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Die, balloon. Die.

I'm mostly a Mac user, though lately I'm more pleased than I expected to be with my Windows XP laptop. Because it's the main computer in my home office, I've had to learn to use it. And I suspect a lot of my Windows-reticence was due to me not being used to the OS. I'm also having a great experience with Dragon Naturally Speaking on it.

But one thing I HATED in my workflow was that 1. when waking computer up from standby, I've got to log in (which I don't think there's a workaround for) and 2. every single damn time, a balloon would appear in the lower righthand corner telling me my wireless network was unavailable.

Yes, I know. It's because I HAVE NOT TURNED IT ON. Because I use a ethernet connection in my office.

I didn't want to disable the wireless card. Every now and then I might take my laptop somewhere and want to be able to go online with the push of a single button. But there had to be a way to make that stupid damn balloon go away. Right?

Well, I right-clicked in the notification area and found a spot where I could choose which notifications to see, and which to hide. (This was after reading tips online.) I did it, and it seemed to work...until the damn balloon mysteriously reappeared. Much fiddling revealed that that "helpful" "tip" would not be gotten rid of so easily.

Finally, for probably the tenth time, I got fed up enough with the stupid balloon to do a new search, and I found soemthing that actually WORKED! (It is suspiciously like coding something...I had to do the "run" command and everything. Here's the link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307729 )

Maybe it will be useful to you if you hate balloons as much as I do. I hear some people hate them popping up when they insert a flash drive or an iPod.

And, by the way. You've got some unused icons on your desktop.

(FYI, my Mac and Linux never complain to me about this.)



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Aug. 24th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Lol. I really hate that bubble too (when it's telling me no wireless networks available). My laptop actually came with another Wi-Fi manager, so I disabled the Windows one and enabled Intel ProSet. That one just tells me once that there're no networks to connect to, then you can say, "don't remind me again" and it won't. :D
Aug. 24th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, and btw, I'm piqued and intrigued by the title "Tainted". I already can't wait for Bill's narrative~
Aug. 24th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Whee, I don't remember, did I post that title somewhere? Or did Changeling put it up? I just finished the first draft, but I found a part I could make a bit naughtier, so I'm working on that at the moment.

I worry that Bill's voice could get old. Or it might be like, "Geez, when I saw you through Michael's eyes I thought you were cool. But you're just a wreck." I guess it's good I'm switching viewpoints each story.

I'm supposed to come up with the title for #5 (December release) and I'm not even so sure what it's about.

I was just re-reading your private message to me about Vertigo for inspiration on the naughty part that I'm expanding :D
Aug. 24th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
You mentioned the title in your newsletter, which I follow like a hawk. Changeling doesn't seem to have it up yet. Do they have plans to bundle it up into a paperback at some point in te future? (No rush on answering this one. I'm hoping the series will go on for a looong time.)

'I worry that Bill's voice could get old. Or it might be like, "Geez, when I saw you through Michael's eyes I thought you were cool. But you're just a wreck." I guess it's good I'm switching viewpoints each story.'

Well... actuallyyyy, it was the other way around for me. I didn't fall for Bill (and his eccentricities) until his POV book. I thought he was kinda kooky in the first one. I mean, and I can't remember too accurately, but he was dancing alone (talking to empty rooms) and SKIPPING >_>

But in all honesty, I couldn't resist his character after book 2 and I wouldn't trade his kookiness for anything. And I don't care if he's a wreck. Vic was (is) a wreck and that never bothered me none!
Aug. 24th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
OH! Okay, that makes sense...my newsletter. I will need to check my contract, but I believe Changeling is just interested in doing ebooks with me. My thought was that I'd put the paperback out with JCP Books. Changeling would also like me to wrap up Channeling Morpheus as a 5-story series, but is talking with me about another 5-story followup series (for a total of 10 stories.)

If I released 5 and 5 in paperback, they'd each be short. If I did a 10-story combo, it'd be pretty fat. So I'm not sure which way I lean. Possibly toward a fat book that was the whole kit 'n kaboodle.

It's heartening that you dig Wild Bill from his POV, vulnerabilities and all. I never know for sure where the line between guy-with-well-hidden-vulnerability and chicks-with-dicks lies.

(Wild Bill tells me he'd totally do actual chicks with dicks if he weren't so retarded with lust for Michael.)
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