Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Windows 7 - Reimage AGAIN!

I was running fine, happy, content with RC1. Until, for no apparent reason, I ended up with a new BSOD: bad pool header

I let the physical image dump take place and then started the reboot process. But alas, I was presented with some pretty interesting error messages.

First things first: the BSOD. Here's the google search: LINK

Not the end of the world... but the crap storm after the reboot was... um... interesting. I was not able to WRITE to any partitions or drives on my computer. This includes USB external and being able to burn a CD/DVD. Yeah - when I tried to access the CD/DVD to burn an ISO image, I was informed, via dialog box, that I would need to contact the "system administrator" as this functionality is not available.

My dilemma was getting my saved files to a USB drive in order to wipe the laptop drive... if I had to go that far. See, I formatted two partitions on the laptop drive as exFAT... which meant that my dumb butt made 1/2 a 160 GB drive unavailable to other OSes. Bummer. Prior to remembering the exFAT piece, I went after some Ubuntu bits...

After installing Ubuntu 9.1 Alpha 2 64b on the laptop and then remembering the exFAT issue, I am back to W7RC1.

I'm glad I didn't put anything down on the W7 upgrade early edition....

Monday, June 29, 2009

Swapping to my own service/blog

I have wanted to get into Wordpress and set up a site of my own for awhile. I have used Google/Open services for years... but finally decided to move stuff over.

New posts will go here:

Enjoy! Or don't... it's my little piece of the Intertubes. I pay the rent and there's no HOA. :)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Latest "Klavan on the Culture"

His videos are great.

Friday, June 26, 2009

My own new mantra

"I'd rather fail trying than succeed on other's efforts" - me

Monday, June 22, 2009

Google Voice SMS

My new favorite tool from the Google Suite of Tools is the Google Voice SMS application.

Combine this with the HTC Dream/G1 application called GV, and you can make use of Google Voice's SMS functionality to reduce the SMS messaging costs associated with your respective carrier's plan.

Now I just wish Google Voice would open up invitations so I can shoot them out...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

ABCNEWS - Nightly news will be anchored from White House

I am not so much shocked at the decision as I am that it doesn't include a full on advertising campaign of larger portions.


ABCNEWS might as well start selling space on their "news" desk and get it over with.

Is ABC the "A Barack Channel" now?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Windows 7 Debacle

I have been pushing through the issues I have had recently with Windows 7 ... nothing major, just pains.

Four days ago, Windows 7 decides to just start randomly locking up... no mention in the Event Log, no errors on the screen, no "Windows did not shutdown correctly..." after a hard shutdown. And occasionally, USB Plug-n-Play would just stop working leaving me with media on an external drive but unable to load any of it. So much for the usage of Windows Media Center.

Now, I know this is an RC so I am not complaining as much as commenting.

We'll try re-image number 3 today to see how long I can go again...