archive for January, 2008

New Computer for 2008

I bought parts for a new computer last weekend from Most of the parts arrived on Tuesday, and the RAM finally arrived on Thursday. I have it all assembled and most of the software that I need installed. My last new computer was in 2004, so it was definitively time for a new one. My old computer couldn’t run new games like BioShock and Crysis, and I was running short on RAM for things like the Netflix Prize.

So, once again, for historical notes, here are the specs:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
GeForce 8800GT Extreme 512MB
1TB (2 x 500GB) 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drives
Windows Vista Home Premium

Small Vista Bug

I just tried reporting a bug to Microsoft using this form, but I doubt anyone will read it.  If anyone is interested, here’s the bug I found and what I told Microsoft.

1) Go to the command line.
2) View the shutdown command’s documentation (type “shutdown /?”)

It will print the help document starting with:
Usage: shutdown [/i | /l | /s | /r | /g | /a | /p | /h | /e] [/f]
[/m \\computer][/t xxx][/d [p|u:]xx:yy [/c “comment”]]

There’s one small error where it shows the syntax for the /d option “[/d [p|u:]xx:yy”.  The colon (:) should be after the bracket (ie “[/d [p|u]:xx:yy”).  The current text is saying to only use the colon if you are specifying ‘u’ for unplanned, but it’s really required for both p and u.


The AOPA has a little article out on Groom Lake (aka Area 51) getting an airport identifier — KXTA — in Jeppesen‘s flight planning software and on handheld GPS receivers.  I did some searching and found a little coverage of the topic, but it seems to be pretty quiet for now.  It’ll be interesting to watch the popularity of the name grow (or not) over the next several years.

Visual Morse Code

Just released: MorseLED

This little program uses your keyboard’s scroll lock to to show Morse Code.