So giggles succumbed to the Ubuntu craze, back when theantix first discovered it and spread the news to his friends. That's right, /me blames the "early adopter" antix. I forget what-all versions we've been through, but I'm pretty sure it has Bamboozling Bear on it once. I think I missed Crikey Critter, and went directly (through a completely new installation) to Donnie Darko, which was kinda sorta stable.
Along about this time we got DSL, which was an adventure. By holding my mouth right, I got Dipsy Dumbo to talk to the router, but, as is often the case, I didn't know just what I'd done that worked. So I left it on all the time because it didn't boot up with network connection intact. As toxicfur will attest, I pretty much only cuss at computers, and this setup was the occasion of rather a lot of that.
I totally failed it, upgrading that, so skipped another version we'll call Egregious Elephant (long-term-support). I eventually downgraded by reinstalling DD. From time to time I played with the network, and, through the miracle of upgrades, it was able to stably stay on the air, either through the ethernet, or on the wireless, or both.
So last spring, in one of my weaker moments, i upgraded it again to Flockof Flamingoes. Wireless never worked on that version, but by then it was only a month or two prior to the release of the next version, and some poking around on forums indicated that [a] wireless would be muuuuch better, and [b] oh by the way that crashing problem? fixed.
Recently, like late last month, I upgraded again to Gargling Gargoyle. Wireless didn't work, and neither was the crashing problem fixed. Mean time between crashes was something like two days.
Since the crash would take it down hard, to the blinking keyboard LED state, I began to be convinced it was some kind of hardware problem. Memory tests passed, so, like, shrug.
Along came a deal too good to pass up: merging phone, internet, and tv on fiber optic into the house, from our friendly [well, except for the public-contact folks in sales and service, and their web 0.3 website which actually loses orders without a trace] neighborhood phone company, Nifty Neologism.
Totally new in-house network, new router, new DHCP addresses, etc. I wasn't really expecting Giggles to be able to play along, especially as we made the rational choice of putting the router beside Fray (an iMac desktop with snazzy intel processors, flat screen, etc), so she can get info up and down faster.
There were, however, some glimmers of connectivity, followed, after the fashion of networks, by (a reboot and) spontaneous wireless workage. Complete with the router recognizing giggles' name. Woh. And it wasn't even hooked into the neighbors' open wireless network.
Here's the odd part: (if you're still reading) The crashing problem is fixed. Aguably, as part of the same miracle that made wireless comm stable. The only thing I can figure is that there's something very flaky in the "i can't find a wireless network i can hook up to" logic in Fucking Ferret and Goofy Gerbil, which (at least in the latter case) isn't used if there in fact is a stable wireless network available.
13:18:07 up 8 days, 1 min, 3 users, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
In NaNoNeWs, I'm more or less on schedule (as of last night), and the tale is at least peripherally interesting. The plot is somewhat loosely based on my last two WFC stories, only now I have enough room to wallow around in, and explain stuff. The one reader (toxicfur) seems to like it, but I think she's prejudiced.
And happy giving-of-thanks-day-off, to all my 'Merkin readers.
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