My Yearly Overview

Hope everyone is having a great Christmas out there. This year my web site got ~40,000 unique visitors: the majority being hits on this blog. Since I have your eyes, let me introduce you to my official presidential candidate:

Here is an interview with Ron on the Glenn Beck program which I think you will find most interesting:

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My personal accomplishments include this blog entry being featured in the April 19th edition of the Windows Secrets newsletter, achieving the Master level as a technical expert in the Vista Zone at the web site and deployment of 50 Vista workstations using Microsoft SMS 2003 BDD/OSD.

Next year I plan to move to Windows Vista x64 at home and I’m sure there will be a few snags I’ll have to write about here. I plan to update my techniques on removing malware. I have also being toying with various ideas on how to bring video to the blog.

I leave this year with the following bible passage, Romans 12:17-21:

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

– Soli Deo Gloria

30 Useful Vista Tips

Found this thread at with some interesting tips for Vista, including how you can “trick” Vista into installing on a PC with less than 512MB of memory.

– Soli Deo Gloria

You Think Vista is Bad? Try Linux!

A somewhat amusing post written by Karla Bonerstein on the Linux installation from hell:

I’ve spent the last 3 days attempting to upgrade 4 Windows-XP systems
to Vista and have had various problems with software compatability.
I’ve spent countless hours on the phone and technical support websites
and finally after 3 days I have everything working.
This fiasco has left me with some doubt as to whether or not Microsoft
has the ability to maintain it’s position as the defacto standard in
operating systems.

After reading about Linux I decided to give it a try on another system
which is an older P4 2.4G system based around an Asus board.
I downloaded Fedora and attempted to install.

First problem, my SATA drives were not found.

Google time >>>> 2 hours later <<<< I found the solution which was a
Custom Install Option.

(After a few cryptic questions and a partition manager that was
convoluted and potentially very dangerous in the hands of a new user,
Fedora was installed)

Second Problem, the system would not boot after install. I got a Grub
Error 15 message.

Google Time>>>>>>> 5 Hours Later <<<<.. Oh boy I found lots of
information on this puppy. About 5 hours later I fixed the problem
which involved copying a know working Grub configuration file from
some kind soul on the net, modifying it for my particular system and
replacing the one already installed. I did this with a Knoppix LiveCD.

So now I can boot the system, but my display image is shifted way off
the screen and too low to click on anything.

Google Time >>>>>> 2 hours later <<<< Ok I learned how to boot to a
command line and edit the Xorg file to fix the entries that were
incorrect for my common Nvidia card.
So now I could see my desktop, but it was at 1024×768 and what
appeared to be 16 colors.

Google Time >>> 3 hours later <<< I discovered that there is no
apparent way to get 32bpp, 3D acceleration, 85hz and 1280×1024 all at
the same time like I have with Windows.
I settled for 1280×1024 24bpp and no 3d because I don’t use it and
Linux doesn’t appear to have any games written for Linux anyhow.

So now I have the system up, am surfing the net and things look pretty
Time to add a printer.
I go to the control panel and click on printers and peruse the list
but I don’t see my Lexmark Multifunction listed?
I do see a similar model however so I decide to try this.
It installs easy enough, but when I go to print I get one line of
gibberish on the top of the page, the page ejects and the next page
does the same thing over and over and over again.
Rebooting the system does no good because the printer, like a mad
beast, starts right up again wasting my paper.
Finally I turn the damm thing off while I…………………

Google Time << 4 hours >>> I discover Print Ques, printer names and
the wonderful account called root. I finally figure out how to purge
this thing and with some trepidation I turn the printer on and
thankfully it behaves.

Oh well, I don’t need to print right now anyhow so on to my network.
The problem is, I can’t see my other 3 Windows Vista machines.
And now it’s………
you guessed it!

GOOGLE TIME << infinite >>> I discover something called Samba, but I
also learn that Microsoft Vista and Samba are not friends but only
after a day and a hlf of playing with a smb.conf file and reading
maybe a hundred web pages devoted to helping people get Samba working,
and this is with Windows XP which supposedly plays nicely with Samba.
I wouldn’t know know, I never got Samba working.

At this point, I took the Linux CD’s, all 6 of them including the
rescue CD which seems useless BTW and tossed them, violently I might
add, into the dustbin.

I have wasted far too much time with this Linux crap and I don’t
intend to waste another millisecond trying to shoehorn this pile of
garbage into my systems.

I can see why Linux is free.
It doesn’t work!

I can also see why it is not even making the slightest ding in
Microsoft’s armour:
It, Linux, doesn’t work.

I’m not sure, but if the Linux users expect people, ordinary people,
to spend their lives Googling in order to make Linux work, they are

Maybe in 10 years Linux might be able to install and work properly,
but for now Linux is too difficult and too buggy for the average user.


– Soli Deo Gloria