Wednesday, July 8, 2009
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
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
Friday, June 26, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
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 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
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...
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
The reports and graphs deliver on what we are spending where and allow us to create a budget with multiple categories for food, entertainment, etc.
Friday, May 29, 2009
- Open Windows Explorer either with
or hit type "Windows Explorer" and hit
- Do the step above again to open a second Windows Explorer window
- Drill into the folder you want to create as a short cut for the "Send To:" menu in the first Windows Explorer window
- In the second Windows Explorer window, click in the address bar and type: "shell:sendto"
- With the mouse "Right click and drag" the destination folder from the first Windows Explorer window into second Windows Explorer window
- Release the mouse button in the second window
- When the context menu opens where you released the mouse, select "Create Shortcut Here"
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
My experience of gas prices over the last few weeks:
- - 4 weeks ago, gas was at 1.88/gallon
- - 3 weeks ago, gas hit 1.97/gallon
- - 2 weeks ago, gas jumped over 2.20/gallon
- - 1 week ago, 2.39/gallon
- - Today, 2.59/gallon
What happens is that the gas price jumps up $0.20 for a few days then drops $0.12 or so. A few days later, gas jumps again $0.20 but then comes down $0.10-$0.15 cents. Over time, this results in gas prices being higher with no real reason outside of …. I guess demand increases during the summer months. But production of gas is controlled by those who define the supply. They generate the need of demand by stimulating stories of demand increasing.
And let’s not get started on “oil swaps”…
- Search functionality is really working out well. I have been searching through on how to find all files in a directory. In an effort to figure out some complex searches, I found this article on the Advanced Query Syntax (AQS) from Microsoft: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa965711.aspx
Sunday, May 24, 2009
|Features||Origin Country: China|
Accord with USB 2.0 specification , and downward inclusive USB 1.1/1.0 of the standard specifications
Having supported the voltage and electric current in the twinkling of an eye to protect the function in year, the load of the electric current protects and prevents the electricity from stopping causing and damaging.
Is it insert with and hot to insert and draw the function promptly at the same time to support.
Light small and exquisite help the commercial affair hand-carry while going on business.
USB concentrator in a four ports can fetch the electricity to use from the computer independently. (Mini USB concentrator lets you increase the peripheral equipment on the note type computer whenever and wherever possible. )
Can USB join port supply power directly , exempt using the voltage transformer.
Can another outer DC power transformer of 5V too.
Use the voltage: 5 volts.
Power consumptive power: 2.5 amperes.
Systematic demand: Inclusive operating system: WindowME,2000, XP, Mac OS8.6, 9XX, the edition after Mac OS X 10.1.3
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
- Application to application movement and switching is more swift and fluid
- The on-screen keyboard is very handy. Unfortunately, I can only use it with some degree of accuracy in landscape orientation. Portrait just doesn't work for my thick digits.
- The system buttons have a better look... more polished. This includes the notification icons, etc.
- Flip orientation... this is what I was waiting for and a big winner in my book. The application changing orientation based on what I am doing with the phone. Yes... thank you!
- Battery life - in 1.0 and 1.1, this SUCKED! Anyone with a G1 knows what I am talking about.
- Lack of default T-Mobile applications - will there be any issues with some default TMO applications not present?
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
This may be a new reason to call in ill... "Yeah, boss. Sorry about this but the smell from my co-workers lunch is, well, just too much."
Perhaps this is a call for Paul Blart...
Monday, May 11, 2009
Keep in mind, I use the OneNote screen-clip function a TON. But the basic ability to launch this quick little tool and save JPEGs - natively, quickly, built-in - is fantastical!
Onward and upward... Day 5...
Interesting little tidbit with Gmail and IE8. If I change the theme (from anything to anything), then the Inbox works just fine. Otherwise, my stuff's broke and I default back over to FF. Here are some screen shots of my ordeal.
