Windows XP Service Pack 3

Many of you who have had the opportunity to install SP3 may have encountered the famous “Configuring Outlook Express 6” hang.  I don’t mean it’s slow.  I mean it just stops.  I had to install SP3 yesterday because I needed another patch that Microsoft wouldn’t let me have until I installed SP3.  Since I was dealing with infamous BSOD, I was hell bent on installing SP3 so that I could come back to work today and actually do the things they pay me for instead of futzing with this retarded PC all day.  I couldn’t find a good resolution to this documented anywhere so I’m posting one here. 

My answer to this:

  1. Hit CTRL-ALT-DEL
  2. Select “Shutdown” from the menu
  3. Click on “Restart”
  4. Once the machine reboots it should be past the error

Microsoft’s Answer – taken straight out of their tech support email:

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1. Click
“Start”, go to “Run”, type in “WAB” and press
“Enter” to open
Windows Address Book.
2. Click on the “File” menu, and click “Switch Identity”.
3. Choose “Main Identity”, and click “OK”.
4. Click on the File menu again, and click “Switch Identity”.
5. Click “Manage Identities”, Click “New” to create a new
Identity.
6.
Type
the name for the new Identity, and click “OK”.
7. Click “Yes” to switch to the new Identity.
8. Click on the “File” menu again, and click “Switch
Identity”.
9. Click “Manage Identities”, select “Main Identity” for
the following options, and click “Close”:

 

a.
Use this identity when starting a program.
b. Use this identity when a program does not ask you to choose an identity

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Another Reason not to fund the Borg Collective

I realize that calling Microsoft the Borg Collective is a bit extreme, but not overly much.  My latest gripe with them centers around what used to be one of my favorite Microsoft products – Visio.  Visio was one of the few things that Microsoft had done well with.  I use to it to automagically draw out database schemas and network diagrams.  Yes, it will do that if you buy the more expensive version.

Well, I’ve purchased it through our procurement department but they move about as fast as a tortise on Thorazine, so I’m running it in trial mode until my key code magically arrives.  I’ve an absolutely gianormeous diagram of a very complicated database that I’m trying to print.  I’ve had to do some re-arranging on the diagram to get it down to a size that’s under 200 sheets of paper.  For that reason, I’ve got a lot of spare space in diagram.  I keep trying to export it to a high resolution image so that I can crop it and then print it.  That seems to be too much to ask of Visio.  Every file format that’s remotely useful (GIF,PNG,JPG,PDF,etc.) all produce some bizarre error message or it does a bunch of bizarre formatting, rending the document unreadable.

Nice going guys!!!  Way to f-up the one thing that you were doing that I liked.  Lord knows you need more products like Blista. 

Car Jackers – Sort of

It seems that some teenage car jackers were stymied by the fact that the car they tried to jack was a standard stick-shift instead of an automatic.  First off, having a sub-par IQ seems to be pretty standard equipment for most criminals.  Apparently, they didn’t even know that stick shift existed, much less that they should avoid it because they couldn’t operate it.  Further evidence of their low IQ.  While they were trying to figure out how to start the car, police arrived and arrested them.  Can you say strike one, boys?

Open Source Dork-O-Rama

One of the biggest complaints about Linux is that it’s hard to use.  I have to say that I tend to agree with this, especially when the package maintainers loose their freaking minds.  Yes, as hard as it is for me to admit some times, even IT geeks can be dumbasses. 

What am I on about you ask?  Well, we recently upgraded two of our servers here.  They run what has become a particularly problematic version of Linux called Gentoo.  Now, I want to be clear here.  I’m not poking at all Linux.  I’m a huge proponent of *nix, but I’m more of a FreeBSD fan myself, since it is just as free (dollar-wise) as Gentoo and maintained by a group of people I consider to be far more sensible.  It’s also a true Unix operating system, much like many of the high end things I operate at work. 

The upgrades were necessary to maintain the security of these servers since they’re exposed to the internet.  The people who make the install package for the shiny new version of Apache, our web server, have decided that they suddenly do not need to include the basic modules that Apache uses in order to operate – little things like mod_auth that are enabled by default because everything in the world ties into them. 

After several hours of hacking on what should have a 10 minute thing, I’m going to have say that I’m most displeased.  Why anyone in their right mind would remove things that are vital to the function of the server is beyond me.  They need to step away from the crack pipe.

Drama Queen – a.k.a. Stoooopid Women

I know someone that we’ll call her Nancy.  Nancy was dating a guy named Henry.  Henry asked Nancy marry him even though Henry had several other women going on the side, including a couple of other marriage proposals.  Now, Henry is an pathologist (M.D.) and even though he’s 41, he’s got a nice lifestyle from his profession.  Nancy found out about Henry’s other women. 

Henry explained to her that they were just friends, but Nancy wasn’t  completely reassured.  Because she was suspicious, she installed some software on his computer to see what Henry was up to. Lo and behold, Henry is a cheating man-ho. It didn’t take long before the IM’s and emails offered up proof that Henry was carrying on more than platonic relationships with the other women. 

Now, Nancy started poking around to see what else Henry had told her was a lie.  She uncovered an incident where he had beaten a former girlfriend.  Apparently this incident had not been sent to the licensing board and Henry is quite concerned that Nancy will notify them of the incident.  If Henry were to loose or have his license to practice medicine suspended, this would greatly impact his lifestyle. 

