Tuesday, April 1, 2008

wired and tired

Due to a combination of factors we can only use one computer at a time in our house right now. Never mind that we have two laptops and three regular computers (do I speak the tech lingo or what?), we can only fire up the internet on one at a time. Something is weird with our router, for starters, so it's letting one of the regular computers think it's alpha dog on the laptops and stealing the wireless away from them, and then the power cord on Gumby's laptop is busted so he can't use his computer unless I let him use my power cord, because neither one of our batteries works but then I don't have a power cord myself, not that it matters since I can't get on-line. (You still with me? Quiz to follow).


To add to the intrigue, the wireless hogging only happens when Sasquatch is on the regular computer - not anyone else - and his computer geek friend who was here this weekend trying to figure it out is ready to jump out of a Window because he can't figure out why. (On the plus side it is kind of nice to see a teenager baffled by something an adult is trying to explain rather than the other way around).


The bottom line for me is that Sasquatch needs the computer for homework and he needs it now. I'm trying to get this written as fast as possible, but I've made a fatal mistake. I've told Gumby and Surfer Dude that I need about five uninterrupted minutes to get something written before I get booted off of my own computer. (Well, not booted exactly, but kicked off the wireless,which for blogging purposes is pretty much the same thing).


Since I've said that I've heard a condensed oral history of each of their school years, gotten asked a boatload of questions ranging from who Ponce de Leon is to why our sofa looks so ragged, stopped two people from juggling the same pencil into the air over the dog's head seventy three times, argued with Sasquatch about the unlikelihood of his snack dishes walking downstairs into the sink by themselves, watched a light saber fly over my head and into the window blinds and broken up three verbal arguments and one kickfight.


I give up. I'm not ignoring any of you (or your blogs)...I'm just outnumbered.

P.S. And now that I've gone through all of this and posted hours early and gotten my blood pressure up in the process...everything is working exactly the way it's supposed to. Can anything go the way you expect it to??

31 comments:

CrazyCath said...

Isn't that typical? I am so glad though that you managed to fox the teenager in his own "language". That is my mission in life - my teenager studies IT so thinks I know nothing - I love it when I actually do something on here without asking for his help! (I don't always confess I get help from elsewhere, and on the odd occasion, I manage by myself!)

It's bad when you can't get to your own toys. :0/

Jenn And The City said...

I have a whole theory about teenage boys and their belief that dishes are self-cleaning, and the magic that transports them back to the kitchen...but here we juggle plastic water bottles.

Good luck.

Rudee said...

Kiss of death RC--you asked to be left alone and that is the equivalent of the Q word in a hospital. In short, you brought it down on yourself. Next time, cut your tongue out before you ask for such things.

BTW, this homework assignment? Will this be the one he "accidently" leaves at home when it's due?

Kaycie said...

Never, ever ask for five minutes peace. Ask them to sit beside you, put your arm around their shoulders, then ask about their girlfriends. They'll disappear for hours.

my two cents said...

Technology, not all it is cracked up to be.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

crazycath - I live for the moments where my kids (or their friends) look at me as if I've lost my mind. Now they know how I feel constantly.

jenn - I'd like to hear that theory. I have a few of my own, but most of them aren't printable.

and welcome to both of you!!

rudee - you're totally right. I don't know what I was thinking. And the homework assignment? He's way more subtle than that. He'll leave the flash drive at home or send it to the wrong email address or...

the possibilities are endless.

kaycie - dammit! why didn't I think of that? Or I could have asked them to load the dishwasher or something. That would have bought me hours, too.

Corey~living and loving said...

ooooo nothing can send me over the edge faster than computer problems. ugh....I'll be thinking of you.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

I spent months last year setting up my wireless connection on a new Linksys router. I was fit to be tied after wasting weeks trying to get it going. I'm an old techie person too. I was in IT all my career and used to write software and support the stuff but I was bloody well baffled to the point where I would have shot my brains out through sheer frustration. I have it all working now as I changed routers and peace now reigns throughout the household again.

ped crossing said...

