Tags: windows

07/17/11

  03:13:02 pm, by The Dreamer   , 817 words  
Categories: Software, Networking, WiFi

The Airport Express Tangent

Being that it is really hot today, I didn't feel like going out and figured I could tackle some of the many projects that I've been putting off.

Before I started, I happened to look at cacti...not sure why I had at first, but I went off and looked at the Airport graphs. Nothing has associated yet with my Airport Express, is there something wrong...with it or the clients?

Wondered if it was the use of manual versus automatic channel selection....perhaps it doesn't see the Airport Express as a strong choice, though sitting right next to it...it should've dominated.

But, I tried automatic to see what channels it would jump to. I was kind of surprised that the Airport Extreme jumped from 1 to 10. First in that I thought 1 was the best, and second I expected it to pick one of 1, 6, 11. Though when I was running the Belkin APs, I was running them on 2 and 10.....there is one other AP somewhere in the condo that is using channel 10. And, oddly...same SSID as I was using, except all lower-case (instead of capitalized). But, I've since turned off the Belkin APs...so I don't care anymore?

I then configured the Airport Express to automatic...and it jumped from channel 11 to 1. Okay then....let's see how that works.

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07/14/11

  08:24:49 pm, by The Dreamer   , 594 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, Storage

Update on Open Box TR5M-BP

Back on Sunday, I also got around to switched the 2 1.5TB drives of my backup storage from the hardware RAID1 of the TR2UT-B, to the TR5M-BP. Was kind of surprised they both showed up as valid drives, Windows was smart enough to offline one due to duplicate signature and it seemed it would just work. Good to know perhaps.

Did find the something else missing in the Open Box TR5M-BP....screws. There should've been 20 screws for harddrives (4 for each of the 5 trays). But, there were only 12 screws. Not sure how that maps out. But....not really that worried.

Now, I'm not entirely sure why I'm doing RAID1, I had thought about switching it to spanned or RAID0...I suppose either way, I'm toast if one drive fails...but its just backup data. Though having the backup did save my tail once. JBOD could be an option for the kind of backup I'm doing now, though not sure how to implement it with the current backup software (Microsoft)....its already kind of bad in that it deletes the backup before making the new backup. There's room for two backups on the disk right now.

Though I've thought I would like to continue my search for a better Windows backup product (i.e. time machine like), instead of the current for disaster recovery and backupppc which exposures windows of 24 hours and greater (due to window constraints, and limits on simultaneous jobs...it can sometimes approach 72 hours since the last backup).

And, obviously I'm paranoid of my data, so lots of backups is good.

I deleted the partitions, initialized the drives in the rr622 web interface and turned them into a RAID1 set and redid my Windows Image Backup.

I didn't note what kind of throughput I had was getting with eSata & TR2UT's hardware RAID1...but the rr622/software RAID1 is slower. The Windows Image Backup took longer than it had been before.

But, I didn't feel like messing around with it just yet. First problem was the fan was kind of noisy compared to everything else. Though it wasn't really loud to be a problem, but there was a high pitched whine to it that made it annoying. I had gotten a new fan to have on hand to replace the fan in the other used TR5M-B, I got off of eBay.... (since I had to replace the one in the Rosewill clone a while back.) Haven't had to use it yet. Though I poked around on Amazon to see if there was perhaps a quieter fan to consider. Narrowed down to a couple of choices, and then decided to get both....because I decided that I'm also going to upgrade the case fan in Orac at some point.

Then I decided that would break the RAID1 and try spanning....well, it doesn't do that. So, I guess RAID0. Well, a new Windows Image Backup to the RAID0 went much faster than anything I've done before....so that might not be bad.

Then, I thought perhaps I'll give the Windows file backup product another shot now.... :lalala:

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10/22/10

  10:33:18 am, by The Dreamer   , 339 words  
Categories: Software, Healthcare

Sleep Diary Spreadsheet

With an impending PSG/MSLT (December 2nd, 2010), and a particularly disrupted night's sleep recently...I got to thinking that I would start my sleep diary now. Rather than wait until the requested 2 weeks before the PSG/MSLT.

