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  • My Westinghouse L2410NM LCD monitor arrived at Westinghouse's factory, according to UPS tracking, on Thursday at 10AM. Thus the clock starts. In one week I'll begin periodic phone calls to Westinghouse requesting updates on the status of my RMA. I know that every phone call you make to a call center costs the company money; it's in Westinghouse's best interests as well as my own to give me good information and satisfy my curiosity.

  • Yet another reason Vista sucks: trying to get VPN to work. Took me a week and the help of many people from my company's IT dept. before I even got close. The Control Panel UI philosophy of Vista seems to have been to take the XP Control Panel and scatter the options to the four winds; then build an insultingly dumbed-down GUI that has lots and lots of links to all those scattered pieces. Any kind of network configuration takes twice as long and twice as much navigation through a maze of windows and tabs and icons and links than it did in XP. And XP wasn't all that great to begin with.

  • My Ruby on Rails project for work is turning out well. Deploying Rails is a bit easier than the last time I had to do it over a year ago. Apache's mod_proxy + Mongrel makes things pretty easy. Getting it to work with SSL is also doable; as per these lengthy instructions you have to put

    RequestHeader set X_FORWARDED_PROTO 'https'
    in your Apache config (this line requires Apache's mod_headers).

  • Ruby on Ubuntu / Debian still sucks. I don't like how they break standard Ruby up into many parts and different packages. You kind of expect Ruby to come with rdoc and ri, not to have to install them separately.

(Read the whole crappy story of Westinghouse's dishonesty and horrible customer service: The beginning, Update 1, Update 2, Update 3, Update 4, Update 5, Update 6, Update 7, Update 8, Update 9, VICTORY, aftermath.)

March 22, 2008 @ 2:25 AM PDT
Cateogory: Hardware

3 Comments

glxr
Quoth glxr on March 22, 2008 @ 3:16 AM PDT

Why didn't you replace Vista with XP?

Brian
Quoth Brian on March 22, 2008 @ 3:45 AM PDT

Main reason is that my XP install CD is 2,000 miles away in a box. Also that it's pre-SP1 XP which takes forever to install and update.

But I paid money for Vista, so I'm going to use it no matter what. Plus I figure I need to know this, for work if nothing else. Eventually lots of people will be using Vista or Vista's successor and I'll need to know how to use the piece of crap. If Linux takes over the world I'll give up using Windows entirely.

ph03nix
Quoth ph03nix on March 22, 2008 @ 7:40 PM PDT

Wait till you run across the problem where Vista kicks you off of VPN thinking that you probably don't want to use it any more (idling and stuff).

Then Vista will go to extreme lengths to hide the fact that you are actually connected to a VPN network (after a while, 1 or 2 hours in my case, if you hover your mouse over the network icon you don't see your VPN. You have to go to "Networks" to see that you actually are connected).

And forget about using Visual Studio over VPN. Hitting Ctrl+S takes 25-30 seconds to complete (until which Visual Studio is unuseable). You're better off using gVim or Wordpad.

And last but not least.. when Vista detects a new network connection it asks you whether or not your computer is Public (which to me means you're connecting to an unsecure network). But apparently to Vista this means your files will be shared and available for others to browse. If you select Private, your computer becomes undetectable over the network.

If you want a good challenge (beyond that of learning how to install Gentoo for the first time from stage 1) try setting up a wireless connection with Vista. I think Microsoft poured extra money into that department this time. The manager overseeing that part of the project must be very pleased with himself.