Vista Activation Workaround
December 21, 2006

I've been running Windows Vista for just over a 30 days now. How I know this is that Microsoft is nice enough to let you run it for 30 days without activating. It has taken a while for the PO to get approved to purchase licenses, so when 30 days ran out I received this error message telling me that "Windows will no longer work". Since I obviously need to work, and have no control over when the licenses would be purchased, I simply moved the dialog box off my screen and ignored it. I was able to work fine for three or four days and had forgotten about it when this afternoon my machine mysteriously rebooted, and in the process closed the dialog box.

When I logged in, I received a new dialog box telling me that I would have "reduced functionality", meaning that I would only have access to Windows Activation and IE7 so that I could purchase a key online. The retarded part is that you can simply use IE7 to launch c:\windows\explorer.exe and be back to having a fully functional copy of Windows Vista without ever activating. The only thing you can't do is close the Windows Activation box or it logs you out.

How is it that most Internet Cafes can lock down their systems so that you can't access the file system or a command prompt, but Microsoft can't figure it out? How can Microsoft put so much time and effort into WGA and antipiracy efforts but leave such a simple back door wide open? Obviously I don't condone pirating software, and can't see anyone running with the Windows Activation dialog box on there screen for an extended period of time, but c'mon..

Happy PC Holidays
December 20, 2006

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes
for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, non-addictive,
gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced
within the traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or
secular practices of your choice (with respect for the
religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others or their
choice not to practice such traditions at all).

Furthermore, we offer our (non-binding) best wishes for the onset of
the generally accepted calendar year of 2007, but not without due
respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose
contributions to society have helped make Canada great. (Which is not
to imply that Canada is any greater than any other country). These
wishes are offered without regard to the race, creed, colour, age,
physical ability, choice of computer platform or sexual preference of
the wishee, even if you're a Liberal.

Happy (if happiness is in your belief system) Holidays (if you recognize them).

Jeff and Dayna

December 7, 2006

I spent a little time researching a new brush for our cats as Dayna and I are constantly covered in cat hair and brushing them does basically nothing. I finally purchased the furminator after reading a tonne of reviews on Amazon. Admittedly I didn't expect much, but it was worth a shot. Wow! This thing is every bit as good as people have claimed. Linus got bored of being brushed after 10 minutes or so, and so I figured it was time to quit, but by that time I had already gotten a mountain of hair off him, and was no where near done. I give it 42.5 gold stars.

Compressed Christmas
December 5, 2006

Christmas is going to be a bit hectic, as we're doing things a little bit differently this year, We're starting early and having xmas dinner with Dayna's family on Dec 13 because her sister is spending Christmas in Australia with her boyfriend. Then we're off to the island on the 15 to see my parents for our second early xmas. Then finally we're spending the real xmas in Kamloops with Dayna's whole family (which means snowboarding on sunpeaks!). Last but not least, my brother and his wife live up in Kitimat so we've got to get their gift shipped out early enough for it to arrive on time. I guess it's time I started shopping...

On the topic of shopping I broke the one cardinal rule of Christmas shopping yesterday: Never buy something for yourself in December. Option-NFA had a warehouse sale, and I managed to pick up a new board and a new jacket. Will be great to have new gear finally as my old jacket was getting pretty old and heavy.


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