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Posted on 2009.10.17 at 01:00
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In one of those situations that those of you who know me know only happen to me, I managed to lose two power supplies in two different boxes, right about the same time. Because of the astronomical odds involved, while I deftly narrowed the problem down in one box almost immediately, the other took much, much longer.

And because one of the power supplies was my only SATA power, and because I have only one old molex-to-SATA converter and because my Raptor SATA drive is so freaking old it also contains "legacy" power and because I wanted to start utilizing the PowerMac and because my iTunes database was spread across three drives and because because because of the wonderful things he does...I spent an excruciating week culling down 2.5TB of data to fit onto a single 500GB drive for backup purposes and finally cobbled together an x86 box from remaining parts which is now, and likely temporarily, running Windows 7.

So drax0r suggested I run Diablo II in an XP VM on a Win7 host. Yeah, that went about as well as can be expected. In his defense, it did install and run. There's a whole host of hokey shit that goes on with Win7, most of which is not related to my extremely old hardware. Some of which is. The good news? Win7 *actually* knows what SATA devices are and can read from them, and install to them. Its like...magic. Or linux.

Anyway, my son is really digging it. After we run through this, I'll install the expansion pack. Once he has Diablo under his belt, I feel he'll be ready for Dungeon Siege. 10-years in the making: This is the reason I had a child.

And the SATA drive I put in the PowerMac and cloned wouldn't boot. And the application I downloaded to clone the drive and set it bootable in case I'd missed something didn't. And nothing makes me angrier than software which says, "I'm going to boot off your newly cloned drive now!" And then doesn't. Finder sees it. Disk Utility sees it. Startup Drive? Yeah, not so much. If I understood why a utility created for SETTING THE GODDAMN BOOT DRIVE of the machine wouldn't see the drive when everything else does, I'd be more mellow.

I found I was at my max accrued vacation (again) so was going to take some time off, but the 12-hour shift I worked to get everything done which needed doing so I wouldn't be missed pushed me to nearly 40 hours for the week when I factored in my sick time, for I was flat on my back all that next day with a debilitating cold, and most of the day after that. There's not much "downtime" when you're ill.

I often use "Restore Saved Draft" as a quick & dirty save function. However, that doesn't last indefinitely and I lost my rewrite of Chapter One of The Hobbit. Fortunately, I'd only finished about an eighth of it.

Oh, and I'm going to Massachusetts on a business trip the week of Halloween. Hope I don't miss uniqueblog's DFW visit.

And I quit both tobacco and Monster, simultaneously, a week ago.

A coworker (we'll call him 'Doc') loaned me the Definitive Gold Box Edition of Twin Peaks after overhearing me play Daniel Lichts "Escalation" for a Dexter fan at work (nestled between Twin Peaks and True Blood). After owning the soundtrack for 19-years, I finally got to see the damn thing - and let me tell you - it was well worth the wait. I say that because I can't even imagine what people were thinking when that aired in 1990. WHAT THE FUCK? Anyway - I'd always found the music beautiful and haunting - but coupled with that opening title sequence, the sap it injects just makes me laugh out loud now. I'll never hear it the same again.

I was surprised at how pervasive the score was in the first season, permeating every single scene as well as any incidental music that's being playing on the radio, the record player, or sung on stage. Quite impressive. God but the way they used that music in a Delirious meets Dynasty sort of way. I never could tell if they were being serious or not. GREAT acting.

So there it is. I've been embattled, and there's a weak weeks worth of worthless prattle. Each paragraph, individually, took way longer to live through in real life than seems possible by just reading it. I'm not used to such...errant diversity in my life. Carry on.


Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-10-17 11:59 (UTC) (Link)
My, my, your rewrite of The Hobbit certainly sounds ... intriguing. ;)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-10-18 03:34 (UTC) (Link)
I got that, having just read it!!!
ehowton at 2009-10-19 02:29 (UTC) (Link)
It's ashame that few will appreciate it's humor.
exorhi at 2009-10-17 16:36 (UTC) (Link)
How old are your children? I'm just curious.

Congrats on quitting excessive caffeine and nicotine. It's a good decision.

You use windows 7?
ehowton at 2009-10-19 02:35 (UTC) (Link)
My son is 9 & my daughter 7.

