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Journal For Week of December 11, 2000

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Monday December 11, 2000

Oh memories of living in Winterpeg ( that's Winnipeg for those who are out of the loop ) this morning. The mercury was sitting at minus 31 Celsius when I arose from my slumber to start a new work week. I had forgotten to check the weather forecast to see if I need to plug in the block heater on the truck last night. Good thing the truck is in good shape and I was up early enought to allow it to warm up for a while before hitting the road.

Actually this cold snap which is suppose to last most of the week does not bother me. Somewhere in my brain is a short, a loose wire or some chemical imbalance which causes me to enjoy fridged weather. I can remember days in Winnipeg when it was minus 35, plus wind chill, and I would spend an evening at the Sargent Park Speed Skating Oval putting in laps and never even notice the cold. Well I thought I was going to be able to upload my last few posts from last week, but just as I get into Webspace Manager, it hangs up on me. Hey it worked that time so last weeks final post is up. Looks like being pig headed pays off sometimes.

I used XOSL to make a dual boot PC at work today, and had none of the difficulties I experienced yesterday on a test PC at home, and the mouse even worked. So far I have found nothing to dislike about XOSL, I like the way it is so simple and easy to install and configure.

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Tuesday December 12, 2000

Short shift tonight. A nap after work then a quick rebuild of my NetWare 5 server. It has been running for a 100 days and has been trouble free, so a rebuild was not necessary, but I like to go through the exercise once in a while.

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Wednesday December 13, 2000

Full day of data retrieval at work today. A user who has lots of data and odd ball programs on their hard drive noticed the drive started acting up. Ghost failed to copy the drive and after trying a few other things I ended up making the drive a slave to another and copied all the files I could onto the master drive. When I left the office I had the files moved onto what will become the users new hard drive, but had not had a chance to test if the drive would be bootable or if Windows would still work.

A package from Novell showed up in my snail mail box today. Because I met the dead line for upgrading my CNE certification they have sent me a CNE ID card for my wallet, a discount to get the Software Evaluation Library at cost, trial access to Novell online lab, and priority access to Novell support.

I used the receiving of the package from Novell as a prompt to go check out a few things on their web site. I know that Novell is dropping support for NetWare 3.x and will soon drop support for NetWare 4.x, but I can't find any information on upgrade promotions to 5.x for holders of licenses for 3/4.x. I know that a promotion was held when Novell announced that 3.x support was being dropped, you would think they would put information like this in an easy to find place. Likely they hid it so people end up paying full price for their upgrade.

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Thursday December 14, 2000

While finishing up the data recovery project from yesterday, I used any spare moments I had to work on some batch files to make PC maintenance easier. The following text is from one of my batch files which I use as the main menu. Menu one "Registry Hacks Menu" calls up a menu which lists several hacks I am using to do things like disable access to network properties. Menu two "File Maintenance" has selections like making the configuration file for the Baan client read only to stop people from messing with client settings. Menu item three lets me delete regedit from the PC so that users don't make a mess by playing with the registry. With articles on editing the Registry all over the net and in magazines, it is not always safe to leave users with access to regedit. I put the pause command in for error trapping so I can see if there was a problem deleting the file.

@echo off


:  Last modified: 12/13/2000 jhd

: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

: Description:




: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



echo Main Menu


echo 1) Registry Hacks Menu

echo 2) File Maint Menu

echo 3) Remove Regedit From C:

echo 4) Exit

echo. choice "Select "/C:1234


if errorlevel 9 goto 9

if errorlevel 8 goto 8

if errorlevel 7 goto 7

if errorlevel 6 goto 6

if errorlevel 5 goto 5

if errorlevel 4 goto 4

if errorlevel 3 goto 3

if errorlevel 2 goto 2

if errorlevel 1 goto 1




goto start




goto start



del c:\windows\regedit.exe


goto start




rem goto start





Seeing as traffic as of late has been rather busy at 5, I stayed late at the office and went walking the floor with my batch files and Registry Hacks on a floppy. I checked PCs for unnecesary network protocols and file and print sharing. After checking and making any required changes I disabled access to Network Properties.

