Another reason why I hate Windows

Why, oh why, can’t stupid Windows monitor the keyboard and if a dialog box is thrown up, at least reject keyboard input until there’s a noticeable pause?

Some dialog box flashed by. I have no idea what it said/meant, because as I was typing along the box suddenly cleared. For all I know, I could have just bought a new Lexus.

Then, when I shut down, I got the first BSOD ever on this laptop (the work one) – something about driver uninstalled with pending events.

Nothing useful in the Event Viewer.

Birthday Wiki meme

Yes, he’s back from the dead!

Seen many places, but last at cahwyguy

On my birthday…


  • 1487 – Battle of Stoke Field, the last dying breath of the Wars of the Roses
  • 1815 – Battle of Ligny and Battle of Quatre Bras, two days before Waterloo. (This is here just for the snicker factor. “Quatre Bras”. Hee hee.)
  • 1858 – Abraham Lincoln’s House Divided speech in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1884 – The first roller coaster in the United States begins operation at Coney Island, New York
  • 1940 – World War II: Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain becomes Premier of Vichy France
  • 1955 – Pope Pius XII excommunicates Juan Perón
  • 1963 – Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space

And my favorite…

  • 1972 – Burglars are caught breaking into the United States Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building

A bit of clarification on that last one. Technically, they broke in on June 16th; they were arrested on June 17th.


  • 1829 – Geronimo, Apache leader (d. 1909)
  • 1890 – Stan Laurel, British-born actor and comedian (d. 1965)
  • 1970 – Phil Mickelson, American golfer (aka “Lefty”)
  • 1971 – Tupac Amaru Shakur


  • 1930 – Elmer Ambrose Sperry, American inventor (b. 1860) (Here because of UNIVAC, but Sperry’s corporation became involved through a 1955 merger with Remington Rand)
  • 1944 – Marc Bloch, French historian (executed) (b. 1886) (Goes with Vichy above)
  • 1959 – George Reeves, American actor (b. 1914) (insert Superman joke here)
  • 1970 – Brian Piccolo, American football player (b. 1943) (that movie still makes me cry)
  • 1977 – Wernher von Braun, German-born rocket scientist (b. 1912) (“In German, or English, I know how to count down…and I’m learning Chinese!”)
  • 1996 – Mel Allen, baseball announcer (b. 1913) (Wow – it’s been 10 years? I swore I heard him on TWIB last week…)

And of course, it’s Bloomsday.