Save Vista!

So, Windows 7 is out and has been for a week.  I’ve been running it for exactly two months today.

I like it and I’m encouraged by the Windows development process, something that can’t be said for Ubuntu.  (It doesn’t help that its latest release has problems with recognizing multiple SATA drives.)

I’ve had no problems that I could attribute to Windows 7 specifically;  I did have Windows bluescreen on log off, but that appears to be due to the UltraVNC server I had running.  (My HDTV antenna, and the TV card that it feeds are in different rooms, so I use a Windows Mobile PDA with a VNC client to adjust it by viewing the signal strength app through the desktop.)  The bug code I got (Bug Check 0xEC: SESSION_HAS_VALID_SPECIAL_POOL_ON_EXIT), is very specific as to the cause—any driver related to win32k.sys, atmfd.dll or rdpdd.dll, in other words any remote access hooking DLL such as VNC’s.  No new version of UltraVNC has come out so I’ve gone on with my life.

It has been otherwise very uneventful over the past few months.

The one thing I should have learned over 3 years of using Vista, is how the IT press used the “Vista Failure” meme to keep itself going.  If you got a Vista machine this past spring, like one of my friends did, you’re probably doing OK. 

It’s a good thing for the IT press that people have reported boot loops when installing Windows 7.  I just wish, in my universe, pundits like Randall Kennedy and Loyd Case would sweep streets while the likes of Mark Russinovich do reporting.  If Mark were reporting on this, it’d be fixed!  Good for the pundits, “Seven S****!”, not so good for the people affected.

At least Windows 7 has given me more time for games!


Spam FAIL!

Seen recently at SATV.


Lull Ends; I’m getting a new office!

My lull is over, too soon.

My friend and contractor Leo is splitting the space in Engineering so that the server is secure and separate from other activities in the room.  Engineering is where members file in to check out equipment and return it.  There’s already a workstation on the bench that staff will use to process equipment reservations, seen at the very lower left of the frame.

I will have “my” own chair, shelves and file cabinets;  currently, all of our software disks, cables, paperwork and etcetera are scattered around the building, no surprise since we have been a Windows shop since 1998 and I have been at this job since 2000.

On the top shelf of the server cart, you can see the cable snake I made up, which will replace the snarl of cables there now.  We’re planning on getting managed and monitored power strips from Server Technology

We still are figuring out some details.  We’ll also need a printer for reservations.  We have a lot of work to make our reservation software work yet, so there will be no more lulls for me this year.

Still, for the first time, I have a real office!


Quiet Interlude

It’s been too quiet.   We had a big Patch Tuesday, but it went very uneventfully.  Sal and I were supposed to review our equipment database so we could import it into our new LOB software, Facil, but he’s been under the weather.  My server room is being done over—but not quite yet.

So, quiet.

The highlight of the week—honest—new computer wallpaper from Ponyo, which I saw a few weeks ago and loved.

I promise to come back with real news, tips, or if nothing else, more game screengrabs.