Oy vey, routers and comms

After my purchase of the Belkin router I’ve had nothing but trouble. I never could get it to talk to the printer, so I decided to buy a USB cable that would stretch between the printer and the router or, if that didn’t work, the printer and the computer. I don’t do a whole lot of printing anyway, and wireless printing is something I can do without.

Then I thought it was time to download the Brother printer drivers for Windows 10, and that threw more spanners into the works. To top that off, the router dropped connections frequently, and when trying to establish a connection I’d get a “Network protocols missing from this computer” alarm. I got ticked off and turned the whole thing off overnight.

This morning I tried again and it was still unable to establish a network connection. I remembered that the router has a reset button, so I tried pushing that. Lo and behold, connection established. On to the printer again.

After about three hours of futzing around, the router failed again, and this time the reset button didn’t fix it. I gave up. I decided the damned router might or might not be the principal problem, but it wasn’t for me. So I disconnected all the cables, packaged it all back up, found the receipt and went back to Best Buy. Fortunately they gave me no argument; I’d have been willing to pay a reshelving fee if I had to, but I didn’t.

I tried plugging the old Netgear router back in and, for a wonder, it connected. The printer still doesn’t work properly, but I’ve got time to figure that out.

Man. I’m too old for this to be fun anymore.

Hardware woes

Bah. My Netgear 300 router crapped out on me at 4:00PM this afternoon. I ran down to Best Buy and got a Belkin N600 Dual Band router. I managed to get it talking to the cable modem, but it doesn’t talk to my printer. I went to the Brother site to download new Windows 10 drivers for this all-in-one machine but when I ran the install I was told the printer’s not on the network, thus the install can’t be completed. Now come on. I can see the cable plugged in to the printer and the router. Whaddya mean, not on the network?

Freakin’ electronics. I’m tired. I’ll fight with you tomorrow.

Song and Dance

Andrew Lloyd Webber has written so many huge productions that unless you live in or travel to New York or London you will never see them all. Song and Dance was one of the smaller ones. It only ran for 781 performances in London and 474 on Broadway.

It opened in London in 1982 with Marti Webb as the lead. The Broadway production opened in 1985 with Bernadette Peters.

Empty the house!

It feels like it, anyway. AARP was sponsoring what it called a “Shred Fest” today, open to all at one of the commercial document destruction plants on Oahu. Luckily for me, it was right at the bottom of my hill. That was scheduled between 8-12 this morning.

In an odd coincidence, the DEA scheduled one of its quarterly National Take Back Initiative Collection days for today between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Navy Exchange, among other places.

I spent yesterday afternoon gathering up all manner of financial info, including bills and account statements from as far back as 1990, which I stuffed into a 13-gallon kitchen trash bag. Then I started foraging for expired prescription and OTC drugs, a much smaller quantity of things which fit into a plastic grocery sack.

I went off about 9:30 this morning and got in line with a whole bunch of cars carrying shreddable material and waited. It didn’t take all that long, fortunately. After that I came home, made lunch, and took my much smaller bag of drugs over to the Exchange and dropped it off with the smiling DEA personnel, then went in to the store and bought my TP and paper plates and vitamins and mouthwash and twin razor blades.

I accomplished things today! Thank you, AARP and DEA!

Of course, the laundry went by the wayside till tomorrow, but that’s okay.

Memory loss is bad for countries too

Charlie Pierce:

The 2016 presidential campaign—and the success of Donald Trump on the Republican side—has been a triumph of how easily memory can lose the struggle against forgetting and, therefore, how easily society can lose the struggle against power. There is so much that we have forgotten in this country. We’ve forgotten, over and over again, how easily we can be stampeded into action that is contrary to the national interest and to our own individual self-interest.

