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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:15 PM
Number of posts: 6,151

About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

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And you couldn't give the rest of us - including the OP - credit for already knowing that?

At best it's talking down from someone who seems to consider him/herself on a loftier plane than us proles.

At worst, which is where I consider it to be, it's also a far less than courageous way of making a point. If you're in such need of discussing this further with a poster, why not simply msg him/her AND THEN YOU'LL ONLY BE INSULTING ONE PERSON INSTEAD OF EVERYONE! Don't worry, we all know where to find you should we ever desire your input. Do yourself a favor, though, and don't hold your breath waiting. No one person is so important that everyone HAS to hear everything they want to say, and if that were the case in the first place, that person WOULDN'T HAVE TO GO KICKING PEOPLE'S SHINS TO GET THEIR ATTENTION.

A great help with my previous problem re piggybacking friend's weak wi-fi signal

If you read the previous thread you know how I was tearing my hair out over this. In agony for a week at least; best scenario had my beloved Chrome browser dropping the connection every 15-20 minutes. Try shopping or researching with that!

Finally a primary truth returned to my fevered brain: When nothing else works, try changing browsers. So for now, while I guest from afar, it looks like FireFox will be my browser. I can return to my first love later. Meanwhile, I've been online with this weak signal for a couple hours now, and not one single disconnect.

I still hate the lousy signal booster I bought, though. With a strong signal that I was promised, none of this would have happened and I'd still be cuddled up with Chrome and not so far behind in all my reading etc.

Just rem ember to try changing browsers when nothing else works. Doesn't always help but this time it did. It's best to keep an extra browser downloaded and ready to install in case the primary choice fails. Do you really want to spend $ on an installation disc if they're even still available?

Internet Dog Conspiracy: Sunny is evil.

Much as I regret posting a new thread when I'm perhaps a month behind in my reading, here it is anyway.


I didn't think it belonged in the Pets group because of the political overtones. What a bunch of loonies when a sweet little dog can be so maligned by those who hate her human family. I, however, wish all the Obamas the very best, and I'm glad they got a second dog to keep Bo company. I know my Molly Maguire's even happier now that she has Brigid the JRT to pal around with all day. I'm home most of the time but can't give her the same level of attention as another dog. She needs both of us. I feel free to state that Bo probably feels the same. Think how we'd feel in a world where we were the only one of our species, at least in our family. It would stink.

I did that in Device Manager too

And the booster looks okay there now that the driver's installed.

Here's the text of the DU mail I was going to send you to keep my final embarrassment a little more private, until I decided to confess in public:
Your halo's still on straight.

But there's egg all over my face. Seems my usual appearance. Oh, I do indeed have wireless now, but it's through the phone company. Thought I'd unplugged all their stuff and yet I remained connected to the router.

The driver download link was very helpful and actually installed. Trouble is, when I open Devices and Printers in Windows, the network adapter is still incommunicado. Or rather Windows is, because the computer icon's the one with the yellow triangle. Running the troubleshooters numerous times convinced me the sole remaining problem lies with Windows' ability to communicate to the signal booster. Obviously it knows of its existence or the booster icon wouldn't show up in Devices and Printers, where the computer icon hangs onto its little yellow triangle like a drowning person.

All this has been very trying for me, partly because I addressed it as a distraction from certain other life challenges. Smart, huh? Seemed like a good idea at the time. Now I've lost the damned packing slip and couldn't send the signal booster back if I tried, but I'm still going to give it a horrible review. It's listed as compatible with Win7 but I have to wonder. And those two worthless 'installation' discs aren't even fit for frisbees. I should've listened to all the people who complained instead of the ones who bragged about picking up signals over a mile away.

Here's the weirdest thing of all, though. When I THOUGHT Windows and the signal booster were finally well acquainted and I moved my computer over to the window to give the booster a real workout with the phone company modem absolutely disconnected, I kept checking for new internet connections every time I moved the booster (not the computer) just a little different. During all this I picked up a variety of signals, all weak but one new one unsecured, and that changed every time I moved the signal booster. With the computer remaining stationery. If the only working signal was from the one inside the computer, why did the almost-available connections change every time and only when I moved the external booster? Beats me.

But I still intend to shed myself of the phone company one way or the other, if I have to start schlepping down to the library where they do offer free wi-fi even though on their wired computers you can't have email. Go figure. It's only 3 blocks away, the walk's not too bad in decent weather. I'd just hate having to keep their hours and also needing to leave my dogs indoors because of the nasty neighbor who loves to call in noise complaints on anybody's dogs that let out one little peep. Three times I caught him leaning over the fence and waving his arms and yelling at my chows to stir them up so he could run inside and call in a noise complaint. You can imagine what a town hall meeting we had that month! But I still have to be able to verify that my dogs are innocent of his complaints. Well, at least during the winter the pom-mini beagle and the JRT I have now will want to be indoors more, I guess. Maybe by next spring my troubles will be over.

Thanks again. It must try your patience to deal with the tech goofs. When I used to give horseback riding lessons, I swear some of those people would've wound up seated backwards if I didn't grab hold of them. And I was getting paid!

Face it, you're a hero!

As of now, I'm definitely entirely wireless at last, wireless at last!

I did all you said, then disconnected the phone company's equipment, restarted the computer, and hooray! A signal! (btw, I've already installed a VPN from Chrome, because that's my favorite browser)

Funny thing is, the signal I picked up only shows 2 bars, but I think it's an open signal from a guy who lives over a mile from me - judging from the network name - and it still works fine if a bit slow. But of course I'm ghosting at this moment and don't intend to continue. When I sign on again, I'll input the proper network name where I have permission to coast awhile. But I couldn't wait another second to come tell you thanks from the bottom of my heart.

