Category Archives: IT Administration

Weekend Tech Supporter

February 12th, 2008

I spent the weekend by hunting down the reason a computer was running sluggishly. I noticed that the system would wait at the Microsoft Windows XP splash screen for a couple of minutes while starting up. I activated the task manager just as the desktop was being displayed. According to the information that it provided, […]

Creating a VNC Connection to Existing X Session

January 3rd, 2008

Either it has been a really slow news week, or I’ve gotten faster at processing news from multiple news aggregators. I’ve been getting to the office early in the morning, and the content of /. and other popular news sites just did not give me my fill of reading for the morning. I began wondering […]

The NEC ND-3620A and cdrecord

October 24th, 2007

When most hope was lost, a firmware upgrade brought results. After resolving a character set problem with cdrecord through a downgrade, I received a “0x30 Qual 0x05 (cannot write medium – incompatible format) Fru 0x0” error and thought the problem was with the DVDs that I had just purchased. The DVD burner identified itself as […]

Two HDs Down, and Another One on the Way

October 16th, 2007

A Seagate drive and Maxtor drive failed over the week. Now that Maxtor is Seagate, I’ll be sending both drives to the same company for replacement. I can only hope that they return drives that are remanufactured or better, before the Seagate drive that is currently knocking away in my desktop fails.

Transitions

July 14th, 2007

Transitions are always difficult.