Tuesday, 29 July 2008

As if that wasn't enough...

Now Remote Desktop / Explorer has gone loopy...

I Hate Symantec

They really, really do my head in.
You cannot down revision Symantec Antivirus / Symantec Client Security as that action is unsupported. The Computer '[computername]' already has a more recent version '30964' verse this version '1000'.
If you really want to down revision this Server, you must manually unstall it first and then you may install an older version."

This is trying to apply Symantec Management Server 10.2. Picking on ScsComms.dll, I see we have these three versions available:

1: (Installed version)
2: (New version - won't install due to above message)
3: (Old installable version - but it's happy to apply this old version which it thinks is newer!)

And does Google find anything for "cannot down revision Symantec Antivirus" ? Or even "cannot down revision" ? Or even "more recent version" and "verse this version" ?

Does it bollocks.

Friday, 18 July 2008

Frown at the Stupid Things

Gah! As if to balance out the smile I described in my previous post this morning, a daily newsletter from a major UK distributor included this headline:

ARGH! For goodness sake! "Professional" has to be one of the most idiotic words you can mis-spell!

Yes, I understand that with a single 'f' and a double 's' it can be a difficult word to get right, but seriously, how professional is it if you actually get it wrong!?

Please, please, use a spell checker, or even a good old-fashioned dictionary.

Smile at the Simple Things

As I headed to work, I saw a dog walking along, carrying a very big stick in its mouth.

There's something about that image which just makes me smile :)

Sunday, 13 July 2008


As I was wander around the supermarket filling my trolley, my brain is always analysing the products I'm interested in - how much do I need? How long will it last? Will I save money if I buy more? Will I save money if I buy less?

Now, I know that different people do this to differing degrees.

But sometimes things just leap out at you and make you really wonder - WHY?

Uncle Ben's rice, in Tesco, today.

Yes, that's £1.75 for 500g, or £1.81 - a mere six pence more - for a kilogram; twice as much.

Six. Pence. Double the amount. And hey, it's rice - if it takes twice as long to use, it's hardly the end of the world (the box advertises best before 20/12/2010).

I mean... It's just daft... Why? How? Who would buy the 500g boxes?

Some questions just have to be asked. ;)

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Missing Herd on the Radial

I'm not sure whether it was my brain or my ears that weren't quite in gear this morning, but there were a couple of things I mis-heard on the radio.

An army chappy talking to John Humphrys in Basra:
...and of course, the English razed the original Iraqi army.

Huh!? He dropped that casually in! Oh wait, that was...
...and of course, the English raised the original Iraqi army.

Then an introduction to a piece by Tim Berners-Lee (the Daddy of the Web):
...the Symantec Web...

...the Semantic Web...

Ok... breath..2, 3, 4... phew... Thought the Wibbly Wobbly Web was a goner for a moment there ;)

Now excuse me while I try to figure out what else I can do while these Windows Updates sloooowly apply...

Monday, 7 July 2008

Poor Old Angelina

Poor old Angelina Jolie. She's certainly having a bit of a time of it. Well. According to the subject of e-mails I've received in the last 24 hours, anyway:

- Angelina Jolie shock pregnancy discovery
- Russel Crowe admits to love affair with Angelina
- Angelina Jolie giving Brad Pitt a blowjob
- Angelina Jolie suffers miscarriage
- Angelina Jolie dies in plane crash

Clearly, it doesn't take much to read between the lines.

The shock discovery must have been that Brad wasn't the father. At this point, Russel Crowe stepped forward and admitted the affair. Then, as if it wasn't one heck of a day already, highly intrusive filming footage showed her and Brad during an intimate encounter.
The shock & stress of the whole day was beginning to overwhelm Angelina by this point, so she hopped aboard a private jet to head back home. It is at this point our tale of sorrow becomes a true tragedy. The aeronautical antics of the cocky young captain in command of the craft, combined with a session of excessive binge drinking, wrought havoc upon Ms. Jolie's mental, emotional, and physical state.
She flew into a blinding rage with the pilot, screaming and yelling at him, demanding to know why he'd allowed cameras on board previous flights containing her and Brad.
This was just too much for the pilot, who was in the middle of flying a loop-the-loop, and found it impossible to simultaneously fight off Angelina whilst also maintaining control of the plane.

Or, possibly, just possibly, it's just a load of old spam.

Friday, 4 July 2008

Black Diamond and Lotus Flower

I was in the supermarket recently, looking at the fabric conditioner, when I noticed a bottle of Lenor Infusions Black Diamond and Lotus Flower.

What a load of pretentious old tosh.

I mean... Seriously? Black Diamond? And Lotus Flower? Do you expect me to believe that this has been even remotely near to a black diamond or lotus flower?

Come to think of it... Just what is a black diamond, anyway?

Well, it seems that black diamonds are better known as carbanados diamonds, and that they don't look like you might expect.

Of course, having said all that...

It was on special offer, so I thought I'd give it a try.

I may not approve of the name (or likely the cost when not on offer)... But to be honest... It really doesn't smell bad ;)

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

How can this be?

I find this sort of thing to be confusing and frustrating. I'm just checking the Event Logs of an SBS 2003 server when I notice this informational message reported from Exchange Server 2003:

Event Type: Information
Event Source: MSExchangeIS Mailbox Store
Event Category: Background Cleanup
Event ID: 1232
Date: 02/07/2008
Time: 01:00:33
User: N/A
Computer: ServerName
Error 1003 while hard-deleting messages in folder 1-79510 on database "First Storage Group\Mailbox Store (ServerName)".

For more information, click http://www.microsoft.com/contentredirect.asp.

A quick check shows that this has actually gone unnoticed for at least a couple of months.
"Ok, it doesn't seem to be causing a problem," I thought, "but I'll check what the cause is in case it's a symptom of something else."

And lo, for I didst resort to the Ultimate Tool of the IT Administrator. This wonderful tool is able to search not just the Microsoft Exchange Server documentation, not just the Microsoft knowledge base, but the whole of the Internet! You may have heard of it...

Bugger. Ermmm, ok, let's go to the Microsoft knowledge base and try a search there... Ok, all of Microsoft.com... Ok...

Double bugger.

This seems to happen every few months. You see a message or a phrase in Windows, or some other piece of well-known Microsoft software, search for it, and... Discover that you feel like you're the only person in the world who has ever seen that message.

How can this be? We're not talking about obscure messages in software from companies people haven't heard of. We're talking about some of the highest profile software created by the largest software manufacturer in the world.

Ninety percent of the time, Googling for an error message yields information overload. A hundred knowledge base articles that don't quite describe the problem. A thousand people reporting the problem in forums, and thousands more answering with the hundred random things they did to solve their problem.

When you find something like this, it almost defies belief. It's like taking a turn off of a bustling high street and finding yourself in an alleyway unused for hundreds of years.

And I wish I had the time to investigate. But, sadly, it's not causing a problem, and I have a hundred more things to do...