Tuesday, July 07, 2009


No, it's not me, that would be in the plural - moonings - considering how vast my mooning equipment is. I have a ringside window to the eclipse just above my computer. The moon is supposed to turn a grey colour, nothing dramatic and who could tell with the dirt on my window.

So just to annoy myself further this afternoon, I allowed the gerbil running this computer to download IE8. Did I complain about toolbars recently? Yes, I thought so and now I have toolbars up the wazoo.

There's the computer one in a pleasant green at the top.
The new IE8 plus google next.
Then the old favourites bar which I decided to drop until the new IE8 favourites menu appeared staggering under the load of must read blogs and made the mouse go zippy.
There is another Google search and nifty button bar.
And another address and IE8 button bar.
Down on the bottom, I've ditched the progress bar but kept the computer start up bar with the clock and all that other stuff.

The gerbil has also relayed my age to Microsoft who has brightened my life with extra bold type.
I thought I must have done this but no, appearances and themes still has me on standard not clear type.

My 'create post' page is also new and the labels are in different places, very disconcerting.

But I know why the buttons on the tool bars are annoying me. I'm a lefty mouser and the buttons are for righty mousers. Four years it's taken me to work that out. My brain grinds slow but exceedingly fine.

Totally unrelated to IE8 (I haven't read what tricky little things it has stored up for me but I have seen I can hide my porn travels) is the fact that I've just read a book and it has annoyed me almost as much as a tool toolbar. The author expects me to believe that the hero is a world authority on myths and legends but puts him in an aircraft flying over Peru and he suddenly sees the Nazca lines below and says he doesn't know what they are. Quetzacoatl and Kulkucan are the same myth, one belonging to the Aztec, one to the Maya and it takes half the book for him to connect them. Dan Brown, come back, all is forgiven.

The moon's not doing much considering for Leos it's supposed to be a life changing eclipse. There is one big change, I bought Gelati instead of ice-cream to top my apricots and yoghurt.


JahTeh said...

I must thank Mr. Spam for offering to make my bedroom a smouldering volcano. I wonder if he's an author.

Jayne said...

Volcanoes that smoulder are seldom all that they lead you to believe ;)

Firefox is the better bet than IE.

JahTeh said...

Jayne I am just about to disable IE8 because it's annoying me. Firefox is better but I have too much to move over and not enough time to do it.

R.H. said...

I saw the moon at 5:30 last evening, just above Newport power station: beautiful, unpolluted, a perfect cheese.

Middle Child said...

Its a big bright moon...the past few nights...out here in the bush i get a bit nervous when I see too much outside at 3am...its a but freaky...hate having the curtains drawn but have to - so as to sleep at all.

River said...

I did the IE8 thing a couple of weeks ago. Now eveything is just that little bit slower. But I can live with it. What I can't live with is the annoying little windows popping up from Windows Security Centre telling me my computer is at risk from viruses etc. There's a red one that says "intrusion alert" or some such thing. They won't go away, keep on popping up, i keep closing them. I know my computer is secure because I have another antivirus program installed which scans and removes on a regular basis. Wonder if I can safely uninstall the Windows Security one? It came preinstalled with the laptop.
Being a Leo, as you are, I also wish this moon would do something spectacular for us.

JahTeh said...

Robbert, couldn't you have found somewhere a little more romantic? I hate to think of humans going back and trashing that big piece of rock.

Therese, I love a full moon, really magical but I could have done without the one degree temp this morning because there was no cloud cover.

River, thank you, it's not just me then. I've uninstalled it because I'm slow enough on dial-up as it is without all the other nonsense including that giant security pop-up. Go into the security system and see if you can disable it from there. Every time I wanted to do something with the toolbar, it butted it with advice. If I want to be annoyed I'd get married again.

R.H. said...

Romantic? What's the matter, the moon shines everywhere: South Yarra and St Albans. It's West Side Story, a paradox: ballet in the slums.

River said...

That annoying security turns out to be a trojan virus masquerading as a spyware protection program. I'm currently downloading a removal program.

JahTeh said...

Rh, the moon makes all things beautiful unfortunately I missed my dose of beautyplus since it was too cold to dance in the altogether.

River, that last big virus scare "conficker" which the experts thought was going to be another vicious worm turned out to be a netbot maker designed to unleash malware over the web.
Microsoft is trying to install IE8 again, pest.

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