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: Start It Up
May 3, 2006

Yes, if you run the Windows operating system then you know that you click “Start” to shut the system off, makes a lot of sense as do it’s many quirks. This comic is not about that though, its just about smashing your computer to pieces, as I’m sure we’ve all wanted to do at times and Wally is ready and willing to step up to the plate and handle that for us.

I created this comic just to help vent the frustration I’ve had with my computer lately, part of it involving Windows and it’s ways. I’m back up and running though, and to the business of making comics. You can read more of that experience way down below if you choose.

Dear Polar Bears & Hippos, Don’t Let the Door Hit You On the Way Out

That might as well be what we are saying. They’ve both been added to the threatened species list due to climate change, unregulated hunting and other man-made dangers. The World Conservation Union has added 530 species to its “Red List” since two years ago. The polar bear population is thought to be reduced by 30% within the next 45 years. Here’s some more reading…

Polar Bears, Hippos Added To “Red List” – CNN
Updated List Adds More Threatened Species – Reuters
Polar Bears Sink Deeper Into Danger –
More Species Slide To Extinction – BBC News
Endangered Species List Expands to 16,000 – National Geographic

We’ll do a global warming update tomorrow.

Komix Korner

I figured I’d make another little section around here to feature some other fun webcomics I run into. Mainly I just wanted to mention Silent Kimbly today because it’s got a penguin in it for the win! Silent Kimbly is a very cute, wonderful and whimsical comic about a little girl, the fantastical world she lives in, and a play on words. It’s a single-panel comic, and each episode often features a familiar phrase or saying twisted into a bit different of a meaning.

My Computer Troubles

I had posted weeks ago about having some computer problems. Files corrupting, random program crashing and even random reboots. That made for good times, let me tell you. I had reloaded my system, formatted and reinstalled windows, a fresh clean copy always seems to run nice, but the problems were still there.

I noticed the system bios was not staying saved, maybe a bad battery, but actually resetting itself each reboot, as well as setting my clock back an hour from whatever the time. I decided a new motherboard and processor were in order, had been meaning to upgrade to something a bit faster anyway. I went to the local CompUSA and got a motherboard AMD processor combo. Then I find out my case’s power supply doesn’t have the separate processor power connector. My case is big, old and clunky with noisy fans anyway, so I went over to Best Buy and got a snazzy new case.

I love my new case, I wanted to bring it to bed with me last night and cuddle it like a dear little teddy. It has three fans yet is stealthily quite. It has rubber mountings for the hard drive, and my DVD drive slid and locked into place without using a single screw. I should have upgraded my case long ago.

The next problem was Windows XP not wanting to start, since it had new hardware it couldn’t deal with. So I did the Windows repair that basically reloads it on top of itself. Doing so basically invalidated Service Packs 1 and 2 so I had to start the long process of autoupdates and reboots. I couldn’t get the Service Pack 2 without Activating Windows though. You got to love that activation, once again copy protection just makes complications for those that are paying for stuff legitimately. So annoying.

The thing wouldn’t Activate though since I just Activated it on reloading Windows, but then tells me I got 3 days to Activate it before it shuts me down. Talk about making you want to get an illegal hacked version, not cool. So I click on Activate by phone, call Microsofts number and after going through a menu I have to speak into the phone a long list of numbers, not my 25 character Windows Product Key I just tried entering three times, but a new Install ID that is like 48 numbers long. After that it says I cannot Activate, I know this! Then it puts me on hold for a while till I get a real person, I think it was, they sure sounded like a robot. They have me repeat the stupid number again, ask me how many computers I have it loaded on, and then finally give me another activation number that also nears 50 digits.

At any rate, at least I am back up and running and my legally purchased OS is not threatening to shut me down since I had to replace a part. Thanks a lot Microsoft! 😡

To end on a good note, again, I love the new case, and the new processor is popping right along. Now to start saving up for a tablet PC because that’s what I’d really like… so um, buy books when I have them some day. 😉