WoB Talk

July 23, 2010

Unavoidable Delay

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 3:04 am

I am in Newfoundland at the moment.  As soon as I arrived, my computer went into extreme meltdown; I have thus been unable to complete Friday’s and Saturday’s comics.  A computer-savvy friend of mine says my computer is working again now, sort of; unfortunately, he has it at his house.  I have no idea when I am going to be able to post the comics.  I can’t even post a note on the website.  I apologise for the delay.  I hate computers.

Please watch this space for developments.



  1. I feel guilty for even posting this, so just remember that this is not a big deal. At all. Either fob it off on someone else or ignore it. Or both. That’s what I’d do. That being said, the alt text doesn’t automatically display when I visit the site with google chrome. So I have to right click and hit display element. So, like I said, not a big deal, or even a small deal, but if some computer literate person wants to fix it for you, let them. And good luck with getting things posted. Remember, we’re all rooting for you.

    Comment by erwaro — July 23, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

  2. Yes, I know, and I’m sorry about that, but I am NOT computer-literate, and I don’t have sixteen hours to fix it, which is how long it would take me. I realise someone else could fix it more quickly. I can’t. However, I’ll maybe eventually try to ask one of my friends for aid. I can’t do so now because my computer is a piece of crap and has self-destructed, and my computer-literate friends are helping me with THAT.

    Comment by Kari — July 23, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

  3. Watches this space… intensely

    Seriously, I hope you’re enjoying your time in Newfoundland! It sounds like you could use a break (it IS a break, right?)

    Comment by Stefan — July 25, 2010 @ 12:40 am

  4. It is technically a break, but the antics of my computer has turned it quite stressful. The damn thing is now booting up…and that is all. Once it is booted up, it just SITS there. I am way behind on the comic and on checking my e-mail. I managed to do the Photoshop editing on half a comic, and now it is trapped on a computer that will not work at all. I don’t even know if I’ll be able to save it, as I may have to take the computer into the shop without having a chance to rescue it. I. Hate. Computers.

    Comment by Kari — July 25, 2010 @ 10:58 am

  5. Is this a laptop or a PC? If it’s a laptop you can easily (on most laptop) take the hard drive out and buy a ~$20 external hard drive enclosure for it to rescue the data (slightly more complicated if it’s a PC), on the plus you will end up with the enclosure which you can use as, you know for backup.

    Comment by SunshineRain — July 26, 2010 @ 1:50 am

  6. Well, like I said, not a big deal at all. I certainly wouldn’t spend 16 hours on it. Just ignore it.

    That being said, I wonder when we’ll get computers that do what you want simply and easily? We could probably have it now, but the big focus has been on capacity, not being easy to deal with. Maybe we’ll tell our grandkids about what a pain in the ass computers used to be. And they’ll go “Uh-huh” and continue playing their computer games, which will have reached new heights of addictiveness.

    Comment by erwaro — July 26, 2010 @ 4:02 am

  7. SunshineRain: It’s a laptop, but it’s still under warranty, so I’m going to see what they say at the shop.

    Erwaro: Sorry…I was under a teeny bit of stress when I posted that reply. I really hate computers.

    I’m back now, but I got two hours of sleep last night, so I don’t have any idea when I’ll be able to finish last Friday’s comic. I hate computers so very, very much.

    Comment by Kari — July 26, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

  8. I’m sorry to hear about the computer problems. I’m always happy to see the new strips whenever they appear.

    Comment by C.A. — July 27, 2010 @ 5:22 am

  9. Same here!

    Oh, and I find it perfectly normal that you want a concertina (after looking up what it is, that is).

    Comment by Stefan — July 27, 2010 @ 11:23 am

  10. I’ve actually wanted a concertina for years, but a couple of days ago, I saw a guy playing one at a storytelling session, and it was just…so…excellent. Unfortunately, decent concertinas are really quite expensive. Ah well.

    Comment by Kari — July 27, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

  11. Wow, so much red text. I am curious, why did you have to use Linux to retrieve the files? There seem to be an abundant of pretty good free boot up disk on the net that would do the job quite easily (support across numerous format as well), such as Hiren’s BootCD and Ultimate Boot CD, just to name the famous two.

    Comment by SunshineRain — July 27, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

  12. I dunno…my friend seemed to think it was the best option, possibly because the computer WAS booting up in Windows; it just wasn’t DOING anything once it had. Personally, I have no idea what the hell I am doing. I’ll be taking the computer to the shop later today. It’s still under warranty, so I’m going to let bloody Future Shop deal with its own idiotically dysfunctional machine.

    Comment by Kari — July 27, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

  13. Well it’s something to consider if you find yourself in the same situation again (I get the feeling that the possibility is quite high), most computer tech use one or the other (or both). They have some excellent diagnosis software for both hardware and software problem, also some easy to use recovery software and even a “Mini-Windows XP” that you can run it off if the thing isn’t completely fried.

    Comment by SunshineRain — July 27, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

  14. Hope your computer problems get less frequent and less difficult. I’m totally with you in the hating of computers and definitely agree that Linux is not for the less than really computer-literate.

    Don’t worry about getting comics out late – we’ll read and enjoy them whenever you get them up.

    Comment by Mer — July 28, 2010 @ 2:34 am

  15. Happy anniversary! And many happy returns!

    Comment by Stefan — July 29, 2010 @ 3:42 am

  16. Happy Birthday! And Merry Christmas! Or something along those lines.

    Comment by erwaro — July 29, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

  17. Congratulations on getting to the 4th year

    Comment by Mer — July 30, 2010 @ 9:07 am

  18. Oh my, Baldwin is getting the “We need to talk” conversation.

    Would it help if I try to set all your essays on fire with my mind from this end of the world?

    Comment by SunshineRain — July 31, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

  19. Yes, it would help. It doesn’t work when I try it.

    Comment by Kari — July 31, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

  20. Use matches instead of your mind then 🙂

    Comment by Mer — August 2, 2010 @ 8:27 am

  21. Someone’s got the hots for Satan, can’t really blame them though, I heard he is quite the charming devil.

    Comment by SunshineRain — August 7, 2010 @ 2:06 am

  22. I love those Monday-Fridays! Or are they Friday-Mondays?

    Comment by Stefan — August 7, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

  23. Ooh I see Casey is showing an evil side….

    Comment by Ivy — August 9, 2010 @ 6:56 am

  24. It’s both!

    Comment by erwaro — August 9, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

  25. Don’t forget in this day and age, the choir for the battle music should also be accompany by an electric guitar. I am particular partial to “One Winged Angel” from the Final Fantasy VII (AC):

    The “Latin” starts at around 1:15.

    Comment by SunshineRain — August 13, 2010 @ 1:22 am

  26. Does it have to be nonsense that sounds like Latin, or can it be Latin nonsense? It’s actually a pretty good tactic to scramble your opponents by singing nonsense at them. At least, it works for me.

    Comment by erwaro — August 13, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

  27. It can be Latin nonsense as well. It doesn’t even matter what it is. If you open the first volume of the Cambridge Latin Course, you will find that the text on the first page is, “Caecilius est pater. Metella est mater. Quintus est filius. Clemens est servus. Grumio est coquus. Cerberus est canis.” Sing this over and over on a single note with equal emphasis on all syllables, and you’ve got your epic battle music.

    Comment by Kari — August 13, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

  28. Yes, that should work fine. I like the translation; exactly the sort of thing that will confuse people who know enough to translate. I find that it’s easier to outsmart people who are confused. I just wish that I could confuse my current opponent. The heat.

    Comment by erwaro — August 14, 2010 @ 1:26 am

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