Ya know, I meant to post this a couple of weeks ago…

but then that whole thing with my e-mail host hit, and I forgot about it. So here goes, glommed from talonvaki:

Reply to this entry and I will…
1. Tell you why I friended you.
2. Associate you with something – fandom, a song, a color, a photo, etc.
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Ask something I’ve always wanted to know about you.
6. Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.
7. In return, you must post this in your LJ.

Yep, Microsoft ® Windows ® Vista ™ sucks

XP SP3 can do it in less than half the time than Vista SP1.

Microsoft admits that the launch has not gone as well as the company would have liked. “Frankly, the world wasn’t 100 percent ready for Windows Vista,” corporate vice president Mike Sievert said in a recent interview at Microsoft’s partner conference in Denver.

Well, duh. Except I think Mr. Sievert has the subject and the object of that sentence reversed. It should read, IMHO

Frankly, Windows Vista wasn’t 100 percent ready for the world.

Vista’s memory management blows so much that Santa Ana winds are but a mere breeze compared to the massive suck that is Vista. And you can x64 that, too.

Vista was rushed out the door about 2 years too early, IMHO. What M$ needs to do is to produce a core operating system, and add all the bells and whistles as outer layers, instead of creating a huge Gordian knot of intricacies between presentation and executive layers.

Part of the problem, too, is the crappy memory management design of the original C run-time, combined with the stack of the Intel architecture. This has also led directly to the massive security and other problems – things that have not occurred with IBM ® mainframe operating systems. Buffer overruns that cause random code to be executed (or injected) just don’t happen in z/OS ® and z/Architecture ®.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Last seen in smoofy

In 2007, zarchasmpgmr resolves to…

Eat more operating systems.
Keep my vse clean.
Learn to play the vs2.
Give up programming.
Ask my boss for a baseball.
Become a better luxemburg.

Get your own New Year’s Resolutions:

And, from that page…

On the twelfth day of Christmas, zarchasmpgmr sent to me…

Twelve buses drumming
Eleven adabas piping
Ten mainframes a-leaping
Nine trolleybuses dancing
Eight streetcars a-milking
Seven cats a-swimming
Six mvs a-programming
Five atla-a-a-anta braves
Four trolley buses
Three bus stops
Two operating systems
…and a darmstadt in a derby.

Get your own Twelve Days:

Now to hunt down an S0C4 abend…

A Monday after a four-day weekend

is twice as bad as a Monday after a two-day weekend.

At least my e-mail is back. But I’m also playing catch-up from that, plus a huge accounting project due tonight, plus group communications project due next week with two flakes + a paranoid, plus a paper due in history where I have to read an entire book and analyze how well it makes its point. Plus we have to cut a new PTF (that’s “Program Temporary Fix” in IBM-ese) Wednesday, and I have to do all this regression testing instead of development. *runs off screaming*

But running off screaming is impossible when Lucy is curled up in my lap, and nuzzling my elbow with her wet nose.

Je ne suis pas un campeur heureux.

At last, my long national nightmare is over.

(Props for identifying the source of that quote.)

Personal e-mail service is back. But I’m keeping a lot of stuff auto-forwarding via Google.

Went to the Market Street Railway museum today (at Justin Herman Plaza). Rode Muni 38L and 18 (et nous avons aidé deux touristes français) to the California Palace of the Legion of Honor to see the Marie-Antoinette exhibition, and I rode a Peter Witt on the F, and an L streetcar on the way back, walking up Post.) Plus did some shopping, buying some Bond No. 9 for Cheri at Saks. (Don’t ask.)

Happy Thanksgiving to all of the Americans on my FL

We’re doing something different – rib eye roast. It’s just the two of us this year.

Then off to San Francisco tomorrow for 2 shows by the Reduced Shakespeare Co. at the Marines Memorial Theater. We’re staying at the Kensington Park Hotel, on the north side of Union Square. Plus some shopping at places that aren’t in Sacramento that carry things that one doesn’t generally find in Sacramento.

We’re also going to the California Palace of the Legion of Honor to see the just-opened Marie Antoinette exhibit. Hopefully there will be some of Élisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun’s work there (like the displayed portrait); maybe we already saw some of it last year in Paris.

Behave while we’re gone, folks. I’ll be checking in via computer. Also, I might have some free time on Saturday; e-mail me at this-journal-name @ livejournal.com if you’re gonna be in SF.

ETA: The Folsom Factory Outlets are open at midnight. We’re gonna go for some reason…