Returning Laptop

Looks like I have finally been dissatisfied enough to take this laptop back … I am now installing the XP Home that came with the machine and all of its drivers, etc … If the Toshiba’s Line-In isn’t in stereo, oh well, but the headphone port is certainly identified as stereo in every description I’ve read about it … The other determining factor is that I have searched the Internet, and it appears that HP laptops are shutting off unexpectedly the world over in all sorts of scenarios … It seems I bought into a bad line of laptop so I am getting out while the getting is good (within the 14 day return policy) … The Toshiba has done me fine the last 3 years, so I expect the same reliability fom a new one … I have decided to go with the one linked below since it has a line in as well as a 17″ screen … oh, and that stereo thing … How can HP release (sell) a laptop that doesn’t have a stereo headphone jack? Isn’t that just wrong? … and how much money could that possibly save in the production? Oh well …

Return the laptop?

I am so torn between whether to return the laptop or hang onto it. The reasons to hang on to it are the laptop and features itself including the full size keyboard that allows me to put in ALT sequences easily and type IP addresses faster … The downside is that HP and Adobe don’t seem to get along for HT technology … The HP will just shut off like a breaker has been tripped while working in the image editor … The other thing that upsets me about it is that it is not stereo … The headphone port and the mic/line in port while they support stereo, everything is in mono … So, do I take it back? I have until the end of the month … Purchased on the 17th, I have 14 days to decide … I could buy an external sound card for $99, but do I want to do that? I read the reviews on it, and they’re mixed … Way I figure it, I don’t want to carry around another USB device cause the laptop didn’t come in stereo like it should have … I am still torn …. HELP!

Virus

So I got a new laptop yesterday … A HP Pavilion zd7160us … It comes with XP Home, and, well, who the heck wants to run that? So, I blow away the heavily overloaded full featured system and wouldn’t you know it … While installing the new system, I am hit by an exploit … Once I had the machine semi-configured where I would use it, I notice that it’s trying to contact all these other machines on port 445 … So, even after installing firewalls and all the Windows Update stuff, it’s still doing it, and on boot, it’s trying to access port 445 on a local machine on the network here that it has no business trying to connect to … At times the machine would hang, etc … So, I go to Symantec, and lo and behold, there it is; W32.Korgo.L is a variant of W32.Korgo.I. This worm attempts to propagate by exploiting the Microsoft Windows LSASS Buffer Overrun Vulnerability (described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-011) on TCP port 445. It also listens on TCP ports 113, 3067, and other random ports (256-8191). Found YESTERDAY! I read the removal instructions, etc … and to me that’s a hassle … What if I miss something? What if it doesn’t completely remove stuff and since I updated with the thing active, maybe other symptoms will come of it … No! I want a clean system fully patched and ready to go to hit the ‘net … So I pop in the install disk and begin again, although this time I unplugged the network cable … I’ll get a firewall going before I connect the cable … This has never happened to me before … getting pounced on before I got a chance t put all the protection in place … It sure is frustrating, or … disheartening that this goes on …

ESR Email

Well, I sent off an email to Eric Raymond asking a couple questions that I was wondering about … I tried not to be too long in that I usually type very long email messages … I have been doing research on those people who talked in the Revolution OS movie … I am realizing a history that went on while I was doing other things like playing with IBM Mainframes and Minis … eventually to the Micros and the rest is history for me … So, now I choose to get into the Linux/FreeBSD world … and I am not only realizing the benefits of the models, I am also realizing the philosophy behind them … We’ll see if he replies … and we’ll see if I can share that with anyone … Eric reminds me a lot of my brother Bill … Bill certainly was in this league of distinguished gentlemen and I’m certain could have accomplished the same if not more … but he like myself worked on IBM Mainframes … But, when I inherited his PCs from his New York apartment, one of them had and old Red Hat version on it … We never talked about Linux … only C and Assembler …

More New Stuff

So, I go to return the card, and figure I would just get the 9600 … welp, the 9200 worked in a P2 he had there, so it’s my computer that didn’t like the card … So I figure, well .. how much to upgrade the motherboard? Got one for a P3? Laugh! So, got me a motherboard that supports my old SDRAM and a used P4 1.8 … It will be faster than my P3 1.0 and it will support the 9600 AGP 8x card … Now, will the operating system complain when I do this switching? Well, it’s Windows, right? Bah! BTW, this is it for a while … this was the culmination of my tip money … It has been depleted …