Monday, April 28, 2008
Say what you will about Vista but besides being an absolute resource hog and some file transfer issues it has performed OK. Having said that though I will add that any OS that needs 600+ megs just to load is needless bloat ware. But alas I digress. I have tried to install SP1 about 9 or 10 times. My first few attempts where on my own and searching the net for solutions. The last few have been with email help from Microsoft. After 4 more tries with solutions from them I am beginning to find it all just a little bit much. No service pack should give you this much grief. There is nothing special about my machine. Acer 5630 Core 2 Duo 1.66 2 gig ram 160 Nvidia Go 7300. The only thing unusual is perhaps that it dual boots Linux Mint. At this point I am waiting for a reply from Microsoft after sending some log files. My wife runs a Mac Book with Parallels and had no issues installing the SP. It must be embarrassing for Redmond to have to create a whole team to help us "common folks" install their patch. I have been working with "Gillian" he answers back every fews days with a few more "solutions" to help me have a safer more enjoyable computing experience. Can't wait to see what they come up with next.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Well I'm just surfing the net around looking out the window. The weather has turned ugly with 40kmh + winds and just below zero temperatures. It was snowing last night. I just finished laying my first floor. We chose a new product. There vinyl planks that are simply laid down over and solid sub-floor or in my case an old tile floor (we ripped up old carpet). I was a little nervous to start with but it was really quite simple. The only tools I needed where a good solid 36 inch ruler and a sharp knife to cut and score the planks. I would recommend this product to anyone wanting to upgrade with simplicity in mind. The product is called Trafficmaster "Allure" It looks good and has a 25 year warranty.