OS nightmares.

So I am working on this certain laptop, and am planning to buy it. However, it came with Vista home basic. Well, the other day I formatted the drive and installed XP MCE. NONE of the essential hardware worked (video, wifi, wired LAN, audio). Yes, I had XP drivers and yes they were a nightmare to find. I put Vista basic back on, and called it good. Later I decided that if I was to keep Vista, I should at least have a better version so I torrented and tried to install Ultimate. The installer froze at “Expanding files – 69%” and no way could I get it to move past it. I put home basic back on. The next morning I discovered that, upon resume from Standby, the resolution was bumped down from 1280×800 to 1024×768. Annoying. I tried everything to fix it to no avail. I put XP on again, and this time got almost everything working. Only thing: it would NOT resume from standby. I rely heavily on standby so I had to go to an OS that at least would resume. Here we go again. Put home basic back on. So far it seems to be working fine.

I hate OSes sometimes.

The Porcupine Story.

So the other day I met this guy on Facebook named Josh. We talked a fair amount on AIM, and last night we decided to meet here today. Well he got here about 11:30 this morning, just as my mom was leaving. Now on to the funny occurrence. I was trying to show off my 10kV power supply when I needed a different wire, so I went to the barn to get one. Instantly I became aware of something moving at the base of the stairs, and there was yet another damn porcupine in there. I ran in, turned to Josh and said, rather casually, “excuse me for a second, I need to shoot something.” I grabbed the gun and ran out the door, seeing his very inquisitive look out of the corner of my eye as I passed. I went to the barn, aimed and fired. As I came back in, he looked at me and just kind of quietly asked “may I ask, what did you just shoot?” I told him, and we had a fantastic laugh about the circumstances.

Follow up to the “Conference got me thinking” post.

I’ve maintained a decent email contact with Judy, and her birthday came and went, “another one of the firsts I have to get through” as she put it. Her birthday was June 30.

She requested a few copies of the brochure/agenda they were handing out at the conference. An upstanding member of Eastern had written a blurb about Bob on the back of the trifold, with a picture of him taken by another member. It was a very nice… “thing” is all I can think to call it. Bob’s memory certainly lives on in at least some of us, and for that I am very happy.

I wish there was more I could do to help with the maintenance of Bob’s website which Judy so thoughtfully wishes to keep going. I can’t really do much, being that I’m from Maine and she (and the equipment that feeds weather data to the website) is in Missouri.

I never was clear on this, but I’ve often gotten the sense that no one, or very few anyway, from Eastern has reached out to her and shared fond memories of Bob. I’d certainly share more but I have so few of dfuzz, and his pink alterego, A. Ziffel. I met him at Conference 2, but as I may have mentioned he only appears, back-to, in one of the 64 pictures I took.