November 10th, 2004


Exhausted ...

We've spent the past two days running all over the city (well, all over our territory, at least) dropping off "goodie bags" to school counsellors. When we've not been running up mileage on the rental car, we've been trying to "spruce the place up" at home for the visitors we're having next week. This has involved quite a bit of painting on my part, and a whole lotta schlepping of stuff (we had a carpet cleaning service come in to do the living/dining areas, and I probably had to drag 200 cubic feet of crap out of there for them to be able to find the carpeting!).

We got another couple of customers today (yay!), and heard back from a number of the schools that they've recommended us already. We'll be a lot less nervous when we get to around 33 on-going clients, but it's nice to have some trickling in on the front end of our ads being out there. Our "target" is 100 students, which shouldn't be "pie in the sky" for a 200,000+ population territory, with something like 50 schools and 20 colleges. I just wish were were there already.

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I have a computer issue that has me stumped.

When we were putting in the wireless DSL here, I had to upgrade the OS on two of our computers from W98 to XP ... I bought one upgrade package and put it both on The Wife's computer and Daughter #1's computer, having read something somewhere that one could put XP on "up to two" CPUs. Unfortunately, that does NOT appear to be the case with the upgrade, and the second install wouldn't take the key code and kept warning us that in 30 days it would de-activate.

Well, since this was on Daughter #1's computer, it did not get the attention it apparently needed (I did buy another upgrade, but did not get it set up in time), and her computer is currently locked up, the ONLY thing it will let us do is register the upgrade that's on it ... not install a new one, not run the system restore disk, nothing.

Does anybody know of some trick to make the damn thing let us install the NEW upgrade (for which we have a valid key code)? This is a HUGE pain in the ass, and I'd hate to have to re-format her HD just to get rid of the lock-up on this!

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated!

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