Ok I managed to break my 1-day posting streak because I was just too tired when we landed in Narita. I was tired when I woke up in Guangzhou, though I’d slept a solid 7 hours before the trip. The trip was relatively uneventful, though the captain continues randomly flying the airplane for me for no reason. I get it, I’m new, but rather than proceeding from a presumption of competence and correcting mistakes, he just does things for me and says he wasn’t sure if I was going to do it. I was, but somebody else’s hand was in […]
This is the face of a guy who doesn’t like getting beaten by computers. After reading a lot of Digital River complaints, I found that Nova Development has a site separate from the main parallels site. Not only does it have direct download (aka no Digital River) it offered me the Parallels upgrade for $10 less than the other store. Woo-hoo!
I am unable to order Parallels 5.0 upgrade because the only payment option you offer, Digital River, refuses to allow me to place an order. I have attempted credit card and PayPal transactions, both of which failed due to Digital River’s policies. A quick web search reveals that Digital River penalizes customers who don’t always order from home. I’m in the military and travel all over the world. In fact, I’m currently deployed right now. I’d love to upgrade to 5.0, but Digital River refused my properly entered and Securecode verified Mastercard and my Paypal account. Your computer response system […]
Well, about a month ago I had another good idea for a post (you can see from the archives that once a month is the best I can do), and once again MT gave me that dreaded error they’ve been reporting on their site unsolved for over 4 years. I was getting ready to finally jump over to WordPress when my hosting provider made a major server change unannounced. They sent my wife an email but not me, the owner of all 5 domains and the one who pays the bill every year! Anyway, after a little initial trouble where […]
In yet another case of blogging in case it helps someone else, I thought I’d use my semiannual post to comfort others who might be having a heart attack about their new plasma TV. Today while watching CSI we discovered a white pixel at the top that did not go away. To skip the suspense, it turns out our Roomba ran under the TV stand and hit MythTV’s mouse, causing one pixel of the mouse to show on screen. I moved the mouse cursor off screen and everything went back to normal. Yay!
Another one of those ‘just-in-case-it-helps-someone-else’ posts: Overnight I upgraded to the newest version of Ubuntu, and this morning I found that I have no sound. I toyed around with many of the proposed fixes (many of which I realize are out-of-date) before realizing that for some reason my system defaulted to the 2.6.25-386 kernel instead of the 2.6.27-generic. I manually edited grub’s menu.lst to default to the newer kernel and rebooted. My sound came back right away! I then did something I always mean to do but never do: I went back and uninstalled all of the old kernels left […]
I’ve always thought myself fairly knowledgeable on computers, but I’m starting to feel a little behind the times. It all started when I finally got around to unpacking my Windows box from Turkey and trying to set it up. What I initially thought was a little ding to the case turned out to be that the whole front of the case was smashed in. I decided to buy a replacement case since it seemed the case was not salvageable. The first case I ordered from Newegg arrived with the front panel completely sheared off. There were six little cylinders on […]
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Not that I expect too many people read this blog, but I finally fixed the error that has been keeping me from posting to my blog for over 2 months. In case this winds up on someone’s Google query and can be of help, I was getting the dreaded ‘Statement has no result columns to bind’ error that was preventing me from using my site. After much trial and error I came across a site recommending that I clean up the MySQL tables. I went to http://paulstamatiou.com/2006/05/31/how-to-quickie-repair-mysql-tables-in-phpmyadmin/ for tips on how to fix my tables using phpmyadmin. In my case […]
I’ve been given the go-ahead to get a new laptop, partially because the house is under contract and hopefully will belong to someone else by the end of the month (yay!) and partially because my new job will likely keep me away from home a lot. I’ve always said that if I get a job with a lot of deploying then I needed to get a new laptop with all the built-in goodness my 7-year-old model does not possess. After over a year of e’s iMac, I was set on a MacBook Pro and nearly bought one when we saw […]