Star Trek: Discovery Premiere

I can’t wait for 8:30 and the return of Star Trek to the little screen.

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Trip to Tobermory, Part 1

The Rationale

My sister had wanted to go to Tobermory and Flower Pot Island for several summers now. She wanted to see the sights and enjoy a great close to a busy summer. After a few abortive attempts, that involved people driving cars, my mother by chance found a tour company that was going there. So, we signed up and left this morning.

We are pros at this thing. We asked around for advice and experiences. We booked during an unpopular week of tourists. We checked the weather for perfection. We packed accordingly. We forced ourselves to wake up early for the bus. We learned to sleep on the road during long stretches. And we avoided all the basic choke-points at the freeway rest stops: long lines for the ladies restroom, A&W, understaffed food places, and not keeping track of departure time…

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re: “Do We Hate On Taylor Swift Because We Actually Hate Ourselves?”

Bustle writer De Elizabeth made a critical point about psychological projection in her article, “Do We Hate On Taylor Swift Because We Actually Hate Ourselves?” De Elizabeth argued that, despite some valid and but overall negligible criticism of Taylor Swift’s activities and her career trajectory, if many of those critics were just honest with him or herself they would see that their criticism of Mrs. Swift was just borne out of personal resentment and self-doubt.

Could Taylor do better? Sure. But, more importantly, we all could do better, and if we put as much effort into our own activism as we do into insulting Taylor for what we perceive to be self-serving behavior, we’d probably see more progress than one celebrity can do with a single tweet.

–De Elizabeth

Taylor Swift, the artist, may never evolve beyond her trope, De Elizabeth wrote, and she may never be the cultural or gender “savior” that some critics have claimed she would be. Regardless, Mrs. Swift had the talent, ambition, and willpower to become hugely successful, and that’s much more than many people would even dare aspire to be. That Mrs. Swift also demonstrated her personal virtues when she defended herself in court against a man who violated her further set her apart from the keyboard warrior crowd that derides her as a fake or even worse.

In short: haters gonna hate.

Problems transferring digital music via iTunes

My sister and a few of my co-workers have mentioned to me about the problems that have had with moving their digital music collections, that are usually played through iTunes, between devices.

I usually give one of two answers:

  1. Don’t use iTunes (I don’t)
  2. Google it (this is probably the solution)

Sometimes, I am also then asked about what I use instead:

  • foobar2000
  • Windows Media Player
  • CDs
  • Audacity
  • WinAmp 2.95
  • RealJukebox 1.0
  • cassette tapes

Conflict between MS Access 2000 and security update kb4034775

While I was going to post something about the best random finds I’ve acquired from thrift stores and clearance warehouses, I’ve just discovered something after a security update to my XP desktop. Microsoft Security Update kb4034775, that was part of the August 8, 2017 deployment, broke MS Access 2000: I could open the program but I couldn’t load my old databases or make new ones. The patch does something to the Jet Database Engine to prevent a buffer overflow exploit. That sounds all fine and dandy but it’s useless to me if I can’t get a program that I use daily running.

Diagnosis: After spending some time with the copy of Access on my XP desktop, I copied a few of my databases over to my new Thinkpad X and tried again under Windows 7. Voila! Everything worked except for the lack of my favourite small font, Tw Cen MT. Back to my desktop. After briefly disabling my anti-virus program to see if that was blocking Access, and it wasn’t, I began a thirty minute dive into XP to interrogate each of the recent security updates that I had installed. Fortunately, because I had bought books about deploying Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Server 2000, Commerce Server, when I was a teenager, I knew that the Jet Database Engine was a big part of Access 2000 and that inhibiting it would undoubtedly be bad too for Access.

Anyways, I uninstalled the update via Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs -> Show Updates -> Windows XP – Software Updates -> Security Update for Windows XP (KB4034775)

However, this isn’t a fix, the buffer overflow exploit still exists and I only removed the security update because I use Access 2000—the most perfect version there is—daily for my lists. Unless you have the daily urge to load Access 2000 everyday on your old XP machine or have some other problem related to the Jet Engine, I wouldn’t recommend uninstalling the update.

Now, Microsoft, give me a million bucks.