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Time for a screensaver password.

I haven't had a screensaver password since sometime in high school when I attracted people like Shelly, who asked what my password was after trying the name of every guy she thought I might like.

I'm doing it because Laurel's figured out how to do just enough with my computer to really irritate me. We initially thought the heat or power fluctuations might be causing my system to reboot, but it's become obvious over the past two weeks that she's been repeatedly going to my computer when I'm in another room and doing some combination of rebooting, closing all my open applications, opening the coloring pages folder on the desktop (since moved) and leaving a trail of open image and/or printing wizard windows and sending scads of files to the print queue. (I keep the printer off by default since she figured out it could print coloring pages.)

Today was the last straw -- while I was cleaning her potty in the bathroom after she used it, she closed everything I had open, opened a number of coloring page images in Paint and printing wizard windows (which is actually a handy feature of XP if you're not a four-year-old), and changed my wallpaper to some terrifying Wiggles coloring page image.

For punishment, she's lost outside time today and her DVDs went back to Blockbuster a day early (just as well, I was starting to hate Bob the Builder). I am Not Amused.


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Jul. 15th, 2004 11:23 am (UTC)
hell, i don't think you should punish her, you should sign her up for some college classes!
Jul. 15th, 2004 11:32 am (UTC)
Laurel, the youngest PEG of all?
Jul. 15th, 2004 02:46 pm (UTC)
Jul. 15th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC)
PEG stands for Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, an early-entrance program at the college I went to immediately after high school. A couple of people on my friends list are PEG alumnae.
Jul. 15th, 2004 03:01 pm (UTC)
ahhh. . . i was in something called G.C.T. (gifted, creative, and talented), so maybe that's an east coast thing.
Jul. 15th, 2004 06:35 pm (UTC)
Basically, PEG = going to college after the eighth or ninth grade. Or, in Laurel's case, after learning to potty-train.

She's exceptionally gifted!
Jul. 15th, 2004 03:06 pm (UTC)
Could I send her to Prospective Weekend in diapers?

Luckily she's an only child so there's no chance of being the next Watsons. (I don't have anything against them, but visions of all the tuition bills gives me the howling fantods.)
Jul. 15th, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC)
I'm sure she's already much more mature than quite a few PEGs were. They weren't fond of forcing the grotesquely smelly to bathe, so I have no reason to believe that being potty-trained is a requirement for admittance. :)

Also, I'm pretty sure that at least 2 of the 3 got scholarships based solely off being a Watson, and the other one got an academic/Bailey one. (MBC doles out scholarship money in the weirdest way possible.)

Jul. 16th, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC)
I don't think she's that advanced yet! We're still trying to get her potty-trained so she can go to preschool.

We will probably set up up with a computer to use without messing with mine, though. I think that'll be good for her -- and she can keep my headphones so I don't have to hear Annoying Children's Game Music. (:
Jul. 16th, 2004 01:12 pm (UTC)
yeah kids music sucks.
Jul. 15th, 2004 11:50 am (UTC)
Wow...I always wondered what it was like growing up in a house with the Internet.

My brothers and sisters used to do similiar things when I was a kid (ok - I was a kid 10 years ago LOL). It got so bad that one time my brother figured out my password to a BBS and sent out stupid e-mails to "FidoNet" (if you remember those things on BBSes at all).
Jul. 16th, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, Laurel hasn't even gotten to any online tasks, beyond occasionally typing (with my help to tell her what keys to press) and attaching photos to e-mail to relatives.