Just straight up annoying... and non-functioning. Here is a snip of the bottom Inbox section:
After I change the theme (from Settings-> Themes) from the Gmail UI:
But this ONLY works during my session. Once I restart IE8, my issue returns:
It doesn't matter which theme I use and only happens in IE8. Also, this only appears to happen in the IE8 on Windows 7 as my XP IE8 installation is not behaving in this manner. A big difference in the two OSes is W7 is x86_64 and WinXP is x86.
I am not sure that blame belongs with Windows 7, yet. It could certainly be contained within:
- how Gmail is presenting information to the IE8 code base on Windows 7 x86_64
- IE8's rendering in the x86_64 build
- an RC issue within Windows 7 that doesn't handle certain AJAX/Web 2.0/new fangled widget
I haven't gone through to turn on/off new features and functionality within Gmail - I like to turn on the toys. But that seems hardly the solution - turn off the new features and enhancements that make the software more useful (IMO) so that the solution actually works as intended... since this behavior is limited to IE8 on W7 and no other browser - I also confirmed Google Chrome is happy - I am not going to go through the trouble of attempting to determine root cause. I simply don't care if this site doesn't work in IE8 on x86_64 W7. <<>>
Heck, I use FF w/ IE Tab more than anything else anyway...
Looking forward to Day 6...
Saturday, May 9, 2009
The issue is Gmail. The drop down menus are rendered in the wrong spots and my email is not updating in IE 8. I have downloaded Chrome and Firefox to see if the issue persists. Also, dslreports.com speed tests show my upload speed @ an amazing, blazing 43Mbps.
I don't think this is possible from a (my) consumer cable line.. but you never know. Maybe Comcast is being more giving these days.
More tests to follow.
Friday, May 8, 2009
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters on Friday that Obama will focus on legislation and urge lawmakers to "get something done on an issue of tremendous importance to middle class families.
"For many people credit cards provide an opportunity to finance purchases," Gibbs said. "But we think there's a more equitable way to do that and I think that those reforms are on their way through Congress."
The "equitable way" is to SAVE FOR YOUR PURCHASES! Don't ring up debt you CAN'T pay for and then use money that's borrowed.
Ok - the pinned application section in the task bar... is... freakin'... cool!
Not only is it at the window level, but for Internet Explorer, the tabs are displayed individually.
And one thing that my boy Donn brought up starting back in Vista was the "Start and Type" search functionality. I use Launchy in my XP machines for the same features/functions. In Windows 7, the search results are expanded. The term "virtual" gives me options from Internet Explorer, the Virtualbox application, and the Virtual machines within Windows 7 - such as the "free" Windows XP machine.
The extra wallpapers are really nice.
It's about time more (free) themes are readily available for Windows 7 directly from MS.
I'll keep trying... but I will keep seeking the fault. It ain't wrong.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Thus far, I am really enjoying the task bar pinned applications.
Tomorrow, I am going to get the Live adapter setup to share my media - specifically my music.
A daily touchpoint may be in order...
I bring this up as the opportunity to "test drive" Mac OS X for a specific period of time AND have the full functionality of that operating system during the specified time period would allow those, like myself, the chance to go further than the local Mac store for interacting with the OS.
Basically, hook me with the freebie... otherwise, will I ever REALLY know what I am missing but not having Mac OS X?
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
B) Is free
There are plenty more... and some will follow.
Anti-virus (free edition)
I am torn between
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Look, I will concede to Bush haters that he did some funny stuff and made some mistakes. Nobody is perfect, we all do that. But to have a President's name invoked in an auto dealer commercial almost seems a bit comical and below the Office of the Presidency. I know it isn't Obama doing it but it is his decisions that feed the idea for the commercial.
And that is the most important thing. President Obama's decisions since he has taken office have been dreadful. Look at all the bad appointments and waffling decisions. Here is a quick list:
Appointing numerous tax cheats
Floating the idea of having war vet's personal insurance pay their medical for war related injuries
Releasing the so-called "torture" memos
Shaking hands with Hugo Chavez
Telling Turkey we are not a christian nation
Bowing to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
Napolitano calling vets possible terrorists
Hillary's reset button
Saying that the US invented the automobile
The list could go on and on but I think I made my point. Why have as a nation decided to put these folks in charge? Seriously, this is getting embarrassing to watch. And what is even worse is how the media pushes how good of a job Obama is doing. I will just start calling him bumbling Obama.
