February 24th, 2010

Morning Math

(weight:chocolate = 0 net gain) X ~stress = 10lb net gain, where ~ = increase

I know that equation doesn't work, but that's what happened. I had my weight to chocolate ratio balanced until my stress level got to high, then it all went to hell in a handbasket.

Math isn't my thing, so if any of you math folks want to try and write the equation correctly, go for it.

Holy Crap-oley, Batman!

Work computer got hit with some bad malware yesterday.  Luckily, I'm the suspicious type on random internet requests, like ebay suddenly wanting LOTS of banking information, social security number, and mother's maiden name.  I didn't play and a good thing too!

This morning my computer connected to the internet.  I left to go to a meeting.  When I came back, I had no internet connection.  Thank goodness Matt, the computer guy,  was across the hall talking to another computer guy (They congregate, what can I say).  Matt jumped right on it and determined that I had no IP address. 

Through much computer geekery, running a malware scan (Located 4 objects, only one of which was bad) and talking to the university's IT department, he discovered that my computer had started spewing garbage last night causing LSU to isolate it from the network by deleting my IP address.

Yay, we fixed it!

No.  We didn't.

Matt waited for about an hour for my IP address to be restored.  When it wasn't, he called IT and was told - - get a new hard drive.  Apparently, the one bad object had overwritten the master boot record (He used some other verbiage, which I didn't understand, but MBR I understood).  IT also said Matt would have to do an 8 pass (?) to clean the hard drive (I know that is some supper-dupper deleting process, but don't really understand it).  I think after that anything on it is supposed to stay dead - no extra lives for you!

The good news is, I'll be able to salvage all my data off the hard drive.  I had a minor freak-out moment over that because I have registration in two weeks and I can't switch everything from Office 2003 to Office 2007 without something getting totally screwed up.

Yay, we fixed it!

Boo, I have to convert to Office 2007.