Friday, 28 November 2008

Restart Pending with Bootcamp Drivers (fix)

If you constantly get the error that there is a restart pending when trying to install the bootcamp drivers there is a simple fix. Ensure you have rebooted a couple of times just to be sure and if it persists with the Restart Pending error then follow these instructions.

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager and delete or rename the PendingFileRenameOperations value (see screenshot - click to enlarge).


Friday, 21 November 2008

Apple iPhone Security Updates

I got this Apple Security Advisory alert email a few minutes ago and along with about 50,000 other security patches for the iPhone/Touch the following amused me very much:


“Passcode Lock

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-4228

Available for: iPhone OS 1.0 through 2.1, iPhone OS for iPod touch 1.1 through 2.1

Impact: Emergency calls are not restricted to emergency numbers

Description: iPhone provides the ability to make an emergency call when locked. Currently, an emergency call may be placed to any number. A person with physical access to an iPhone may take advantage of this feature to place arbitrary calls which are charged to the iPhone owner. This update addresses the issue by restricting emergency calls to a limited set of phone numbers.”


So basically, what crApple are saying, is that if you haven’t got the update, anyone who nicks a locked iPhone can make calls to any number they want.

How amusing…

Saturday, 8 November 2008

The Demise of an Apple Keyboard

A couple of weeks ago, my wonderful Crapple keyboard decided to expire. Not all in one go however, it was the I key that went first, closely followed by the 7 & 8 keys.

It annoyed me…and this was the result…………


It was happily replaced by this………


A much better keyboard…… :-)

Friday, 7 November 2008

Windows Live Writer Beta

I’m writing this post, the first one in a long time from the new (ish) Windows Live Writer Beta.

Seems to be pretty good…give it a shot from:

You can also try the Windows Live Messenger 9 beta, which is fairly nice, little bit buggy but fairly good.


Bye for now…


Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Longest WinXP Uptime ever?

OS Name: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Version: 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration: Standalone Workstation
OS Build Type: Uniprocessor Free
Registered Owner:
Registered Organization:
Product ID: 55274-OEM-0011903-00101
Original Install Date: 19/01/2004, 06:26:17
System Up Time: 790 Days, 20 Hours, 10 Minutes, 44 Seconds
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: HP d230 MT(DQ443T)
System type: X86-based PC
Processor(s): 1 Processor(s) Installed.
[01]: x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~ 2200 Mhz

Discuss....anyone seen more uptime on WinXP than this?

Monday, 25 February 2008

LiquidWeb experiences... ;-)

Read this interesting support ticket which was raised by us when one of the services which was advertised to us, and promised to us was not delivered. They had $1300 off us and flatly refuse to give a refund.

They do appear to be being more helpful now and have fixed the original issue. shouldn't take posting on WebHostTalk to get them to do this. After taking so long to acknowledge the problem, they managed to fix it in a matter of hours after that post was made, which makes us think they weren't really trying as hard as they could have been. Unfortunately, due to the experience, we are somewhat reluctant to use their services now.

Just found this too: WebHostTalk Forum it seems that other people are pissed at them too...

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Apple Discussions - Why I no longer participate

When I first got my Mac, as an experienced UNIX/Linux user, I was always more than happy to help people out on Apple Discussions.

However, there are a number of people on there who are complete tossers, are rude to posters, give out incorrect or timewasting information and feel the need to comment on every damn discussion. 

Two that I can think of in particular is Kappy, and TheHatter.

Kappy is the one that pisses me off the most. He's an arrogant cunt, who enjoys being rude to people who ask a genuine question, and then either gives them wrong information, or gives them an excessively drawn out way of doing things which basically waste their time. 
The thing that pisses me off the most with him though, if you are rude back to the twat, he goes running off, tells a mod, and gets the replies deleted. The most worrying thing is that he has 5 blue bars, which mean he is allegedly a very helpful person, which he may well be, but i'd rather he pissed off completely than was rude and arrogant to people.

TheHatter on the other hand reminds me of just that. The guy is raving, he puts such random stuff in there, which confuses everybody that reads it. And he won't ever accept that he is wrong. 

Bah, leave em to it....I used to keep an eye on the RSS feed for some of the forum categories, but I don't bother at all now. I'm sorry, but I can't be nice to idiots, and as those 2 seem to post on EVERYTHING, it's difficult to keep away from them.

Fuck it.


Follow up to: Vista x64 on a Mac Pro - Hosed EFI partition

Ok, so....time for an update, bit overdue though.

After I had removed Vista again, it seemed that every time I rebooted, I got a BIOS screen which said 'Non system disk' or some shit like that, as a result of I had to power off then press the option key to bring up the list of bootable disks. 

I checked the settings in startup disk, it was telling it to boot from my OS 10.5.1 disk, which should be correct.

So, I did a little bit of digging, and while OS X strictly speaking doesn't use the EFI partition, unless you are doing firmware updates, it can cause boot problems such as what I was experiencing if it doesn't exist. So....I checked out my EFI partition, which appeared to be either missing or corrupted. 

So, not only had Vista been particularly shit, it had also decided to zap the EFI partition on my primary boot drive, which pissed me off a lot.

It was easy enough to fix, but hassle I didn't really want. I first made sure I had an up to date time machine backup, just in case I fucked it up. I then tried to repair the EFI partition in single user mode, which didn't work at all, the size of it was wrong, and it just wasn't having it. When I attempted to reboot after attempting the fix, it booted straight on to the OS X install DVD, which for convenience, is in a 10GB partition on one of the secondary drives.

When I fired up disk utility, it couldn't see the name of the system volume, it couldn't repair it, so basically my repair attempt hosed it completely.

Still, not to worry, so I erased it, and restored a time machine backup onto it, which completed in about 20 mins.

Lucky. :-)