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Friday, 21 September 2007


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1340 - PEBKAC!

Even us computer geeks occasionally have PEBKAC problems.

I finally sprang for an update for iWork, Apple's suite of office software. I got the install package in today. It installed flawlessly on my laptop. When I went to install it on the Mac Pro, though, the CD wouldn't mount on the desktop like it usually does.

It took me about 10 minutes on the phone with AppleCare before I discovered the problem: I had Windows running in Parallels Desktop. When Parallels Desktop has something booted in it, and is configured to pass the CD drive through to the guest, it never mounts on the OS X desktop. I only found it by shutting down Parallels Desktop on the way to trying to reboot the machine to see if it'd boot off the install DVD.

Damn, I'm embarrassed.

Oh, for the uninitiated: PEBKAC is an acronym for Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair.

current mood: [mood icon] embarrassed
current music: Boston - Smokin'

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From:korgmeister
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My biggest PEBKAC moment is, upon getting a computer with an ethernet port for the first time, plugging the phone cable into the ethernet port because I confused it with the internal dialup modem.
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From:yakko
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Most recent PEBKAC was the other day when assembling the new system.

I assemble it then try to install Windows. It boots up and detects everything, then when it says it's "Starting Windows" ...

*click* the screen goes blank. Nothing. Wait for awhile. Still nothing. It looks like it locked up!

I try it twice more, making a new install CD along the way. Same deal.

The third time, I realized my KVM was in the wrong position, so I switched it, and was greeted by a screen asking about partitions. D'oh!

The KVM switch was being reset because it was powered via USB on the second port and my Mac mini on port 1 was turned off, so it'd switch to emptiness when it was reset. I'd like to think my new game machine was simply protesting the installation of Windows... :o)
From:ex_sonjaaa
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tron girl

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Hi! I'm a tron fan too. Where can I get women's costume or details of how to create an exact copy of one if I have access to a good tailor?

PS: friending you.
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From:jmaynard
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Re: tron girl

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About the only suggestions I can offer for a women's costume are to look at the movie carefully and work from there. The good part is that there's no armor, so a painted unitard will work fine - as long as you don't mind it not glowing, or possibly only glowing under UV lighting. The problem with adding electroluminescent wire and such to a unitard is washing it: you'll have to remove it.

I would recommend you find another way to keep the cap on besides the method they used in the movie, gluing it down. Cindy Morgan, the lady who played Yori, says that it irritated her skin so badly that she got blisters. The helmet in the picture you have on your page was there because she got tired of dealing with the glue.

Yori's an interesting character. I hope you pull it off. If you do, please pass along some pictures.
From:ex_sonjaaa
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Re: tron girl

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It's strange how she has two different headdresses. Continuity error! I prefer the thinner one, it's more feminine.
From:ex_sonjaaa
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May I ask what's your favourite track from the Tron soundtrack?
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From:jmaynard
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I can't claim any one is a favorite, really...but I use the Tron Scherzo as a ringtone.

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