Work is being a pain.

I got the word yesterday. We’re going to be re-doing the salary schedules, since the state post-secondary board is revising the salary schedules. This is for the 2008 fiscal year. Which starts September 1, 2007. The state post-secondary board is making sure the raises that the legislature authorized are actually 7% across the board. In the past, the state post-secondary board played with the salary schedule numbers to make sure that the different grades and steps stayed basically in line and not too far apart. But that resulted in wonky numbers for some grades and steps that didn’t actually equal the percentage raises that the legislature had authorized. Oops. As I found out the year before last. So now the 12 salary schedules with 48 grades and 1248 steps that payroll entered last week are invalid.

I’m a cranky geekgirl tonight. This affects contracts and lots of stuff. Timing is everything. These salary schedules are published the beginning of June. Its a week into August, and three weeks from taking effect. The weather is affecting everyone’s brains. What brains they claim to have, at any rate.

Moar brainzzzzzz!

Still no word on the computer yet

Its in production, though, according to the Dell web site. The estimated ship date is still the first of August. I want my computer! Now!

If I hold my breath and stomp my feet, will it get here any sooner? Noooo. 😦 Oh well. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that it will be finished being put together and shipped sooner than their estimated date. It can’t hurt, at any rate.

Laptop update

Its dead, Jim.

And there are some interesting things that have come to light. With it not being under warranty, and the HP tech not able to do anything other than say send it in for more money, I had someone look at the guts of the machine to see if any of the cards had just wiggled loose. Nope, the RAM was firmly in its place. But wait, that’s a 256 M of RAM. How the hell was XP running on 256? I thought I had at least 512, if not a full gig of ram whenI purchased the laptop? I did know enough about the machine requirements of the software that I wouldn’t have purchased a laptop with that little RAM.

And the hard drive. When he pulled the drive out of he case, it said it was a 60 gig drive. I could have sworn we purchased an 80 gig hard drive, not a 60 gig drive. I knew that I was going to be using the laptop for my business stuff, with the website and pictures. I’ve got some major cognitive dissonance with my perception of my laptop and what was on it when we got into it. I’m going to be doing some digging to find out what I actually purchased. If what I actually purchased was not what was in it when it was returned from the service call, I’m not going to be a happy camper.

stupid machines

If it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all.

At least that’s the way it feels right now. I obviously have not been sacrificing properly to the computer gods. I got my laptop back from HP and had it for a week. Then it died again. I now have vertical green lines that run up and down in a square in the center of my laptop screen. It doesn’t boot at all. I don’t get either the HP screen or the logon screen. And Hp wants to have it sent off for service again, to the tune of another $400. That’s on top of the 325 that it cost for the previous trip.


At this point, its probably time to look at a new laptop. Yes, the 325 is sunk, but to add another 400 on top of it to a 2.5 year old computer is probably not the wisest idea. I just didn’t want to get a computer with vista on it. I’ll have to blow away that and re install xp over it. At least I only lost a week’s worth of emails. Everything else is backed up.

Problems in the motorcycle world

Yup, there are problems. I’m home today, recovering. DH took me out yesterday for my second lesson in driving a motorcycle. The first had been about a year ago. Its a medium-big bike, 750 cc. And I have a hard time with my hands on the handgrips reaching the hand brake. I had the bike in 1st gear, and hit the gas when I didn’t mean to. We impacted a guard rail in a local parking lot. The bike hit, and then I hit the guard rail. At least I wasn’t going very fast. The bike was only in 1st gear. After checking on me, DH got the bike away from the guard rail and the fender pulled out away from the fron tire. The front forks are messed up, the headlight is askew, and there are 2 really cool impact marks in the front of the hack. 😦 We went back to the house to leave the bike and get my car, then on to the emergency room to make sure nothing on me was seriously damaged.

The emergency room trip only took an hour and a half! I was shocked that they were able to see me that quickly. Nothing broken, just some lovely, lovely bruises that are going to turn spectacular colors. My right knee has a great goose egg on it. My left calf has 2 scrapes and some very good bruising, and the leftside of my ribcage is also very bruised and tender. They gave me prescriptions for some anti-inflammatories and pain meds. Then the search for a pharmacy that stayed open past 6PM on a Sunday night. Nothing on this side of town was open. It took some doing to find a pharmacy that stayed open on Sunday nghts.

DH called the insurance company for the mortorcycle today. I answered some questions for the adjuster and he’s going to look at the bike in the next day or so. There’s local motorcycle safety class that is offered that I’m going to look into. They teach it on smaller bikes. I need to get my hands co-ordinated before I even try to get on DH’s bike again.

Can you smell something burning?

Its my hard drive at work. Yesterday it crashed and burned. Its less than a year old. And there’s no backup for it. I lost about a year’s worth of programming. And its my fault for not moving those scripts to the network drive with the backups.


There’s problems with the file to send to the state of W2 information. The HR system that we have didn’t format the files like they should have. I had a good start on a fix, and its gone. It wasn’t a good day. It isn’t going to be a good week or next month.

I’m going to investigate some local data recovery options, but I’m not particularly hopeful. So I’m one stressed geekgirl tonight.

I’ve learned one very important lesson, though. I’ll be keeping all my code on the network drive from now on.