Daria’s Blog

A journey into the mind of a normal gal… Well..

Music is my Life March 30, 2009

Filed under: Computers,My Ramblings — Daria @ 4:55 pm
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Isn’t it everyone’s?

Ever since I can remember, I have always loved listening to music.  I guess it had to have started in grade school – I used to use the tv and radio to force me to concentrate on my homework.  It sounds a bit backward, I know – but it really did work! 

I also attribute my love of music to two years of flute lessons, a year of ballet, tap and jazz classes when I was in kindergarten and my dad listening to ‘oldies’ while cooking breakfast on the weekends. 

Regardless of what caused this passion to form in my heart and brain, I have just always enjoyed listening to whatever was on a station that had decent reception.  Oddly enough, I never really collected tapes or listened to my walkman.  (Yes, I said it – I had tapes and a walkman.)  I do, however, have a pretty decent collection of CDs, and they aren’t all of any one particular genre, either.  Though, I will admit, I do not have a whole lot of hard rock.  And by that, I mean groups like Metallica, Pantera, anything that would have been seen on the Headbanger’s Ball back in the days when MTv actually played music videos! 

It got to the point that back in July of 2001 I took the class at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Davie, Florida.  I loved it and was really (in my opinion and maybe one or two of the instructors’) quite good.  I could write spots pretty well, and deliver them clearly and with energy.  However, with digital radio taking over, and more and more stations going with skeleton crews or syndicated shows, there wasn’t much open when it came time for me to get my foot in the door.

I briefly had a spot with freakradio.net – which was really pretty cool, but short lived due to computer issues.  I think it has actually shut down since that time, which is sad because it had a pretty good group of people working on it.  I would *definitely* do that again if I could find a similar website.  (If you know of anything like that, I would be glad to check it out!)

In the meantime, I happened to be on twitter following BlueJeanBaby and I clicked on one of her links.  It lead me to Blip.fm which is FANTASTIC!  It may not make me an actual DJ, but it’s pretty close!  I have actually started to blip some songs on twitter, and I have even gotten some props for what I play!  It’s a neat little site and I plan to use it often.  If you happen to see DJDaria – that’s ME!  What’s cool is that I can blip anything from ABBA to Snoop Dog and everything around and in between – and if you don’t want to listen to it, you don’t have to!

Maybe it’s just me, but this is probably one of the cooler things I have come across on the Web since Twitter.  =)  Either that, or I am a complete Geek.  The Jury is still out….

 

Problogger’s 31 Day Challenge March 26, 2009

Filed under: blogging,Computers — Daria @ 1:01 pm
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PhotobucketBy now, I am sure you have heard of, if not joined, Darren Rowse’s new challenge.  Well, I am under the assumption that it is a ‘challege’ – but more of a personal one.  The point is to spend 31 days building a better blog.  Beginning on April 1st, Darren will be sending out hints and suggestions on what to do to make your blog better! 

I know that he has done things like this in the past, but I was not into blogging then, so I am very excited about this opportunity!  If you are interested, you can sign up here.  I did this last night.  I got an email with a confirmation link, and that was it.

I hope that it helps me out, because as you might be able to tell – I need it!  I don’t plan on using this particular blog to make money or anything, but I would like to start a money-making blog somewhere in the near future!  This could be the stepping stone I need!  Wish me luck!

 

Problogger's 31 Day Challenge

Filed under: blogging,Computers — Daria @ 1:01 pm
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PhotobucketBy now, I am sure you have heard of, if not joined, Darren Rowse’s new challenge.  Well, I am under the assumption that it is a ‘challege’ – but more of a personal one.  The point is to spend 31 days building a better blog.  Beginning on April 1st, Darren will be sending out hints and suggestions on what to do to make your blog better! 

I know that he has done things like this in the past, but I was not into blogging then, so I am very excited about this opportunity!  If you are interested, you can sign up here.  I did this last night.  I got an email with a confirmation link, and that was it.

I hope that it helps me out, because as you might be able to tell – I need it!  I don’t plan on using this particular blog to make money or anything, but I would like to start a money-making blog somewhere in the near future!  This could be the stepping stone I need!  Wish me luck!