Not having tobacco seems...well, odd. I'm still getting used to it.
ehowton at 2009-10-19 02:54 (UTC) (Link)
You use windows 7?

There's few operating systems I don't use.
exorhi at 2009-10-19 03:02 (UTC) (Link)
I was thinking about switching to it, but my dad told me its "about the same as vista." i've been using the same computer with xp since age 9.
ehowton at 2009-10-19 03:17 (UTC) (Link)
Ha! Only on the outside. It runs far lighter underneath. Look at it this way, sitting idle with nothing running, Vista uses about 50% Available memory, leaving only half for the user. Windows 7 uses about 1%. So while it may look like Vista, it's a whole new operating system.

I'm still not convinced we need to replace XP just yet, but as you mentioned, it's getting a little long in the tooth and at some point they'll pull support. I'm just thankful that the replacement isn't Vista.
exorhi at 2009-10-19 03:49 (UTC) (Link)
yeah, when my dad made that comment you should have seen the face i made. one of our computers has vista and it's really hard to use. i didn't really like it. i know xp in and out by now.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-10-19 03:11 (UTC) (Link)
And yet you're using a version of Vista. It like I don't even know you anymore.
ehowton at 2009-10-19 03:21 (UTC) (Link)
As far as I've been able to tell, its not related to Vista at all, except visually. I didn't know you had been testing it as well. Tell me of your experiences.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-10-19 03:35 (UTC) (Link)
"Tell me of your experiences."
Did you want to hear his experiences before or after delivering pizza???
ehowton at 2009-10-19 05:04 (UTC) (Link)
In nomine Patri. Et Fili. Spiritus Sancti.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-10-19 06:04 (UTC) (Link)
You're running the Vista kernel, dumbass.
ehowton at 2009-10-19 06:48 (UTC) (Link)
Its only because I know how much you wish you could do the "real life" things that I do, that I allow your to asininity to run rampant on my blog by 'countering' for example, my hands-on test with things you've only heard, or seen other people do.

Get a real life. Seriously.

And because I'm not a completely unsympathetic bastard I'll offer you this alternative should you choose to not get your own life:


Because while you think its chic to regurgitate something you read on engaget, to those of us who do its just embarrassing.

CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-10-19 12:50 (UTC) (Link)
Now that is funny!!!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-10-19 14:21 (UTC) (Link)
Does it hurt to be so stupid? Seriously. If you think that Vista 2 Windows 7 is a truly new Operating System, you've got another thought coming. This isn't something that was built from the ground up. It's really Vista SP 3.

Here's an idea: why don't you continue to be a Unix SysAdmin and let me continue to support WIndows apps. If you can't do that but rather want to continue to express your unconditional love or Vista 2 Windows 7, I'll set up an interview with my company so you can repress all those years of CLI on old, ugly terminals in exchange for some shinny, pointy clicky thingy that doesn't do shit, but is still shinny.

I never thought you were this shallow. I'm embarrassed to call you my friend.

Seriously, get over your fever and snap back to reality. Once you have, tell me this: what OS is going to run faster on your box: some *nix flavor (including OS X) or Windows? That's what I thought.

ehowton at 2009-10-19 18:01 (UTC) (Link)
I'd like to ignore your ravings, and I would were it not for the same thing which always reels me in like a fish caught on a hook: If I don't expose your strawman, those who don't know any better might think you know what you're talking about. And I feel a responsibility to my readers to not let that happen.

Let's go.


      "You're running the Vista kernel, dumbass."
        Not an accurate statement.

      "If you think that Vista 2 Windows 7 is a truly new Operating System"
        Not an accurate statement.

      "...but rather want to continue to express your unconditional love or Vista 2 Windows 7"
        A complete fabrication - Never stated nor implied; irrelevant

      "what OS is going to run faster on your box"
        Presenting a misrepresentation of the opponent's position and then refuting it, thus giving the appearance that the opponent's actual position has been refuted.

ehowton at 2009-10-19 18:01 (UTC) (Link)
"You're running the Vista kernel, dumbass." AND "If you think that Vista 2 Windows 7 is a truly new Operating System"

While I appreciate someone who's recently stopped delivering pizza for a living coming at a long-time professional in the industry with boldness, the inverse of that is rudeness. Nothing screams, I'm an ignorant prick louder than being rude. That aside, let's see what the the President of Microsoft's Window Division, Steven Sinofsky says about it:

"Windows Vista was about improving those things ... Memory management, networking, process management, all of the security hardening, all of those things will carry forth, and maintain the compatibility with applications that people expect. Windows Vista established a very solid foundation, a multiyear foundation, particularly on subsystems like graphics and audio and storage and things like that, and Windows 7 will continue to build on that foundation as well."

