March 12th, 2007



Today's computer amusement... there's speculation that the two Daylight Saving Time patches Microsoft released (in November and last month) may have conflicted with each other in such a way that, on some Windows machines, the clock leaped ahead two hours on Saturday night. Some campus netadmins are scratching their heads trying to figure out the source of the discrepancy.

There's also speculation that some of the users may have set the clock ahead an hour manually, and then had the computer adjust another hour for Daylight Saving Time, but everyone insists that's not the case. And, just setting the clock back an hour gets it to settle down.


Meetings on campus go better with a cappuccino from the Gimme! truck behind Mann Library. I didn't think I had time, but since there was no line when I walked by, I stopped on the way from my parking space.

It's actually nice enough to walk to campus, but I took the car over to Pyramid Mall to deliver some DVDs to seity1 and have lunch with her, Lori, and Lynn. Mmm, bourbon chicken and green beans! Maybe I'll go for a walk down the path after I get back to the office, as long as it stays this sunny. There was talk of mostly cloudy for the afternoon, though.

The loaner car I picked up from Bill Cooke when I dropped mine off this morning is filthy, all the more obvious because it's a white car. It's also a station wagon! Can't imagine the last time I drove one of those. And it's an automatic. My left foot only hit the edge of the brake pedal once, trying to find the non-existent clutch. Luckily, I wasn't going that fast at the time, and caught myself before slamming it all the way down.