月曜日, 7月 17, 2006

We have met the enemy

"We have met the enemy and he is us."
Walt Kelly

Last Post I listed a few of the issues that I wanted to work on with both XP and Ubuntu.
Starting with XP, I found that you could remove the default name on the login screen (last users’ name) by changing a key in the registry.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
Winlogon

Then you want to look for DontDisplayLastUserName, however, on my Sony Vaio (VGN-T350P) I couldn’t find this at that location. I did find DefaultUserName, and AltDefaultUserName, which I erased (deleted), while I was there I modified my domain name and alt domain name. I logged out, and logged back in, finding that it apparently worked. Upon looking at the same registry keys I noticed to my dismay that they had returned to there original state. So I will now start hunting for the file or files where logon reads. Maybe it’s a service, maybe it’s another reg key. Someone is going to know.

I did find on the Ubuntu issue (where is Kismet, etc) that I had indeed checked all the repositories in synaptic, but had forgotten to update the package manager. This allowed me to find all the apps that I was hunting for, with the exception of Pine. I guess that will have to be built from scratch.

I started a FreeBSD 6.1 in MS Virtual PC, which so far has worked pretty decent. You can run an install from an ISO image simply by booting the Virtual machine then selecting CD in the tool bar and then selecting capture ISO or dragging and dropping the ISO.

So, as usual, I have more projects starting then I ever get done. This is a fun way for me to learn, however, it is very unproductive and I recommend focusing on a few projects like some of my friends do—they have proven to be far more productive with that approach.

Seattle weather has been great lately, and I am noticing many of those cool little fuel efficient motor scooters zipping around the U. I talked to a lady that jumped off one in front of the Apple store yesterday while I was enjoying scenery and bandwidth. She said that it was $1200.00 new, had a 1 gallon gas tank, got great mileage, was easy to park, didn’t require a license or insurance to operate, and was totally street legal. She did say however, that if you are going to have a passenger, make sure you get the passenger model or you will get a ticket. Also she pointed out that they are not a lot of fun in the rain.

I don’t see petrol fuel getting any less expensive with all the current problems in the middle-east, and I am strongly considering purchasing one of these when I get back to work. I don’t give a ‘hoot’ what the GSXR crowd thinks of these bikes, or the Harley crowd, this has got to be the most economic way to go, fortunately there is also a great bus system here for when it rains.

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