A Long December

Wednesday was a loooong day for me. I got up at 6:15a, got to work at 7:30a, started doing after-hours server patches at 5:00p, and finally left work at 1:30a Thursday. I was going to skip out on work Thursday, but I had a lunch appointment with the CTO, so I came in just in time for that and worked a half day after lunch.

Let me tell you, I was dragging Thursday.

I found a new thing I need to get: The Lego Star Wars Star Destroyer. Over 3,000 pieces, this thing is three feet long and two feet wide. I must have it.

The sales guy from Magnolia called me today and told me that the floor model of my TV will be in on Sunday, so I should come by then to check it out. It took long enough, but I'm glad it's finally here. I'll go in and check it then, and if all looks good (and I can work out a deal for a stand, too - the stand it comes with is too small to hold all my stuff), I'll get it. Hell, yeah. Big screen, here I come.

I can't begin to count how many people have sent me this World's Funniest Joke article, but let me tell you: The joke itself really isn't the world's funniest joke. Maybe humor is one of those things that can't be gained by committee or something. It's a decent joke and whatnot, but it didn't have me busting a gut or anything. And now you certainly can't tell the sonofabitch at a party because everyone's heard it. I wonder if, by declaring the joke "World's Funniest," they've somehow destroyed the funny part of the joke, thus making it not the World's Funniest Joke.

I've got like six different support incidents open with Microsoft right now, and for some reason, I feel like either Microsoft has a bunch of blockheaded morons working in its support department or they have a bunch of support personnel who need some training in comprehension skills. My favorite current issue is this:

Installing Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1 on a SharePoint Portal Server will break certain SharePoint Portal Server functionality.

I know this to be true, just as the sun rises in the east. Tell me if you think I'm off-base in my thinking. Here's what I did:

I had a perfectly functional SharePoint Portal Server development box. It had all the latest patches on Windows Update except for Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1. (It had IE6, just not the service pack.) I put IE6 SP1 on the machine. After I did that, the server wouldn't let me edit items on it that were over a certain length. I got mad and tried to uninstall the service pack, but that didn't fix it.

I formatted the machine and installed Windows 2000 Server from scratch. I brought it fully up to date on Windows patches. I installed SharePoint Portal Server and all of its respective patches. I got everything back up to snuff - except IE6 SP1 - and it worked. I then installed IE6 SP1 on it and the server stopped working again. "No way," I thought, "could this be so." I did it again.

I formatted the machine again and put Windows 2000 Server and SharePoint Portal Server on it, yadda, yadda, yadda. Got it all together and it worked fine. Installed IE6 SP1 on the machine - it stopped working.

Finally rebuilt the box one last time and this time I've not put IE6 SP1 on it. It's working fine.

That feels like pretty conclusive evidence to me that IE6 SP1 breaks SharePoint Portal Server.

What do I get from Microsoft? "Check and see if all of your servers have the same hotfixes." Yes, you moron, all of my servers are fully up-to-date on everything except IE6 SP1. "Is it my understanding that you have servers on which you don't see this problem?" Look, numbnuts, I didn't install it on any other servers because it fucking breaks them. So, no, I don't see the problem on any of my servers because I didn't install the damn patch. And, before you ask, NO, I'm not going to "test it out" on my production machines. You have servers over there, you replicate the motherfucker. I did it twice. I swear to you on all you believe holy that IE6 SP1 fucks up SharePoint Portal Server. Take that as gospel and go with it, okay?

I'm getting worked up just thinking about it.

I watched Survivor last night. Eh. I'm glad they got rid of that Jed guy and all, but I am really hoping they get rid of Ghandia pretty soon. She's got some issues she needs to go home and deal with. At first, I thought she and Ted were going to deal with their little "chemistry" thing on a mature level, and Ted seemed prepared to do that, but then she went too far and started a huge rumor mill, blowing the whole thing out of proportion. No psycho chicks, thank you very much. Vote her ass off.

More than that, though, I want Robb voted off. Just because he's a cocky asshole. Enough said on that issue.

I have to say that I'll be slightly disappointed if and when they vote Erin off, though. She's got quite the rack, if I do say so myself. (Even though she really doesn't stand out in any other way; she doesn't talk on the camera, she doesn't create controversy... she just sort of fades into the background. Hey, maybe that's her strategy.)

The Hawks are playing Kootenay tonight. Should be a good game. I've got my jersey on and I'm ready to go.

posted on Friday, October 04, 2002 2:13 PM | Filed Under [ General Ramblings GeekSpeak ]

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