Heh, I remember FidoNet. Every so often I hear from people that remember me from there -- I was on 1:104/236, MacCircles. Patricia O'Connor, the sysop, was a coworker of my father's before she retired from AT&T. (:
Jul. 15th, 2004 11:51 am (UTC)
LMAO. Kira is as handy with the computer. She had to learn the hard way getting on mom's computer without asking is not a good thing. Now she just gets on Micheal's without asking.
Jul. 16th, 2004 05:43 pm (UTC)
I think we're going to set up Laurel with the spare computer here so she stays out of everyone else's.
Jul. 15th, 2004 11:55 am (UTC)
You Should Be Proud
You should oh her computing prowess. And at such an early age too. Maybe you should sign her up for some baby computer classes or, gawd forbid, get her a computer of her own!
Jul. 16th, 2004 05:47 pm (UTC)
Re: You Should Be Proud
She's been able to run a mouse since she was 2. I'd love to put her in any classes, but finding a preschool that will take a not-potty-trained student is challenging enough. We probably will set her up with her own computer, though.
Jul. 15th, 2004 11:58 am (UTC)
Heheh, strange coincidence. I've had to put in a screensaver password as well. Not because of kiddos, but because I now have housemates and I don't want them strolling through my porn.

Addendum, The Wiggles are far more frightening than most horror movies. I was subjected to them on my last visit to my cousin's family.
Jul. 16th, 2004 05:50 pm (UTC)
If she just tried to start her games and didn't mess with the coloring pages, I'd be okay with no password.

I finally hid the sole Wiggles video we have well out of her sight. I'm giving it to mayna. (:
Jul. 15th, 2004 11:58 am (UTC)
Meh, you could always just create a user profile/account for her and set Windows to auto-logout after some insanely short period of time (like 2-5 minutes) and set a password on your account.
Then she can only fuck up her account and not yours.

I recall doing that to more than one girlfriend who insisted on being able to use my computer when they visited me...after the first time one of them decided to rearrange all my icons, shift around all my toolbars, and set me to not autologin to my messaging services and such, I got pissed and did that.

Sure, they bitched and whined that they had to use their own account for a while (because then they couldn't root through all my stuff) but god damnit, a computer geek's computer is a hallowed place, you don't go into someone elses' machine and start fucking with everything.
Jul. 16th, 2004 05:52 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what I did (logout at 4 minutes, which is two minutes after my screen shuts off when I'm idle), though it took a few minutes to figure it out since I haven't set a screensaver password since Windows 95.

As for the rearranging... ack. I would have cut my hands off before doing that to Vogon's computer in the time before having my computer shipped from my parents'.
Jul. 16th, 2004 06:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, geeks would understand and respect another geeks' need for their personal PC-space to be "just so"...but apparently non-geeks have no qualms over violating this sanctitiy...
Jul. 15th, 2004 01:52 pm (UTC)
My advice would be to set the password when she's not in the room.
Jul. 16th, 2004 05:53 pm (UTC)
I did, though it's only two letters. I think that'll be sufficient until she has her own system to play on. (:
Jul. 15th, 2004 07:06 pm (UTC)
ctrl-alt-del lock computer (at least on win xp) :-)
Jul. 16th, 2004 06:05 pm (UTC)
Hey now, don't give her any bright ideas! (:

Have you seen the KidzMouse line of mice sized for kids' hands? We currently have a mechanical (not optical) Coolbug, which looks like a ladybug, but I really like the new BenjiBee with a scroll wheel in it. (I should add I also like the BenjiBee because they have coordinating headphones for that and the firefly. I may wind up splurging on a whole set for her Christmas.)
Jul. 16th, 2004 08:39 am (UTC)
You know... there IS that P3 sitting over there behind the divider... It only needs to get a HD and a monitor -- and monitors are cheap, now that flat screens are all the rage. We could probably do all of it for under $100. I was going to use that for a print server when I got around to finishing setting up the network (after replacing my POS motherboard, NEVER BUY ECS MOTHERBOARDS, folks, the built in peripherals are all or nothing, if you only want the USB you have to take the sound, parallel port, and everything else to suck up all of your interrupts... {grrr}).

If we set that up we could probably copy all of her CD games directly to the HD and then just let her play the ones she wants without having to change out CDs.
Jul. 16th, 2004 09:35 pm (UTC)
That would be nice. Where would we put it?
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