 

LIFE IS GOOD!! March 6, 2009

Filed under: blogging,Computers — Daria @ 12:45 am
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My computer has survived my onslaught of crazy remedies!

Yes..  No longer will there be a ton of posts on how crappy my life is because my computer is not working, or because I did something stupid to ‘fix’ it!  I will have blissful posts about fairies and dragons and how elves ride hippogryphs!

Okay, maybe not.

But I am VERY glad that I got everything working and did not have to enlist the help of a professional.

I am thankful for all of you out there patient enough to read through these first few posts, and hope that you will bear with me through the next few days where I sort out just what Vista can and cannot do with out (as to free up some hard drive space), and enjoy my sense of humor – even though it’s been fairly lacking these past few weeks…

I appreciate it, and hope to fix that ASAP!

Thanks again, and I will have some more interesting posts tomorrow!

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Woe is Me and my little PC March 4, 2009

Filed under: Computers — Daria @ 6:02 pm
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I have always prided myself on being a pretty smart girl.  I may not have a ton of street smarts, but I learn things pretty quickly.  I am also one who expects immediate gratification when it comes to her computer  – which is why this has been such a crappy time for me!

After finally deciding to wait for the Vista CD-ROM to arrive, I left work and went to Walmart.  Exciting, I know.  On a whim, I walk by their Electronics area and browse for a bit – you know, ‘just to see what they have.’  What I saw were some pretty affordable DVD drives – both internal and external. 

I left the area and went to do my shopping.  Dog food, chew toys for the new puppy and his parents, some juice for the house.  The usual.  But my thoughts remained on the drive.  My conversations with my techie friends had pointed out that my problem with the internet would (more than likely) be fixed by the upgrade to Vista – however, I couldn’t get the Vista to be recognized.  So, if I could get the DVD to read, I would be free from this mess.  Sounds good, right?

Riiiiiighhhhht….     

The installation went fine, but when I had to adjust it a bit, all Hell broke loose!  I now have NO icons on the main monitor, and no power or info is going to the second monitor.  UGH

After some tears and cursing, I gave up.  I am going to give it one more shot tonight and if that doesn’t work – professionals.  That is definitely the LAST thing I want to do, but so be it.

 

Computer Issues Looking Up! March 2, 2009

Filed under: Computers — Daria @ 5:54 pm
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Though I did not blog this weekend, I did make some headway on the home PC!  I can’t really explain what I did, because I don’t really know.  I do know that I found out that the computer states that my CD-ROM drive is supposed to be an HP DVD drive.  However, I must not have an updated driver or something because it does not actually read DVDs.  Unfortunately, I can’t *get* the update because I still can’t get online.

On that note, I tried my best to not do this, but I did a system restore on the computer.  I was doing this later in the evening, and since it was trying to reset to the middle of January sometime, I do not know for sure if it worked.  What I do know worked, was the Vista DVD in the laptop.  So, after lots of searching around for the McAfee software that is was in the laptop, I got Vista to install.  (Apparently, McAfee and Microsoft don’t get along very well.)  Now, I will go home and figure out how to use it.  Yeay, Technology!

At least now I know I need to take it off the PC before trying to install it there.

 

Edit:  I was WRONG!!!

 

Scribefire Attempt Failed February 20, 2009

Filed under: Computers — Daria @ 4:47 pm
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Yesterday, while I was stuck home without a car to get to work with, I decided to try to be as productive as I could be.

I got my laptop all set up, turned on the television and stumbled through some websites.  When I checked my Twitter account, I saw a post from @BlueFur about 10 Helpful SEO Tips for Bloggers.  Since I am new to the blogging thing, I gave it a look and thought it was fantastic.  So, I wanted to post about it.

I did the right click and chose Scribefire and ‘Blog this Page’.  It seemed to be going fine.  I wrote my post, published it, and (my own fault) failed to check to make sure it actually posted to my blog.

It didn’t.

I learned that this morning when I gave it a look see.  Ahh well, the blog post is still relavent, and a great help!  I’m liking this BlueFur person!  I guess this weekend I will have to give Scribefire another shot to see what I may have done wrong.

Hey, I just learned that today is National Margarita Day!  Thanks BlogThings!