Sunday, June 29, 2008

My name is John, and I'm addicted to XP

I've been a Windows user since Windows 3.0, and for a while my OS of choice was Windows 98, even over Windows 2000. A lot has happened since those days, and I find myself using Windows XP, over Linux, over Vista and so on. Why? Because it's dependable, fast and I'm an old fashioned computer user. Sure the eyecandy is nice, but what good is eye candy when you can't be the power user you always wanted to be?

It's true that I change OS as often as my shorts, but I'm a semi-indecisive individual, torn between better functionality, gaming, performance, and eye candy. It's a vicious cycle, and I wish I could just stick to a single OS, or find that happy medium. Here is how it basically always turns out..

Windows XP - Starting from here, it's all good for a few months, but then I get sick and tired of the same old thing, the drag of using a seven year old OS is heavy, despite it's rock solidness. So I install Windows Vista or Ubuntu.

Windows Vista - Vista runs great, if I disable half a dozen "features". Gaming performance is atrocious, but the OS itself is pretty, sort of like the inbred cousin of Apple's OS X. "Glass is purdy." Once I finally get over the hype of the eyecandy and actually try to game, I find myself working around the OS, instead of with it.

Ubuntu - Geek, Geek and more Geek, I use it to try and get a handle for the OS, I get to a certain point of configuration, and I get disgusted with it when I need to spend 15 minutes searching for a solution I could solve in just two minutes on XP and Vista.

Back to XP, rinse and add nauseam.

I'd love to give OS X a shot, and I'd probably find out that I can have my happy medium on that, especially since it allows dual booting of Windows XP via Boot Camp. Alas though, money is an issue. I am tempting to look at the iPod Touch, but I'm waiting until after June for when Apple charges their customers/bitches to add a highly controlled third party platform, of which I'll probably jailbreak the HELL out of it and enjoy my little grey area hobby, emulation. :3

Oh well, hopefully Windows <Insert Name Here> will quench my inexhaustible thirst for performance and reliability. :/ 

Thursday, June 26, 2008

DropBox Invite Giveaway

Got into this nice little beta during Evenflow's brief open giveaway, and since I've been getting a recent influx of new readers, I thought I'd celebrate by handing out invites. I have eight invites in all, and they will probably go quickly. First eight emails will received an invite and I'll continue to host future invites when I get more to hand out.

Dropbox - Visit this website for more info

Giveaway Email - Email this. Remember, first come first served

Monday, June 23, 2008

Windows XP Windows Update Quickie Fix

As I posted in an earlier blog post, there was a way to fix the Windows Update error that comes from Windows XP's Windows Update every now and then, but it dealt with registering a bunch of files manually using the RUN command, well to make things easier for those of you out there, I created a little file that will automatically do it for you. There are a few tiny requirements that you'll need to have before running this.

Firstly, this is ONLY for Windows XP (Home/Professional), doing this on Vista MIGHT break your Update, I'm unsure though, and I'm working on testing to see if this works on Windows Vista as well, but since the update system is so drastically different, I doubt it will.

Secondly, incase you don't have administrator privileges, this might not work, although I highly doubt anyone who would be looking for this fix wouldn't already be running as an admin on Windows XP.

Download - Windows XP .bat file

The .bat file contains the following code.


Extract to the desktop and double click it. :)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

On Second Thought...

I've decided to keep the blog right here, and not move it anywhere. Reason being, people read it, and apparently find it on the internet just fine, which is what I wanted. I want to find those hard to get to fixes, post those fixes and have those fixes get to people who need them the most, basically, I'm just here to help, and I can do that more with my own independent blog. :)


What I want to try to do is post a fix every one or two weeks, it'll take me time to locate them, and test to see if it works, read up on it and then post it here for people to read. So keep looking at this blog for updates.

Sunday, June 08, 2008


Finally the hush-hush of the new blog website is over, I've been added to the dozen or more bloggers on a website that has increased the reader base from 60 or so, to thousands, I'm excited about it, and I want to bring the readers from here over to the new blog. You can expect the same content that has always been over here, the fixes, reviews and general rants that the regulars here have come accustomed to. :)


Wednesday, June 04, 2008

I'm so calling this.. :P

I bet you it'll be an Barack Obama - Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008, good luck beating THAT McCain. :P

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Windows Update 0x80004002 and 0x8024400D Fix

As with the latest trend that seems to plague Microsoft, they seem to keep breaking their own things. Windows XP SP3 is no exclusion to this, from massive reboot errors, to the less subtle breaking of Windows Update. Also, apparently, SP3 breaks Windows Live Installer's ability to install their products as well.. all with the incredibly detailed error message. "Windows Update failed because there is a problem on your computer" .. and that's it. Well, here is a fix.

Press Start, then Run.

Type in REGSVR32 WUAPI.DLL and hit enter, you'll get a little popup saying DllRegisterServer in WUAPI.DLL succeeded.

Repeat that step for these below..


Then try Windows Update again.. it should work.

Next step is to drop this awful company like a rock and buy a mac, that's what my plans are at the moment.