Here is a funny video I found. I personally think it would be worse than this if the government was running the auto warranty department.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Cutler, age 25, is a Pro Bowler... a statistical accomplishment that Orton would not make in Chicago... and can be again... and again... and again. For the NFC.
Let's look at what the NFC posted for Pro Bowl QBs in 2008 -
- Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner - ok. I think I would be in contention with the receiver corp to work with in AZ.
- Drew Brees - yeah, the number of yards, etc., WTF?
- Eli - I am a little sick and tired of hearing how "golden boy" this cat is in the grand scheme.
As a Bears fan, the next great thing would be to pull a trade for a Fitzgerald caliber receiver. That would be the end all of the be all to the greatest offensive season in recent (read 40+ years) of Bears history.
What are your thoughts on the trade? Next steps for the Bears?
Friday, March 20, 2009
"A couple of specific examples are illustrative of the problems caused by the overly broad language. The Department of Justice-Office on Violence Against Women's Transition Housing Assistance Program offers funding to provide victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking supportive services such as short-term housing assistance. In many Nevada rural communities the only hotel rooms available are in casinos. The overly broad restriction deprives victims of a safe place away from their attackers."
Nevada rural communities is not specifically defined to a location, but the following maps.google.com search shows 4 pages of searches with "+hotels -casinos Las Vegas NV".
Link to Map
Why not have the funds go towards establishing better shelters - or new shelters - if there is THAT much of a need to support various activities that normally are only designated as "casino" activities.
"...which has created a unique environment in which hotel/casino complexes are often the most appropriate venue for certain activities, particularly holding public events such as community outreach events, Parent Teacher Association meetings, domestic violence trainings, and other workshops."
Can't these meetings be held in schools, churches, and the like.
Another search for "+meeting -casinos las vegas nv" (LINK) shows 5,000+ locations.
There are so many other options that don't require the involvement or intervention of the casinos. What would the supposed people he is looking after have done without this stimulus money? Keep the money that can be used for casino based meetings and subsidize additional meetings in non-casino venues.
Done. Everyone is happy.
Now I know what these guys feel like
- Wireless for more than WEP, specifically WPA Enterprise
- Dual-monitor support
- DVD/CD burning software that REALLY worked for my two different types of burners
- External media
- Better USB support - this is specifically for my cell phones. I really (REALLY) require my computer to be able to natively charge my cell phone through my USB cable
- Printing support - I love the fact that I connect my HP to Linux and the printer fully detects not only the printer, but the scanner as well
I have used, in the past, Kubuntu and Xubuntu. I have always fallen back to Ubuntu because the Gnome interface just makes more "sense" to me. The layout is, well, more intuitive and enjoyable (IMO). Although, I am not the biggest fan of the default panels at the bottom and top.
After checking out the details on the latest build of PCLinuxOS, I decided to play with the LiveCD of PCLinuxOS 2009.1. My goal was to check on what was new in this distro but not necessarily to fully replace my installation of Ubuntu 8.10.
Here is the link to the distro site:
After about 10 minutes in 2009.1, I could not double click the "Install" icon on the desktop fast enough.
Some key items that pushed me over:
- I decided KDE may be ok to "push" through... force myself
- Dual-monitor support was EASIER than Ubuntu
- Wireless was EASIER to get setup than Ubuntu
- Software packages were more up-to-date. An example is Open Office - 3.0 instead of 2.4
- Flash was all set
- Java as well
- Wallpaper - I dig being able to select different wallpaper for each of my monitors... that adds to the cool factor
- Konqueror - I am liking Konqueror more and more (I wish I could get this up and running on Windows)
Monday, March 16, 2009
I started with the understanding of how my wife and I started in our holy matrimony and what steps have resulted in a vast change to the way we use the newspaper.