Of course, the sleep lab provided a sleep diary on a printed sheet to fill out. Which means either I fill it from memory now and then, or carry it wherever I go. If only there were some way to, say, use a computer.... :hmm:

I did a quick google search, and all I could find were PDF files. Surely somebody else has thought of this? :?:

So, looking at the provided sleep diary sheet from the sleep lab, I sat down and created a sleep diary spreadsheet using OpenOffice....using my laptop (Ubuntu 10.04LTS) [which when at home is on futon in front of TV, but I'll be at Chicago TARDIS the weekend before the PSG/MSLT]

:!: SleepDiary.ods :!: BlankSleepDiary.ods :!:

I opted to leave it in the default format, so that I won't have to deal with OpenOffice asking if I'm sure that I want to not use OpenDocument format.

I then saved the file into my Dropbox folder and created a link from my desktop to it. I can now update my sleep diary wherever I might be.

Such as living room computer (Windows XP Professional - OpenOffice), or computer next to bedroom (Ubuntu 10.04LTS 64-bit Server), or computer at work (Windows 7 Professional - LibreOffice).

Liking the result so much, I've decided that I should share it. &#59;D

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08/08/10

  01:49:12 pm, by The Dreamer   , 519 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Furnishings, Storage

the 'gumby' upgrade, not so good.

actually, pretty bad....

So, while I was looking at the items for the 'lhaven' upgrade...I happened to type other things I might want, and came across a PCI PS/2 adapter.

The new 'gumby' is legacy free...which was causing problems working under my KVM setup. Not quite ready to upgrade the KVM to one that does both PS/2 and USB....so I've been using USB to PS/2 adapters. So far I've tried two. Kingwin and Trendnet. The KVM is a Trendnet, so I kind of hoped the Trendnet one would work.

The Kingwin was first....it works pretty good, except that once in a while the mouse to stops moving. I have to let the mouse sit idle for a moment and then I can move it again. If I don't let go of it, the mouse still being active prevents the 'reset'. Annoying....

So, I got the Trendnet adapter....well, things work...pretty much all the time...except the scrollwheel. And, I've gotten quite fond of using it. Whenever it stops working, I have to unplug the adapter and plug it back in. This is inconvenient and even more annoying....

So, I switched back to the Kingwin, until I decide on what I would use. I wondered if there were a more hardware solution...IE: PCI PS/2.

So, I snapped one up on eBay to try out.

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03/21/10

  04:42:08 pm, by The Dreamer   , 688 words  
Categories: General, Software, Computer, BOINC

trying to switch to Quicken Premier 2010

This is the second last weekend that I can make the switch to Quicken Premier 2010, before my copy of Microsoft Money Plus Deluxe expires.

It had been kind of annoying the last couple of weeks, with Microsoft Money warning of impending expiration and asking if I want to renew....where the renew doesn't do anything because Microsoft has discontinued the product, etc.

I'm sad, I've been using Microsoft Money since 98 (the version, I started using the software in 1997) to manage my finances.

I had originally intended to learn about Quicken and purchase it in December and start using it in the new year. In parallel to Microsoft Money and slowly migrate to it. Because I had heard horror stories about the conversion process (import/export and lose lots of info/detail)....but then I heard that there was going to be a direct conversion process available. Though the intent of the timing was still there....but other things came along and I got busy, so it got put off...and put off.

But, I had envisioned that I would finally purchase the software and make the conversion after I did my taxes (and hopefully before Microsoft Money Plus expires.)

I had never actually seen the expiration message before, usually upgrading to the latest version of Microsoft Money before well before then. Though I usually skipped a version here and there. Namely the progression was like 98, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, Plus...I'm pretty sure that's right, vaguely recall having 2001 and making the switch from even years to odd years. There was something that was a bug in Microsoft Money, that was finally fixed in the 2001 version. Or it was some online download data format change, or both.

At the time it was one of the main reasons I was resisting the abandonment of Windows and switching to a Mac. Unfortunately, I've acquired a bunch of other things since then that are Windows only. Though VMware or VirtualBox was a consideration...there is a new wrinkle in why I'll likely go with a Windows box as my next host. That's CUDA projects in BOINC are mainly for Windows systems. There are a few Linux ones, but then only 64-bit Linux.

Anyhoo....I decided that this was the weekend to make the start. I had been moving the software in and out of my Amazon.com cart trying to decide on when I would finally get it. But, then I decided that I would opt to getting via Amazon Download. Part of me wanted the warm fuzzy of having a physical CD, that I can then lose when it comes time to reinstall...not sure what I'm going to do with all my apps when I finally get around to buying that new computer to replace my old circa 2003 computer.

I bought it and downloaded it yesterday, and figured I'd get to doing it today (Sunday).

