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are you running windows vista beta 2 or later?  i am.  more about that some other time and my frustrations as a developer workstation!

at any result, one of the problems i’ve been having is getting use to the user access control features (basically run as a least privelege user).  i couldn’t take it anymore and made myself an administrator.  guess what, still didn’t help, imo (again, more about that when i have time to document the scenarios fully — after all, i’m giving the team a chance…it is beta ;-)).

UPDATE: pointed me to this post on how to turn off UAC

well, some of the MSI packages (namely the msi) distributed from the asp.net team will fail when installing on vista even if you are an admin.  why?  seriously, i’m trying to understand that myself.  but nonetheless, i know *where* they are failing — and it is essentially in some areas of installers and log files…minor, but important seeing how any failure in the process of the msi setup will rollback the setup!!!

so, in order to get around it, do this:

  • run a command prompt in elevated mode (right click on command prompt and choose run as administrator)…yeah, i know even if you are an administrator
  • in a command prompt use msiexec to start the install..like this:
msiexec /i <path-to-msi-package>

i’ve found that worked without error for me…good luck!

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my wife desperately wanted to watch the new nbc talent show thing.  i reluctantly set the tivo (repaired after a new hard drive from weaknees.com).

while feeding my newborn tonight i watched it.  or tried to.

(note: what follows is what is commonly referred to in the english language as an ‘opinion’ — it is mine…feel free to differ.)

i cannot believe that show exists.  find america’s best talent?  in what category?  apparently juggling, horn honking, snapping fingers, singing, magic, comedy, and stripping all in one!  how can you honestly find the best talent when you are mixing all the genres together (don’t get me wrong, i like juggling, but it shouldn’t be put up against a 14 year old who can sing like whitney houston).

and all this hype about regis philbin hosting.  he’s essentially playing the rod roddy of the show, doing nothing but calling people out of the audience…he played no commentary, offered no opinion on the acts or the judges contribution, etc. — i hope he’s getting paid a lot.  and then you have the judges with ‘X’ buzzers akin to the family feud.  who designed this show?  interns?

and hasselhoff…

seriously…he had it made with baywatch, does well in germany.  but his antics on this show are an embarrassment to himself, his attempt at dancing and being whimsical on queue…kitt, where are you?

this ‘talent search’ is a waste of precious bits across our airwaves, i am sick of every american idol-ish spinoff that thinks they can make it — some have, but i hope this one doesn’t.

the show is a train wreck.  and fortunately for them, because of that, it might be a must see just to know what idiocracy is happening…

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a while back i wrote a dictionary search provider for ie7.

i just found this link from eric lawrence providing an online tool for configuring your own search provider…pretty cool

opensearch provider creator

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well after installing subtext and lurking around, i decided i was sick of the “designed by tech” skins.  don’t get me wrong, most of them were good, but let’s be honest…they are designed by non-designers most of the time.

after hunting around, i realized that i’d been playing around with ruby on rails lately and as well with typo.  i remembered that an author had created a pretty cool theme for typo called ‘origami’ — well i downloaded it, deciphered all the references and created my swag at a subtext skin based on that.

lo and behold, what you are viewing is it.  (note: if you are viewing/reading this through an rss/news/feed aggregator/reader, there is nothing to see here, move along). 

if you want it, you can download it:

there are three files in the zip — one of them is clearly labeled README.  if you don’t follow the steps and email me, i’m going to send you moldy bread from my fridge…seriously please read.

i’m making some modifications to subtext to include better tagging visibility and may put those up soon.

have fun!

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i’ve moved the blog to subtext from .text 0.95.  i never got around to getting community server running correctly for me (importing data, etc.) so i figured i’d stick with the easier config…

anyhow, deployment turbulance may occur, apologies.