January 2009 Entries

GCNUG Meeting tonight - 6PM @ Blackbaud

Just a reminder - GCNUG meeting is tonight @ Blackbaud on Daniel Island. If you haven't already registered, do so here:

http://gcnug-jan2009.eventbrite.com/

Posted On Thursday, January 22, 2009 6:51 AM | Comments (0)

Not quite a Fail Whale - just stressed :)

TwitterStress

Twitter got stressed.

Posted On Friday, January 16, 2009 7:15 PM | Comments (0)

Windows 7 installed on a physical machine
Finally got around to installing Windows 7 on a real machine. Starting to test apps to see which issues I may have with stuff I use every day...so far the biggest thing I found is my video driver defaults to the Windows one. Not a big deal since this machine won't be the one I use Windows 7 with in the future for the final release. I'm actually posting this via Live Writer...I had seen somewhere people had issues with it possibly, but I'm not having issues with it. As you can see too, my system rating ......

Posted On Monday, January 12, 2009 7:35 AM | Comments (2)

Windows 7 BSOD - how to re-create it for yourself
The BSOD was caused by a driver compatibility problem between Virtual Clone Drive and Windows 7. I had installed Virtual Clone Drive to see if it could be used to mount ISOs in Windows 7, but not only did it not work in Windows 7, it caused the BSOD of my previous blog post. So if you want to experience it for yourself, download and install Virtual Clone Drive on your Windows 7 box and see what it does. Fixing it is as easy as uninstalling Virtual Clone Drive. Note to Microsoft - we (geeks) really ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 4:42 PM | Comments (2)

Windows 7 BSOD - some things never change ;)
After my previous blog posting asking for the old and familiar "Classic" start menu, it seems as if my VPC of Windows 7 has a sense of humor and obliged me with an old familiar BSOD...my first Windows 7 BSOD! For all the changes to things over the years with the Windows systems, this is one old standby that hasn't changed a bit. I ended up going into Windows normally but this process was repeatable and the next time I went to shut down my Windows 7 VPC I got the same BSOD. So it looks as if I have ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 4:06 PM | Comments (30)

Dear Microsoft - Windows 7 feature requests.
Dear Microsoft, Please either fix the compatibility issue wizard in Windows 7 or give us the built-in ability to mount an ISO as a virtual CD/DVD. I tweaked the use of your wonderful Virtual CD ROM Control Panel under Vista using the compatibility mode but it's broken under Windows 7. Also, for old fogeys like me, could you make the option for a "Classic" start menu available again? Or at least give me the option of putting "My Computer" and "Network Places" icons on the desktop. Maybe I missed that ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 3:28 PM | Comments (2)

Windows 7 - my first impressions
For those who don't want to go through the long post that follows, here's the short attention span summary. <Short Attention Span Summary> Windows 7 is a pretty neat. Installs quick, seems to have lots of neat features and I'm looking forward to watching this progress to RTM. Only thing I don't like is the loss of the "classic" start menu option. </Short Attention Span Summary> So just like so many other MSDN subscribers yesterday, I raced over to download the Windows 7 Beta that was ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 6:00 AM | Comments (4)

Community-Credit Newsletter
After a rather crazy 2nd half of 2008 for me personally, I'm putting things back together and getting more involved with the Community-Credit.com newsletter. That said, if you have any interesting geek tidbits, contests, conferences, user group meetings, etc. then drop by Community-Credit.com's discussion forums and plug them in so I can include them in the newsletter. You can also message me on Twitter, or e-mail me. Get out there, get involved, and tell us about it ......

Posted On Thursday, January 8, 2009 11:39 AM | Comments (0)

Small reflection on changes over the years...
So of course the big announcement for every .NET Geek this week is Windows 7 availability. As I type this out, I'm downloading it in the background (released already on MSDN) and I hear tomorrow Microsoft will open up downloads to like 3 million people. I heard a tweet or two from folks about how large it is and how long it's taking to download and it got me thinking back to when Sun first released the Java SDK and I downloaded that thing. I don't remember how big it was, but it might as well have ......

Posted On Thursday, January 8, 2009 11:33 AM | Comments (0)

The duck...go duck, go!
I pulled into my driveway after work yesterday and my son immediately starts asking if we could go feed the ducks near one of the ponds in the neighborhood. I had told him yesterday that we could do it and so we grabbed some bread and his wagon and walked down there. My wife and daughter followed (at first, then raced ahead of us) on their bikes. The pond we picked was along one of two main roads in our neighborhood. Even though the speed limit is 25 and there's a pool and playground near the pond ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 7, 2009 11:17 AM | Comments (0)