Archive for April 3, 2010

My review of the 1969 movie Don’t Drink the Water staring Jackie Gleason and Estelle Parsons as tourists caught up in a cold war snafu is available at Amazon.com here.

I remember the movie as being pretty funny when I was a kid, unfortunately for me I’m not a kid anymore although some of the cold war themes appeal to the historian in me. I understand Woody Allen did a remake about 15 years ago. I think with a little effort I might manage to miss it too.

…the press didn’t have a lot of objections to “blow Jobs“:

The White House is working hard to secure deals that yield fluffy, feel good commentary about the Obama White House. One American White House reporter used colorful terms to describe the arrangement. The reporter said, “They want ‘blow jobs’ first [in the press sense]. Then you have to be on good behavior for a bit or be willing to deal, and then you get access.”

When you sell yourself for a living It just becomes a matter of haggling.

You just knew Robert Stacy was going to have fun with this didn’t you and Ann Althouse and the Mudville Gazette comment, but it is Ed Driscoll who asks the important question:

Considering the near-monolithically favorable coverage that Obama received on the campaign trail from the inside the Beltway crowd, to equally gushing coverage after The One won the gig, how gushing does the hagiography have to get before it qualifies for B.J.-level “journalism” in the White House’s jaundiced eyes?

MSM you have no business complaining, you did this to yourselves.

Sticky Notes Error on Windows 7

Posted: April 3, 2010 by datechguy in tech
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If you aren’t familiar with the “Sticky Notes” program you ought to be, basically it is a small app that allows you to create post-it type notes that can be placed on your desktop. These can be used as reminders for all kinds of things, VERY useful.

After my last windows update My Sticky notes program decided to stop functioning. As everything else was working one doesn’t want to be constantly undoing updates since you might end up creating security holes.

My first step was a simple uninstall/reinstall. This failed to solve the problem meaning that the update didn’t overwrite any file within the Sticky notes program, this suggested that the issue might be with a system file the program used

Lucky for us the old XP SFC function (System File Checker) carries over to windows 7. This is a function that can repair and re-write damaged system files. It can be accessed as follows

Go to Command Prompt (enter command prompt in the search box to access it)

On the Command line enter the following “SFC /SCANNOW”

This will begin the scan of system files. I would strongly recommend not playing with anything while the scan takes place. It will take some time but it will repair any system files it finds off. One advantage of Windows 7 is you will likely not need system CD’s for this function to work. In XP it often called for the install disks during the scan.

When it is complete you you should have your sticky notes working once again. You may have to change the icon back, but the program will work.