If you had any karmic debt, I'm sure it's all cleared up and paid forward! I'll do my best to pay it forward by helping others any way I can. My karmic debt could never be entirely wiped out no matter what, but I'll try, I'll try. The next teabilly that hassles me will wonder whatever happened to the old girl, she used to be so much fun to fight with.

I'll try. Meanwhile, here's my update:

UPDATE: When I checked things over this morning, Devices and Printers tells me the wireless lan (802.11, I think) now has the latest driver. So that's no longer the problem. But when I click on the computer icon in Devices and Drivers and then click on the wireless lan in the dropdown box, it says this device doesn't work, error 10 whatever that is. Hope it doesn't mean I bought a turkey.

Close but no cigar - yet (Helllllp!)

UPDATE: When I checked things over this morning, Devices and Printers tells me the wireless lan (802.11, I think) now has the latest driver. So that's no longer the problem. But when I click on the computer icon in Devices and Drivers and then click on the wireless lan in the dropdown box, it says this device doesn't work, error 10 whatever that is. Hope it doesn't mean I bought a turkey.

A friend offered to save me a good bit of $ by letting me piggyback on his wireless. He lives just across the alley from me and his reputable employer, who keeps an open system for some unfathomable reason, is just across the street from him. I know he has a powerful signal. So I bought a highly touted external usb signal booster with 2 antennas and plugged it in, thinking I was ready to go.

When pigs fly. Thankfully the Signal King booster requires no external power source and it appeared on my hard drive the instant I plugged it in. Then the trouble started - the two mini-installation disks don't work, and further research showed they don't offer a driver anyway. After searching for a suitable driver for my Win7 OS what seemed like forever, I finally found an updated one and downloaded it. Ran the Win wizard and did everything possible, including an attempt at manual discovery, but do you think Windows has YET recognized and absorbed it to usefulness? Again - all together now - when pigs fly.

By the time I finally threw in the towel last night, my eyes were crossed from exhaustion and stress. I even got desperate enough to try dropping a copy of the driver onto the wireless lan icon, which of course didn't work. I don't want to return the booster because according to supposedly independent reviews on Amazon, it's fantastic when installed properly, which everyone seems to have trouble doing. Also, by the time I did return it and got something else to try, which also might present problems, my present internet account would have rolled over into the next billing month, and I'm trying to beat that deadline. The phone company doesn't prorate.

If anyone can tell me how to make Win7 (32-bit) swallow that driver deep enough for the signal booster to accept it, I'd be eternally grateful. Don't know what else to say. There's one computer guy in this remote little town where I retired, and frankly, I think he knows less than I. I can't help anyone in this group with computer questions, because believe me I'm nowhere near that level of expertise. If you want to know how to train horses or dogs or decorate on a dime, I'm your contact. Otherwise, don't take my tech advice about anything. Best I can do is to promise to make a donation to your favorite charity - as soon as I get out from under the phone company's thumb.

Here's the link to the Amazon page where I bought it:


Just in case that inspires anyone.

Damn shame such a question NEEDS asking on a dedicated progressive website

But we're neck-deep in trolls, so I guess it bears asking.


Just scored a DVD of the COMPLETE & ORIGINAL Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis'

Already had one of the many abbreviated versions but not until recently has the entire movie been available. Don't know how many of you like silent films, but I do and collect copies of the rarest when I can. It's impossible to fully appreciate modern work w/o knowing the background on which it's based. Most enduring cinematic technique originated in the silent film era. Today it might be louder and slicker, but it stands on grand shoulders. As something of an armchair sociologist and historian, I enjoy learning not only what people in different ages were like, but how they wanted to be perceived - which tells a lot about what they were really like.

Many of my favorite books were written before 1925 also. In the 8 short years I've been retired in this tiny MidWest town, it's amazing how many books a hundred years old and older that I've found in yard sales and even at library sales. Well, this is one of the oldest settlements in the Louisiana Purchase, and most people born here tend to stay put until they die, at which time the kids start getting rid of their grandparents' supposed junk.

Anyway, I digress as usual.... Some of my favorite silent films include DW Griffith's 'Intolerance', and 'Wings' and 'Jericho' (Paul Robeson). I've got most of the latter's talkies, too.

The one that eludes me is the original b&w version of 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley'. If anyone knows where/when I can pick up a fairly priced copy, I'd appreciate the notice. Never got to see it, but I understand it even has footage of Michael Collins.

You betcha.

Out of loyalty to past dogs, I almost hate to say this - but Brigid might be the smartest of the lot. Certainly none braver, not even the rotts and dobies and chows. I was so proud of her when firecracker season started. We stood in the yard and every time someone shot off a bottle rocket or anything else noisy, no matter how far away and clearly not headed toward us, Brigid rushed the fence in a protective fury. Poor little Molly wedged herself between my feet and just shook. Brigid was clearly afraid on some level but it didn't stop her in the least. It was the only time I ever saw her in earnest vicious mode. She's run the fence barking warning before, but her response to fireworks was pure attack.

When I think of the people who abused and starved her the first 3 months of her life, besides other anger issues I remain amazed that they denied themselves such a priceless treasure. She's not a careless barker either; when I go out and tell her not to bark at somebody, she generally stops and remembers. It would probably be different even if those designated persons tried to come in the yard, though. Certainly in the house! I thought after my beloved chows died I'd never dare sleep with an open window again, regardless of how low-crime this area is. But now I do again, because all I need is an alert, and both dogs sleep together in a big spindle baby bed right next to me. Ain't nobody gettin' to mama!
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