Well, so far it hasn't gone so well. Everytime I start, and select conversion....it goes for a very long time, and then crashes. I worry about whether things are right and don't really want to go through the 12+ years of records to see what's missing. The initial screen doesn't look right to me, so that doesn't help....though who knows.

I then tried running file repair, still crashed. Removed my password (even though it did seem to have an issue), still crashed. Repair again....

Not sure what I'm going to do now. Wonder if I can take a couple weeks off from work to go through everything and see if things are right, etc.

:##

Or maybe I'll just accept no more online services and stay with Microsoft Money Plus. Though its going to have a big impact on my daily routine, and not sure what it'll do to my account tracking. There are accounts where the only updates I get are through online services, missing statements every now and then, etc. Plus the online service downloads have helped me catch fraudulent activity on my cards much sooner than if I had to remember to check the card sites manually or review statements.

Hmmm... :hmm:

Plus there's still that whole, what do I do when I finally upgrade to a new computer....

12/05/09

  05:36:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 520 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Travel, Scanner, Doctor Who

I got a scanner -- Epson Perfection V30

I only needed to scan one photo, and while I do have a Fujitsu ScanSnap 300M somewhere....its Mac only, and I don't own a Mac. I had acquired that scanner during Black Friday last year, not realizing that it was Mac only. It won't even work on Linux. I do occasionally use it, many for scanning receipts. As it was I haven't traveled on business since I got it, so haven't had to scan receipts for work. Though I have used it on occasion to scan receipts for FSA reimbursement.

I had intended at one time to have a Mac by now...but other priorities and emergencies have slipped in.

Anyways, while I was at Chicago Tardis, I got into the photo sessions with the actors from the Doctor Who movie, and with Naoko Mori (Toshiko on Torchwood). With the Doctor Who movie, I opted to use my own camera and let somebody snap it....big mistake. A pro knows that you shooting wide angle is wrong. I had zoomed camera to frame up me and the actors, etc. But, the guy taking the picture immediately fiddled with my settings and zoomed to full wide angle. :##

Also resulted in no flash. But, the picture did turn out.

With Naoko, there was an extra fee to get a picture done. The program guide said $35, regardless of whether it was done by them *OR* with my camera. Though at the time of the shot, I learned it was $20 to use my own camera...and that I could get either or both. But, I stayed with just the pro shot...though in retrospect, maybe I should've charged the $55 to have both. At least then I'd have an immediate digital copy and the matter of trying to get an 8x10 home undamaged wouldn't have been such a challenge. But, I managed.

But, then came how do I share that I had my picture taken with Naoko with friends and family? I think there was an option to order additional prints at the time of session, but that wasn't really the way to go...since its the Internet that connects me with friends and family...and in some cases the only thing that connects us.

Obviously a scanner is called for. There's scanners at work, though I'm not sure how well they are suited for photographs, and I didn't want to take the photo to work. And, I wasn't all the keen on risking running the photo through the ScanSnap....plus its a hassle bring work computer home and back....

So, since I had gotten home from Chicago Tardis on CyberMonday, it seemed that I would do a repeat of last year and buy a scanner during the usual BlackFriday/CyberMonday weeekend. Also I again got it from NewEgg.

Nothing much more to say about it, except that I installed it on my Windows VM on my ubuntu laptop....since my desktop is old and has issues with scanners (at least with the ones that were previously installed on it...so wanted to avoid dealing with any issues that might come up. Plus easier to find a spot for the scanner....)

So, here's the result:

Me and Naoko Mori

06/11/09

  08:07:27 am, by The Dreamer   , 227 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, Healthcare

Microsoft is pulling the plug on Money

Link: http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2009/06/11/microsoft_money_cancelled/

Its personal finance and small business software package.

The software will no longer be available to buy after 30 June and anyone who has bought MS Money needs to activate it before 31 January 2011.


My copy expires in March 2010. Hopefully Intuit will have a painless way for us to migrate to the Mac version :?:

Though there are other reasons to still run Windows at home....Money was always on the top of the list for reasons why I was hesitant to make the full leap to running something other than Windows as my main desktop system. I have been playing with some of the stuff that needs windows with XP installed in VirtualBox. Like while EncoreViewer will run in the VM, it can take up to 5 tries to successfully read the smartcard. While I've almost never had trouble reading the card into my circa 1993 Windows XP Desktop.

Wonder when I'll get serious about making the switch. I suppose one option would be to start new in 2010. But, there have been many times that I've searched all the way back to 1998 when I first started using Money.

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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