Thursday, February 08, 2007

I'm blonde

People have been emailing me, asking me if I'm still around and why I haven't posted anything in a while. Quite honestly it's because I've been busy. It seems the days are never long enough. It's extremely frustrating to me to not to be able to get all the things I want done in a day. Part of the problem is that I have a big family and I expect everyone to pull their own weight. Everyone has a chore to do and when one person lags behind it throws the whole system off.

I had a really 'blonde' moment this week too. How I managed it I can't say, but this is what happened: I came home from work and as usual, changed my clothes, had a look around the house and turned on the computer. Everyday after work I fill in my lesson plans, and all the rest of the paperwork and computer work that need to be done.

As I was working Yusef came to me and said 'Adam was on your computer while you were at work. He knows your password.' I just looked at him, completely shocked. My computer is off limits to the kids. First, because it's got my work on it and I don't want it messed up. Second, it's because the kids get on the internet and click on anything and everything - downloading junk, spyware and viruses. Another thing they do is mess around with all my settings and that always pisses me off. So my computer is mine - to be messed with by no one.

I was angry and immediately changed the password. A nice complex one that contained numbers, suffixes and prefixes. Then what happened? I turned off the computer and blanked out - the password was lost. And I knew it was completely lost. It wasn't something I would remember again, ever. Yes, totally blonde - that's me!

I reinstalled Windows. Actually I feel better about it because it hadn't been done in ages and it was time for a fresh start. The only thing that bugged me is that I've been busy and it's just one more thing to add to my already long list of things to do. Now I'm thinking that maybe I should upgrade to the new Vista.

Today is the last day of the working week. I've got a full weekend ahead of me. Something planned for both days. I need a vacation. I spoke with one of my old students last week about arranging a trip out to his hometown, Ghadames.... maybe I should take the plunge and make the arrangements for real instead of just always talking about it. A break would do me good.


  1. I know what you mean, its like being buried alive with things to do. From time to time I throw my hands in the air and do nother. That never helps I might add!

    Before reformating you have thousands of saved things you think you can never live without. After reformating, yes it is like a fresh new start!
    The stuff I had saved and didn't really need is gone and I am glad of that in the long run! I always think this time I will be more tidy about how I save things but before long I have treasures hidden all over my computer!!

  2. Oh sista, why didn´t you get in touch with me?! I could have helped you retrieve your password in less than 5 minutes without you having to re-install Windows!?!
    All you needed was a small linux file, a floppy disk and restart your PC from the floppy to get any Windows password you want. Getting around a Windows password is like taking candy from a baby. You should learn it; it might come in handy one day LOL!

    Well, you know it next time!
    How are you gonna teach Adam to get his hands off your PC?

  3. yes just like Safia said in 5 minutes :D

    BTW did you make a fresh installation for XP SP2 or you still using SP1.
    Upgrading to Vista, you need to wait for awhile I think. since SL ( Second Life not environment not supporting with Vista) :P
    well enhance your security setting not allowed to startup from Floppy or CD Rom also BIOS passwords. and Change your passwords every 40 days and enforce password history to be enabled. that will keep you safe from Adam and other persons :)

    have a nice day

  4. I suggest you go for a Mac -- ait'll handle blogging, email, music, videos, music with more flair than a PC, and with no virus and spyware worries =


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