Thursday, July 20, 2006

The 11 Best Chappelle's Show sketches of all time

Found this site while browsing around this morning, and it's pretty cool to be able to watch a clip of each sketch. Check out the list here - Top 11 Chappelle's Show Skits.
I kinda see their point regarding why the made their pick for number one, although I'd probably make their number 4 pick number 1.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Fun with Windows Vista

I've had a copy of Windows Vista Beta 2 for a couple of weeks now, and last night I finally got around to installing it on my PC (a lovely Dell Optiplex GX260 I picked up off of for a good price). I need to add more memory, a bigger hard drive, and a AGP video card - so that took some time to secure the funds to buy the parts. I also wanted to clone my existing hard drive onto the new one, so I wouldn't have to reinstall everything. Got that taken care of thanks to a driver cloning freeware program I found, and then I was all set. Finally got around to actually doing the install last night, and it didn't take too long, about 42 minutes. Not bad really. Got user accounts setup for myself and the wife, went to ATI (for my video card) and got their drivers for Windows Vista installed. Didn't get too much time to play around last night, but I did check out the Widgets... whoops, 'Gadgets' a little bit. But even with limited time on the system, I'm already annoyed with the User Account Control popping up all time, locking down the desktop till you tell it that the program or applet or Control Panel you just launched is OK to run. That's getting tired VERY quickly. One weird thing - the display was acting a little strange. Hard to describe exactly, but it kind of hiccups. It's really the only description I can think of - and it's very odd. Perhaps the new Aero Glass display mode doesn't like my old Sony Trinitron monitor (well, it is about 6 years old - and in computer time, that's ancient). Perhaps something else is goofy. I'll have to play around with it. So, I'll be popping in with further thoughts as I get to spend more time playing around with Windows Vista - stay tuned...

Bad news for lovers of Winternals/Sysinternals utilites

Winternals and Sysinternals are well known for making great freeware (like Process Explorer) and commercial utilites (like their Administrator's Pak, which includes the best Windows recovery utility of all time - ERD Commander 2005). But now they've been acquired by Microsoft, and who knows what will happen next. One of their founders/lead developers, Mark Russinovich, posted on his blog that the Sysinternals site will remain up 'for the time being' (whatever that means). So go get copies of their freeware utilites soon - who knows if they'll still be there next time you go looking for them, right?