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My plan was to run a load of laundry, then go to see [livejournal.com profile] mentisiterinvit in the hospital.  (I just learned that she's going for an MRI, and may not be back in ICU for a couple of hours.)  When I went down to the basement to move the laundry from the washer to the drier, I found the sink/tub full of water and water on the floor.  The tub drain is clogged.

To paraphrase an old saying: Time is what lets you have one damn thing after another instead of every damn thing at once.
 
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About a month and a half ago, I noticed that my Windows XP box seemed to be slowing down.  The most noticeable problem was an increasing delay when I right-clicked on a file in Windows Explorer, before the list of possible actions appeared.  Initially the delay was just a few seconds, but over time it increased to a couple of minutes.

(Details of the solution are left as an exercise for the interested student...) )
Apparently the Seagate Replica software takes a long time to search for all the older versions of a file to build its sub-menu in the file action list, and while it's working on that, Windows Explorer hangs.

The problem, of course, is that I didn't want to leave the external drive disconnected while I was using the computer.  That would take away most of the value of having it in the first place: a system for backing up my files which didn't require my attention, and wasn't vulnerable to my fallible memory.

After a bit of guesswork about possible solutions, I found a software tool that allows me to control which options appear in the file-action list: FileMenu Tools, by Rubén López Hernández.  I haven't played with it extensively, but it appears to do just what it says — a simple user interface to allow filesystem actions to be enabled/disabled — and does it pretty well.  Under "Commands of other applications", under "All file system objects", I unchecked "CRebitContextMenuExt" (and it took me a fair bit of trial-and-error searching to determine that that was the Replica action).  Voilà, my file operations are back up to their proper speed.  If I do need to retrieve a file sometime in the future, I can re-enable that action.

It's a work-around, not a solution.  I'm disappointed that the problem has been reported to Seagate repeatedly over quite some time, but nothing seems to have been done about it.
 
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Bailing the boat with a teacup is a lot of work and may seem pointless.  But if a teacup is all you have, a teacup is what you use; it's better than not bailing at all, and may buy you time to find a bucket.  It's important not to get so fixated on having only a teacup that you miss seeing the bucket, or miss sending a message for help.  There are rescue ships out there.
 
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One of the trees in my front yard split while I was out yesterday — presumably in the big storm in the evening.  Half of it is lying across my roof (and, from the inside, doesn't appear to have caused any significant damage) and will definitely have to be removed, and I'm pretty sure that the rest of the tree will have to go too.  Can any of my local friends give recommendations or warnings about tree-removal services?

Thanks in advance...

(ETA: My neighborhood was without electric power from 7:30 yesterday evening to just before 7:00 this morning.  I got home in utter darkness and didn't realize that the tree was down until just before I was going to go to bed, when I noticed that there were a lot more leaves and branches outside my office window than there should be.  I'd noticed a faint musty old-wood odour, but assumed that it was just because the furnace fan was off and the house was unusually hot and humid... it was probably because the tree thumped the roof, and stirred up dust in the attic space.)
 

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