Thursday, July 16, 2009
A Threat? To Whom?
CNN calls the swine flu a "threat" to the Islamic hajj season. Too bad that dying during this pilgrimage is widely regarded as a one-way ticket to heaven, and that so many Moslems hold their host countries in the West in such low esteem.
I would hope that there are "concerns that the Muslim pilgrimage will hasten the spread of swine flu."
Netvibes is down this morning, so I'm flying blind. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure that Titanic Deck Chairs is hosting this week's edition. Update: Here it is -- and it's now a terrific two!
Besides flying blind, the near-ubiquitous obsession of web "developers" with CPU- and bandwidth- gobbling pages has made my netbook and its mere 1 GB of memory fly like a bee and sting like a butterfly lately. My desktop, which was defective, failed around the time of the move, or got damaged during the move has a CPU over three times faster and 6 GB of RAM.
Despite some helpful hints from commenters, I never was able to isolate the problem. The unit still being under warranty, I called tech support about the problem. At worst, the manufacturer would repair it and send me a bill if they thought it was damaged, and then my insurance would cover it. So I sent it in and have been eagerly awaiting its arrival since.
It arrived yesterday -- or so I thought. According to my packing slip, which was for the correct computer, the problem was with the video card and I won't be billed. Great. So where is it?
Either my desktop manufacturer has merged or it shares a repair facility with another. Whatever the case, I opened the box only to find someone else's (vastly inferior) computer. Well, okay, it was the same color. But it wasn't even built by the same maker. So I get to wait about another two weeks for that to be straightened out -- or to start raising hell until I get a new replacement of at least equal value.
And if I do see the unit I shipped in again, this incompetence has me wondering whether it really will be repaired.
Love the fish. Enjoying the groans. Own back blistered from patting it so hard over a clever pun, if I say so myself.
Some beautiful pictures are posted over at Thrutch, in case you haven't stopped by there in a while.
A good friend mentioned the above comic via email some time back.
Update: Trey Givens notes a mean-spirited side to XKCD I wasn't previously aware of. Disappointing.
Today: (1) Updated last section. (2) Added link to Carnival. (3) Fixed an incorrect link.