Friday, July 27, 2007

Windows Computer Management

I have yet to figure out how to navigate to the Computer Management tool for remapping drive letters. [compmgmt.msc] I can do it if I switch Control Panel to Classic View, so apparently, its something I'm just not suppose to do anymore. Here's the easiest route:

Click Start.
In the Search field, type "management".
Click the Computer Management icon.

It's a case of having to know exactly what something is called. If I can't find something at the grocery store, I ask "Where macaroni and cheese?" I'd expect a response like, "Go over that way to aisle seven and look on the left side. You should see pasta. The mac'n cheese is around there."

With Vista, it's like getting the response of...
"Sorry, don't know what you're talking about."
"I'm looking for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese."
"Nope, still nothing."
"How about Kraft Macaroni & Cheese."
"Oh yes. I can't tell you where it is, or how to get there, but if you'll wait a few moments, I'll bring it to you."

Admittedly, it is nice to have people waiting on you. It make you fat, stupid, and lazy.

Vista, Pt 2

I know I promised a post on what I didn't like about Vista, but, as it terns out... I like everything about Vista! It is the most incredible product ever to be sold to the American consumer. Dare I say-- It shall be bigger than cigarettes, its so good!

Bottom line. After about a week, I see absolutely nothing new about Vista, accept the flippy-flippy window list thing. And of course, there's the blue screens, but I can live with them. They are self inflicted injuries. The price you pay for being an early adopter.

Granted, Vista has introduced new features, like the gadget sidebar. After all, I really need a second clock on my desktop. Can't trust the clock on my palm, in it's cradle beside my computer. Can't trust the clock on my Sprint phone, in it's cradle beside my computer. Can't trust the one on my NTP synchonized Fedora system, on my desk, beside my computer.

Now come time to start loading software to see what all doesn't work.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Started driving home when I heard a funny sound: Whop, whop, whop...

Uh oh-- Flat tire!

Not quite, I'd picked up what Firestone calls a road hazard, but the true technical term is big ass screw in the tire. I didn't figure I'd survive the beltway if the tire blew, so I pulled over and tossed on the spare. Look at that thing! It looks like it came off Malibu Barbie's convertible.

Then I took off the Protenza G009, I had about an inch of clearance between the rubber and the asphalt. When I put on this thing, I had to lower the car four inches before it even touched the ground. And it's like two inches wide.

But, I shouldn't complain... It got me home.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Windows Vista: Things I Like

My HP came with a free upgrade to Windows Vista Home Premium (when available). After sitting on my desk for the last several months, I finally got it loaded. Lets start with the good:

* Remember network passwords - Great for my Samba server.
* Free space meters - Displayed next to the drives.
* Upgrade to Solitare - It's about time.
* Upgrade to Minesweeper - Now with sound!
* Mahjong - One less thing to download.
* Album Art - Fetched the images and saved them on the server.

Perhaps more to come, but the next post will be Things I Don't Like!

Windows Vista Upgrade

Haven't seem one of these in a while.

After four days of backup and preparation, I got Vista loaded. Actually, I wiped the system, recovered to HP's base image, stripped out the HP supplied malware, then upgraded from there. If I had done the upgrade, start to finish, it would have take four hours.

I booted Vista for the first time, played with it for thirty minutes, then went to the gym. When I got home, I woke up the box, to be greated by a BSOD. I've not seen a blue screen in years! (Of course, I principally use Linux / Redhat / Unix / Solaris.) On recovery I was met by this happy little fellow.

This should be fun!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Best Looking Truck of the Evening

No reason for the picture of the zebra on the back of this truck, but it was a very pretty zebra.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

See Through Windows!

Passed this truck on the morning commute. Picture didn't post as nice as I'd hoped, but on the back door, they are bragging that they sell See Through Windows.


I do have to admit, however, that they are better than the windows in the old SAC facilities I supported in the early 1980's. The facilities would be mostly underground, so they would hang these large starving artist type paintings, and but curtains around them. At first I thought that was stupid, but then I had to pull an overnight duty at a B-52 alert station. My room mate said he couldn't sleep with the window open, so he close the curtains.

Now, I've never been a morning person. And with the lights out, this place was black as pitch. When the alarm went off, I staggered to to wall switch, and was immediately blinded by the florecent light. My room mate asked "Is it still raining?"

"Hold on," I offered, as I walked across the room. "Let me look outside." I pulled the curtains apart, and found myself staring at painting of the ocean.

Good thing he was too groggy to notice.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

L2S: Process List

When you do a process list on Linux, you get the process in age order. I don't know how Solaris is ordering them. Here's the closest solution so far:

Linux: ps -ef
Solaris: ps -ef | sort -n +2

No Video For You

Here's an experiment that didn't work. The idea was to post video from my phone to the blog. No go. We got the preview image, but no video. Too bad.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Lehmann Semillion

The guy at the wine store recommended this one. A dry white Australian. About $11. Didn't care for it, so it gets a below average 3 of 10. And besides: It had a screw top!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Independance Day, Baltimore Inner Harbor, Pt4

Horrible, horrible, rain. Heavy winds. Fireworks starts in 20 minutes, but its just too bad to stay. So sad.

Independance Day, Baltimore Inner Harbor, Pt3

The black thing in the middle of the harbor is the launch platform. This means any point along the shore will have a good view.

Independance Day, Baltimore Inner Harbor, Pt2

USS Constitution. They fired one of the cannon earlier, and scared everyone half to death.

Independance Day, Baltimore Inner Harbor

Cloudy day, waiting for nightfall to see the fireworks.