Friday, December 19, 2008

Sums it up...

Goes with;

Q: What do all religions have in common?
A: The belief that they are the only right one

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

They Didn't Forget!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Aw come on Murphy, I've got a cold!

The family is coming out of having been sick since just before Thanksgiving. Started with my eldest and rippled through the house. Mostly bit the wife and I due to our allowing our guard down when we were stressed out over the holiday and dojo events. What does a sick Dad need while thinking feels like pushing threads through ballistics gel with a needle? A sick computer!

During all this my gaming rig started flaking out. This is my home built NewEgg special that has gone along like a trooper up until, well, it stopped. Close to two years now if the last BIOS update is correct. So much for sitting down and relaxing reading email or gaming. Now I get to finish my work day and see if it boots.

I still get nervous booting it, even though now, it looks like I figured it out. Mostly.

You want to know why there are PC Geeks? Electronics Geeks? etc.? Easy. They have a stubborn streak that even when they are feeling like crud the given technology will not beat them. I spent a few days pulling SATA cables, updating BIOS and chasing configurations. But I did beat it, even with a cold. Looks like the memory may be going, but splitting the chips over the two memory channels fixed things (reseating it could have fixed it) for now.

For my fellow Geeks or the morbidly curious...

I was powering up my system, all indicators looked good, when my fans would all go to max power - as if the system was overheated. Even though it was sitting in a cold (60 degree F) room and hadn't been powered on. Initially, doing a few resets would clear it.

Then it wouldn't. Then pulling random SATA cables cleared it, or the act of powering off the PS and doing work did. Then that didn't.

And finally, when I had both Memory chips out and wanted to check something in the BIOS, I had the eureka moment. The system, without memory, went into the "max fan speed" situation. Oh, so this is how you indicate you think you don't have memory? Cute.

ASUS, if your reading, I dislike that your POST will not run when you feel there is no memory. Spinning my fans up to maximum doesn't say squat to me other than "I'm a confused mother board".

After this I tested each chip independently, both showed 1G, as expected. In case it was getting weirded out having the memory chips on the same memory channel, I moved them so that one is on A and one is on B (the motherboard docs don't say anything helpful here, and the original configuration worked for a few years so...). So far, so good. Next will be replacing the memory should things flake again.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A neat twist on dealing with the holidays....

I've been a fan of Dumb Little Man since I discovered it earlier this year. Today they posted "Used your Management Skills to Build a Stress-Free Christmas". I was skeptical, but it was well worth the read.

Here are a few of my fave's...
  • A project always takes three times longer than you anticipate. So plan shopping trips, drives to the store, getting the family ready to go to the party. If you build in an extra 15 (or 30!) minutes of lead time, that heavier-than-usual traffic will not tip you over into road rage and ruin your holiday spirit.

  • Accept less than perfection: You know when you're working on that special report and you reach the point when you say, "OK, that's it. That's all they get." The same thing applies to Christmas presents. Accept that there is no perfect one.

  • In your heart you know that the odds are whatever you give might be the wrong color. Or not the exact shade of the right color. One size too small. One size too big. If your objective is to be perfect, you set yourself up for failure. Aim for that golden mean, give your gift with a big smile and a hug and enjoy life.
    My add to the list would be Schedule time for yourself. At work when you need to get something done, you can go off and schedule a meeting with yourself. My Boss's Boss a few jobs back would do this; Take over a conference room for an hour to get something done. The rule being he was in a meeting, and could only be validly interrupted if you would interrupt a normal meeting. Result? He had time to get stuff done and we all knew to leave him alone.

    Given my wife's family (now 36 grandkids, 17 adults, and various friends of family) there are times where you need to get away. Take a walk, hide outside, whatever. If it helps reduce your level of stress or overwhelmedness (god help me when the grammar police see that miscarriage of verbage) will help you enjoy the holidays. Trust me, your family will understand.

    Tuesday, December 09, 2008

    And in other news...

    On Saturday my wife and son were up for their next rank at the Dojo. For the adults, this means you've probably been stressing about it, overtly, for at least a few days - possibly longer. For the kids, it's usually a serious amount of excitement. Usually.

    This time my son had himself wound up. I'm not sure if he knew it, and we didn't know it, until the day of. For the last week he's been unusually quiet and kept having these odd emotional out bursts. Nothing any of us could pin down. As I drove him to his test it became obvious; he spent the whole trip, and the rest of the weekend, talking. Guess he had a lot of pent up chatter from being quiet!

    Both received their new rank! My wife getting her Green belt and my son getting his "Favorite Color" (Blue) belt. I'm very proud of them both - it was a busy day!

    And in a surprise twist, I was awarded 2nd degree brown. Eeek. That much closer to the test.

    This time, L0L Cats ftw....

    Never forget.

    Friday, December 05, 2008

    Wednesday, December 03, 2008

    And exactly how do I use this road then...?

    I'm driving to pick up the kids from school yesterday and I end up behind this truck. It's a public road, and we're both stuck at the same set of lights.

    How exactly can I not follow him?!

    Paradoxical stupidity ftw.