Archive for the ‘computer’ Category


Posted: February 8, 2008 in computer

If you enter this word in a search engine you will get many different results. Most will be about cognitive dissonance and others about the musical definition. Looking further, you will also find other sites of the same name. One being a goth looking band and another by someone who is trying to write a screenplay. Then there’s me.

It’s easy to find this blog by typing in that search word but it will probably be 2 out of 10 results. If you add a D to the end of the word I’m about 5 in 10 search results on the first page (just an estimate). That’s because I use a D in my URL. I don’t use it in the title of this blog.

If this was a band blog I suppose there would be a conflict over the rights to the name/title. But this is just a blog. A really pointless blog. I really don’t think anyone gives a shit if I share the name. It’s just a word. They might have to fight me for it though. Kidding.

I have always regretted choosing this as a name for this blog. In 2003 I started exploring the blogosphere and became fascinated with it. I wanted to know more about it so I read as much as I could. I decided that I wanted to see how succesful I would be at creating my own. As you know it was quite easy.

I was surprised to see that creating a blog was as easy as it was. It was all set up except for a title. I didn’t know what the hell to call it because I had no purpose or direction. I was just playing around on the computer. To be honest, I never intended to use it. I was going to abandon it. I decided to keep it up just to see what would happen. The name dissonance doesn’t really mean anything in reference to this blog. It’s just a word I used because I couldn’t think of anything else.

Back online

Posted: October 4, 2007 in computer

I lost my internet connection well over a week ago. Of course, I panicked. I started yanking cables and reinsurting them, trying new cables, rebooting, using canned air and even whacking the modem with my wooden back scratcher. Nothing worked. I was screwed and I knew it.

I had to call my ISP tech support. After listening to their lame-assed music for two hours on the phone I . . . just kidding. They were on the line in a matter of seconds and helped me narrow down the problem. A woman with a very pleasant voice walked me through the same steps I had taken several times before on my own and gave me the diagnosis.

“Your modem has taken a dirt nap”, she said.
That’s pretty direct. I like that. She told me exactly what to do, I thanked her for her help and she told me to call back if I needed help getting set back up.

I set up the new modem/router tonight and now I’m back online. My email hasn’t been opened in over a week and I’m seriously behind with my favorite blogs. It’s going to take me two days to catch up. Possibly three.

Attention both Lauries linked here

Posted: September 7, 2007 in computer

About a week or so ago and probably long before that Arm Jerker wrote about the odd search queries she was finding in her blog stats. The funniest if not the weirdest searches were those (and there were many) for a certain actor belonging to the “Brat Pack” of the eighties. It’s worth looking at.

I get strange queries in my stats all the time too but I’ve never mentioned them before because I never thought of them as very interesting or funny; Just weird. That is until today. Earlier this year I spent a week working in Key West. I also have this Laurie and a this Laurie linked here. According to my stats here, the search for Laurie Toy Key West will send you right to this blog.


Posted: May 5, 2007 in computer

I haven’t been able to get here for the past week because my mouse port got all gunked up. After I tried three or four other mice, I finally took the vacuum cleaner to it. That did it. Now I am back but too tired to talk. Maybe I’ll see you tomorrow.

How do they do it?

Posted: April 1, 2007 in computer

Have you ever wondered just how Google does what it does? Google has finally lifted the veil. They are now telling all about how they do what they do. Read the article below. Also, note the first letter and the last four letters of the link. Happy April first.

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  • Because a certain other blog service I was using screwed me after two years, I had to find another. I settled here. So far I like it. It beats the hell out of long, grinding loads which often result in an error message. It looks better too.