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Month: February 2007

Acer Aspire, Windows Vista and MSN live messanger getting a DEP error… Updated

Acer Aspire, Windows Vista and MSN live messanger getting a DEP error… Updated

I just bought a new Acer Aspire laptop (5610-2273). I t was on sale at best buy for 599.99. I have been looking to build a small form factor pc that I could travel with. I was planning running Linux and do some PVR work with it. Pricing it out I was gonna end up spending 500 bucks. When I cam across this laptop it fit my needs, was easy and would let we try out Vista.

so far I can say I don’t really like vista, the specs on this laptop is the same as my dell laptop running XP and the XP machine seems much better. That is for some other post.

I open my new Vista machine and I installed MSN live messenger. I put in my username and password and I get a message saying that windows has to close messenger due to a DEP error. “Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is a security feature that helps prevent damage from viruses and other security threats by monitoring your programs to make sure they use system memory safely.”

I tried a dozen different things to fix this problem. Then I read to try installing an old version of messenger. I went and found Messenger version 6. Installed that fine then it told me I had to upgrade. I upgraded to 7.0 and messenger finally works now.

UPDATE: I upgraded to Messenger 8 and the DEP error came back again. Acer now has a patch on their website to fix this. I hate Vista. OK all; sorry for the delay I was on vacation in Vegas. Keep an EYE out for those post coming up.

Here is the link to the Bug report on Acer’s web site – Here

Here is the link to download the patch — Here

File transfer with vista is really slow

What am I doing? ruby on rails

What am I doing? ruby on rails

I have to post something, but I have been so busy that I have not found the time.

What have I been doing since I am not blogging?

I have been using my bit little free time to try and learn Ruby on rails, Ajax on rails and some advanced asterisk and some Linux stuff. I am trying to do all this so I can really make my other site do some cool things. I think some of you tech heads will really like what I gonna give you for free.

Coming Up
I have about 30 drafts of blog posts that I want to finish(I really haven’t started anything but the title). Many of them travel reviews.
I want to add podcasts to this site
I have a great approach to call center management that I want to write down and get out to the world.
and much more…

I will be traveling much of next week, so who knows what I will get done. I will mayby get a couple of the blog posts started.

Drop me a comment of what your really interested in hearing about. Blogarama

Top 20 Movies You Can Watch Over and Over Again.

Top 20 Movies You Can Watch Over and Over Again.

What movies can you watch over and over again? I mean you can finish the movie and then start it right over again. There are some really great movies out there, but only very few that I could watch repeatedly. Vote for your favorite or add your own below.


Review of: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Review of: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is Book 5 in the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.

I am going to leave the Synopsis to Amazon and just give you my feelings on this novel.

I really had mixed feelings about this book. I love the Harry potter series and J.K. Rowling’s ability to immerse the reader in to this fantasy world and this book is no different. This book still had me laughing, blushing and screaming out loud with the characters. I really felt I was there along for the ride with them. This book was different in that it is the first HP book that I wasn’t saying that it was great and I love every minute of it. While I was reading it I was really enjoying it and I kept wanting to finish it. As I look back, I attribute this to Rowling’s great writing, but this book really doesn’t convey much to the potter story line. I feel that this book was more aimed at Rowling’s younger readers as the bulk of the book is about a tyrant of a teacher named Dolores Umbridge. We can all identify with this, but it really doesn’t move the story along. When you do reach the end that was climatic you are eagar to find out what this has all been about and I was disappointed to learn it really is just some of the back story as to why Potter is the “The Boy Who Lived”

In the end the story does progress slightly and I was anxiously waiting to read the next book Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Some of the story line does relate to the Half blood prince but not much. I can only hope that more from this book contributes to the 7th and Final book due out this year.

If you haven’t read the rest of the Harry Potter books I encourage you read them. They are great and way better than the Movies.