Monday, March 28, 2016

Post 3223 - Monday


The end of another, action-filled, rich-with-incident, Easter long weekend is behind us. I return to work tomorrow with renewed vigor. Yep. You know it.

Actually, I slept in again this morning, because I could. And, also because I could, when I got up, I prepared a breakfast for us of steak and eggs with hash browns and coffee.  Crazy filling. That meant that the huge turkey that was put in the oven after lunch time will serve as our dinner on Tuesday, when we get home from work.

After lunch, we wanted to watch an episode of Mr. Robot through my Plex media server, but it wouldn't load. Just sat there, spinning around and around. I came down here to check things out and nothing was loading on this computer. I don't know what caused the problem, but I spent the next two hours trying to get this damned computer to re-boot properly. I could get it to boot to Windows 7 with no problem, but I could only get it to back to Linux Mint via recovery mode. Even then, I ended up with a wonky screen resolution, which hours later I have only partially fixed.

Getting PMS to work again, nearly gave me a case of PMS, if you catch my drift. The library content I had wasn't available to me. I remembered an obscure page I had googled months before. It involved having to edit a Plex configuration file, and changing one value to another. Took me a while to find what that file was. I remembered what the value was, though. Once I saved that change, and restarted Plex, my content was there again. And I have saved that page to my HTPC folder on my bookmarks. Plex has been working fine ever since. We watched a couple episodes of season 2 of "Mozart in the Jungle" this evening.

I have been working with computers for the better part of 35 years now. As a couple people at my work point out to me over and over, I am not as smart as they are, but I am nonetheless not as stupid as they seem to think I am, either. I was able to figure out what the problem was, even though it took me a while to get there. Of course, they not only would know what the problem was before I did, but would have written an update to the operating system preventing that problem from occurring in the first place. Using only one finger on one hand to type it in, naturally.

My point is, while I was able to figure this out, there are an awful lot of people who would have screamed and hollered and just plain given up. Computers are not as easy to use as those other folks need them to be. They've come a long way, but have another long way to go.

But then again, what do I know?

See you tomorrow.


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