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Look! Adorable bunny!

My computer has been acting flakey again. I’ve been gremlin hunting tonight, so I thought I might fob you off with a three-year-old picture of an adorable bunny.

Consider yourself fobbed.


Comment from dissent555
Time: May 22, 2014, 10:41 pm


Comment from Nicole
Time: May 23, 2014, 12:48 am

I for one am unashamed to admit to be fobbable by a baby bunny.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 23, 2014, 1:05 am

Awwwww! He looks good enough to eat!

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: May 23, 2014, 1:44 am


That verminous, evil-tempered rodent?

Comment from Deborah
Time: May 23, 2014, 4:00 am

Works for me. There aren’t any rabbits where I live. I think it is because of the rock. And we have foxes, coyotes, bobcats, and the occasional mountain lion. But mostly I blame the rock. And I have a great horned owl who who who likes to sit on top of my house and survey his domain. Regardless: no rabbits.

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Time: May 23, 2014, 4:13 am

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Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: May 23, 2014, 4:54 am

Oh dear, I remember the first time you posted that picture. Boy was I young & naive back then.

Also, that is some pretty delightful spam you have there.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: May 23, 2014, 6:10 am

That bunny’s almost as good as Albrecht Durer’s!

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: May 23, 2014, 6:30 am

A “Watership Down” sequel in the making, perhaps?…a pleasant-enough fobbing is duly noted, and appreciated.

RE: The aforementioned spam – link ending in “.co.kr”? What’s up with that, then?…

Comment from Oceania
Time: May 23, 2014, 10:23 am


Must be that time of year again!


Comment from Can’tHarkMyCry
Time: May 23, 2014, 11:06 am

Foxes, coyotes, bobcats, and a great horned owl, but no rabbits, Deborah? What do the rest of them live on?
[Agree with Stark Dickflüssig: what delightfully quirky spam!]

Comment from Payday Loan
Time: May 23, 2014, 11:23 am

Merci pour cet article et ce partage d’information.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 23, 2014, 11:55 am

Weird. Spam almost never plops itself into the current thread.

Comment from HL King
Time: May 23, 2014, 1:41 pm

You might want to pop the top of your computer case and take a peek at your motherboard’s electrolytic capacitors. They look like little black, green, or gold cans having flat silver tops stamped with an X or Y groove. If bulging even slightly, they’ve gone bad. Such capacitors are for smoothing/regulating power to the different subassemblies – incoming power to the entire board, power to the hard drive, the memory modules, CPU, etc. Too much power fluctuation in electronics is a bad, bad thing. Depending on where they’re located, bad capacitors can cause all sorts of weirdness, from read/write errors to a flaky monitor display and could even result in the death of hard drives, memory modules, video cards, etc.

Search for “bulging capacitor” images and checking what you find against what you have. If you find bulging caps but no physical damage to the motherboard (corrosion eating through traces or scorching due to excessive heat) and you’re handy with a soldering iron, you can make the repairs yourself. If not, you’ll soon be buying a new motherboard. Or worse. Making an image your hard drive as soon as possible would be prudent.

This very thing happened to me over the past months. I noticed an occasional general flakiness, but ignored it. Even though things became more frequent and more severe – from the odd file corruption to completely obliterating the boot sector and video display “tearing” – I still ignored it. When it finally stopped POSTing, I took it apart and found nearly a dozen bulging caps. The back side of the motherboard had gotten so hot in certain areas that they were scorched almost black. I ended up buying a new motherboard and memory sticks. By sheer coincidence (or not), one of my display panels shit the bed at exactly the same time, the very one suffering from “tearing”.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 23, 2014, 1:46 pm

You do realise that was the ‘before’ image and that the ‘after’ one had to be censored?

Weasel + runny babit = lunch.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: May 23, 2014, 2:21 pm

A capacitor once bit my sister.

Comment from David
Time: May 23, 2014, 3:40 pm

Feed it up well. Southern Fried Rabbit’s really tasty.

Comment from David
Time: May 23, 2014, 3:49 pm

Additions to HL King’s comments about flakiness/capacitors:

Common problems causing flakiness in computers include:

Windoze computers: primary drive too full. If less than 10% of the capacity of the primary drive is free, Windoze freaks out.

Power supply problems (usually desktops, any OS). Needs a techie to test, unless you have a spare, known-good PS to swap out.

Heat problems–usually dust accumulation but could be a break in heatsink/cpu connection due to old (or poorly-applied) heat sink compound. CLeaning CPU chip off and reapplying heatsink compound, cleaning dust from inside case (desktop.nothebook) and off fans: a Good Thing. Failing cooling fan(s) may also cause intermittent overheating, which causes slowdowns and even shutdowns (to prevent damage to the CPU).

And lastly, malware or just software “cruft” can cause flakiness. Look up “online scanners” and, if a Windows computer, try a “decrufting” software like CCLeaner (free).

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: May 23, 2014, 4:23 pm

I agree on the capacitors, actually. They seem to come in batches, so if you know the manufacture date of your motherboard, you can see if other people are having similar problems with stuff made ±6 months from yours.

Be very careful of any scanner software.

Comment from Deborah
Time: May 23, 2014, 4:41 pm

Can’t Hark—we have a delicious buffet thriving beneath the duff in our thicket: rats, mice, beetles, and giant palmetto bugs—aka flying roaches, lizards and snakes. Also skunks, possums, raccoons, feral cats, and deer road kill, which also feed our huge colony of vultures. There was a Gila monster in the thicket when we first moved out here, escaped or turned loose, but I never saw it again after that first summer.

I rarely see skunks, but I smell them. While I’m up very early in the morning, I am not out and about, so I don’t see many of the other critters except as road kill. A few weeks ago I saw a raccoon from the backside—it was so big that I thought it was a bear cub—which freaked me out big time. I didn’t see the tail until it moved.

I never go rushing out the door. I make a lot of noise and I proceed slowly so all the critters have a chance to hide or flee.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 23, 2014, 10:11 pm

My money is on overheating due to dust. Four hundred year old house, remember. Dusty as hell.

Haven’t had a chance to pop the lid yet.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: May 24, 2014, 9:49 am

capacitor bites can be nasty.

Comment from Can’tHarkMyCry
Time: May 24, 2014, 3:30 pm

Deborah: 🙂

Comment from Oceania
Time: May 25, 2014, 1:07 am

got a flickering monitor?

Bad caps

samsung is the worst for this

Comment from drew458
Time: May 25, 2014, 2:35 am

Proper fobbage requires your link to the full size color version. Which is still there I see.

One wonders if you ever got your last wimple in to complete your Book of Hours.

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