I had a fairly long item I was about to post a few minutes ago, but sat back to think of the last couple of sentences when this silly computer decided to restart itself. I looked up just in time to see the screen saying "windows shutting down", even though I had not done anything to cause it to reboot. Lately this machine has been acting even more weird than usual anyway. I keep getting error messages ("delayed write errors"), many programs have quit working, and can't download anything without the browser (any browser) shutting down. It may be the harddrive failing or a software conflict of some sort. I'll probably have to do a complete re-install of the operating system (Windows XP) but have been putting it off because it involves so much work. I'd have to save what I can to another drive and re-install a lot of programs. The biggest worry I have is that it might not work at all afterwards. Which means I would be offline until I could buy a new harddrive or new computer--and I have become addicted to the internet and hate to be off for even a day.
Also I just cleaned up this blog a little after having added a few items to the template last week. Unfortunately some of them (like a message board) must have come with pop-up ads, so I removed them so visitors don't have to be annoyed by those stupid ads. THANKS to Ryan for pointing that out in a comment to the previous post. I'm using Firefox and it's pop-up blocker does a good job blocking ads so I hadn't really noticed them.
The post I lost when the computer restarted also had a brief review of 2005 (as it pertained to me) but I'm going to do that in a separate item 'cause I want to make sure this gets on in case this crazy machine acts up again.