Sonntag, 30. Juli 2006


Und mal wieder was auf Deutsch zur Abwechslung.

Wie der Titel schon sagt, hab ich Kaufrausch und renne jeden Samstag in die Stadt zum Shoppen. Hab ziemlich viele neue Klamotten gekauft in letzter Zeit, z.B. Blusen für die Arbeit, also für's Büro, oder 2 Hosen, die ich allerdings gestern noch mal mit zurück in den Laden genommen hab, weil sie mir doch zu lang sind und ich sie kürzen lassen muss. Wo ich auch nie wiederstehen kann, ist bei Drogerien, also Müller oder dm, der allerdings in der Innenstadt keine Filiale hat dummerweise. Ist seit meiner Uni-Zeit meine Lieblingsdrogerie, weil die Sachen da einfach am billigsten sind und die Hausmarken (Balea etc.) auch gut sind. Äh ja, soviel zum heutigen Product Placement, hehe. Gestern war ich dann auch noch beim Friseur, hat aber nicht viel gebracht. Ich sollte im Stehen schlafen, damit die Haare auch mal länger als einen Tag okay aussehen.

Na, das war mal wieder ein spannender Beitrag, ne? Ich bin ja so tiefschürfend. Ich glaub, für tiefschürfende Sachen bräuchte ich ein Extra-Blog. Und mehr Zeit.

English summary: lately I can't stop myself from going shopping every Saturday. So I bought quite a lot of new clothes recently, and I can't walk past a drugstore without going in and buying something. Um, yes, very deep stuff from me, as usual ...

Montag, 24. Juli 2006

The news in short

Thursday/Friday: I was in Switzerland on a business trip with one of my co-workers/bosses. It was the city of Lucerne, a beautiful place full of rich English-speaking tourists. Our hotel was fabulous. The business thing went okay, as did the car drive.

Saturday: from 11 to 3 I went shopping. I want new glasses and found a nice model. I also found a comfortable and not too bad looking pair of shoes. In the evening I went to a concert by a Christian choir. A co-worker of mine, who plays in the band that accompanied the choir, had invited me. The music was really good although the whole thing was a bit too religious for my taste.

Sunday: computer, TV, heat.

Sonntag, 16. Juli 2006

Fixed ... I hope

My comp is up and running again. I got SP 1 and 2 now and AntiVir, a free antivirus software. And some other stuff. Still trying to re-build everything the way I had it before, which means downloading loads of desktop customization stuff, such as Rainlendar and skins and visual styles for XP. I’m so addicted to that stuff. Just can’t help myself, even though my sister claims that's what caused my problems. Pff. What I still need is a dock application, but ObjectDock is an 8 MB download, which is a lot if you’re on a dial-up modem so everything moves in slowmotion. Blah. Weekends are too short, that’s for sure. During the week, I always think of all the things I want to do on the weekends, but of course, when Sunday evening comes, I haven’t done any of them. Argh.

What else? I'll be going to Switzerland for a day, or a day and a half, on Thursday for a business thing, accompanying one of my bosses. I hope I won't have too much trouble with the accent cos Swiss German is pretty hard to understand. I remember when I was in London back in 1994 standing in front of Buckingham Palace, there were people talking next to me and a friend and at first I had no idea what language they were speaking until I suddenly realized it was Swiss German. Um, yes.

We've still got summer weather here, BTW. Very much so. I even wore a skirt to work last week, and shoes without socks. Spectacular, I know. : )

Nice week everyone!

Freitag, 7. Juli 2006


Um, yes, I'm glad the weekend is ahead of me. Great news, isn't it?

Germany's out of the world cup, but it's okay with me. Not that I wouldn't have wanted our team to win the cup, but the way they played was much better than I had expected, so I'm not complaining.

I ordered 2 CDs recently. One is Final Straw by Snow Patrol. I love their song Run from that album and listened to clips of other songs on it and decided to get it. I've only listened to it once, it sounds okay. Maybe it'll grow on me. In the booklet it says "Parents of the world, be patient with your children" or something like that, which made me smile. No lyrics in the booklet, though, which was a disappointment.
The other CD is the latest album from a Swedish singer called Patrik Isaksson. (The album is also called Patrik Isaksson.) It's his fourth. I've got the first 2, but it's hard to find his stuff at all in Germany. The 2 CDs I already have I got in Denmark. The CD arrived today and I can't wait to listen to it when I get home from work. He's got a wonderful melancholy (if that's an adjective)voice. If he sang in English, I'm sure he'd be successful outside of Scandinavia, but maybe he doesn't want that.

Anyway, nice weekend everyone!

P.S.: Had to change the template again, couldn't stand the other one. I like this one much better (for now, haha).

Montag, 3. Juli 2006

The never-ending story of my computer problems

Last Sunday (i.e., a week ago), I successfully re-installed Windows XP Home with my recovery CD and also installed some software I had on CD. 2 days ago, I went online to get as much of the software I’d had before, above all my beloved Opera browser. When I went to their website, I saw that it looked very different and new because version 9 had just come out a few days before. I also succeeded in theme-patching XP so I can use visual styles again, which is important for me because I like changing the look of my desktop. I also downloaded the latest version of AntiVir, a free German anti-virus software and ran it on Sunday morning. That’s where the trouble started. First of all, the virus-scan wouldn’t finish. A scan of the local hard drive normally takes about 45 minutes. This time, the search went on for more than 6 hours. I thought it was because the software actually unpacked all archives whereas it normally skips them. Anyway, at some point there was a virus warning. It kept popping up about 15 times and then it started again after a minute or so. Apparently the anti-virus software couldn’t handle or heal or delete that particular virus. I tried to go online to download an update for my anti-virus software, but the download wouldn’t start. So I shut down the computer and used my old laptop to go online to look up some info about the virus. Guess what, it’s a very nasty one. A backdoor hax or whatever. Gives 3rd parties access to my data. People in support forums say, a re-install of Windows is the best solution. Argh!!! Not again!! Other ways of getting rid of the Trojan thing were described as well, but they were way too complicated for me. They consisted of downloading several programms, running them and posting log files etc. I did download one thing called Haxfix.exe and that actually seemed to help cos the virus warning didn’t show up on the screen again. But the anti-virus software doesn’t seem to be working either and another attempt to download an update failed.

Is anybody still reading? I know this isn’t very interesting, but I just need to vent. I think part of the problem is that the recovery CD I installed from doesn’t have Service Pack 1, which I had on my computer before. This seems to make the system unstable. For instance, Ctrl+Alt+Del doesn’t make the task manager pop up on the screen now. But maybe that’s unrelated to the SP1 thing. I’ll try to get that service pack, but I think I’ll have to format the hard drive again anyway. I’m so sick of everything. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
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