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Yesterday was a productive waste of time

Greetings, readers. I had planned to do quite a bit of work yesterday, including a phone call to an insurance company and taking notes on a new writing project, and then take today off as a personal day. But, because of computer issues, those plans were shelved until next week. It all began when my AVG anti-virus, which I just paid for, refused to open, much less run. Rebecca and I were able to go to the AVG website and find a phone number to call support.

A very nice gentleman answered the phone, and we were off and running. From an opened email from AVG, I read him all the information it contained. The one bit of information he needed, however, was not there. After about 20 minutes or so, he gave us the url of another support service where we could type in the box to someone. That’s where we spent the rest of our work day.

Rebecca had to briefly re-explain the issues via typing and then the second person did something with my computer which I’ve never seen before. He took over my machine remotely, after I gave permission. It was rather bizarre to see my cursor move around the screen completely on its own. It was quite clear to me that the person knew exactly what he was doing, for he was speedy and efficient. After a few attempts and re-starts, he got my old version with the corrupted files off, my newly paid-for AVG installed and running and it was time to re-boot the computer. He typed that he would be back and not to close our box, but even as Rebecca was leaving at 3:00, he had not returned. So I closed the computer.

This morning during personal time at Panera, AVG was chomping at the bit to run its “first scan.” I’m going to do that today after Rebecca leaves. I feel quite certain that all issues have been taken care of. Now all I have to do is find a good anti-malware program that doesn’t butt heads with or cancel out AVG. Wish me luck on that endeavor.

Well, that was the big news of yesterday. As far as next week goes, there will be a blog entry on Wednesday, possibly another one on Thursday, and I will be taking a personal day on Friday. Until then, have a great weekend, enjoy football and the baseball playoffs, take care, and happy reading.

Train Simulator 2016 is a pain in my tracks

Greetings, readers. I can say with all certainty that the anti-virus system AVG does not like Steam company games. For the past couple of years, I have very much enjoyed Train Simulator 2015 and 16. Yet, every few months, usually after an update, AVG will consider the game a threat, will take the executable command, and stop the game from starting. Now for anyone with computer smarts who would know how to easily put something on the exceptions list, that would not be a big deal. I do not. So for a day or two or three I have to uninstall the game, reinstall it, and keep my fingers crossed. Eventually AVG asks me if I want to put the game on the exceptions list and it runs smoothly for a while.

Along with Flight Simulator, Train Simulator has become my morning routine. I like to make my coffee, boot up the computer, choose a run, and play it. Well, the last week was a pain in my tracks.

I actually came up with a solution, albeit rather dangerous. I turned AVG completely off. Yes, folks, I was careful not to go onto the internet before reactivating the anti-virus and firewall. So far no harm done. The computer was running a wee bit slow this afternoon during work, so I think I’ll run the virus scan while I run my afternoon errands.

Eventually, I want to change my gaming time to early evening, and use the morning hours for writing. Dictation works brilliantly for creating the blog but not so much for other projects. Reason for that is as of yet unknown.

Yes, I’m 50 years old and playing games, and when they don’t work right, Joey gets cranky. Who am I, Peter Pan? No, I think one day I will grow up, put games behind me, and either write that novel or go find another job. Remember, I have to get a job before retirement age. LOL.

I’m taking a personal day tomorrow and possibly Friday, depending on how much I get done. Rebecca will be working on an entry for a future date. If we are together on Friday, we will have a new entry as usual.

Until next time, take care, stay warm, be well, and happy reading.

Crazy day after yesterday’s technology problems

Greetings, readers. I’m not quite certain what happened with my computer yesterday, but it was very slow going. I don’t think it was a virus because my anti-virus checker didn’t find one. However, the two separate scans needed to solve the issue took most of the work day. My computer runs terribly slow when the virus checker is active.

As for today, Rebecca and I are going to work on the website dealing with my health insurance. We obviously couldn’t do that with a computer that might have had a virus. I figure that this job will take a good chunk of our work day today. This is why I am typing in the blog entry. Rebecca will edit it when she arrives, which will save time.

