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Vista Woes Pt. II; What gives?

by on Sep.26, 2008, under Annoyances, Windows

Getting wireless working in vista sucks. I’d rather BITE MY OWN ARM OFF. What gives?
Getting vista to accept a non-signed device driver sucks. What gives?
Getting the Group Policy editor to work sucked (had to remove system policy file).
I was running on battery power until my computer died, and vista never even told me.
It just sat there and then shut off, degrading the capacity of my battery further. What gives?
30 GB volume, I barely have anything on it and it’s got 10 GB free. What gives?
Right this moment I have a restart pending for reconfiguration and a program that says “Cancel pending.. Please wait.. This may take several minutes. Please do not exit from this operation.” (Not like I can exit, or anything.) What gives?
Installing the windows update for my video card caused it to shut off and not start up anymore: boot = windows failure = poweroff. Safe mode to the rescue. What gives?

Point of Note: I still don’t have wireless working. At all. It connects to my router, and that’s it. Its dumb ass can’t get an address from DHCP, when everything else (including older versions of Windows) can.

I choose Bite my Own Arm Off. It really would be less painful and time-consuming.

I believe I’ve restarted this thing 30 times in configuration.

For some reason, Vista boots through GRUB?
Not even kidding. My Grub -> Vista GRLDR -> Vista BootMgr.
I don’t remember installing that. Is that legal?
It appears GRLDR is a giant GRUB binary. It contains the stage1, stage2, every stage1.5 AND a menu.lst configuration file, all in one. Neat.

Anyway, I’m staying up all night or something.

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I decided to install Vista.

by on Sep.16, 2008, under Annoyances, Windows

So.
I attempted to install Vista (Really Windows 2008 Server Standard) once-
On my 12 GB partition.
It said “This drive requires at least 9978 MB free!”
Alright, I figure that’s fine and reformat it; there are well over 12000 MB free.
It then says “Windows suggests that you have at least 17000 MB free on this drive.”
I figure again that that’s okay, it’s just a suggestion!
Apparently not. “Windows could not find any suitable drives.”
That was some weeks ago.

Today, I tried again (new hard drive, 30 GB windows partition, etc.)
The install completes without a hitch.
Then, I start installing drivers. 300 megs worth of drivers. Wonderful! (This is still downloading, btw.)
Sounds worked out of the box, so did my touchpad + scroll and cardreader, it was pretty amazing.

Windows shuts off when I close the laptop (like, when the phone rings and I have to check the caller ID)- Minor annoyance.
Windows asks me for permission to do EVERYTHING- Minor annoyance.
I disabled Administrator and made my account the administrator (just so there weren’t two). Fine.

I’m apparently not allowed to shut the computer off?
“Restart [tooltip: This power option has been disabled by the administrator.]”
Excuse me? I am the administrator, and I sure as hell did NOT disable this.

Oh.
Internet Explorer comes pre-configured in super anal high security mode!
“Internet explorer wants to warn you about going to mozilla.com.”
“Internet explorer will not allow you to download this file from mozillamirror.com”
[Repeat last message for 15 different firefox mirrors: I add one of them to the whitelist and click 15 more times until I get lucky and it tries to use the one I whitelisted.]
Annoyingly enough, I CAN’T DISABLE THIS MODE!
Screw IE.

I’ll have more updates as time goes on (Still getting everything set up and downloaded and such. Jesus.)

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I have just one question.

by on Sep.11, 2008, under Annoyances, Mac OS X

Apple MenuWhat do you have to press to open the Force Quit dialog?

Here’s a hint: They’re all keyboard keys.

The accelerator for Log Out makes sense!


On another note, I absolutely love OS X. I take back all the bad things I said about it.
I’ll put up some screenies some time.

Happy Hacking!

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The LHC

by on Sep.10, 2008, under Uncategorized

So, I’d like to take just a few seconds to point out a current favourite site of mine:
Has the Large Hadron Collider Destroyed the Earth (dot com)

Cheerio!

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CMS Refresh

by on Sep.04, 2008, under Projects

I’ve been toying with this idea I’ve had for a little bit now (on the order of… thought of it last night and then slept.)
I think I’m going to either…

  1. Re-write the CMS’s display code in HTML5 (Here‘s part of the spec)
  2. Re-write the CMS from the ground up using the same database format (for the most part)
  3. CMS? What CMS? Oh, you mean that place? I’m surprised you still get hits there!

My first thought was #1, #2 came a couple minutes ago, and #3 has always been there in the background.
I know nobody reads this (read: nobody will ever read this) but I’d like your opinions!

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Another blog?

by on Sep.04, 2008, under Uncategorized

I’m following in the footsteps of some of my friends, and putting up a blog on Howett.net!
Yay!

It always was difficult for me to keep up with updating…
Better luck this time?

I’ll be putting more technical stuff here, for the most part.

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