Archive for December, 2008

“The Dwelling” a review

Posted in Rants, Reviews, Taz on December 29, 2008 by tazspaz

I’ve mulled this over for some time.  I’m even putting this post on a “delayed” entry status so that it posts in the afternoon after I have had a chance to decide if I want it to post or not.

I usually don’t do “book reviews” as it were here on this site.  I share insights with friends about authors, content, etc.

This time, however, I feel drawn to write a review of this particular book I have recently read. 

“The Dwelling” by Susie Moloney is a great book.  A haunted house/horror fiction read that kept me turning pages until it was complete.  I must admit that it has been a long time since a book has had such an affect on me.  I started reading Steven King when I was in the 3rd grade (Ricahrd Bachman too!;) ) and this was the only other author that has ever been able to give me nightmares.  Those happened when I was a kid!!

Now I’m a bit older *ahem*.  However, this was the first time, when I finally went to sleep, since 3rd grade, I had nightmares.  IT WAS GREAT!!

I know sounds twisted right?

I’m one who likes to get into my reading.  I like when an author can draw you in and just when you think that you can find a point to stop because the read is “ebbing” out of you you’re inexorably drawn back in.  If a fiction book can make me think “outside of the box” we put reality in;  I greatly enjoy it.  If a horror book makes me check the closet before going to bed, or look for “Chucky” under my bed, it was a great read.  However, if a book can induce me to dream in it’s context … I don’t dream; there was a period in life of nightmares of remembered past … but I haven’t “dreamed” since I was a kid … that book is stunning and a world apart.

“The Dwelling” by Susie Moloney is one such book that is a world apart.  I personally was drawn in by the first family’s experience moving into 362 Belisle street and how the realtor is interwoven throughout the whole story.  The second part where divorcee Barbra and Peter (he prefers being called Peter and not Petey you know) is riveting and in the end somehow touching; albeit in a disturbing way for most.  The third person to move in is Mr. Bramley and he is hit full force with his past and present circumstances.  Of course there is also the realtor and the house; let us not forget their tales.

After reading “The Dwelling” I have asked that my local library place a hold on Susie Moloney’s other two books she has written:  “A Dry Spell” and “Bastion Falls”

I eagerly hope that each of the other books she has written entice me such as “The Dwelling” has done.

I’ve been looking for yet another good author to read!  😉

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Cardiologist Funeral

Posted in Jokes, Taz with tags , , , on December 28, 2008 by tazspaz

A Cardiologist died and was given an elaborate funeral.A huge heart covered in flowers stood behind the casket during the
service.

Following the eulogy, the heart opened, and the casket rolled inside.

The heart then closed, sealing the doctor in the beautiful heart forever.

At that point, one of the mourners burst into laughter. When all eyes
stared at him, he said, ‘I’m sorry, I was just thinking of my own
funeral……..I’m a Gynecologist.’

The Proctologist fainted.

Welfare Check

Posted in Jokes, Taz with tags , , on December 28, 2008 by tazspaz

Guy walked into the local welfare office to pick up his check.  He
marched straight up to the counter and said, “Hi. You know, I just
HATE drawing welfare.  I’d really rather have a job.”

The social worker behind the counter said, “Your timing is excellent.
We just got a job opening from a very wealthy old man who wants a
chauffeur and bodyguard for his beautiful daughter.  You’ll have to
drive around in his Mercedes, and he’ll supply all of your clothes.
Because of the long hours, meals will be provided.  You’ll be expected
to escort the daughter on her overseas holiday trips and you will have
to satisfy her sexual urges.  You’ll be provided a two-bedroom
apartment above the garage.  The salary is $200,000 a year.”

The guy, wide-eyed, said, “You’re bullshittin’ me!”

The social worker said, “Yeah, well . . . you started it.”

DIRECTV – The Saga Continues …

Posted in Rants, Taz with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2008 by tazspaz

Well it’s with regret that I’m writing this post.  I once adored DIRECTV and told all my friends how great it was.  Over the past couple years I heard horror stories about people in dealing with DIRECTV.  I use to tell them that it must just be them and usually felt it must have been something they did wrong.  The vendor just did what they had to do.

Now enter my issues with DIRECTV.

