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Hi-Fi

A glass CD - don't get much better than that.

Supposedly near perfect sound reproduction.

Think that's crazy? Realize that some sound guys say different hard drives play sound better than others.

Tim Lytle [10/29/06 23:01:02] | 1 Comment | Point

PHProblem

Wow, just found out today that a endless loop of a recursive function will crash php. Not that I expect it to keep going endlessly, but it would be nice if I got more information than just a message in the apache error log of 'segmentation fault'.

Yup, no line number, no error explanation. Just a nice little crash.

Installed the xdebug extension, and that pointed me to the right function. (Good thing too, 'cause I had another function in the cross hairs.)

Tim Lytle [10/17/06 17:37:04] | 0 Comments | Point

Dell Again

Trying to chat with dell, every minute or so a 'you are trying to download this file' dialog box appears.

Tim Lytle: "(BTW, I still keep getting a 'download this file' message, every minute or so, can you stop that?)"

10/15/2006 09:21:51PM tAgent (DELETED): "I am sorry, I would not be able to do that."

Then the chat window stopped letting me type anything.

Tim Lytle [10/15/06 22:50:03] | 1 Comment | Point

Code Running

Ever just write some code - no real testing, just writing the whole thing straight through - then head to bed, wake up the next morning and find that it runs perfectly?

Me neither, but got kinda close last night.

Tim Lytle [10/14/06 23:10:46] | 0 Comments | Point

Dell Again

So a tech comes today - a half hour after the 2 hour windows he gave me - and spends the next few house just trying to figure out how to open the computer and remove the video card.

Then after replacing the video card, he finds that he can't boot the computer. Seems he left something unplugged.

Booting the machine we see that the blue lines are gone, ah, but now once XP starts the screen goes all twisted.

So he replaces the LCD panel with the one they sent, not the same as the one in the computer (this one is missing the extra special coating) and guess what - same results.

Ah, now I guess I have to try the software reinstall - because guess what folks, video problems after the BIOS could be software.

And once I get that fixed, all we have to do is contact dell about the wrong screen and the scratches to the display bezel he made when trying to take the laptop apart.

DON'T BUY DELL

Unless of course you have to - wait, that seems to be the only reason I buy from any laptop vendor: because I have to.

Tim Lytle [10/10/06 16:45:16] | 4 Comments | Point

DELL

Dell support keeps telling me that vertical lines in the BIOS is a windows software driver problem.

[UPDATE]

And I quote the transcript,

"Using the magnet, touch the system just below the right mouse button on the palmrest. Then power on the system."
Yes, we even tried the magic magnet.

[UPDATE on the UPDATE]

Okay, looks like the tech was trying to test the reedswitch that turns the LCD panel on and off. I'm guessing there's a small magnet at the top of the LCD bezel that activates a magnet switch (reedswitch) when the lid is closed.

Problem: She told me to do this after realizing that the VGA output was not working, but the LCD panel was on. So the laptop thought the lid was closed and turned off the external monitor?

Makes sense to me.

Tim Lytle [10/05/06 15:50:08] | 0 Comments | Point

Another Upgrade?

Is time just flying? Why does it seem like I just bought Paint Shop Pro X (10), and now the next version is out.

Oh well, I'm a version behind on my vector draw program, and maybe two version behind on my desktop publishing program. At least Corel lets you try the new software. Half the time I thing they just change a few buttons and stick in a few new 'wizards' and call it a new version.

I was happy with the upgrade from PSP 8 to PSP X, but I think there was a short lived 9 in the middle. Maybe I'll just wait for 12.

Or XII.

Why are we numbering software the way France numbered kings?

[UPDATE: I get a free PSP XI shirt if I upgrade - yup, I'm sold.]

Tim Lytle [09/22/06 23:33:31] | 0 Comments | Point

No Comment

Wow, comment spam bots hit the comments hard the past few months. Katie noticed some a couple of days ago on newer posts, they'd been hitting the archives for months. One post had aver 1200 comments. I know I'm not that popular.

So for the time being, we've got one of them 'enter the letters you see' thingies. Don't like it - blame the spammers.

All in all removed 3,294 spam comments. If I got one of your's harry, I'm deeply sorry.

Tim Lytle [09/12/06 16:11:25] | 8 Comments | Point

The 11th

Here's my September 11th story. Well, actually, it's my mom's.

Tuesday was a clear fall day. School had started a few weeks ago, and in a small Christian school a teacher began her class. The night before she made a visual to help teach that day's verse. It was a drawing of a tower - large, strong - a fortress. The verse - The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

It was about nine.

A few hundred miles away the first plane hit the first tower. Before the class was over the second plane hit the second tower. People were running. They were running from the towers. And those who ran to them didn't run for refuge or for safety. No, they knew they were running into the worst day of their lives. And for some, the last.

"The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe."

There are some that say on that day America lost her 'safety'. Others might argue that we just realized what had already - silently - happened. But America's safety has never and will never be found in the tall symbols of free trade. The refuge for her people has never and will never be the large fortress like symbol of our military. In fact safety and refuge will not even be found in what those buildings represent.

True safety will not be found in tighter borders. It will not be guaranteed by preemption. It will not come from better intelligence. Refuge is not found in the court house, the white house, or even the church house. The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

What's in a name? Does a word bring safety? Is refuge to be found in a series of letters? Or is it found in the One Who answers to that name, and only experienced by those who call upon it. America's safety will not come from an acknowledging of God, but from trusting in God.

And it is only the righteous that runneth into it, and is safe. Perhaps it is that the unrighteous never runneth into it. Or maybe it is that all who runneth into it are made righteous. America will never be safe until she's ready to be righteous.

Will this strong tower guarantee safety from attack, from danger, from harm? No. But it will guarantee survival. For it's one tower that can never be taken away. And for the individual it guarantees eternal safety and refuge. When you've run into this tower there truly is nothing to fear.

The teacher finished the class. A few minutes later she learned what had happened. Like many other Americans she spent the rest of the day stunned, watching what seemed to be a very, very bad dream. But you see, the name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. We just need to realize where true safety lies.

Tim Lytle [09/11/06 21:15:02] | 0 Comments | Point

Hearts of Stone

The love of my life, and the woman whom I am going to marry, asked me to post this. You see, a few weeks ago, at the lake, I asked the big question, and gave her the ring.

What I wasn't expecting was to get a rock of my own in return. Whatdaya think? Two Stone Hearts, and of course, the rock I got was way, way, bigger.

(Click images for full size.)

Tim Lytle [08/29/06 21:54:57] | 2 Comments | Point