Archive: September, 2006
Today was a great day. I worked, yet I was out of the office :) Our department (IT) got together with the Accounting group for our first annual line conference. We held it at the Docks. The morning we met on issues and strategic talks, and then the afternoon was devoted to "Team Building" with some obstacle course type stuff. We all had a lot of fun and I feel the event was a big success.
So from my last post, I was just about to wipe out my older build of Vista (5384) and install RC1 (build 5600). "RC1" is the "Release Candidate 1". It's usually the final stage of beta testing where they feel they've worked out the bugs and are ready to unleash the product to the world... for sale (the money's gotta come from somewhere, right!). So far so good.... it seems much more stable and more devices were found without my help. And then a couple, such as my webcam (logitech quickcam 4000 pro), actually works with the latest drivers from logitech, as opposed to last time where I couldn't get it to work at all. I'll continue to update on how I like it and even more importantly, when you finally take the plunge into Vista over the next 1 - 3+ years and run into trouble... I'll have the answers ;) Anyway, I'm off to bed. Cheers all!
----- 09.16.2006 --------
[----GEEK ALERT ----]
Microsoft encourages you to use the Akamai download agent because it can enable resuming of broken downloads. So I click on the link and am promted to install the ActiveX component. Now in IE 7, your environment is virtualized. Or atleast sort of... and this is MS's way of preventing spyware from sticking or infecting your OS. So install the agent and am prompted to save the .iso file. I point to my J: drive (ext. USB drive) and am unable to write due to permission issues. Strange... I didn't think I protected that drive. I am prompted to save it in my profile's document directory (c:\users\USERNAME\documents) so I save it there and then try to figure out why I could not save to J: by enforcing everyone full control on the drive. I wouldn't do this on my root drive, but since this device is usually OFF as to "hacker protect" it, I didn't see any issue.
So the file starts downloading and the permission change is taking FOREVER to rewrite the ACL's across my 135 GB's of existing data. So then I go out to lunch with my girlfriend and when I come back, the download has completed. What's next? Yes... find the file and copy it to my J: drive. One problem: I can't find the file. I was SURE that I saved it to USERNAME\documents but it isn't there. So I do a few things:
C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\C\Users\USERNAME\documents
I found it! Now.... why did that not come up when searching? It should have!!! And strangely, from the save dialog box, it looked like I was in the root of my C: drive, when really I was in virtualized\C. How come I never ran into this before? I guess that in IE7, the save dialog box can interface direct to your computer. However, since I was in the download agent, and activeX control running within IE's "protected" environment, it can't see the real root. Very strange!
So I copy my ISO and am on my merry way. Right now I am getting ready by making sure any data is on my external drive, which will remain off and disconnected.... too much data to risk on a bad install (worst case scenario). So the moral of the story:
----- 09.10.2006 --------
So, what did I do for my birthday this year? Jen was a huge help and organized a party for me at our condo. It was a lot of fun and had a decent turnout of 25 or so. Saturday, I was supposed to go to 2 birthday parties: My cousin 80K's and my buddy Bob's. Unfortunately I never made it to either. Trixie, our dog, had some issues on Saturday. Still unknown to us, we were alarmed to hear her screaming in pain. We weren't sure exactly what it was, but after the 3 round of it, we brought her to the emergency vet clinic. Even in the car she seemed in pain and sure enough, after we get there, she was totally fine. The vet throroughly checked her out from the outside and didn't find anything physically wrong. Maybe it's mental? We just got another foster dog to take care of, Cosmos, and he's an older guy that has left Trixie alone. No terrorizing her like lil Morty did. Is she stressed? We're not sure but even after we got home she had a couple more panic attacks, or whatever they were. In fact she had 4 during the night. For that reason, I stayed in so we could take her back to the vet if need be. THe Vet suggested we video it to help another vet in case we need to. SO I caught her on tape and if it keeps up after Cosmos is gone (Tuesday), then we'll take her to our regular vet. Pretty scary... and the worst is how helpless we feel when she can't tell us what's wrong. Hopefully it's the stress of another dog in the condo. Anyway, I'm sure she's fine. Besides that, it's been a great weekend! Hope you're all doing well and thanks to all of you who could make it on Friday.
----- 09.04.2006 --------
After having the tents taken down and packed, we made breakfast and then started packing the rest of the gear... under the tarp of course! When it was time to pack the car, we back it right up under the tarp and continued packing while keeping dry. We had a pretty good system going! Finally, when the tarp was the last thing to go, we quickly took it down, folded it & put it in a garbage bag, threw it and our ponchos in the trunk and off we went. Pretty smooth :) Anyway, I should get the pics soon (hopefully tonight, within the next hour or so) and I'll supply the link. I have to warn you, since I got my new camera I was really interested in taking close-ups of stuff... and as you'll see, mushrooms seemed to be my theme. We walked the Beaver Pond trail and the shrooms seemed to catch my eye more then anything else. There are some great shots... if you appreciate mushrooms :) Although this link may not work at the time of posting, CLICK HERE FOR THE PICS.
Today, while sitting at home relaxing, I could hear jet screaming by as the air show continued. I was able to get a couple pretty good shots as they screamed over our condo. Check out this one!
Anyway, that's all for now. Cheers!
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