Am I the only one that thinks it is fishy that the problem only occurs when Sasquatch is manning the alpha computer? Hmmm.

Better luck while they are at school tomorrow!

Celeste said...

I think there is something about Sasquatch being on the main computer. I am certain young teenage boy tried this, but have you tried turning off, unplugging and rebooting everything (including the router). Sometimes, the act of unplugging causes some sort of reset. Otherwise, you might try doing a system restore to an earlier time (if you are using a PC; don't know how Macs work. Go to Start..All Programs...Accessories...System Tools...System Restore). That won't cause a loss of data, but might get rid of a weirdness if it was somehow downloaded. I would begin with the main computer since it seems to be the hog.

And, now, I have shared with you ALL of my "when the computers go crazy" tricks.

softinthehead said...

RC can relate, spent a frustrating few days a while ago trying to get my wireless up and running again, conversations with Mumbai (i'm sorry could you repeat that"..... "disconnect what - sorry please say again"), down on the floor bent up like a acrobat amongst the dust bunnies and dog hairs, a phone in each hand etc, etc, only to lose broadband and have to get dial up for a few days. The air was blue!!!

the mother of this lot said...

I didn't realise how dependant I was on the internet till it went off for a day a few weeks ago. I was liked a caged bear for the duration!

Perhaps I should get a life. What do you think?

The Rotten Correspondent said...

my two cents - no,it isn't.

corey - it's been working so far. fingers crossed.

MOB - it is something to do with the router. but I can barely spell router much less fix it.

ped - yeah, that thought had crossed my mind too. but it worked last night when he was on.hmm...

celeste - you're so smart. I just kick it and hope it starts working again. I'll try that the next time it goes phhtt.

softinthehead - my air has been blue too. it's the randomness that is killing me. some days it works, some days it doesn't.

mother of this lot - that makes two of us. I wonder if we could buy one and get one free??

Kaytabug said...

So this was rather comical. My laughter gradually died out once I realized I am getting a glimpse of my life in say 5 years. That's not right.

laurie said...

well, you can always compose the blog post offline and then cut and paste it into blogger whenever sasquatch gets his homework done.

but i prefer your method because it produces much better stories!

aims said...

Okay - and here I thought everyone else was having all the fun...but you win hands down!

Marti said...

I am going to assume your last question in red is rhetorical...it still makes me smile!

Glad to know things don't change much in your household. They don't really in mine either.

Hope all is well. Miss you!

Akelamalu said...

Ah I remember that mistake well, never tell them you need to be left alone it's a magnet!

Hope you get the computers sorted out soon. :)

Maggie May said...

Our router sometimes lets us down like that & sometimes is so slow that it would be possible to go to the shops & back between comments. Other times it gallops along.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

How impressive that you wrote that under pressure yet still managed not to misspell a single word or miss out a single comma. You rock, girl!
I get kicked off my computer all the time (we only have the one) and since this is still my dirty, little secret, I have to go with the flow.

Amy said...

Computers are fickle.

girl with the mask said...

FYI: Technology knows when you need it most, and abuses its position accordingly. Buggar.

G.I.M x

Jo Beaufoix said...

Nope, technology always wons. Sigh.

Lil Mouse said...

i had all the answers written in here and of course it died. so i sent you an email (with pictures) to hopefully help you solve the problem..

Potty Mummy said...

As a rule... no.

the planet of janet said...

computers... can't live with 'em, can't throw 'em through Windows.

Willowtree said...

Man, all this technical talk is really confusing me. So you have a combination computer and radio, and are doing some woodwork, right?

Nearlydawn said...

Ha! Fun in the RC household! That means fun for the rest of us!!

Eileen said...

My sweet girls have found all my hiding places for my laptop. Why, when they have their own? Mine is faster. I am in a constant battle for the computer....I tend to loose. Something wrong with this picture!
You get some rest and get rewired later.
Love ya!

Pamela said...

there were odd things going on in cyber space today. Like may April Fools ...

Sandy said...

Sorry your internet was whacked and glad that it's back! I just hate those frustrating kind of days.