June 13th, 2006

reeciebastion

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You know those UPS commercials that show the progress of a package from sender to recipient, with rapid, exciting music and slapdash cuts, and then go on to claim that UPS's tracking system is the best of the best, and that you can watch every stage of your package's journey right up until the moment it appears on your doorstep?

ALL LIES.

I know this because I've been sitting on the UPS site since yesterday evening, refreshing, and refreshing, and closing a window and opening a new one and going to the UPS site and entering the tracking number and refreshing, and do you know what I've discovered? That like Canada Post, UPS has a delay in showing the package progress scans, except UPS has an even LONGER delay, along the lines of an entire day's progress not showing until five or six in the evening. Yesterday my computer was sent out for delivery and then just not loaded on the truck. Today has shown no scans of any kind, at least nothing posted to the site, and nothing indicating that it's *moving* anywhere, despite the fact that they've been open and sending deliveries since at least seven this morning.

I WANT MY COMPUTER, DAMNIT. *hops up and down*

Yes, ignore me. I'm just impatient. I'm not going to call and bitch at anyone, or anything.

Unless it doesn't show up today. Then I go insane and start telephoning people.

Annacis Island. Seriously. It could have been here and back and here again, by now. >.
reeciebastion

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It's here!

Or rather, at my parents'.

My dad is on the phone right now talking to me as he goes through the box.

He's mocking me.

My father is evil.

I have to wait until lilymc returns with the car before I can get it! *whimper*

EVIL BASTARD OVER THE PHONE EDIT:

DAD: "Well. This is a very nice box."

ME: "Open the box."

DAD: "There seems to be a packing slip on the top. Or is this the top?"

ME: "Open the box."

DAD: "It says 'Congratulations on your pur-something of you brand-new Gate-something com-something."

ME: "OPEN THE BOX."

DAD: *opens the box* "Oooh. Shiny." *rustling of packaging materials*

ME: "Well?"

DAD: (more enthusiastically) "Ooh. SHINY."

ME: "I just want you to know that I hate you."

DAD: "You shouldn't talk like that to people who have your Precious in their posession."

ME: "And a little bit more."

DAD: "Shouldn't you be grovelling or something?"

ME: "You do remember that Frodo almost DIES, right?"

DAD: *more rustling noises and evil laughter*
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Is anybody else desperately entertained by the fact that Dr. Louis Zimmerman, the creator of the Emergency Medical Hologram, names his pet Iguana after Bones McCoy, or is it just me? ;)
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reeciebastion

New baby's here.

Named Podkayne, Poddy for short.

Only real setback so far: TV Tuner card has finally met an OS it doesn't like, and Windows Resources is being remarkably evasive about WHICH BLOODY CARDS ARE COMPATIBLE. Have located a few for under forty dollars, but none of them will tell me whether, although they are designed for XP, they are also functional with XP Media Center, which is what I've got.

Actually, TV card runs, just not with the funky-awesome-cool TIVO-like setup this OS has got going. AND what with Bugger having onboard video and audio, it did not occur to me that I might actually have to connect the Tuner to the soundcard, and sent home my only stereo connector with my mother after she brought Poddy home. I've got the speakers (new speakers!) hooked directly into the card for now, but this strikes me as a bad permanent solution.

So anyway, yes. Need a new TV card. Would just go over to Future Shop or something and ask, but have feeling they'll be full of shit to get me to spend even *more* money/totally incompetent and unable to *spell* TV Tuner. So. Will e-mail nice Windows support people and see if they answer in human-time. Otherwise will start pestering TigerDirect, whose techies actually seem more or less competent, and find out whether the one I found will work. Unless any of you happen to know?

Other than that, she's lovely. Firewire, dual-layer DVD-RW, seven USB ports, insane numbers of flashcard ports, and more HDD space than I'll ever know what to do with. And so FAST. *boggles*

Pretty baby. *pets it*

And now I must sleep. Manager went and changed the schedule while I was off graduating, and now I work Wednesday but have Thursday off. *eyeroll* He called this morning and left a message asking me to come in for a couple of hours, as co-worker called in sick, but I screened, listened, then decided I wasn't that good an employee. Take away my two-days-together and then... *muttergrumble*

No, really, there are only five of us. There aren't many people he could have called. But, still. Oops, let my battery die. My bad. *innocent face*