To be honest, I didn’t get the computer working correctly until an hour or more after Rebecca left yesterday. It’s a good thing that it wasn’t our back-up-files day because neither one of us wanted to put our flash drives into the funky acting computer. I am confident that all issues have been taken care of. As we work today, time will tell if my computer is still running slow or if we will be able to use it for work as needed.

Well, until next week, take care, have a great weekend and happy reading.

Train simulator replaces flight simulator as my favorite

Greetings, readers. I never thought I’d say it but it is true. Train Simulator 2014 is my new favorite simulation program for the computer. Flight Simulator X is wonderful and it helped me immensely during my depression. Looking at the clear blue sky and the white puffy clouds did make me feel better. However, with Train Simulator you are on the ground and can see all the fantastic scenery.

When I first purchased this game from the Steam website, I was a little leery. My anti-virus constantly fought with it for the first two weeks, which made matters worse. Once I learned that anti-virus systems include an exceptions list to blocked sites, I put Steam on this list. Finally Train Simulation 14 worked wonderfully. With my older laptop, with a not-so-great graphics card, I do have to have everything on the lowest settings. That is okay with me; it runs. So far I have run trains in England, Germany and the United States.

Now for the downside of Train Simulator 14. Unlike Flight Simulator X and its primary uploading website, Simviation, trains are not free to download. You must purchase everything. For a person like me on a budget, that can get mucho expensive quickly. So I’ve purchased everything I am going to purchase for a while. I’m done.

Let me briefly tell you about the trains that I have. I have three very fast Amtrak trains, three old-style steam locomotives, various trains powered by electricity, and a couple of old-style diesel trains complete with authentic sounds. Five stars on those.

Am I going to pump hundreds of dollars into this hobby? No, I can’t afford to do that. I have probably spent too much on this already. But it is extremely relaxing to hop on a train, choose your run, and set out. I have runs ranging from twelve miles in the Portland Maine scenario, to the northeast corridor route which is roughly ninety miles long.

To summarize, I would dearly love to see this game with its fullest graphics settings to get the sheer beauty of it. With the five-year-old laptop, I am grateful it runs at all. When it comes time for the next laptop I will make sure it has a good graphics card for my simulations.

Until next week, take care, have a good weekend, and happy reading.

Stop the world, I want to get off

Greetings, readers. Oh what a start to the work week. This has been one of those stop the world I want to get off mornings. I was up late with a sick computer, trying to de-bug what appears to be a Yahoo! email problem or a virus in my computer. My anti-virus system has been finding viruses but I thought once caught they were out of play. I got a call from a friend of mine warning me about something he sent me and I’m not certain if the acting-up email account is due to that or just coincidence. Until this point my anti-virus has caught everything and kept my computer free from harm.

Topic of the day number two. Minor mouth agitation continues to exist from my dental surgical procedure. I was a big boy and only took the higher powered pain meds one time. Since then it has been Advil to the rescue. Today I see another dentist for my semi-annual cleaning. I will, of course, ask the hygienist to go around the hurting area quite gingerly. Next week, I have another doctor’s appointment yet to be rescheduled and a visit to my massage therapist. Again, stop the world I want to get off. Too much, too fast.

On to good news. A couple of book sales here and there on the blog book, Greetings, Readers. Yay us. Rebecca and I worked so hard on that book and had fun putting it together. I’m happy to see that we have engines started and are headed for the runway. Take off will be soon I hope.

Now on to what is coming in the near future. With all these blessed appointments I have to go to, the next couple of work weeks (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) will be hard to iron out plans for. Blog entries will be catch-as-catch-can and note taking for new projects just as slow. I’m going to promise myself that when these next two weeks are over, no doctor’s appointments for the foreseeable future. I must get back to that steady work schedule that was so beneficial to our writing production.

Lastly, Rebecca’s last post hit big with the views-per-day statistic, thanks to her reaching out to Schlow Centre Region Library by Twitter. I checked the stats that night and was happy to see a spike for the day of 36 views. I of course texted her immediately. To any of you who are here because you followed the link from Schlow and are still reading me: Welcome. I am glad to have you. And to the staff member that got the word out about the blog post: Thank you.

Well, I’m off to feed Kitty and then I’m off to the dentist. Take care, have a good day, and happy reading.