Posts Tagged ‘computer’

High Maintenance

Posted 01 Jun 2010 — by chad
Category Automotive, DCT, Technology

Every 3000 miles, my truck needs an oil change. I’ve accepted this. In fact, I make reminders to myself to get the truck into the shop so that the oil is changed on a regular schedule. Tune ups, tire inflation, oil changes, this is all part of owning the vehicle.

So why is it when it comes to computers I grunt and groan and belly ache whenever the computer needs maintenance. I expect it to turn on and just work without any performance care on my part. And why not? Computers are smarter than cars. I have to tell the car where to go, the computer should know exactly what I want it to do. The car has moving parts that I can look at, the computer is a box under my desk (or in my lap) that makes some noise but doesn’t have anything moving that I can see. Read More

Intelligence Sublime

Posted 11 May 2007 — by chad
Category Livejournal Import, Uncategorized

So…I’m a freaking genius.

In an effort to forestall re-installing Windows on my work computer, I downloaded a Registry Cleaner. Among it’s many features was an ability to get rid of “unneeded files”. So I was running it, happy to get my computer cleaned up and happy to push off a Windows re-install until I had more time.

Then a message popped up: 2000+ unneeded files found. Delete?

I clicked on view, looked through all the files, it certainly looked like something I didn’t need anymore.

Just to be safe, I made sure my backup was up to date. It was.

So I clicked Delete.

It chugged through, then popped up finished. Then I noticed something strange….all the icons (and I mean ALL the icons) on my desktop disappeared.

I thought that was strange, but figured explorer locked up and was doing something goofy.

I rebooted, and came back and it’s still empty.


So I go to my Start menu. It’s empty.

So is my quick launch.

This wonderful program had marked all (yes, all. I did a search) of my lnk (shortcut) files as unnecessary.


So now what. I could spend the 2-3 hours to re-create all the shortcuts. It’d be time consuming, but it’d be better than a Windows re-install, right?

Well…no. After 20 minutes of trying to determine which Phtshop.exe actually launched Photoshop and which one tried to reinstall it, I decided I didn’t have time for this.

So I wiped the hard drive and reinstalled Windows.

And…you guessed it, my backups weren’t as current as I thought. (no, just kidding, they were fine).

So now I have a clean Windows machine, with shortcuts, and it’s faster than I remember it ever being.

~sigh~ why did I put up with the crap for so long?

So, my quick notes:

-unnecessary files are sometimes necessary.
-a clean Windows is a happy Windows.
-trial software makes Windows an unhappy Windows.
-apparently the first time I got cygwin to work it was a fluke. It won’t work this time.

So, yes. I am now piecing together my data so that it is something useful.

That is all.

The long awaited, overdue, yet somehow lacking update.

Posted 28 Feb 2006 — by chad
Category Livejournal Import, Uncategorized

I often wonder if my friends think of me as a user. i wonder if they think that I use them for what they can provide for me, as it seems I often only call people when I need something. I always offer, and usually do, trade my computer services for whatever I’m asking for, but I don’t mean to use them. It just looks that way.

So, for those of you that read this that feel I may have been using you, I’m not. I’m just…busy. Well, not even busy actually, I have a toddler, and it makes planning events even more difficult.

In other news, umm….anyone know how to recompile a linux kernel along with a patch that may exist in the newest linux kernel? Yeah…me either. But I’m learning.

I haven’t posted in over a month, and still have nothing to say? Wow, this is sad.