Come July of 2008 my complex found cabling wrapped in coils around the side of my townhome.  I called DIRECTV and let them know to which they stated it was an incorrect setup and they would comeout and fix it.  I confirmed that this would be at no charge and they verified that.  I asked about mounting the dish to a tripod instead of the side of the building as the property owner was changing policy procedures and was informed that I’d have to pay for the tripod.  That was completely fine as I’d already negotiatied with the property owner that I just needed to show the receipt and it would be taken off my rent due.  So the repair tech (contractor for DIRECTV) came out and agreed that the last person did a horrible job, I paid for the tripod, his phone died while on the line with DIRECTV support and I let him use my cell to call back in at which he used on speaker phone while he talked because it was “hard to hear” and hold my phone.  At this point he verified I was not to be charged for the service call.

August 2008, I get a bill that includes a charge for the service call AND a late fee because I was to “pay at the time of service”.  I called DIRECTV and tried to talk with them about what the heck happened.  I was informed that since I did not have their “protection” plan that I was liable for the service call.  I even had them go back and I gave them the service tech’s name, employee number, and call back that had come out on the call.  To this they still informed me I was liable.  I told them to cancel my account and to send me my final bill.  2 weeks later they directly debit my account from my checking account saying it was valid to do because I had used that debit card 2 times to pay my bill.  Not valid at all in my mind.  They over drew my checking in a huge way.  I called to complain, I went to my bank, both to no avail.  Then as I explained that even the amount they charged me was way to much they had to “investigate” that claim.  This took them all through October and the first part of Novemeber.  They finally agreed they owe me money.  Although much less than they owed me I agreed and said they just needed to send me the check.  Here is where I get livid … “Sir, you should expect to see payment in 6-8 weeks.”  What the heck?!?!  REALLY?!?

So here I sit six weeks later.  Still getting $0 bills saying that they owe me money (3rd month now) and still no repayment from DIRCTV.

For all those I use to shun, I’m sorry.  For those of you that have DIRECTV, I caution you to watch them very carefully.  For those of you that are friends of mine having trouble with them, I advise you get a lawyer.  They are not helpful at all.  Even when they are at fault.

Quick to draw large amounts from your account, customer service seriously lacking (unless you want to be a new customer), and if they owe you … good luck on ever seeing a resolution.

NOTE:  I was a DIRECTV customer for 6 years, took a 3 year break while moving around and used cable, then back to DIRECTV for 1 more year.  This final experiance with them will ensure I never go back.  Please note, as I stated I never had any issues with them until this date.  However, the manner in which all the calls I have place on this issue have been managed gives me enough reason never to work with this vendor again.

Again, some of you may end up looking at this the way I did when others complained, I may just be a sorry luny.  Then again, there are others of you out there that KNOW what I’m talking about.

Always remember, these posts are about MY experiances.  This does not reflect on how YOU may experiance service with the mentioned vendor.  As they say YMMV!

Urgent Microsoft Update!!

Posted in Taz, Technical with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2008 by tazspaz

Dear readers:

It is once again time for an “out of cycle” patch from Microsoft.  Please, make sure you read the Microsoft Security Bulletin 08-078 and apply accordingly.  It is located here:  http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-078.mspx

Follow the directions there for your specific patch level and browser type.

Cannot Open Virtual Machine in VMWare Workstation

Posted in Taz, Technical with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2008 by tazspaz

When do you see this error?

Goof! When you, or someone else, does not “properly” shut down your virtual machine!  It could also happen because the host system crashed.  However, I’m pretty sure you did it! 😉

“Could not open virtual machine: C:\…….\machinename.vmx. This virtual machine appears to be in use.”

Here’s what you are going to do; well, if you want to see the VM instance back up anyhow. 
1.  Navigate to the directory where the VM image configuration file in question exists.
            a) you will see four folders with .lck extensions.  The folders are created when you start the instance.  If the VM is properly shut down these folders will be automatically deleted, but if the VM was not shut down properly they will not be deleted and VM will think that the image is already started and not allow you to view/manage the instance.

2.  Okay, now that you are in the directory of said instance and you have located the offending .lck folders; delete them.

3.  Start your instance up and enjoy.

That wasn’t so hard now was it?

My Birthday Today

Posted in Rants, Taz with tags , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2008 by tazspaz

lol, well I guess I should put up a note here as several people have asked why I haven’t told anynoe it’s my birthday.

Well hey, if you know you know.  If you don’t you don’t.  That’s always been my approach to it.

For those of you asking if I feel old, nope.  I’m still 21 at heart.

For those in the area, if you have my number, feel free to give me a call and join in the festivites tonight!