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A Little BIOS

Looks like the Acer Aspire One series has a little BIOS problem. Sometimes it just goes poof.

Guess that's why there's a way to flash the BIOS without booting:

First format an USB stick with FAT.

Download the latest BIOS, and put both FLASHIT.EXE and the BIOS file in the root directory of the stick. Rename the BIOS file to ZG5IA32.FD, that's important. Do not remove the USB stick.

Turn the AA1 off, make sure both battery and AC adapter are connected. Press Fn+Esc, keep it pressed and press the power button to turn the AA1 on. Release Fn+Esc after a few seconds, the power button will be blinking. Press the power button once. The AA1 will now initiate the BIOS flash, do not interrupt it under any circumstances. After a while the power button will stop blinking, and the AA1 will reboot shortly after. Wait patiently.

The BIOS has been flashed and all settings reset to default.

If for some reason you made a mistake during the procedure and it doesn't reboot by itself wait 5 minutes before turning it off, just to be safe that it isn't still flashing the BIOS.

Tim Lytle [04/29/09 16:02:04] | 0 Comments | Point

24 in Real Life

Janeane Garofalo would not meet Rush Limbaugh and Lynne Cheney when they visited the set of 24, reports Entertainment Weekly. And by 'reports' I of course mean 'congratulates'. What else would you expect.

Garofalo plays the anti-Chloe on 24, and by that I of course mean she was hired to make both the other character and the other actress look better.

So good for her on keeping it real and not meeting Rush and Mrs. Cheney. That really shouldn't be surprising considering her stint on the blazingly successful Air America. And by blazingly I of course mean the flames from some horrific fire.

Just one question - if she wouldn't met with Limbaugh, what does she think about President Obama and Hugo Chavaz? And by think, of course I mean...well, let's not ask too much.

[Update: Related story, Janeane and Anderson Cooper have a lot in common. Via @deanpeters ]

Tim Lytle [04/20/09 19:55:36] | 0 Comments | Point

New York Trip

Using to 'live blog' a New York trip today. Watch the carnage here.

Tim Lytle [04/17/09 01:56:57] | 0 Comments | Point

Starting Fires

A recent report says that Firefox has more security holes than any other browser. Mozilla says their count is high, just because they're open about their bugs, unlike other browsers.

I say that Turbo Tax made me use Firefox (instead of Chrome) and Windows (instead of Ubuntu), and once taxes were done, it just so happened that I had a bunch of spyware.

Firefox - you had a good run.

Oh, look, shiny - Chrome.

Tim Lytle [04/16/09 23:08:07] | 2 Comments | Point

Google Profile

So, what's the future of the slowly evolving google profile? Right now it's kinda like an online business card, providing a link list and a contact form.

But then there's the photo stream. Interesting.

What's next? Adding all your 'feeds'? Will this be a kind of FriendFeed?

[Update: Mike Elgan's view on Profiles as Facebook killer.]

Tim Lytle [04/15/09 22:42:18] | 0 Comments | Point


When you need analytical and enhancement software to pass...

Tim Lytle [04/08/09 16:54:37] | 0 Comments | Point

Watch Out Bro!

From the BBC:

"We may have to think carefully about the way we deal with families with lots of boys."

You know, because sisters make people better and brothers make people worse. Well, I guess that explains this.

Tim Lytle [04/08/09 14:42:06] | 0 Comments | Point

New Blog

New blog to check out - check out the latest post on the impeding Ubunutu upgrade.

...and the choices always seem so difficult even though we’ve reasoned them down to a sensible choice six months ago with the previous release. The choices are back on the table and equally attractive with the advent of the shiny new technology just around the corner.
Tim Lytle [04/08/09 14:26:19] | 0 Comments | Point

Google Doc Download Link

Once in a google document, you can download different formats (text, html, open office, word, rtf) - but I had been looking for a way to link directly to a 'format' download.


Well, the AO response a month or so ago (our response to the Presidents address) was a rather long post, and I thought making it downloadable would be a nice touch. But linking to the google doc and instructing people to select "File | Download File As" didn't seem like a good solution. Downloading the file, then uploading it to AO's server, then creating a link to the upload seemed like way too much work (this is why I use google docs - less work).

So it didn't get done.

But now I've found this:[FORMAT]&docID=[ID]

I've setup a few clients with a little php script (and then translated it to asp - yikes!) that grabs the HTML from a published google doc and drops it into a static web page (take that javascript driven editable text boxes). Since I was grabbing the normal 'published' page, I had to parse out extra google HTML. Now I can update the script to get the HTML format download, and just pull the contents of the body tag.

Tim Lytle [04/05/09 15:53:40] | 0 Comments | Point