AAAAAAAugh! All I want is to be able to watch video through Firefox. But no. Every time I try, I run up against that “Missing Plug-in” screen, and always for the same plug-in: Windows Media Player. I’ve gone to the Firefox site for the plugin, but it’s built for Media Player 10. I have Media Player 11. I went to Windows, and they offered instructions on how to roll WMP 11 back to WMP 10 — the usual Control Panel Remove route — but my version of WMP 11 came pre-installed, or was otherwise deeply embedded into the soul of my computer during our Major April Meltdown (which, by the way, I still remain convinced was caused by software conflicts inspired by Windows Media Player), so there’s NO UNINSTALL option. Anywhere. I even tried re-installing WMP 11 and then uninstalling that, but no, it just “rolled me back” to my previously installed, hidden, entrenched WMP11.
I have probably spent 45 minutes on this so far. I’ve restarted four times. I can’t even remember what it was that I specifically wanted to watch.
WHY, Windows? WHY?
OK, my good humor is returned again by the Condi Rice/Peter MacKay fun on CNN. My favorite quotes still come from the State Department Spokesman (via The New York Times):
“No, there were no candles,” Sean McCormack, the State Department spokesman, said in exasperation when reporters asked for further details about a working dinner on Monday when the two sat side by side at the Pictou Lodge Resort. Mr. McCormack pointed out that the dinner was not even intimate: 14 aides and six security guards were present.
“It was a well lighted dinner, with electricity-based lighting,” Mr. McCormack said.