ARCHIVE: July, 2007
What a relief! I finally got around to putting together a video from the canoe trip I took with Dave down the Missinaibi River. I'm currently uploading it to both Facebook & Youtube. Once it's been fully uploaded & processed, I'll post the links here. It ended up being 2 x 10 minute parts. Now, while it's uploading, onto something related....
So I fire up my Windows Movie Maker and piece together my masterpiece. I'm ready to publish it, choose my settings, press Publish and BLAM! The program hangs, crashes, then restarts. I started digging for info and found what I needed in the app log. Turns out that one of my audio drivers didn't play nice with Movie Maker. The driver in question was C:\windows\system32\IAC25_32.AX. A long story short.... once I found out that this was the offending driver, I needed to correct the situation. This driver is part of the audio drivers for my Intel motherboard. I believe it was written for XP, which may be why I'm having some compatibility issues in the Vista movie maker. I tried removing the reference to this from the registry, but that didn't work. Then I tried renaming the file, but I had access denied because the file is locked (and not by any specific process.... it was loaded early in the boot process). So, all I needed to do in the end was unregister it from a command prompt: regsvr32 -u iac25_32.ax and Voila! My movie maker was fixed and I could proceed to publish my video.
What if this has happened to you?. First of all, I can't be held accountable to any of the info given here. If you want to try this, it is at your own risk. If you are not sure what you are doing, you could make matters worse. You've been warned.
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----- 07.17.2007 --------
Lately I've been putting a lot of work into my resume, which is now it decent shape. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions!!! Now for the next step, which is the fun part.... research companies and get it out to the ones I'd like to work for. I have a couple in mind already, but this week should prove to be productive in broadening that list. Anyway, I just wanted to post a quick update and let you all know things are going great. Summer is awesome :) I've been outside a lot and staying active. In fact, on Sunday, I swam some lengths of my parents' pool. Their pool is 12.5m long (40 feet), which is half of an Olympic-sized pool I think. My goal was to swim 40 lengths, but since it was going so well... I did a few more. 100 more to be exact! 140 lengths... I felt fantastic!
I also managed to get out blading... another notch for the blade-o-meter! I really should have put a different meter on my site this year... like a paddle-o-meter! I've paddled 405 KM's between my 2 trips in June! And with another coming up in August, it should make for an impressive amount by the time summer's done. Anyway, gotta run... my Digital Photography III class started last week and I have a tricky assignment that's due tomorrow. Ciao!
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Today, that store in question was Taylor's Outdoor Gear, located on Spadina, here in Toronto. Glenn, the guy who helped me out about a month ago before my camping expeditions, greeted me with a smile today. My ulta-lite inflatable mattress I got for my camping expeditions failed on me half-way down the Missanaibi River. Unfortunately, it failed right before all of the gravel bars I had to sleep on! Anyway, I didn't have the receipt and I was sure they'd give me trouble. Not the case! I was very pleased with how helpful they were, trying to look up my purchase in the computer, patient enough to scroll through a few days that I "thought" I bought it on. Finally, they found it in the computer and without further questions, exchanged it for me on the spot. Now that's the kind of service I wish all stores gave!!! Anyway, as I walked home, I was so relieved not to have to jump through the usual hoops in the customer service game, so I thought the least I could do is mention them here, in hopes that if someone's doing their homework on them, they'll run across this recommendation and be sure to include Taylor's in their search for camping gear when they hit up the usuals: MEC, Europe Bound, & Marathon. Thanks Glenn!
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So, what's happened between the last post and now? Lots! I was just up in Algonquin with Jen & my family to do some (more) camping. Unfortunately, my Mom had an accident the first night and broke her hip. So, the rest of camping was pretty weird, mostly because she wasn't with us. And secondly, because we were constantly making plans to figure things out as our lovely Health Care system took their time in finding her a bed and a surgeon to help her out. I guess 2 days isn't too bad, is it? Fortunately, she's back at home safe & sound now. All the best to her in her recoveries!
While up camping, I saw a ton of moose as usual. I took some pics, but because of the low-light, I wasn't very happy with them. If they were clear, they were noisy due to the high ISO setting I needed to use to obtain the clarity. A catch 22! Anyway, far from the best lighting!!! Too bad too, because if it weren't so dark, the rack on these bull Mooses would have looked great! Who knows, maybe after I get a chance to look through the pics I'll be able to salvage a few.
Well, I think it's safe to say I'm done camping for now. Tonight I'm off to a buddy's Birthday Party.... a good ol' city bash :) And tomorrow, we're off to Toronto Island for a picnic. Judging by the weather reports, it should be a hot one! That's all for now... hope everyone's getting outside and having a great summer!
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