WEEK 15 2013
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Saturday - Keeping busy. Yardword
again... The new (to me) patio furniture didn't blow over in the last
windstorm, but there is another expected in the next day or two, we'll
see how that goes.
- Burned this day, used up fixing computers.
The Linux box, Mint Maya, was easy, once I found the USB wifi key and remembered the passwords.
The Sony XP laptop took
longer. It wouldn't boot, and even the bios didn't seem to show a
recovery partition. But some sleuthing on the Internet showed that to
access to recovery partition you hit a different Fn key than you do for
Safe Boot! WTH? Anyway, Fn10
gave me the option to wipe the hard drive and reinstall to as-new: XP
Service Pack 1. So, why not? It was no good as it was.
the drive and reinstalling XP took less than a half hour. Then Sony's
utility installed a bunch of Bloatware on it. Seriously, it took over
an hour of installing junk. I tried stopping it, but without much luck.
After all the junk was installed (AOL Dialup for example!) I just
removed it all. All this s/w came from the hard drive recovery
partition, then I tried updating XP via the Internet. This was a
The Wifi wasn't working - it only knew about WEP, not WPA. So I ran an Ethernet cable to the access point.
At this point it booted from power off to working in about 19 seconds, and was only using 170MB of RAM. Wow.
XP-SP-1 installs with IE6, and you can't download or install updates from Microsoft's own web site with IE6 these days. Eventually I downloaded Firefox, then downloaded the office/network SP-3 pack and IE8 by using that
(the automatic Microsoft Update won't work with Firefox itself) and
installed from the downloaded packages on the hard drive. It all took a
Then, once the service pack and IE8 were installed, I could access the Microsoft Update site - and there were a lot of post SP3 updates:
all this stuff was installed (multiple reboots - five, maybe six,
seven?) I plugged in the USB Logitech mouse, and it just worked again,
which is nice.
Then I installed MSE for the antivirus package.
which the system took about 46 seconds to completely boot -
almost double the pre-SP3/IE8/Updates/MSE time, and was using 385MB of
Ram, again about double. But a lot quicker than the four of five
minutes it was taking, and a lot less than the 550MB it was using.
Eliminating bitrot I guess.
It was about 8:30 pm when I got it finally up and running...
In the middle of all this nonsense I happened to look at Slashdot. And saw this:
Shoot me now...
And, so, after a bit of fiddling around I was back in business in the Bootcamp Win7 mode.
Thursday 11 April 2013
- I still have the old GIS laptop, so it turns out that I still have
Office 2000 available. But we're mostly done with the submittals,
I haven't had the heart, or time to mess with the Bootcamp thing. It took me days to get it set up the way I want, with the software I want, and the thought of re-doing it is depressing.
- Win7 ( +updates)
- Office 2007
- Windows Movie Maker 6.1
- Google Earth
did uncover the old XP laptop, and plug it in to charge the battery.
Maybe I can put Xubuntu on it or something, or even an old Win2k
install? Apparently XP is gone. I have a vague memory of burning some
recovery CD's, but that was nearly ten years ago.
laptop was a definite hardware failure, nothing I can do with it. Maybe
put the 250GB drive into the XP laptop? Sadly the RAM is a different
voltage, so I can't swap that.
Wednesday 10 April
- Still working on submittals.This is taking longer than expected, but we're making progress. T is going to go by the contractors place of business and explain exactly
what we require to start work. But he's (the contractor) has submitted
a lot of stuff, not a lot left to do there, except get it organized.
aggravating thing when trying to do all this was that my Win7 partition
stopped booting! I had spilled soda into the keyboard Tuesday and then
shut the computer down before disconnecting the USB cable. And it won't
boot now. It also did a Microsoft Patch Tuesday update during the
shutdown, which is suspicious, but there doesn't seem to be anything on
the Internet about someone else having this sort of problem :-(
have a bluetooth keyboard, but the command buttons on the lower left
don't work - shift/control/option/apple. They do work on the
right, but I'm a touch typist and it's tough to remember...
since the previous death from old age of the Win2k box, the Vista
laptop and the Xp laptop the loss of the Win7 Bootcamp Partition means I don't have a machine with Acrobat or Word/Excel on it. Which makes dealing with submittals difficult - mostly I've been using Sumatra PDF and Google Docs to grind through stuff.
- Grinding away on the demolition submittals. A lot more work than we
expected. He actually had a guy on site working, before doing this, we had to
tell him to stop work, get the paperwork in order, then you can
begin. Well, eagerness is a virtue, but the paperwork is a legal
necessity to protect everyone involved.
- Sick as a dog for some reason.
- OTR. Another day in San Diego, then we headed back to
Lancaster in the late afternoon.
I went thrift store shopping with S, and she discovered a prize: a
commercial pasta machine!
The house was in good shape on my return, no issues (except ants).