penny April 24th, 2008
You’ve been warned. Es ist yet another Vista rant.
I just had another episode of frustrating network problems with Vista today.
(1) The network was insisting it was Unidentified.
(2) There were multiple networks found.
(3) “Local Only” it says, and the internet just won’t connect.
I’ve tried every trick I know, and looked some up online.
(1) Disabled wireless so it knows I only want the Ethernet to be found.
(2) Windows firewall settings.
(3) Disable IPv6.
(4) Toggle between DHCP and Static IP. This takes a while to set-up depending on where I am.
I did a couple of restarts before the configurations I wanted actually applied to the system. What else can I say but… ARRRRRRGH!!!!
I’ve been finishing up a couple of projects for the longest time, and I don’t think it a good idea to be reformatting my work machine should I need something vital that I forget about, and accidentally chuck out!! I’ve configured the system to work “normally” for me. By that I mean that things work to some extent, albeit crashing once or twice a week. What I really dislike is how the RAM gets eaten up by some invisible process(es) that I have no control over. I’ve stripped everything to a bare minimum at one point, and realised it had improved but a little.
Yeah yeah, downgrade to XP, I know, I know. I’ve also been set on setting up Ubuntu 08.04. I’m afraid that if I can’t make things work as they should (they work now, just not efficiently as I want it to), then I really won’t get anything done. The ******* problem is there was no Vista CD provided if you wanted to reinstall it should you be in a situation like mine, or something similar. I have a product key, which should be sufficient right? I don’t even know the answer to that question. Does anyone?
And there are those days like today when I can’t set-up my network (coz I moved from workplace1 to home to workplace2, I need to reset routers, configure IPs etc etc), can’t get decent running speeds for Mathematica or get bogged down by compiling TeX documents. It’s hard to get real work done when 70% of my time gets polluted with troubleshooting and tweaking. What about my time for procrastination browsing the internet for crying out loud!?
Here are some tweaks I do with Vista:
(1) ReadyBoost. This works by attaching a USB flash disk or SD/MMC and telling Vista that you want to use it for “speeding up your system”. I’m not sure how it works, but it seems to use the space allocated as a page file. At first I thought plugging the 2GB memory was helping speed my system up. But I don’t notice the difference anymore.
(2) Disable sidebar. It’s fun to have the Windows sidebar, as it has widgets like the OSX. But I don’t really use it all the time, so I shut it off whenever doing something needing memory.
(3) Use the most basic theme (disable Glass/Aero) with the least effects possible. Too bad. When Microsoft really endeavored to make Vista pretty with all these flashy visuals.
(4) Uninstall Office. It’s this big chunk of nothing that I hardly use. Replacements are a-plently. To me, what I used in Microsoft before were Word, Powerpoint, Outlook and Excel. Now just OpenOffice for Word, LaTeX Beamer for Powerpoint, GoogleDocs for Excel (sheets online, stats in R-cran) and Mozilla Thunderbird for Outlook.
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