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sheer audacity

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What a struggle to get the patches installed, with some of my archived patches even trying to go online for more
patches – which was not going to happen at home. Then a disk check, which takes up to an hour on my large-but-slow notebook drive. Still, my main tools (OpenOffice.Org , HTML-Kit) were on there on Sunday, I could have done any necessary work at any time. Except for audio editing, that requires Adobe Audition, a classy program I don’t mind paying for. (Though I am looking harder at Audacity as a free software alternative.)

Written by brian t

June 30, 2004 at 10:08 am

Posted in technology, windows

rebuilding

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Still at work, downloading drivers. I rebuilt my notebook PC the other day, after an unwise attempt at disk partition modification. I normally use “Partition Magic”, which does the job pretty well, but this time I used Microsoft’s command line “DiskPart” utility. I gave the right command, and the utility returned an error like “your disk is not suitable for expansion”. But it was suitable, and it did appear to have done the job, according to the Disk Management screen. However, Windows Explorer did not recognize the change, and trashed files over the next day or so, to the point where “lsass.exe” was damaged and logging on caused an error and a (clean) shutdown.

The good news is that I had backed up all my data first, and I keep the freshest working data on my flash cards. I did not lose a byte, and reinstalled Windows XP while watching the last Euro 2004 quarter-final on Sunday. Tonight it’s the Service Pack and subsequent hotfixes, anti-virus, then maybe Microsoft Flight Simulator with the NY Megascenery addon pack. This time I’m going to experiment with stripping out even more of the Microsoft applications than I usually do, even Internet Exploiter (if that is possible). Mozilla, for me, now does it all, and better.

Written by brian t

June 29, 2004 at 7:10 pm

Posted in technology, windows

de-worming

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I came in to work to upload last night’s writing, to find the Internet in the throes of a major “worm” attack. This one affects systems running Microsoft’s SQL Server 2000 software, which can be hijacked through a known security hole. The hole was fixed six months ago, but the patch has clearly not been applied worldwide. It’s possible that the people behind the worm didn’t see the opportunity until the problem was publicized – there’s a lesson in there somewhere, though I have no idea what it is. Things have calmed down somewhat, since I can get through to post this, but I still see some odd browsing failures.

Written by brian t

January 26, 2003 at 3:57 pm

Posted in internet, windows

dot net news

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Great Windows .NET course this week – covering all kinds of weird and wonderful things that are new to .NET. Depending on how you look at it, .NET could be seen as just a set of updates to Windows 2000, but so many of the niggles are being resolved, that we hear that quite a few companies are looking forward to it. To put it another way, much of what Windows 2000 promised, but failed to deliver because of practical limitations, is looking more like reality. We shall see.

Written by brian t

December 3, 2002 at 1:31 pm

moving again

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What was I writing on Sunday about staying in this place for the next few months? Well, it looks as if my landlord’s planning permission is not going to go through, and so he’s once again looking at making money from this place as it is. I’ve been given the choice of

  1. finding two more people to come and live here, and taking charge of the place, or
  2. moving out.

Not a difficult choice, since this place is hardly worth fighting for. I expect to move out at the end of the month, and have started putting feelers out at work.

Playing around with my ThinkPad today, I discovered a Linux utility called “tmpwatch”, which purports to clean up unnecessary temporary files. Well, it certainly cleaned up the system all right. After it was finished, I couldn’t even run a ‘ls’ command to see what was left, since the ‘ls’ binary was ‘tmpwatch’d along with everything except the kernel (I think). Oh well, I’d been looking for an excuse to low-level format the sucker for some time. Windows 98SE2 is going back on for the moment. I think I have a copy of 98lite somewhere too.

On second thoughts, let me see how far I can go on DOS 6.22 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11. A little nostalgia for the old folks, and very quick boot times for me. I’m dating myself here, aren’t I? Might as well, it’s not as if anyone else will…

Written by brian t

October 2, 2002 at 9:15 pm

locking card

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Well, I never got to the bottom of the driver problem, but it hasn’t reoccurred after a reinstallation of Windows XP Professional. The USB side is great too – just what I paid for. I had a bit of a scare when the system stopped for about 5 minutes during boot, but that turned out to be linked to a particular 16MB CompactFlash card that I had inserted for testing. It was given to me by a colleague who was having problems with it. It works in my camera so I’ll keep it as a standby, but it’s otherwise no use, since I already have decent 128MB and 256MB cards. The next step may be a faster card, to improve the camera performance a little.

Written by brian t

September 18, 2002 at 12:58 pm

Posted in technology, windows

not microsoft

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The laptop rebuild went well, but after adding some software I had an error I’ve never seen before, at shutdown: STOP 0x0000009F DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE. Recommended actions include removing any new drivers and even wiping the system. I’m installing Windows XP Service Pack 1 as well, for the first time, to see if it helps. If not, it means a wipe-and-load procedure. Put it this way: it looked great until some third-party software was installed, so it’s not a case of “blame Microsoft” this time.

Written by brian t

September 17, 2002 at 12:56 pm

Posted in windows