July 20th, 2006

Psychidellic Rev

Resident Geek for my Family. . .

One of the hazzards of knowing the amount I do about windows, and PC Hardware is that I'm constantly being called by my family for assistance with their computers. I really don't mind, slightly over half of the people who call me pay me, and generally pretty well.

My Uncle Dick called me last week and scheduled me to come out and take a look at what was going on on Tuesday night.

I get there after work and he's having issues with BOTH his desktop and his laptop.

Tech Geek Scavenger Hunt & Triva

1 year old HP P4 512MB RAM 200GB SATA Drive looking at DOS window that says NTDLR is missing. Pull out the HP restore discs becase the restore partition doesnt seem to be there. Stick disc 1 in, reboot the machine and follow the prompts to do a non destructive recovery. Get error message that it is unable to write to the drive O.o Not good. Reboot check the bios, hmm, driv shows up, run S.M.A.R.T. tests everything works out fine. Says the drive is good. Try again, choose the option to repartion and reformat the drive and re-set up the HP restore partition. Get the Same Error Messages o.O Now I'm thinking dead drive. I end up taking the box home with me and utilizing Ultimate Boot CD I'm able to fdisk and reformat the drive. Restart the HP Restore process, choose the option to repartion and reformat the drive and re-set up the HP restore partition and the whole thing goes without a hitch. Total time spent on this little project: 6.5 Hours what I will charge him. $200.00

Any ideas as to what could have caused this?

I get to deliver it back to him tonight and pick up the laptop. When I got there it wouldnt connect to the wireless at all. I monkeyed about a bit, ended up attempting to re-installing the wireless utility and although it failed, it evidently got to the point where it re-installed what it needed. As it now connects to the linksys router. It is most definately in SERIOUS need of a fresh re-install. He's had it for 2 years and hasnt re-installed his OS since he bought it. The amount of CRAP that is loaded on it, plainly scare the piss out of me. A 2.4GHZ P4 should not take 45 seconds to load the control panels page. There's also undoubtedly a large amount of extranious and usless software shoehorned in by AOL and their, "I must control every aspect of the operation of this computer" mentality. He's going to have me re-install it, configure it, load Norton Ghost on it, and back it up creating him an image, so that if anything ever goes wrong, he can just restore it. Estimated time: 4-6 hours.

While I was there he revealed that when he had an issue 2 years ago and my dad looked at it, when he mailed the machine in to have Compaq take a look at it, my dad had removed the HD and when Compaq sent the laptop back. They also sent him another 60GB HD for the laptop. Which has been sitting in a box unused.

I'm thinking that I'll tell him that I'll configure and tweak the latop for $200.00 or $150 with the 60GB Laptop drive.

Rev
Psychidellic Rev

Hi, My Name is Josh, I'm a Liberal, and I support Israel.

Let me preface this by saying that my family has always been liberal, My grandfather founded the socialist party in Nevada. And I was raised to believe that the Israeli's could do no wrong. My views on this have modified somewhat as I've gotten older. I'm of the opinion that Israel needs to disentangle themselves from the west bank and Gaza and get out. And the Israeli's recent actions of forcing Zionist settlers out of illegal settlements are a good thing. However I fully feel that the current actions in Lebanon are justified.

Preparatory reading for an unbiased history of the Middle East can be found Here This is one of the best and most unbiased sites I’ve been able to find on the topic.



These are very powerful images. Is the subject good, bad? Is it any worse or better than these? Because it’s children doing it, rather than women in bomb factories in world war 2 posing with the ordinance



Or Modern Ordinance on a plane special delivery. . .




Regarding the pictures above.

Writing on bombs has a long and gloried history. We did it in the factories in WW2, we did it on the nukes we dropped on Japan.

We do it on the bombs we're dropping in the Middle East.

I really don't see the issue in Israeli's response to Hezbollah kidnapping 2 soldiers, firing missiles 30 miles into Israel, hitting suburbs of Haifa (The deepest missile strikes in Israeli history), and trying to hit Tel Aviv as well - Using Iranian supplied Surface to Surface Ballistic Missiles. . .

You can bet your ass we'd be writing some colorful things if (and I realize this is very far fetched) Radical Extremists were firing missiles from Mexico into L.A.

The Israeli's are completely justified IMO in their current actions. You can only present the olive branch of peace for so long only to have it grabbed and have it used to smack you across the face for so long before it becomes time to demonstrate what the alternative is.

When you are fighting for your survival, As the Israeli's have been almost continuously for almost 60 years.

http://www.historyguy.com/arab_israeli_wars.html

There's not a lot of room for niceties

Rev