OK, weird stuff going on. My work laptop has decided that wireless networks are fun things to have displaying as active in the systray, but not actually worth talking to the internet on. The spare work laptop can't be taken from the office.

My home PC is still doing that "cannot clear the ARPcache" thing that I never got around to fixing (work laptop was used, I was watching DVDs on it).

And, worse, I'm having issues getting to gmail and facebook from anywhere (except, weirdly, my mobile phone). So I'll be reformatting the hardrive of the desktop tonight, and I may or may not get back online, in the meantime, well, updates and comments will be random. Gah!
OK, not a quiz, more a WTF? um, help! Post.

I'm at home, sat typing this on my work laptop. IT's connected to the internet and going everywhere I want it to go.

My home PC/desktop? Connected tot he Wireless network fine. But can't find anywehre. I've tried pinging out, nothing. It's been like this since I got home on Sunday, but it normally will connect to something for a bit--I've tried both WiFi network dongles, DLd new drivers, rebooted and it's told me that the DNS is flushed (using the Zero Config 'repair' option).

I'm stuck, and it makes no sense--if neither could connect, fine, but it's not, it's just my home PC--TCP/IP settings are fine, nothing weird creeped in, and there's nothing in the hosts file.

This is beyond me, and I can't for the life of me figure out what to even Google for--suggestions/assistance? Danke.
Right, I've finished work and am about to leave the office, but my 'net connection last night was awful, it's been mostly OK since we got the new router but last night just, well, no.

Which makes looking at profiles and pics really hard work; hopefully I'll be ok tonight, it was fine this morning, but if it's bad, um, you'll just have to wait a bit.

Having said that, I had meant to edit the instructions for the meme to allow people to respond on my post with answers, and also to ask me for extra ones to write up there, but I gave up editing - I dislike being told what to post by a meme, and I dislike the idea that by commenting somewhere you're obliged to post something else, so, y'know, asking me stuff doesn't mean you then have to post, etc. I actually really enjoyed writing that up, it's not a bad little meme really, talking about stuff you're interested in that others want to know about. So if you don't want to actually do the meme, but want me to write more about interests and/or icons, ask away; I'm a bit lacking on the inspiration front for stuff to write anyway so, assuming I can get online, it'd be cool.
OK, just got in, and rather than do my usual friends list read then attempt to update, if I update first I might actually get an entry in tonight, n'est ce pas? Anyway, a meme from [livejournal.com profile] frightened that I've always liked the look of before anyway:
explain three icons and three interests. Comment and I'll demand explanations for yours.
She gave me:
Interests: "china miéville"; "george r. r. martin"; "steph swainston".

Icons: "Anarchist Fineas"; "Categories" (Captain Jack quote?); "Temptation".
And, well, I should've known someone would ask about dear old Fineas. Anyway, interests first. Curious that she choe the three authors, but not too hard to explain. China Miéville and the 'New Weird' )

Edit (before posting even), any idea how hard it is to write a post with lots of well researched links when your wireless craps out every five minutes? Yeah, this is fun. The above paragraph? 40 minutes it's taken me to get this far. The connection has been mostly fine for ages, but today? *kicks PC* Please to be imagining there are more links in the above (and below), because there was meant to be.
Steph Swainston and a book signing ). GRRM, board games and evil knights )
Now, those next two paragraphs? Half an hour. With many many kicks. I'm going to save a draft and reboot the machine. FFS.

Icons

Fineas von LandinghamFineas - Mad scientist anarchist with a taste for dropping bombs from blimps )

CategoriesOn the pointless nature of trying to define people by what they are, not who they are )

TemptationOn icon philosphy, and LJ sponsored communities )


[1]Thursday, June 7th with a mass signing at Waterstones Piccadilly (5:30pm - 7pm) with Steph Swainston, myself, John Lambshead, Andrew Dennis, Steve Savile, Eric Brown, David Devereux, Jon Courtenay Grimwood and Robert Holdstock. [livejournal.com profile] tyrell is also planning to be there, [livejournal.com profile] jantshira / [livejournal.com profile] faeriecween? I know you both like Steph, pretty sure you liked Jon as well but I forget.

[2] Who, let's face it, should be on everyone's friends list, just because, ok?  Plus, she looked damn hot in the outfit she wore to Sin City Friday night, which is an added bonus in a friend I always think. Don't believe me? Reflections and Opinion. Go read. Plus, did I mention the dinosaurs? Yeah, she plays with dino bones for a living.

ETA: TWO HOURS this post took to get online and edited for my little tags not being closed errors. Two hours. Gah!
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British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

Known to post items of interest on occasions. More likely to link to interesting stuff. Sometimes talks about stuff he's done. Occasionally posts recipes for good food. Planning to get married, at some point. Enjoying life in Yorkshire.

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