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I Need A Break

So, as usual, I prepared to download the pictures from my camera to select one for Cat Blogging and some others on how the roses are doing for my Mother. This is a normal Thursday evening activity. nothing out of the ordinary.

I got the camera and grabbed the cable off the hook. The camera cable is easy to spot because it has a ferrite coil built in.

I plugged the standard USB plug into the computer and the mini-plug into the camera and nothing happened. The camera should automatically power on and start charging when the cable is plugged in to a USB port and the computer should load the file transfer program and beep.

I have three USB ports on the front of the computer and none of them worked. OK, it’s a new computer and things die on new computers, so I decided to switch to the Win XP machine.

Both Win boxes are plugged into the same UPS so I powered down the Win 7 box and powered on the XP box. [Aside: Win boxes should come with the Carly Simon greatest hits album, because Anticipation is so appropriate for the boot cycle and the same could be said about You’re So Vain applied to Bill.]

When the XP decided to function I got the same non-response, so I decided that either the cable or the camera were broken, and nothing could be done until the morning.

I’m wrapping up the cable to put it aside and saw there were two cables, not one, and I had been plugging one into the computer and the other into the camera. I did this with a total of five USB ports on two different computers.

I need a break…

August 31, 2012   39 Comments

Hurricane Kirk – Day 4

Hurricane KirkPosition: 33.9N 49.5W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [015°] near 16 mph [26 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph [130 kph].
Wind Gusts: 95 mph [150 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 15 miles [ 30 km].
Minimum central pressure: 988 mb ↑.

Currently about 905 miles [1455 km] South-Southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

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Tropical Storm Leslie – Day 2

Tropical Storm LesliePosition: 17.4N 52.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [295°] near 21 mph [33 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [100 kph].
Wind Gusts: 80 mph [130 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 90 miles [150 km].
Minimum central pressure: 999 mb.

Currently about 595 miles [ 955 km] East of the Leeward Islands.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

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Friday Cat Blogging

Mini-Sox

Friday Cat Blogging

Nom…Nom…Nom

[Editor: This the first picture I’ve been able to get of this kitten who is about ten weeks old. It is the first tuxedo among the ferals in years. The marking pattern is shared with Sox, but was also the pattern of this kitten’s grandmother, Tonto, except that she was blue and white. The kitten is a ‘rocket’ and is rarely stationary. This is the first time it has showed up to eat while I was still in the area.]

Friday Ark

August 31, 2012   8 Comments