Now, instead of just letting this looser go, Nancy has decided to terrorize Henry.  She’s been contacting the other women that Henry has been seeing and informing them that Henry is a wife-beater. She’s made several posts on several web sites and even put up a web site that complains about Henry’s actions.  Most of the information has been removed due to complaints by Henry.  However, Nancy is still unwilling to move on.  She spends her days obsessed by what Henry’s doing and what woman Henry is taking advantage of next.  Apparently, Henry’s newest target is a young lady that works for him.  Since she’s only 21, Nancy wants to advise this girl’s parents of Henry’s previous actions. 

Nancy has also been trying to obtain Henry’s cell phone records and a host of other personal information in the hopes that this will some how give her the ammunition to “ruin him like he’s ruined so many women.”  Frankly I find this behavior to be some what at odds with “normal”.  In spite of suggestions that she seek professional help and being told point blank that she’s acting like a stalker, she persists in knowing what Henry is up to at any given moment.  The really sad part is that Nancy is a single mom.  If she’d devote half as much time and energy to making money as she does to trying to “nail” Henry, she’d a millionaire by now.  I’m sure that her child would benefit from some of this mis-spent time an attention to. 

$67,000,000 for…

Some pants….that’s right, you heard it correctly.  $67 MILLION dollars for some pants.  Apparently a lawyer and judge by the name of Roy Pearson in Washington, DC is suing a small family owned dry cleaner for $67 million dollars for loosing a pair of his pants.  Lest you think I’m making this up, here’s a link to ABC News

Based on the fact that no one would take his case, this yahoo has decided to manage it himself.  He’s suing in civil court for an amount that is 83,750 times the cost of replacing the pants.  Yet in his lawsuit against the Choong family (the owners of the dry cleaners), he is claiming that they’ve defrauded him.  They’ve offered to settle with him for several thousands of dollars up to $12,000.  They’ve located his missing pants and offered to return them.  So far, he’s refused to settle for anything short of his $67 million dollars.  Who’s defrauding who, Mr. Pearson?

How, you may ask did Mr. Pearson arrive at this number?  Well, lets see, apparently he feels that the Choongs should pay for him to rent a car so that he can use a different dry cleaner every week end for the next ten years.   Doesn’t he own a car?  He is a judge after all.  Surely he can afford a car.  Now, I’ve seen photos of this guy. Maybe he needs a special car for that extra wide a$$ of his.  Personally, I think he’d get more out of walking a few extra blocks to a different dry cleaner.  Then he wouldn’t need the special car for his extra wide a$$.

He’s also alleging pain and suffering since he didn’t get to wear his favorite suit on his first day at work.  Now I have to tell you that grey pants with red & blue pin strips seem more like pimp-wear than judge-wear.  If you’re so insecure that you have to have your favorite outfit in order to do your job, maybe you aren’t in the right line of work.  And, frankly, I can’t imagine being upset about loosing a pair of pants like that or anyone who is unintellingent enough to consider such an item to be the height of fashion.  They really sound like they should be accessorized with a furry hat, feather boa, and platform shoes.

He’s also claiming that something that can never be replaced was taken from him.  When I first read this, I thought he meant that he’d left his brain in the pocket of said pants.  It appears to be small enough to be easily misplaced.  A few more sentences revealed that this was not the case.  If any woman has been de-flowered by Roy Pearson, please contact me.  I’m sure that you’d like sue him for dissatisfaction and the loss of some thing that can never be replaced.  I’m also sure that the Choongs would be happy to help you sue him

Part of the reason that he’s upset is that the other suits that he
owned were “too tight”, which brings us back to walking a few extra
blocks to a different dry cleaner.  Had he been doing this, he other
suits might have fit him and he might not have lost his pants.  Besides, does he really need to wear pants?  Won’t his judical robes hide his lack of pants? 

Furthermore, this isn’t the first time.  He’s also suing for some $550,000 in legal fees even though he’s representing himself. (Guess he hasn’t heard of the old adage about lawyers who represent themselves).  His divorce decree shows that there was a rather large award made to his ex-wife because of the excessive and protracted litigation causing an increase in fees.  Furthermore, he demands, in an appeal of his divorce, that the judge who oversaw the original be disciplined for not agreeing with him and approving several of his motions.  Given his demands of other judges, I demand that he be removed from the bench and disbarred for unethical behavior.  He’s also used to demanding money from people – it seems that he expected his wife to pay him spousal support.   His “standard tactics” seem to be to flood someone with paper and hope to win that way.  Any third year law student can do that – leading me to think that his brain really is in the pocket of those pants.

The Choongs have spent thousands of dollars defending themselves from this jackass.  How this man is allowed to sit on a bench and pass judgment on anyone is beyond me.  What Mr. Pearson is doing is extortion, harassment, and abuse of power.  I would like to know why he hasn’t been dis-robed and disbarred for his conduct.  I suspect that he’s picking on the Choongs because they’re Asian immigrants.  I think he should have to take his pants and pay their legal fees. I sincerely hope that the Choongs file their own suit for frivolous legal action against Mr. Pearson.