Now I know he's just some high-powered, high-paid executive and you're a nobody, but by God you're a nobody who took some programming classes in some junior college in a Southern state, so I expect you to understand that a major point release isn't about "completely rewriting the code from scratch." Its about building upon the things which work. Its a modified kernel. Hell, XP was considered "5.1." Its a goddamn naming convention. Solaris changed their naming convention back during Solaris 7. So while Solaris 10 is *really* 5.10, it too was a COMPLETELY NEW OPERATING SYSTEM depending upon how you choose to acknowledge those things, and different people have different ideas about these things. To be kind, its very simplistic of you to think that the only way to have a new operating system is if the kernel is completely new. Its not your way or the highway. Sometimes even people in the industry have a difference of opinion on this, and they're way smarter than you are. So pretty please, with sugar on top, don't throw out 'dumbass' while tightly grasping that painfully glaring mirror.

"...but rather want to continue to express your unconditional love or Vista 2 Windows 7"

Where did I imply this? Oh - I didn't! You made a false statement. You lied. According to most tenants of the Christian religion, this means you're going straight to hell. Do not pass 'Go' do not collect $200. You have fallen short of the glory of God. No, you didn't accidentally misunderstand, you deliberately told an untruth to make it appear as if somehow, were I a fanboy of the new Windows operating system, it would undermine my words. You have a problem with Microsoft's naming convention? Go bray at someone who cares, but don't put words in my mouth. Its akin to cheating. If you cheat to win, its not really winning. And you have the gall to call me shallow? I'm disappointed in you. Now, go to hell.

"what OS is going to run faster on your box"

Presenting a misrepresentation of the opponent's position and then refuting it, thus giving the appearance that the opponent's actual position has been refuted. Introducing apples to an orange comparison is akin to cowardice. No one likes a coward. Your question can't possibly be answered accurately, as (per your example) OSX won't run natively on just any x86 box. So if it can't be installed but Windows 7 can, one could then say "Windows 7" will run faster:

I'm not saying your argument is wrong, simply that its invalid.

ehowton at 2009-10-19 18:02 (UTC) (Link)
Of course its easy to vomit a ton of nonsensical shit and have the other person expend the energy to disqualify it. That's what makes what you do so very easy, and so very vile. People like you are bullies - I've run across them in various points in my life. And the lay claim to victory every chance they get and are smug in the chaos which follows in their wake.

Here's something else I've discovered about bullies: They're perpetually unhappy, and frustrated. Just like the sad, painful entries I've run across here: http://schpydurx.livejournal.com

I've often said I wish stupidity was painful, and as far as I can tell, to those who are bullies, my wish is a reality.
thesweetestnote at 2009-10-17 19:06 (UTC) (Link)

Reply part one

"And I quit both tobacco and Monster, simultaneously, a week ago."

You'll be back Bruther!!!
ehowton at 2009-10-19 02:50 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Reply part one

No doubt. But at least I'll use it out of of direct need and not mindless habitual consumption.
thesweetestnote at 2009-10-19 16:03 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Reply part one

...not mindless habitual consumption

Not that there's anything wrong with that...Right? LOL ;)
thesweetestnote at 2009-10-17 19:10 (UTC) (Link)

Reply part two

One day I will understand the techy talk :)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-10-18 03:37 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Reply part two

I understood that one but it doesn't mean I liked it!!!
ehowton at 2009-10-19 02:59 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Reply part two

TRANSLATION: Old shit breaks and I make something new from the remains.
thesweetestnote at 2009-10-19 16:10 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Reply part two

Alright! you put it in "Dudeian"
thesweetestnote at 2009-10-17 19:13 (UTC) (Link)

Reply part three

WELCOME BACK! ***"whistles For He's A Jolly Good Fellow"***
ehowton at 2009-10-19 03:02 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Reply part three

"Back" may be a bit premature, but I do appreciate the sentimate.
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