vista on a t60 not ready for prime time

I’m being daring. While I’m reading articles for a paper that’s due yesterday, I’ve installed Microsoft Vista on this here Thinkpad T60 (2007-75U). A lot doesn’t work — most of the device drivers and utility programs fail to start up. I can live without things like Rescue and Recovery, or the fingerprint scanner driver for the time being.  I also didn’t mind uninstalling Sonic DLA.

There are also released/beta drivers for the modem (combined 32/64 bit version), the UltraNav (32 & 64 bit versions, though I’m not brave enough to go 64-bit yet), the hard drive Active protection System (32 & 64 bit versions) and the ATI x1400 video (though I recommend getting ATI’s updated 32 or 64 bit version instead).
But I’m especially upset that the hotkeys, which were working fine with the Vista beta driver (which is extremely well hidden!) suddenly have decided to stop working. The “On Screen Display” service (TPHKSVC) won’t start, claiming “Error 1075: The dependency service does not exist or has been marked for deletion.” Of course, the Dependencies tab for that service shows no dependencies. Nothing useful is in the System log, either. Grumble.

On further inspection, there is event 7030: “The On Screen Display service is marked as an interactive service. However, the system is configured to not allow interactive services. This service may not function properly.” This looks like it’s related to security fixes for session 0 isolation pushed through in Vista. Still, it was working for a time under vista, so I think this is a red herring of some sort.

There’s also no appropriate power management support, so Vista is sucking up batteries like there’s no tomorrow, even with screen brightness at its lowest level. Good news: Lenovo/IBM released a beta driver. Bad news: the driver’s no longer available (at least, not under document ID MIGR-66919, nor anywhere else I can find. Did anyone cache a copy of the download before Lenovo/IBM pulled it?) Fortunately I’m tethered for the next few days.

Hopefully when the official Vista drivers show up in the next 6 weeks, things will be a lot smoother. Right now it feels like I’m running OS/2 2.0 again, and living with limited functionality at the expense of a prettier/better user interface.

appreciation without arrogance

Must every Toronto based art & architecture/civic design log serve up the same self-aggrandizing, political-agenda-pushing arrogant snobbery that promotes exclusion and moral crusading over the free exchange of ideas? Hasn’t anyone explained to these people that you attract more flies with honey than with vinegar, and (to paraphrase) your art is not my art?

Oh, right, I forgot. They’re blogs. That’s their point these days isn’t it? Ways to pat your friends on the back, and by everyone else’s conspicuous absence from inclusion, continue to perpetuate your clique’s elitism. Ways to build a bully pulpit and force the world, kicking and screaming, into your point-of-view. Ways to build an image for yourself, based on a meager handful of accomplishments combined with slickly-edited copy and a gorgeous low-available-light photograph.

Yesterday, I had a lovely day in my home city. I was really enjoying myself. It made me want to explore the city more. And then I had to read the blogs I linked to above. They were the metaphorical equivalent of rolling over in bed and finding your hot, sexy lover has been replaced by a mandrill who wants you to put your lips on his/her genitals. And, judging by the kitchen knife in his/her left hand, won’t take no for an answer. And then he/she gets up and blogs about it, attaching the one photo he/she took of you that could be interpreted to imply that you enjoyed yourself — when all you were doing was trying not to gag.

I’m not player-hating. There need to be environmentalists, futurists, artists, free thinkers. Some of the articles in those blogs were actually useful. But do you all have to be so goddamn supercilious?

wonderfall heroes

Caught by skewed, and a bunch of other fans, then screencapped by me:

Smoosh-faced lion on the set of Heroes 1x06

Heroes 1×06, only a few minutes into the episode.  (Bryan Fuller is a producer on Heroes, apparently.)

Jaye Tyler lives!  Perhaps she’s a hero too?

word-of-the-day: prolix

From – which you should go read now, it’s short:

The late Peter Gzowski once held up an envelope from one of his many readers. “This has been written on a word processor,” he told me.

“How can you tell?” I asked.

“It’s prolix,” Gzowski said.

How many of you are also guilty as charged? I think many of us bloggers are similarly challenged. Personally, I’ve been fond of quoting Blaise Pascal, from Lettres provinciales, 16, Dec.14,1656:

Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parceque je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.” (I have only made this letter rather long because I have not had time to make it shorter.)

But perhaps now I will quote Robertson Davies instead:

Business people are very innocent and they are impressed by bulk.

you-name-it hero

Earlier today, my friends online and I were reading this alternative video game controller article, and bemoaning the fact that the accordion controller depicted doesn’t really exist. We all agreed that we’d totally buy an Accordion Hero videogame.

Thus ensued a bevy of alternative music game controller titles:

14:16 < @Wohali> that's a cute controler, conty
14:17 < @Wohali> can we play weird al songs?
14:17 < @Conty> Wohali: We can play Weird Al dad's songs!
14:17 < @Wohali> oktoberfest!
14:17 < @OldCrow> a pitch convertor controller would be cheap to make these days
14:18 < @Conty> Then we can have Accordion Hero: HEINO Edition!
14:18 < @OldCrow> I mean, one DSP for kazoo hero wouldn't need to be exactly studio quality
14:18 < @Wonky-P> conty, how about moonshine jug hero?
14:19 < @Wonky-P> how about wet finger around the glass hero?
14:19 < @Wonky-P> pan flute hero
14:20 < @Conty> Wonky: Glass Harmonica Hero!
14:21 < @GoofyRobo> I would so buy accordian hero
14:22 < @Wirc_Hat> Pan Flute Hero: The Legend of Zamfir
14:23 < @ShinoWrk> Saxophone Hero, Kenny GX
14:23 < @Wohali> Lawrence Welk's Bubblemania

Which ones would you buy?

P.S. Holding on one more day – woke up feeling pretty good, so I’m staying in forced bedrest another 24h. If this doesn’t do it, I’ll head into the hospital tomorrow.

canada day 2006

What fun, a holiday motorcycle ride about town with my new friend and bike mentor. I am feeling more confident every day – but not foolhardy! I can’t wait to ride around town more. And the gasoline bills are definitely to my liking.

For those of you waiting for your meme responses, they are online now at the previous post. Sorry for the delay; I was in the process of website and gallery migration, and those things had to occur first. For the record: Gallery 2 has a neater interface, but it slower and cumbersome to setup and configure, compared with Gallery 1.

The baby is so cute! I’ll have photos posted soon.