know what an SD card is, so I can't honestly answer your question. I suspect that something did in fact get jostled in it, although I have tried to be gentle with it. As far as we can tell it isn't something on the PC end. BB is, even now, working on the thing (from which I deleted every song in a vain attempt to make it reformatable (is that a word?)only to discover that I stiill can't put any music on it. Sigh.)
Apr. 15th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for the complement RE my icon. I took that picture at a hot air balloon festival a few years ago. It's one of my favorite pictures that I shot myself.

I did a bit of Googling myself and discovered a couple of interesting bits of info. (1) It appears that only files in the root folder of the Anko can be seen by the player. (2) There may be a 99 file/folder limit to the root directory of the Anko. Might you have hit the 99 file limit or tried to put music files in folders?

There's also a number of reports that indicate that quite a few of these Anko players have a chronic problem with loose connections. If you or BB are fairly comfortable with opening and reassembling microelectronic devices, a partial evisceration and CAREFUL re-seating of all chips/connectors might be in order. (PS: Only do this if you're comfortable working with static sensitive microelectronic devices. AKA: If it dies, don't blame me...)

Good luck!

PPS: An SD card is a flash-memory card used in many digital cameras and other portable electronic devices. It's about the size of a standard US 1st-class postage stamp. About 1" by 1.25". Some of them have a tiny write-protect slide-switch on one of the long edges. More info here:

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