Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Linux Boot Process

Good article on the Linux boot process... Let me rephrase that. A very consise, clear, and informative explanation of the Linux boot process. I stumbled upon this while trying figure out the purpose of the VMware /dev/sda7 partition.

Linux Boot Process, courtesy of IBM

Monday, February 25, 2008

Trillian on Vista

I found it odd that when I ran Trillian under Vista, it still looked as if it were running under XP. I would have though that Vista would have applied Aero to all programs. After several attempts, I finally found a Trillian Skin for Vista:

by ~a1 on deviantART

Again, I'm surprised that the application settings override the desktop settings, as my desktop uses the blue theme and this is a black theme. The developer also has a silver theme available.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Vista: Wireless Bug

I've bumped into a bug on Windows Vista and wireless networking. When Vista connects to a wireless network, it stores the SSID in the registry. When trying to use a public wireless network, I've noticed that sometimes Vista simply refused to connect. No reason, just because.

Solution: delete the SSID from the registry. The SSID appears three times, but it is only the first instance, the Profile that needs to be deleted. Drill down through:
        Windows NT
Under Profiles, there are several keys. As each is highlighted, the ProfileName is displayed in the right hand pane. When the offending SSID is located, delete the entire key from the Profiles branch in the left hand pane.

Repeat the connect process, and all should work.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Bolla Pinot Grigio

This is another case of "I liked one of there wines, maybe I'll like another." I don't think that's a wise strategy. I enjoyed Bolla's Soave, but have not found it in the DC area, though I have found others.

The idea that a vineyard can do only one wine really well, aside, it turns out this bottle had gone bad. There was particulate matter floating at the bottom. Most likely tartar. Ick! What ever went wrong, it ruined the whole bottle, most likely the whole batch. That said, this is an avoid for at least a year.

2 out of 10.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Sunrise At The Jefferson Memorial

It took a few tries to get this shot during the morning commute. Turns out, my camera only works under forty miles per hour: any faster and the image is blurred.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Favorite Super Bowl Ads

Whatzup with all the screaming animals?

I wish the Pigeons in DC were this big:

I think Charles Barkley is only trying to teach him a lesson:

On this one, I just enjoyed watching Justin Timberlake be abused:

Bottle opener suck! Yes, that's why they screw off:

Air Force Memorial

My new commute takes me thru downtown and past the Pentagon. The Air Force Memorial is in it's back yard. I thought it was at Arlington National Cemetery. Now we know.