By now, you've probably heard of this a**hole who, when he was told he had tuberculosis, decided to go on his honeymoon anyway, putting potentially thousands of people at risk for contracting the disease. As the story unfolded, he gave all sorts of "reasons" why it wasn't his fault, that no one forced him to not go, and he pointed fingers at everyone else, in typical lawyer fashion.
The other day I was setting up an all-in-one printer, and I was struck by something in the setup process that was so simple, and so obvious, that I was surprised I noticed it at all. It's a sign that an exciting new wave of computer technology is coming of age.
But first a quick note about printer setup...
Copied from my guide available here
If you're looking for Activation Backup & Restore (ABR) it has moved to it's own page, which you can find HERE.
This guide is relatively VENDOR NEUTRAL. It should work on all Vista installations that were preinstalled at the factory, for both laptops and desktops.
NOTE: This procedure may look long, but I'm just really wordy at writing these things. You should get through each step pretty quickly.
I've been doing a bit more wrangling with drivers lately, and ran into another very annoying issue which I've also seen before.
I decided to install Windows XP on my new laptop, just to make sure it works (and in case Vista has a lot of problems). During the Windows installation, I need a driver for the SATA disk controller, otherwise Windows can't see my hard drive. Normally this can be provided at the start of the Windows setup in the form of a floppy disk. However, there is no floppy drive on this laptop.
Recently I ran into an issue that I've run into before, but it's one of those things you forget about when you're not dealing with it all the time.
I purchased a new laptop (HP dv9000t) a few weeks ago, and had to update some of the drivers. I went to HP's web site, and found the page for my system. Their site is well organized, and it's pretty easy to find what you're looking for.
With the recent news about the JetBlue Valentine's fiasco, I remembered that I had a similar experience a few years ago. It certainly wasn't as bad as sitting on a plane for 9 hours, but my experience made it clear to me that JetBlue is sorely lacking in their customer service.
Often when I tell people that I don't eat garlic, they're surprised. "You don't like garlic?!" they exclaim. "But it's so good! What's wrong with you?" usually follows (at least the thought is there). Well I have a confession to make, it's not that I hate garlic, it's that I'm avoiding it on purpose. This is my protest, and here's why:
There's an assault on the palettes of Americans these days, and it's being perpetrated by most, if not all, chain restaurants. All of the food tastes the same. It doesn't matter where I go for a steak, burger, grilled chicken, french fries, or anything else, because it always tastes the same. It's like they're working from the same cookbook, and most of the recipes seem to be "add garlic, cook, serve".
With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, I've been doing my share of shopping. No one really wants anything these days, so the default gift is a gift card.
Buying a gift card is simple enough, but lately stores have been adding a new twist to such a seemingly simple process -- the bonus "gift card". Basically, you buy a gift card for what must be the most popular amount of $50, and the cashier gives you the option to "buy one for $75 and get a $15 gift card for free," or something like that. That's hard to pass up... add a little more $$ and get free money? Sounds good! Except that it's a sham.
I'm not sure what's worse, the fact that Kevin posted about the proper way to load a toilet paper holder, or that I've been thinking about posting the same thing. Kevin proposes the "over" method where the loose bit of tissue falls over the top of the roll.
I respectfully disagree with Kevin, and I have proof of my conjecture. The proper way to load toilet paper is "under", and here's why: