Monthly Archives: April 2009

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Really Shines

I’ve been working with various Windows 7 beta builds for about three months now, starting with Build 7000, which Microsoft unleashed in January 2009. Along the way, I’ve worked with builds 7048, 7057, 7058, and 7068 as well. One of the things that has impressed me most has been how well my tiny little Asus […]

Rats! Weekend Power Outage Derails Steady ReliIndex Climb

Alas, my part of Central Texas took an extended power hit early Sunday morning. Although I’ve got a UPS on my production system, its battery is only good for about 90 minutes of backup power. By some strange quirk of fate, this power outage went for 151 minutes if the difference between my electric clocks […]

Could it really be that simple/stupid?

I guess I must be getting a little stressed about my production system, because I’m yo-yoing from the abyss of despair to the peaks of optimism. If you read my last blog, you’ll get a sense of what things look like at the bottom of that string. Today, the yo-yo is firmly grasped right here […]

Time for other Vista options?

Drat! System stability on my production Vista PC is again becoming problematic. Over the past four weeks, my stability index has declined from its best-ever value of 9.72 to the dismal 5.65 it settled at yesterday, after a desktop freeze forced me to fire off yet another “disruptive shutdown” on that system the day before. […]

Another Vista Rule To Follow (and Bemoan)

When I restarted my blog in early March, I penned a screed entitled “Uhhh….Is This Thing Live?” to recount some hard-learned lessons about how to keep Vista stable and operational. These included the following dicta: Avoid unnecessary installs If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it Hide unwanted updates If an app or the OS asks […]