windows comments edit

I’ve run into my first major issue with Windows Product Activation, and as far as I’m concerned, this is fucking ridiculous.

I took the last two days to build up my new desktop workstation here at work. I installed everything, configured everything, set everything up just so. Worked great.

After all that, I was given a larger hard drive to install. Cool, right? So I ghosted my existing installation, swapped drives, and put the ghosted image onto the new drive. Done.

Boot up, log in, and… Windows can’t validate my license. My volume license that shouldn’t need validating.

I’m running a repair on the installation right now to see if that fixes it. If it doesn’t, well… I guess I’ve got a project for the weekend. I can’t allocate any more time to it next week, and I need this thing running by Monday.

Fucking hell.

personal comments edit

I’m back in the office today after working from home yesterday. I’m taking the day today to build up my new desktop (biggerbetterfasterstronger) and clean up some of the stuff that’s gotten left behind due to other projects.

I’m still working on that demo project (and will be for the next five weeks) and the more I work on it and see their requirements the more irritated I get. First, they’ve not allocated enough time to get done what we need to get done. Second, they’ve specified that, basically, we can’t use a database server to store the data - it has to all be in static files. Third, they want it so that Joe Schmoe can just grab it, install it, and run it.

Riiiiight.

The thing I’m really irritated with is that they don’t understand what truly needs to go into this thing. Just because it’s a demo doesn’t mean it’s not a fully robust application like our actual product.

Hey - shouldn’t a product demo be a demo of your actual product? One would think, right? Apparently not.

Anyway, they want this thing to be this silver bullet for all things demo - magic wizard interfaces that configure the thing, ultimate customization for the front end… last I checked, our product doesn’t provide that sort of thing. What makes them think we can do it for the demo?

Ah, the executive mindset. If only I had the same opportunity to wear blinders all day long and not employ any creative problem solving skills.

I’ve processed all of the Enchanted Forest trip pictures and as soon as I get an account on the gallery that’s set up on this server, I’ll post them along with commentary.

personal comments edit

I’m working at home today because of the delivery of my new dining room set (a bar-height bistro table and two stools) which occurred a short while ago.

I find that, while it’s nice to be in a comfortable environment and get things done, there are too many things around here that I’d rather be doing, so it becomes difficult to concentrate at times. The cats demand attention, my Halloween costume needs to get done, things need to be cleaned…

Anyway, the long and the short of it is, there’s merit to working in the office, since there aren’t all of the other things to do. You either work… or work. Plus, working at home, I could get my schedule too screwed around. I’d be working at all different hours, some days I’d skip it, some days I’d live at the computer… who knows how consistent I’d be?

I think if I did work from home, I’d have to have, like, a home office or something, somewhere that implies “work” and not “other things to do.” Then maybe.

Of course, I need a house first… which isn’t happening on the current paycheck.

Re: my new table, I’m liking it quite a bit. It looks really good. It sits high (which I like), but that means it’s also closer to this stupid ceiling fan we’ve got in the dining room (which I don’t like), so, since you’re closer to the lights, you’re hella hotter. I’ve unscrwed a couple of the bulbs so it’s not as hot, but now it’s sorta dark. Argh! Can’t win for losing.

Jenn’s started us on Atkins today, so it’s low-carb living for a while. I guess we’ll see how that goes. I know I could stand to lose the gut.

movies comments edit

The Rundown is not a deep and meaningful art film focusing on character development and subtle subtexts that intertwine themselves to create a complex storyline.

The Rundown is the most fun I’ve had at the theater in a long, long time.

The Rundown stars The Rock as a guy named Beck who works as a collector for a loan shark. Beck doesn’t want to be in the business, but he owes the loan shark, so he’s doing his time. As a last mission, the loan shark sends Beck into the Amazon jungle to retrieve his son Travis, played by Seann William Scott.

Beck heads into the jungle and havoc ensues. He runs into trouble with the local warlord (played by Christopher Walken), he gets mixed up with the rebel army fighting the warlord, and he keeps managing to lose his target, Travis.

In the end, of course, everything works out, but it’s the journey that’s the fun. The movie starts you right out with a great fight scene and doesn’t slow down. The humor is great, the characters are quirky, the action is brilliant. This is everything an action movie should be, and I’m disappointed that they don’t turn more out like this.

The Rock finally really establishes himself as a viable action star (we all knew he was, but this part was made for him). Seann William Scott shows us he can be a character other than Stifler. And Christopher Walken… well, I mean, it’s Christopher Walken, man! How could it be bad?

This one’s definitely worth paying full price for, and maybe even twice. I’ll definitely be getting it when it’s out on DVD. If you haven’t seen it - go right now. If you have, see it again. Yes, it’s that good.