Last night we took a drive past Lakeland to pickup my Jetta. We had put down some money on the car on Saturday so the seller would hold it for me. I then got money from the bank on Monday to pay the rest of the cost of the car. After a quick trip to WalMart (another story in itself), we went to pickup the car.
Its really nice and in great shape, but I am going to have a mechanic check it over on Thursday just in case. I’ll post some pictures soon…
Its taken me a while to get here, but I have something to admit. It saddens me to say this, and I can’t believe I’m actually thinking about this. Its like the voice of reason or practicality has broken thorugh my mentality about owning a 2 seater sports car in a family of 5. Yes, you got it, I am thinking of selling my Miata and getting a more “family” oriented car. I am NOT selling my Miata because I don’t like it, or I think there is anything bad about owning one, even in my family situation. I just think it would be much more practical and convenient to have a 4 door family car. I am definately going to miss the fun “zoom zoom” my Miata brought into my life. Liz and I will both miss driving it, going on dates together in it, and all the other fun things we experienced with it.
A few people who know me, know that I’ve had over 15 different vehicles in the last 12 years. So I have a bit of a record of not sticking with something for long. I assure you its not one of those “get a different car” itches. The plan right now is to get something more comfortable for the family, something we can all fit in and go on a short trip without having to take the van. It will be more economical, more practical, and will simply fit our family circumstances better than owning a 2 seater convertible.
One day, when the kids are older, I will definately get another Miata, its just too much fun not to. And for the people who scorn the Miata or men who drive them, all I can say is you must have never driven one. Or at least never ridden in one with a driver who can handle the abilities of the car. As for me, I’m sadly parting with my Miata, but will one day be driving one again.
I was talking to my wife about cars and options for replacing the Miata. My youngest daughter Abby said “Why does he want to get rid of it…I like the Miata”. It breaks the heart!
I find this highly annoying as a user who frequently has to search for files. It seems Microsoft removed the search button from the start menu in Vista SP1. In my case, I couldn’t even use the (windows key + F) to launch the search dialog. I had to search around and found this registry hack which restores search to the context menu when you right-click on a folder, adding “search” as an option. This is the only way I can currently access windows search. Use the following information to restore the search contact menu item…
Open Regedit and navigate to
Rename the REG_SZ: ‘LegacyDisable’ value to something else like, say, ‘LegacyDisablex’
Exit registry editor and try right-clicking on a folder. You will see that “Search” appears again. You can now use this to access the windows search application. I still can’t get search back in my start menu just yet, but a little more google searching and I’m sure I’ll find a solution.
I ran into a situation in which the Help and Support service in server 2003 dissappeared. I had no idea why, and for a long time left it alone. I then did some digging and found a KB article from Microsoft describing how to re-install the service. Follow these instructions (taken from MS KB article 937055):
To resolve this problem, reinstall the Help and Support service. To do this, follow these steps:
|1.||Click Start, click Run, type cmd in the Open box, and then click OK.|
|2.||At the command prompt, locate the following folder:
|3.||At the command prompt, type the following commands, and then press ENTER after each command:
I just found out that the nearest T.G.I. Fridays to my office just closed down. No warning at all, and I was just there last week and there was no indication that they were closing the store. This was the last one in close proximity to my office. Last year we had one right across the street in the mall that we would frequent for special occasions, but alas it closed as well sometime last year. With this most recent closing, that makes the closest location borderline too far from my office for regular use. I guess I’ll have to pick out a new
favorite preferred restaurant close by for future events or special occasions. Not that there is any shortage of good restaurants, but Fridays had my favorite sandwich and recently improved it even better than the old version.
I was recently reminded about this, so I thought I’d post about it and share the knowledge. I use mostly HP hardware, so in this setup, lets say we have two HP DL585 servers for use in a Windows cluster. I also have dual fibre channel interfaces in each server. Externally lets say we have two separate fibre channel switches. For storage, its an MSA1500 external fibre channel SAN with over 1TB of RAID storage, partitioned for use in a cluster. The MSA1500 has dual controllers and each controller has its own fibre chennel interface.
To connect it all together, each server connects one of its two fibre channel interfaces to one physical SAN Switch. The MSA1500 SAN controllers each get connected to a separate physical SAN switch. The goal here is to optomize hardware redundancy and make this configuration as fault tolerant as possible. But here is where the issue comes in.
No one tells you that you need special software running on each node of the cluster to handle the hardware redundancy. If you don’t have this software in place, what you will find is that Windows will see two SAN storage arrays. One of them will be inaccessible since you can only have one physical connection active. I had to call HP support and go through several explanations of what I was trying to accomplish with all the hardware redundance before I was told about the software I needed. Its called MultiIO or “Multi Path IO”. If you do a search on the HP support website, you will find HP MPIO Basic (there are two versions, basic is fine for most people). Download this software and install on each node and amazingly you will find that things work much better. From the documentation I saw, there is no indication of needing this software, but in this kind of highly resiliant configuration it is necessary to use MPIO to control the hardware redundancy.
I ran into an interesting issue today, something that is an old leftover from early mail systems.? I was trying to e-mail my hosting provider back on a support ticket I had opened with them, but when I replied I got a bounce message saying my mail was rejected with the following message:
Your message did not reach some or all of the intended recipients.
Lately I’ve been trying to re-connect with some old friends, acquaintences and collegues. I have successfully re-connected with Kerry who was the first IT person I worked with when I got into the tech world. We worked on lots of stuff together, computers, running cable, climbing in attics and busting through concrete… I also got back in touch with Carol who was another of the first IT people I met when I first got into tech. We worked at the same little IT shop for over a year and did a lot of work for state and local government offices in the area.
Other contacts I’ve reached are Jim who is an IT director for my home county, and Eddie who was an intern when I worked for county government. I am still trying to hunt down the IT Director I worked for in my last county job. I haven’t been able to track down contact info for my old boss, the guy I first started working for at my first IT job, but I’ll find him eventually. I also recently talked to Jenni who was also in our IT department in my last county job. I’m still waiting on the low down on whats been going on since I’ve been gone. Also heard to Chris and a few others.
Its nice to catch up with people and see what everyone’s been doing. If you are reading this and know me or used to work with me, please leave me some comments here and re-connect!