Thursday, April 16, 2009

Service Welcome Service

This could almost be a Zen Monday shot. I don't have much to say about it. Maybe that's because I'm tired. You know how long a day can get.

I like the picture, though. It doesn't have to be about hard times, a failed business. It could be about the future when the chaos we're going through is behind us and we don't need cars anymore because we're all wearing non-polluting jet-packs for transportation.

Because it's just change. We will get through it. And when it's behind us, things will look very different.

Or maybe it's just been a long day.

33 comments:

Vanda said...

The graffiti in the back seems to say shoo. Conflicting messages.

Dina said...

Well, as your new profile says, you are a communicator.
For me it's been a long week, not just day. Hope to meet you someday as we jet-pack around.

Susan C said...

Such retro design. I just hope the concepts of "welcome" and "service" don't become retro.

Ted Thompson said...

I like the architecture... I wonder what the "XXX Service" once said, and why one is red and the other blue.

Petrea said...

Good morning everyone. Thanks for your comments! I'm using my laptop, which doesn't have my laptops and usual stuff. My new computer is on order and I'll make the transfer asap.

My computer's infected by a virus, my Norton can't detect it, and I'm lucky I got a post up. I'm sorry I haven't visited your blogs, it's just too frustrating to surf!

"Communicator!" Dina, what was I thinking? Not without my computer, apparently.

altadenahiker said...

Looks like a cross.

(So sorry about the virus.)

Shell Sherree said...

Likewise, I'm sorry to hear about the virus, Petrea.

The servo looks like it's dressed up with nowhere to go, but the blue sky says to me, "This too shall pass".

Cafe Pasadena said...

This looks like Pasadena Ford @ Coloradao & Hill St. Aka, the Hill St Blues vacant property. Many car dealers that look like this around nowadays. They've become empty parking lots.

There also isn't much auto advertising around TV as before.

Margaret said...

I'm with Susan. NIce shot.

J+P said...

Spacely Sprockets is in receivership. George's bubble-car only gets .02 parsecs/oz. of dilithium. The floating suburb has sunk to earth. But Jetsonian democracy persists, to retrench … if it has to be off-world, then so be it.

Jean Spitzer said...

It's a compelling image. I like the framing and the symmetry.
Good luck with the computer.

Petrea said...

I'm on my Mac laptop now. No viruses. I'm just not used to it. Quite the learning curve I'm about to embark on. The old Dell has had it; for months I've been regularly getting the blue screen but now it has completely bit the dust. So: we ordered me a Mac Mini. I may have to go to school to use it, but it won't have viruses.

By the way, my expensive Norton Anti-virus software, which has thus far been great, cannot detect this one. I don't know what it is.

I loved the Jetsons. Days of future past.

Cafe Pasadena said...

I pray your mini-mac works out 4 you. I think KCH made the switch last year too after being on Windows forever. But having to take classes to learn a mac isn't the way it's supposed to go.

I tend to agree with the theory the reason the windows computers get attacked by the virus makers, and not the macs, is most of the virus creators may be mac users. I wouldn't be surprised if that were one day proved true.

Vanda said...

Pfft, macs are easy. Just do what makes sense, and double click.

Virginia said...

TEll me about a long day. My car's now back in the shop for the umpteenth time this month. Can we say siphoning money? That shot gave me a cringe. Too much like a car repair place for my comfort. Sorry for the downer comments. I'll do better tomorrow!
V

Petrea said...

Just read an NYT article last night that refuted that theory, Cafe. I had thought so too, but no. Macs are less vulnerable due to their programming.

I do hear Macs are easy. I'm just chicken. I won't take a class unless I have to. I've been online for so long it can't be that hard.

Petrea said...

V, all you have to do is say what you feel. If you feel down tomorrow, you still get to come by and say so.

Christie said...

Change can be good, even though it is hard. I wish the companies in the south of my state had figured out that change was needed a few years ago! Things in Michigan might be a little different now.

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Cafe Pasadena said...

What's the link 2 that NYT article, P? Seems like good reading. Besides, I gotta ck it out soon, just in case the NYT is the next newspaper to go outta bizness and ends up looking like your current blog pic.

Petrea said...

Christie, you're repeating me back to me. I've often said change is good, I should listen to me (through you, my friend!). I'm sorry Michigan is suffering. CA is too, for different reasons. But you're right, we need to watch those signs of the times and be ready, because change is inevitable.

Cafe, John corrected me. It's a NYT blog, Gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com. The NYT reporter said yesterday that Macs were less vulnerable because they were a small part of the market share as you said. Commenters refuted that, saying Macs are programmed differently. But the reporter did her research and came back today with more facts to prove herself (and you) to be correct.

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Petrea said...

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Ms M said...

Love the Jetsons analogy :>) And the photo is well done, provocative.

Good luck with the computer problems. Macs are quite user friendly and not too hard to learn. One thing to remember is not to be afraid you're going to "break" the computer by hitting the wrong button... :>)
(I do tech support as part of my job)

Petrea said...

Thank you, Ms. M. I've had a lot of gentle advice from Mac users. I'm on my Mac laptop right now. (Afraid the Dell is a loss.) It's going to work out. The part I dread is getting all my stuff moved from one computer to the other, but once that's done it's all just practice.

Cafe Observer said...

Thanks, 4 de nyt blog link, PDP.

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Laurie said...

Hey P, I'm so sorry to hear of your woes. Jon says that it's super unlikely that it's a virus that got your Dell. Jon's one of the software engineers for Norton 360, and has designed Norton AV software for the last 15 years. Norton antivirus products, if kept up to date, will catch the majority of all viruses unless one is really new, and even then an update will usually find it. Often people assume something is a virus, when it can be a lot of other things. He thinks it's likely that something else might have caused your machine to self-destruct. Do you know for a fact that it was a virus?

Anyway, I hope the new Mac is wonderful and that you're in the computing pink again now. I lost a complete hardrive once, including about 16 chapters of an unfinished novel. (Needless to say, I learned a powerful lesson about backing up. Gulp.)

Petrea said...

I'm pretty sure it's a virus, Laurie. When I open Firefox it often shuts automatically. If it manages to stay open, when I click a link to go to a website it redirects me to a site not of my choosing--i.e., an ad. When I press the back button I get the site I meant to go to or the browser shuts down.

I can usually type addresses in my address bar to get where I mean to go, but clicking links takes me to ads.

I've been happy with the Norton until now. I paid for my subscription, I back up regularly, and it updates automatically. My email is not infected, but I don't think I should be sending links to anybody!

This may be a coincidence but this started when I started trying to use Google Reader. I may have subscribed to an infected site? I'm not sure how it worked.

But it's a virus, fo sho, I don't know what else would have commandeered my computer to be showing me ads all the time.

Laurie said...

P, do a google search of the difference between viruses and spyware. SOunds like you inadvertently installed an adware program. If you are using a version of NOrton that doesn't include an integrated spyware suite, it won't catch things like this.

Ms M said...

It sounds like spyware/trojan virus that has taken over your browser. It turns your machine into a drone. Often times that stuff tricks the big guys like Norton and McAfee, because the bad guys target them. My husband got one like that and I reformatted the hard drive and reinstalled everything, because those trojans are very hard to totally get rid of. After that, I installed Avast antivirus, which you can get free online.
Altho Macs can get viruses, they aren't as susceptible because the virus writers typically target Microsoft.

Petrea said...

I have the situation you describe, Ms. M. (I sent Laurie a separate email.) I'm unloading the Dell anyway. The adware Trojan is the final straw in a string of problems with it, including regular crashes (I'm lucky if they're weekly) that come with the "blue screen of death."

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