Posts Tagged ‘computers’

Microsoft JVM

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

So the 4 day weekend is over, what an unfortunate turn of events.  It’s always good to get time away, though I don’t think we ever really get enough of it.  That’s what makes it special, our mothers would probably say. 

Ran into an interesting issue today while setting up a new computer at work.  The one I built Wednesday as a matter of fact.  It has Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, and we use an ERP program that runs on a database called Progress.  If you ask my friends that deal with Progress at a deeper level than I, all you can hear them say at the mention of the name is “ughhh.”  It’s an antiquated database in my opinion and depends on unsupported technology to operate.  This is where the title comes in to play.

Microsoft JVM, by all accounts was no longer supported by Microsoft as of two years ago, effectively earlier.  In a rare decision, they decided that an outside firm already did a good job with something…  take what you can get, I guess.  This version we are running was compiled in 2008, with updates since 2007.  One would think that the developer, noting that MSJVM was going away, would have done something about it.  But no, they didn’t. 

I went to install it on the shiny new Windows 7 box and what do you know, “Microsoft JVM is not compatible with this version of Windows.”  The best part, the solution from Microsoft is, and I’m paraphrasing, “Rewrite your code.”  I took a screen shot and emailed to the support group for this product.


Windows 7, round two… Fight! (With Lenovo)

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment

So, here goes.  At work last week our conference room computer decided to commit ceremonial hari-kari.  I think it dishonored the family and felt that the best way to solve the problem was the use of a blade through the gut and then up and to the right.  But that’s beyond the point. 

I ordered a computer immediately from  A Lenovo refurb for around $330.  It had a Core2 duo processor and 2 gigs of ram.  A hell of a deal if I ever saw one.  So on it’s way it was to me.  That was not to be.  There inventory was goofed up.  I realized about two days later, which was Wednesday last, when it had not shipped there was a problem.  I called my rep, Nick, who is a great guy, for the record.  He informed me that they were backordered and would not be in for quite some time.  He suggested that we search for alternatives.  I thought this was okay, as I don’t need to use that computer until the Thursday after Thanksgiving. 

We ordered another, new Lenovo desktop.  It showed “Order Today, Ships Today” with no disclaimers about being nearly out of stock or only a few left, so I felt comfortable.  I also had to order a video card and an extra gig of ram.  Come to find out Friday of last week, they too were out of these other Lenovo’s.  I asked my representative to contact Lenovo and see if they could just drop ship it to me.  I had a good price and paying slightly more for the shipping would really not be a big deal.  I was still under budget. 

It get’s better, Lenovo say, “We don’t ship to end-users.”  Pardon my fucking french, but that is the biggest load of shit I have ever heard.  Are you fucking serious?  “No, we will never go out of our way to help out a customer, not a chance.”  Fucking assholes!  Well, I ask Nick to have the buyer put some pressure on them, I am near a deadline.  He did, but it was to no avail. 

I’m not mad at Global, I’m mad at Lenovo.  They guaranteed the product to Global and fell short.  When the blowback occurred, they didn’t own up and fix the problem.  It’s a big pile of shitty responses to a problem that made me pissed.  Again, is a great company, they do good work.  However, I am never buying Lenovo from them again.  For that matter, I am never buying a Lenovo again.  I strayed from HP and got burned.  Mama, I’m coming home!

So, in a bind I was.  I marched my happy, amex carrying ass over to MicroCenter.  Ahhh, Mecca!  It’s like TigerDirect, but without the need to wait!  Jason, the salesman there was awesome.  We realized that since I needed a small form factor desktop, I would be better off building one than buying a boxed unit.  It has been sometime since I have assembled a PC from scratch, as it is generally not doable, given my schedule. 

Got everything home this afternoon and was ready to go in about 30 minutes.  Windows 7 install took all of 1 hour and was brilliantly simple.  No drivers were missing, it just worked.  Good work Microsoft and good work Asus on the board.  It was all so simple, compared to some other driver nightmares I have had in the past.

Windows 7 – Fresh out the kitchen

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment

I just got my upgrade to Windows 7 from HP today.  I think I waited exactly 15 minutes to install it, as it took me that much time to move my stuff to a usb thumb drive.  In any event, the install took about one hour or so. Not too shabby all things considered.  In my experience Vista took nearly twice that, so well done.

As far as it how well it works, I will tell more later.  Looks great though!

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More thoughts on Chrome OS

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Maybe this can go without saying, it seems that the goal of Chrome OS is to make the desktop basically a thin client.  I understand the move, if we truly want all activity to exist in the cloud, make the operating system exist basically in the cloud.  It’s a simple idea for a lofty goal, and if anyone could pull it off, it’s Google. 

I’d imagine adoption won’t be too swift, and it may in the end suffer the same fate as the Linux Desktop, for entirely different reasons.  In essence, we the users would be entrusting all our data to the cloud (read Google).  And that should give us pause for concern.  Not that Google has a reputation for being evil, or for that matter the propensity for evil.  But with that having been said, there is something to say about isolation, about privacy.  There is something reassuring about storing your files locally, your personal information and what not.  Albeit, that reassurance may prove to be false, it indeed has some level of truth.  It may prove in the near term we are not ready for such a paradigm shift of computing.  Some day, it would make sense that a computer, as we know them today, should be nothing more than an internet access device.  I don’t think the user is ready, I don’t think the internet is ready.

I don’t intend to be a stick in the mud.  I’m not fully satisfied with Windows, Mac, or Linux, but I’m not ready to give complete control to an outside party.  Even though we are restricted by our operating systems, they lie within our realm of control.  We choose when and how to connect to the network, what is allowed out, and what is kept private.  There is most assuredly something to be said about that.

That being said, it looks completely awesome, Chromium OS that is.  It’s light, sleek, responsive and fun.  When mission meets vision, it’s amazing what an organziation like Google can produce. As stated above, it appears they are trying to turn personal computers into internet access appliances, if that is their mission, then job well done I say.  It works solidly.  It requires nearly no configuration, no special knowledge, and is, well, idiot proof. 

Google has hit the nail they were aiming for.  I just don’t know if it’s a nail that should be struck yet.

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Chrome OS Beta Out

November 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Thanks to Tech Republic for pointing out the availability of th Google Chromium OS on  Just getting it up and running.  I will have a review later.  Hopefully it’s all we are imagining it can be.

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