The unlucky 13th began haunting me early this morning. My wife had asked me to scan something for her, and my HP Director software wouldn’t talk to the scanner. This has happened to me with this HP7310 in network mode several times in the past. Try resetting everything from power-up, and still no joy. I’ll probably have to reinstall the software to get it working again. Later.
Then I started up FeedDemon, and it wouldn’t update any of my feeds. It just sat there like it was trying, but never found anything or indicated that it was done. I went to Newsgator online, and that was working OK. Oh great, maybe I’ll switch to Google Reader. Not happy.
I went into BlogDesk to open a post-in-progress. The “Open” dialog wouldn’t come up. BlogDesk just kept churning away at about 87% CPU without ever responding. My system is possessed, thinks I. Maybe it’s a *gasp* virus. I take a look through my recent downloads, and there aren’t any. I haven’t opened any unexpected attachments on emails. I’ve been a good little webboy, really.
While I was puzzling over this behavior, Kiltak (of [Geeks are Sexy] Technology News fame) sent me an email to let me know that my sidebar was ugly (I mean, uglier than usual) in IE7. So I try to bring up IE7 and it just hangs trying to get to my site. I’ve been on the site all day in Firefox, and sure enough I can still get to it that way. So I tried navigating IE7 to an intranet site here on my network. Can’t do it. I go to another workstation, and IE7 connects anywhere just fine.
Hmm, thinks I. FeedDemon uses IE’s WebBrowser control, so there’s one common thread, at least. What could be shutting down network access for IE, but not for Firefox, POP3, or SMTP?
Let’s try another reboot.
Then go right into IE7. It works.
Bring up FeedDemon. It works.
Open a post in BlogDesk. No problem.
Try HP Director. Still doesn’t work. Can you guess what happens next?
IE7, FeedDemon, and BlogDesk quit working. It’s that damned HP software. The executable isn’t in Task Manager any more, but somehow it’s still got a stranglehold on some aspects of Windows, especially networking.
So, I need to try the HP in non-networked mode, or maybe just get a new All-in-One. Or just drop Windows for good.
But certainly I can stop being triskaidekaphobic.