vLite – Windows Vista configuration tool

I recently got a new laptop through my work. HP8710 Dual core, 2 GB RAM, 160GB HD, 17″ screen… don’t be jealous. I can see you coveting. Stop, it’s just embarrassing… really.

There is one issue with this laptop though… It came pre-installed with Vista. Before now, I’ve only played with Vista a couple times and I was never impressed and never really felt the need to move to it on any of my systems. It’s really just a somewhat pretty, very bloated shell for XP… with some annoying security features added. Previous experience and preconceived notions not withstanding, I am determined to give Vista as objective an opportunity as I can.

So far, it’s been okay. I’ve turned off the security notices, they were just too much, and I’m still getting used to the new folder/file arrangement. I’ve installed most of my usual programs (firefox, winamp, etc.) It’s performing well. I’m not sure if I’ll keep it yet, but it’s only been about a week. I will give it at least a month.

The whole reason for this intro is this:
vLite – Windows Vista configuration tool

I found this site from a /. article today. vLite is a utility similar to nLite. It allows you to preconfigure an installation of Vista. It has all sorts of great tools for trimming a lot of Vista’s fat. (50% or more of the O/S footprint) Run this tool and create an ISO of the installation and you’re on your way to a leaner, faster Vista.

As pointed out is some of the other articles, I think the creation of this tool is a testament to the frustrations a lot of users have expressed about Vista. Even Microsoft has admitted to Vista being “bloated” and are developing from a thinner core for their next O/S release.

Write your own headline…..

How does a picture like this get the OK to be used? Seriously?

So what’s your headline?

Some favorites so far from conversations with friends:

Sophia: oooooooooobama

Sophia: sexual chocolate
Me: lol
Sophia: jungle fever
once you go obama
Aaron: lmao!
interracial love
it’s the ultimate democratic ticket
gay interracial love!
Aaron: that’s as liberal as it gets right?
Aaron: maybe if they got rachel maddow and al franken to film it while keith olbermann oiled everyone up

Snow Day — A photo essay

Back on the 11th, we here in the Arizona were treated to a pretty big winter storm. While the valley received a fair amount of rain, the mountains around Globe ended up with a couple inches of snow. I decided while driving to work that this was the just the opportunity that I’d been needing for the right-brain. You can see the slide show here.

A couple examples from the set:

Take a look. Let me know what you think.

A little seasonal humor

A little seasonal humor for us all 🙂

When four of Santa’s elves got sick, and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones, Santa was beginning to feel the pressure of being behind schedule.
Then Mrs. Claus told Santa that her Mom was coming to visit.  This stressed Santa even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two had jumped the fence and were out, heaven knows where.
More stress.
Then when he began to load the sleigh one of the boards cracked, and the toy bag fell to the ground and scattered the toys.  So, frustrated, Santa went into the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum.
When he went to the cupboard he discovered that the elves had hidden the liquor, and there was nothing to drink.  In his frustration he accidentally dropped the cider pot, and it broke into hundreds of little pieces all over the kitchen floor.
He went to get the broom and found that mice had eaten the straw end of the broom.
Just then the doorbell rang, and irritable Santa trudged to the door.
He opened the door and there was a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said very cheerfully, “Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t it a lovely day?  I have a beautiful tree for you.  Where would you like me to stick it?”

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

Today’s Tech Support Conversation

Austin just relayed the following conversation upon entering a classroom:

Teacher: “I can’t log in to my computer.”

Austin: “What’s happening?”

Teacher: “The computer asked me to change my password so I just shut it off.”

Austin: “Why didn’t you just change your password?”

Teacher: “I don’t know how.”

Austin: “The computer walks you through it. You just put in a new password.”

Teacher: “I don’t have a new password.”