I made a choice to visit as many of the new Dell desktops as I could, as I knew up front that there were issues with a few of them. It was interesting to see the difference in how Windows loaded and shut down on a dozen identical PCs. For the most part all the PCs have the same applications on them. The real differences come with the wallpaper, fancy icons, cursors, and assorted multimedia goodies people put on the PC they use to personalize them.

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Friday December 15, 2000

Up way too early as my alarm clock has some how changed to 5:30 from 5:55. Used the extra time to find the the words to my favorite Christmas song:

Six White Boomers

Rolf Harris wrote this Christmas song with American John D Brown in Perth, Western Australia, in 1960. He was working at a television station thinking it was crazy to be singing Christmas songs about snow and ice when the temperature was around 100 degrees Fahrenheit .

Early on one Christmas Day, a Joey Kanga-roo
Was far from home and lost in a great big zoo
Mummy, where's my mummy, they've taken her a-way
We'll help you find your mummy son, hop on the sleigh

Up beside the bag of toys, little Joey hopped
But they had'nt gone far when Santa stopped
Un-harnessed all the reindeer and Joey wondered why
Then he heard a far off booming in the sky

Six white boomers, snow white boomers
Racing Santa Claus through the blazing sun
Six white boomers, snow white boomers
.. On his Aus-tra-lian run

Pretty soon old Santa began to feel the heat
Took his fur-lined boots off to cool his feet
Into one popped Joey, feeling quite OK
While those old man kangaroos kept pulling on the sleigh

Joey said to Santa, Santa, what about the toys
Aren't you giving some to these girls and boys
They've all got their presents son, we were here last night
This trip is an extra trip, Joey's special flight

Soon the sleigh was flashing past, right over Marble Bar
Slow down there, cried Santa, it can't be far
Come up on my lap son, and have a look around
There she is, that's mummy, bounding up and down

Well that's the bestest Christmas treat that Joey ever had
Curled up in mother's pouch all snug and glad
The last they saw was Santa headed northward from the sun
The only year the boomers worked a double run

Well I had better hit the road as the weather is suppose to take a turn for the worst and I would like to beat the rush into the office.

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Saturday December 16, 2000

It's early in the AM and for some odd reason I am wide awake. Oh well good time to put some thoughts that have been going through my head as of late into some semblance of a plan.

First I learned yesterday that the Microsoft Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam is a one shot deal. You get one try at it. If you fail you must write the three Windows 2000 core exams. This means my preparation had better be good. So now I need to setup Windows 2000 Professional on a PC and start using it on a regular basis again. My main PC is the best candidate, and I might look into setting it up a work as well.

I also have to setup Windows 2000 Server, so I have to locate the Beta CD I have some buried in a box under my desk. I also have to get some more RAM so that the box I want to try and run Win2k Server on will have a hope of running it in a reasonable fashion.

I am falling behind in my Linux work. I have a new firewall to build, a server to configure, and a tonne of stuff to learn.

All this boils down to the fact that the break I have been taking from my studies and other computer stuff in the evenings is over.

Finally able to get some shut eye, then get a start at the weekend. The truck is plugged in, in preparation for a trip to the barber. As I write this data is being moved off my PC and onto the server in preparation for repartioning the drive so I can install Windows 2000 Pro.

10 bells in the PM and I finally have Widnows 2000 up and running after about five hours work. The install it's self went well but it was long slow work getting the partitiions moved and setupo using Partition Magic.

The good thing is that Windows 2000 works well with the hardware in my Comaq PC so I didn't have to fight with drivers or setting up networking. Now to get some applications installed and get my email working.

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Sunday December 17, 2000

Big change in the weather today, with the mercury making it's way above the freezing mark. Good opportunity to clear some snow and do a quick visual inspection of the extrior of the house to see if the recent high winds and snow have done any harm.

Ok major brain fart on my part. I used Patition Magic 4 yesterday to move things around in preparation for installing Windows 2000. Today I went to make changes and Partition Magic can no longer see the hard drive. I had forgotten that Partition Magic 4 does not play well with Widnows 2000. Lucky for me though I was able to acconplish what I needed by using the disk manager in Windows 2000.

The newest Seti client seems to run very poorly under Windows 2000. So I copied the Seti client files from the Widnows NT partition so I can use client version I was running under NT. Just copying the files seems to have worked.

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