[snip]

The first decade of the twenty-first century gave us a great deal to forget. It began with an extended mess of a presidential election that ended with the unprecedented interference of a politicized Supreme Court. It was marked early on by an unthinkable attack on the American mainland. At this point, we forgot everything we already knew. We knew from our long involvement in the Middle East where the sources of the rage were. We forgot. We knew from Vietnam the perils of involving the country in a land war in Asia. We forgot. We knew from Nuremberg and from Tokyo what were war crimes and what were not. We forgot that we had virtually invented the concept of a war crime. We forgot. In all cases, we forgot because we chose to forget. We chose to believe that forgetting gave us real power and that memory made us weak. We even forgot how well we knew that was a lie.

Go read the rest. Then rework your memory.

I rarely praise the NCAA, but…

today the organization seems to have earned it.

Headline: NCAA votes to oppose discrimination at its events

The organization’s Board of Governors, at its quarterly meeting in Indianapolis, adopted a new requirement for sites hosting or bidding on NCAA events in all divisions — from Final Fours to educational conferences.

Those host sites must “demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event,” the NCAA said.

[snip]

The NCAA in a statement announcing the new policy referenced “recent actions of legislatures in several states, which have passed laws allowing residents to refuse to provide services to some people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The IndyStar news site (the NCAA is headquartered in Indianapolis) points out that this may require clarification soon, since it doesn’t specify what actions might disqualify a site or what the site might do to get out from under the ban. Nonetheless, it’s a pretty strong statement (here it is in full) from an organization that absolutely hates controversy, and it should be commended for making it.

Leave the VA alone!

It used to be that when politicians wanted to curry favor with veterans they’d head for American Legion halls and VFW gatherings, or more recently rallies put on by Iraq and Afghanistan Vets or a dozen other organizations. This year, though, many Republicans have seized upon the Veterans Administration’s widely publicized difficulties providing health care and made it the latest target of their privatization dreams.

Over the last year, every major GOP candidate with the exception of Donald Trump has made a pilgrimage to gatherings put on by Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), a group that had barely formed during the 2012 primary cycle. Whereas candidates back in the day were under pressure from the old-line veterans’ groups to promise undying support for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its nationwide network of hospitals and clinics, the opposite has been true this season. Candidates at CVA rallies have been competing with each other to badmouth the VA and its allegedly shabby treatment of veterans. And all have pledged fealty to the CVA’s goal of moving as many vets as possible out of the VA into private care. Even Trump is calling for more “choice.”

I have been getting health care from the VA since November of 2012, and I’ve gotten an appointment and seen a doctor any time I wanted one. None of the vets I’ve met at the local clinic have complained at all about their care, even when Honolulu’s Vet Clinic was reputed to have the longest wait times before seeing a primary care doctor at 145 days in June of 2014. It dropped to 35 days by November of the same year. Why? Two more primary care docs were hired.

Privatization of the VA would destroy the best medical care system this country has. If you are a vet, know a vet, or think the Republican party’s privatizaton fetish is a horrible idea, pass the linked article along to any and every voter you know.

Too little too late, guys

Headline: Cruz and Kasich devise strategy to keep Trump from clinching three primary states

The campaigns of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. John Kasich released written statements within minutes of each other Sunday night calling for Kasich to effectively stop competing in Indiana and for Cruz to clear the way for Kasich in New Mexico and Oregon. They called on allied third-party groups to do the same.

Guys, this shows you can’t even run political campaigns sensibly. Once you recognized Trump as the biggest loudmouth and threat in the field, you should have gotten moving. As it is,

Trump currently leads the Republican race with 845 delegates, according to the latest Associated Press count. Cruz has 559, and Kasich is much further back, with 148. To win the nomination outright, a candidate must clinch 1,237 delegates.

If you keep him from getting to 1,237 but he’s within 100 or so, do you really think he’s going to quietly go away? The man doesn’t do quiet.

If the party tries to prevent his nomination on spurious grounds, it’s going to destroy itself entirely. Trump’s supporters are furious with the Republican elites as it is; that’s why they’re voting for him. He represents something other than the usual “cut taxes, spend on the military, pay lip service to the social and cultural wars” candidate the party has been putting forward for years. If the party deprives him of the nomination by twisting the rules around, it’s going to lose those voters forever, and the inside of the hall in Cleveland where the convention is to be held will turn into a figurative bloodbath.

Please do that.