Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
A few months ago, I decided that I want to have a secondary data backup measure. Right now, I have my computer setup with a Mirror RAID. This allows me to keep my data on two drives simultaneously. This is great for if one of the drives fails, but does nothing to protect me against fire, flood, theft, etc..
I had heard about Carbonite and thought I would give them a shot. The price was right and the service boasted unlimited storage, so I figured, why not?
I feel like I made the right choice. So far, my favorite thing is that Carbonite remembers your files locations... and this is important for restoring lost data, but even more important for resuming partial backups...
Allow me to explain:
Because I frequently upgrade/reinstall my operating system, I keep all my user profile data on a secondary hard drive. This allows me to restore the main hard drive without disrupting my important data. I have hundreds of Gigabytes of data and I wanted to backup a good chunk of it. This backup is taking about 2 months to complete. About half way through the backup, I decided to upgrade to Windows 7 64bit, which required me to wipe out all the data on my main drive. I was worried that when I reinstalled Carbonite, it would lose its place on my secondary drive backup. It did not.
Carbonite integrates easily into your GUI and works along side windows in a seamless manor. The backup is slow at first, but once it's complete, it only updates changes, so it is rather quick depending on the size of your modified files.
The only complaint I have about Carbonite is that it does not backup all files types by default and for large files (over a few gigabytes) you have to select them manually. For a video editor like myself, this is a bit annoying, but I can see where for the average user, this would never be an issue.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
"You hereby acknowledge that anchoring a zip line from you balcony to the dumpster is a direct violation of your lease and will result in immediate eviction."
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
The worst thing is that I heard someone refer to Vista as the modern Windows ME... Ugh... I swear this person NEVER used ME... and probably never used Vista for that matter...
I do look forward to Windows 7 because I think Microsoft is making a lot of great improvements to the OS, but I feel like this is more of the windows 95 to 98 jump than 98 to XP or XP to Vista...
If you recall, the main difference between 95 and 98 (aside from a bunch of technical crap that the average Joe never noticed) was Internet Explorer 4.0 basically replacing Windows Explorer... Sure, that was a bad idea, but it did open a lot of new possibilities (mostly for hackers).
Well, that's my rant for the day...
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
(Paraphrase from the lecture)
God so love the world that he gave his only begotten son to air up our tires. His name is Jesus and he works at the local service station.
I'm not joking... The guy said Jesus puts air in our tires so we can better handle the speed bumps and potholes...
And THAT was the most important thing he said the whole day...
Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Or... at least, I think I got yelled at. It's so hard to tell.
These two German women were talking to me. Really, they were talking AT me. I think they may have been angry. It's so hard to tell... because, as I mentioned - they were speaking in German.
You can't even say "I think you're a great guy" in German without sounding angry... I mean, come on... just read it... "ICH GLAUBE, SIE SIND EIN GROßER KERL!!!"
Yeah. I know... I pissed myself just typing it.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Searching Google was no help... No matter how I phrased the problem, "Unable to print to USB Printer from Dell laptop," I was unable to find a solution.
After talking to Dell tech support for 45 minutes and being transfered twice, I finally got to a technician who told me to uninstall the AMD USB Audio Driver Filter... Yeah... That's right the factory image includes software that conflicts with many USB printers.
So, I google the AMD USB Audio Driver Filter, and WHAM! there's my answer. So, it's a common problem, but not an easy solution to locate. That's annoying. Dell needs some SEO for problems like this...
I can only hope that someone stumbles across my post and it helps them fix their problem printing to USB printers from their dell laptop.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
So, this message is posted directly to Blogger, and that triggers Facebook to post a message automatically (within 2 hours).
Now I never have to log into Facebook again.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Thinking this is just a case of her computer isn't set to see hidden files, I take the disc over to her system and shove it in (triumphantly).
Moments pass by and I'm astonished... I change the settings to display hidden files... they're not showing up. I crack open the command prompt and I can see some files, but not all of them... All of the files set to hidden are... gone.
So, thinking it must be a fluke problem with her computer and permissions or something, I throw the disc back in my laptop and double click the drive...
...WTF... I can only see the files that are not set to hidden. I've made no changes to my computer between now and then. I have Kaspersky and it's up to date... no warnings of virus activity... Everything seems to be working, but those files are now gone!
I threw it into another system just to be sure, and it does the same thing... no hidden files on the disc.
So, I ask you this question... Where did they go?
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Holycrap, I hate iTunes...
So, I keep all my music files in the Music folder under vista (which I cleverly have relocated onto a mirrored raid drive for backup purposes). The problem is that I only want to sync the music in a sub folder called "MP3s"... I don't want to sync all the songs I've downloaded from Amazon, because I don't like all of them... some are downloaded for other people or for projects that I am working on and want a particular song, so I still want to store them, but not sync them to my iPod.
So, I open iTuens and it kindly creates a library with all the music I don't want as well as all the music I do... It's infuriating how simple and easy it is to do this process, and yet I don't want to do it at all!
I wish you could just go into settings and tell it to build the library from a particular folder...
No standard windows interactions work... this program was made for people who have NO CLUE what they're doing and it seems as if it's specifically engendered to piss off people who DO know what they're doing... I think that's why I've never owned a Mac... other than the fact that they're 2x the price of a PC of equal power (and that's with new lower prices).
Everything Mac is counter-intuitive. OSX loves to hide the power user controls from the masses - I guess so that the people who take the time to learn how to do elevated commands and change powerful settings can act like elitist pricks.
God, I hate Mac...
They're really pretty though...
Monday, February 2, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
PS - It's out of Beta.