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Comparing and contrasting ...

I'm sure that my beloved wife doesn't read this. If you are reading this, stop now. And you've been touching the monitor with a KVM. Windex it, please.

She's had bad luck with laptops, so she has decided that she wants a desktop PC. It's the season, and Jesus would want Kerry to have a PC. That's fine. She's been using my #2 because her last laptop is flaky with networking and I don't know why. I suspect it's the cheap PCMCIA wireless NIC. Anyway, it's an old machine in poor shape, so why not.

But she wants Windows, and she wants Word.

It's 2am. Nearly 2:30. I wake up in five hours to go to work. And I've just found the magic to fix this:
The Windows Installer Service cannot update one or more protected Windows files.
That's useful. That's really useful. I mean, that tells you exactly ... nothing.

I had to Google it, and there I found out about the magic of Event Viewer.
Product: Microsoft Software Update for Web Folders (English) 12 -- Error 1933.

The Windows Installer service cannot update one or more protected Windows files. SFP Error: -536870654.

List of protected files:\r\nc:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\40\bin\fp4autl.dll
So there's a DLL for a web server extension that is causing installation problems. Meanwhile, I point out, it's for a web server. This is Windows. I want as few open ports as possible. So, web server?

I'd also point out that, right before, I installed Google Pack and with absolutely no problems. Just click and go. This is Microsoft's flagship software. This is the product that keeps Bill Gates in Hohos. And it installs that stupid?

I keep considering in contrast the zen simplicity of sudo apt-get install foo...


Talkin' All That ... Rock ...

The Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame has the new list of inductees out.

  • Leonard Cohen
  • The Dave Clark Five
  • Madonna
  • John Mellencamp
  • The Ventures
  • Little Walter (sideman category)
  • Gamble & Huff (non-performer category)

Gamble & Huff? TSOP! Yeah. Little Walter? Blues, but 'bout time. John Mellencamp? That'll work. Madonna? If we have to. The Ventures? I'm surprised that people who aren't me remember the Ventures, but yay.

But Leonard Cohen? The Dave Clark Five?

I say this as a fan: Leonard Cohen has no Elvis in him. He's folkie who eventually bought an 80s Casio that sounds every bit as cheesy as an 80s Casio should. With a voice that brings women to their knees in waves of pure pleasure. Rock is something he does not do.

And someone has to explain the inclusion of the Dave Clark Five, because I just don't get it.


Thinking "That Doesn't Work!" ...

That, again, is the result of sending an image through Verizon to Blogger.

I shall have to write a script that edits the text but sends through the image.

Snowy Day