WAAAYYY back in the day, my wife would buy multiple newspapers, specifically Wednesday and Sunday, in order to accumulate multiple coupon offerings.
As we moved forward with technology, we were no longer burdened with requiring an actual coupon to save $.25 on a box of mac-n-cheese. The grocery stores were able to move their sales to a key fob type setup where either through the off-shoot coupon or the key chain store card, we were able to save a bunch on the "sale" items.
Technology plays an important piece in the newspaper landscape. The main intent, from my understanding, is to provide the news in written form and report on events from the last 24 hours. The hard copy newspaper is simply outdated and archaic.
Until recently, I was limited to only MY COMPUTER to be able to log into any newspaper website and peruse the articles and see information about what is going on in that entities community - regardless of size. This can include national newspapers - like U.S. Today or the local scribe, the Star Tribune. All of that being said, even for the bus, I haven't bought a newspaper in over five years.
One reason is that cellular companies have migrated the need for paper news to bits and bytes. Also, the same stories on on the digital version of many newspapers and magazines. I now get PC World via a link from my email. I no longer receive a hard copy version... I am fine with that. It saves me cleaning the old copies off of the back of the toilet.
Speaking of bathroom reading: Now that I have swung over to the G1 from T-Mobile (friends say I am ADDICTED!!), what is the point of a printed newspaper. Worse yet... NAY, a better question... WHY attempt to save the newspaper if that newspaper is not able to create a 21st century business model that keeps them equitable and contemporary? What is the intent behind Pelosi's drive?
Oh wait - it's left wing... correct? And in her district?
2009 Newspapers Filing Bankruptcy
Philadelphia Daily News
Star Tribune (in Minneapolis)
Now, the article starts "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, worried about the fate of The Chronicle and other financially struggling newspapers...", but never discusses what other entities SHE is worried about.
Can someone... anyone... provide what SHE is attempting to do for the greater good and position herself as a respected Speaker of the House? Outside of picking and choosing what hometown businesses to attempt to save by making use of her title and influence. I thought the left saved that for right wingers.
And yeah, I take my G1 to the shitter. Never know when you are going to be in there longer than the norm and need a little brick-breaker to pass the time. Go F^&$# yourself...
Saturday, January 31, 2009
The Promise Audit - National Journal: "As memories of the campaign trail fade, it’s easy to forget some of the more than 200 promises made by Barack Obama."
I think the betterment of the country is at stake. We should all keep an eye on the ways of government.
The immortal words of Ronald Reagan, "Trust, but verify"
This Lifehacker.com post made me happy.
Unfortunately, none of the actual shows are playing through the XBMC. Just another soul crush... :)
More to follow once I figure it out...
Wired connections work just fine and have no issues. The wireless... no so good.
I am able to quickly power cycling the router without a problem. The wireless then just starts working once the router comes up.
This happens with the Linksys firmware or the DD-WRT firmware I am running now.
BTW - if you have a Linksys router (or any other supported hardware) and are not running DD-WRT, you need to (HAVE TO) check out the DD-WRT project for your basic home router software needs.
Amazingly, my cell phone actually charges when plugged into Windows XP SP2 after installing the Sprint software. (The same cell phone has always worked just fine on any Linux distribution)
Windows XP - works after install
Vista - not so much.
Windows 7 - even worse.
I will say that the attempts to update Notepad and Paint are, well, ok. Some of the features are actually pretty nice. The docking taskbar, with links for Internet Explorer, WMP, and Windows Explorer, is a nice improvement. Also, User Account Control (UAC) is less intrusive and objectionable (to me, at least).
The upside -
All of my laptop drivers were detected and installed without an issue. (This is another wonderful piece of Linux, :). Also, the new KDE feel of the default UI is pleasing to me. I wonder if Gnome-like desktop is an option...?
No plans to reimage the laptop for now...