My in-laws dropped off two computers for me to “debug”. A Pentium 4 based desktop with Windows XP. Main problem was internet access. Turns out there was no network config. Windows can’t seem to see the network card, and can’t load the drivers. I download the latest drivers for the motherboard including a new BIOS. I flash the BIOS, and the machine boots but Windows doesn’t. It just hangs. Booting into “Safe Mode” causes it to hang with …Mup.sys. Still don’t know what is going on. The problem is obviously common: annoyances.

The other machine is a Dell laptop, that boots fine until you login. Then it shows the start menu panel,
and the busy cursor. It waits, and waits, and waits. Then it shows up. The complaint? “computer is slow and lot’s of errors”. I see in the Event Viewer there are several “Application Errors”, but the dialog shows “component unknown”, gee great help you are. ARGH! I also saw that WIA (Windows Image Acquisition) service won’t start. Debugging a service in Windows is nothing short of voodoo. I mean, in Linux I can start the application from the command line and see the errors. In Windows, there’s got to be some registry hack that will either turn up the debug level of the service or completely hose the damn machine.

I have to say WINDOWS SUCKS! I hate having to deal with these freaking machines. But I can’t in good conscience let my in-laws go to Best Buy to have it worked on. I think it’s just silly to pay for “computer service”. I’ve toyed with the idea of switching them to Linux, but I’m worried that I might create a different set of support calls.

no bundle yet

Friday afternoon Liz started having contractions (much like she did with Marco).  They continued all night long. She slept about 20 minutes total.

The contractions continued all day Saturday, then at 6pm we call the doctor, and drive to the hospital.  The contractions got stronger, but no cervix dialation occurred, we spent the night in the hospital just to be sure.  Around 1am, the contractions stopped.  We left with no bundle of joy, at 7am Sunday morning.

Now the bets begin will we make it to our due date? If not, when?

Why is maven popular?

So why is it that among Java folks maven is so popular? The pom.xml is an abomination, it’s is difficult to maintain and I’ve had simpler ant build files. I know maven has dependency resolution which you can get with ant using Ivy. Maven supports multiple projects, but that can be done with ant as well.

So what is it that makes maven so popular? skeptical minds want to know.