Things I hate (2)

I got it to work.

The /disasterrecovery-Option for the Setup.exe of the exchange-server was not enough. Searching more in google finally brought the solution: Q267573.

I’ve created a .reg-File so you don’t have to make 5000 clicks when in the same situation:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftRpcClientProtocols]
"ncacg_ip_udp"="rpcrt4.dll"
"ncacn_http"="rpcrt4.dll"
"ncacn_nb_tcp"="rpcrt4.dll"
"ncacn_ip_tcp"="rpcrt4.dll"
"ncacn_np"="rpcrt4.dll"

If somebody can tell me why the dedicated disaster-recovery-option of the setup program does not create those entries, please tell me here and now!

I will now make some tests with an Outlook-Client and then finally go home (it’s 1:30am localtime)

Things I hate (3)

Jepp. The test was successful. The installation is up and running again.

After many hours of stupid system administration work, I am thinking about what I have had to do if Linux would have been running on said server.

First of all, it would be highly unlikely that something like this i-will-not-boot-anymore would happen on a Linux-Server. the architecture is more straight-forward there and it cannot happen that the system destablizes itself without external intervention. But let’s say, it happened anyway (stupid administrator or even a hardware defect (like defect ram causing currupted data to be written to the harddrive at an incorrect location).

If I cannot boot Linux (or whatever other UNIX-flavor you like), I just take a rescue disk and boot from it. Unlike the disk provided by Microsoft, I would get a full-fledged console allowing me to do everything I could do on the defective installation. The Windows disk provides me with a recovery console which does not allow much more than writing a new boot-record to the harddrive and an automated recovery procedure (actually two – one works better, the other worse. As usual, the better one is hidden (behind the “new installation” step)) which will do something intransparently which is supposed to fix your installation. And: I had to work with a german Windows installation disk and the translation is really bad. I would have preferred the english version, but the administrator does not have the choice there.

As always: Intransparence is bad. Where the boot-process of every Linux-Distribution is well-documented and very transparent and thus can be modified, debugged or even stripped down to the bare minimum (init=/bin/sh), the process in windows is very complex and cannot be altered at all. This forces the user to do unneccesary time-taking reinstallations as the software is not smart enough to fix the problem and the administration is not allowed to.

Debugging the problem: In UNIX/Linux I get most of the time a nice and understanable error-message. If I can’t understand it, I can enter it to google and usually get answers. If not, I can even grep through the sourcecode and thus make me an image what it means.

Under Windows – at least some parts of the Windows-Servers, getting a really useful error-message is difficult: The Event-Viewer uses the same Error-Codes for completly different things and the same things may have the same error-message which renders google quite useless (and don’t even try to understand those messages – they are not helpful at all). Greping through the sourcecode is no alternative at all.

So after all I think my odyssey with this crashed server would have taken much less time and work if the server would have been running Linux or a different flavor of UNIX. Too bad it isn’t .

Now I am really going home

Another day full of “fun” with hard- and software

I was very happy this morning when I’ve seen that my Bluetooth-USB-Adaptor (link points to a german page, but I could not find the product on the english pages) finally arrived. It took me about 3 months to actually get one.

I ordered the part to backup and synchronize my Nokia 7650 with my Desktop PC as I’ve not seen a way to get the data from my Notebook (where I can use Infrared for synchronmisation) to my Desktop in a simple, automated way, not involving writing a program for myself. And the additional benefit was that BT is a lot faster than the old IR-Connection.

I began installing the adaptor at the same time as Richard did. The difference: He had an Ericsson T68i and – that’s my point – a PowerMac with OS 10.2.

The sad stroy: Getting the Nokia PC Suite to work involved hacking the 3Com driver to get it to install with my Acer BT-Card, rebooting about 500 times. And – after many hours of trail and error – the results were not satisfying at all: I can synchronize with my Outlook (the good thing), but I cannot do anyting else, Richard can with his mac (where the installation took about 2 minutes): Sending and receiving SMS, making calls, receiving calls,…

I really am thinking about byuing myself a Mac…

Underground History

There are not many things I like more than the athmosphere of a dark, dusty place some meters underground. When I was a child, we used to play in a small cavern below the house where my paretns had their flat (the whole story ended with us nearly being arrested by the criminal police of Zollikon which suspeced us to be trespassing drug-addicts – but this is another story which I will tell you perhaps another time).

Anyway: On Slashdot, I just saw an article about abandoned subway stations in London and I had to visit the site to learn everything of another place with this great athmosphere. To be honest: Just while writing this, I deceided that I will have to go to those subway stations sometime to make my own photographs – to breathe the dusty air for myself and to tell you, fellow reader, about it.

Until then: Have fun with Underground History

pots.ch

I must confess: I’ve slept not nearly enough last night. And today I was ICQ-ing a bit with Jonas and we finally came to the point when we found that POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service – the official technical name for the standard analog telephone technology) is quite a nice name.

Following the tradition of buying domain names for internet access technologies (adsl.ch), I went and reserved pots.ch for me.

The domain is active and after about 2 o clock CET, you will be able to reach me at ph@pots.ch.

I really like this domain. It comes just after gnegg.ch in the list of strange domain-names I own :-)

Amazing delivery times

Three days ago, I finally deceided theat I had to the the OST of my favourite Game, Xenogears. Last year, I bought the OST of Chrono Cross and FFVII through Amazon an had to wait about 3 weeks from order to delivery.

As I really like the Xenogears Soundtrack (no wonder: it’s from Yasunori Mitsuda, the same guy that created to soundtrack for Chrono Cross and Chrono Trigger) I did not want to wait this long.

So I gave Animenation a shot. I was surprised when they asked me for a photograph of my credit card for security reasons but I gave it to them anyway. They where satisfied with my picture where I blurred out the mid six digits of the number. I’ve suggested them that I would gladly provide an unaltered picture, if they would provide me with their GPG Public Key.

What was really amazing: Three days after I placed the order, a small package was on my office-desk: The delivery already arrived.

So: What took amazon 3 weeks to do, was done in 3 days by Animenation! Congratulations! I will definitly buy there again!