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March 9th, 2008
10:51 pm


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This is why I love/hate movies
and computers.

I was just trying to configure my laptop to play streaming movies from NetFlix when it bluescreened and proceeded not to boot.

That's the best. Thanks, Microsoft Windows Media Player updates!

I wonder how much cruft on that machine I can recover. I was just poking around on that machine earlier today, and noticed that there was a moderate amount of stuff that could bear to be archived off the machine. Now I don't know if the drive is completely toast or just the boot sector.

In not-destroying-my-laptop news, I watched "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Others". Lots of "Huh, look at him in that movie" moments, including Jose Ferrer and Alec Guinness (I guess Emperor Shaddam IV and Ben Kenobi rode camels together when they were young) and Christopher Eccleston (whose name was much more familiar to me than his face was in "The Others").

Earlier this year, I was looking at my "must see movies" list, and challenged myself to try to see all the movies on that list that came out in my lifetime by the end of 2008. I'm a little behind on that, but I think I can catch up (hence the trying to stream movies from NetFlix). If you're at all interested in the list, it's here

Amores perros
The Green Mile
The Straight Story
The Insider
Todo sobre mi madre
Lola rennt
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
La Vita è Bella
The Sweet Hereafter
Trois couleurs: Rouge
Miller's Crossing
Do The Right Thing
Die xue shuang xiong
Hotaru no haka
Full Metal Jacket
The Untouchables
Jean de Florette
Once Upon a Time in America
The Killing Fields
Sophie's Choice
Das Boot
The Elephant Man
The Deer Hunter
All the President's Men
The Man Who Would Be King
The Conversation
American Graffiti
The Last Picture Show
The French Connection

I've seen a couple of these movies before, but they didn't make enough of an impression on me at the time, so I've resolved to watch them again.

Gr - I hate going to bed with a dead laptop. It won't be any more dead when I get up, I guess.

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Date:March 10th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)

Maybe it's only a coma....

We had one that survived what I refer to as an "attempted suicide" a few years back. After giving us a few beeps and the BSoD, It sat dormant for about 6 or so months. Purely by accident I fired it up one fine day, thinking I had grabbed a different one.
It ran beautifully for about a year and a half after that.
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Date:March 10th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Maybe it's only a coma....

I had been guessing it had something to do with heat, which would explain why it was working for a while and then died. This morning, I turned it on (or woke it from some vague hibernation netherworld) and at first, I got the "no bootable devices" error. I rebooted, and this time I got to Windows just fine.

Well, as fine as Windows ever is.

I tried copying a few folders off my desktop to a file server on the net, and Windows Explorer crashed. I repeated variations on this several times, with Explorer, one of the fundamental pieces of the Windows operating system, crashing consistently. Whee.

Eventually, I decided to try copying the files using the command line, hoping that would be more reliable, and I got another blue screen.

I mentioned this all to my neighbor, a relatively useful geeky friend to have, and he suggested looking for BIOS updates. Yeesh, I haven't updated the BIOS on anything for years. Maybe even a decade.
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Date:March 10th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
My latest shuffle of my NetFlix queue is to start bringing these moves to the front of my queue, mostly just sorting based on the year, so Green Mile is probably going to be one of the next movies I get from NetFlix.

I know I've seen The Untouchables, but I figure it's about time to see it again. Costner and Connery in a movie before I started making fun of either of them.

I don't know if I'll try to see them in reverse chronologic order, or if I shuffle them around - I definitely want to check them all off by the end of the year, though events may not cooperate; some may not actually be available on DVD.
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