New Job

June 6, 2005 – 19:11

Started a new job today, won’t tell you lot where 😉

Seems like it is going to be a challenge though… I am sure I am going to be making an occasional post about what I am doing, but basicly my task is to take the Environment up from Windows NT 4 to Windows 2003… sound familiar?

What happened to Windows Installer 3.1

May 6, 2005 – 8:23

n Aprils raft of patches, hotfixes and updates delivered via SUS, WSUS or Windows Update; Microsoft chose to release Windows Installer 3.1 the updated version of the install engine Microsoft has been pushing for the last 2 years.

However at the beginning of the week Steven Bink of noticed that the update had been pulled from SUS, further inspection showed that it had in fact gone totaly missing from the Microsoft Website. Many have pointed to KB Article 898628

This blunder by Microsoft could cause some major headaches for IT Administrators who rely of Group Policy Software Management to install and update software throughout their enterprise.


May 5, 2005 – 18:42

I should mention to my faithful readers, I am not the only amature web developer in the family! My father seems to have a flair for imparting information through HTML. – chessproblems, countdown calculator and photo graphs! – my fathers next door neighbours website, with, strangely enough, images of jazz!

Software Update Services (SUS) Problems

April 28, 2005 – 13:44

We have been having a couple of problems with the soon to be replaced Software Update Services (SUS):

First and formost, large files do not syncronise between the Master SUS Server and the Slave at a satalite site. The two that have caused us the most problems have been Windows XP SP2 (266MB) and Windows 2003 SP1 (337MB). The error message is the rather criptic “0x80072EFE: The connection to the server was lost“. The soloution, however, is a simple one. Simply take the files from the Master SUS server on USB key or CD and dump them on the Slave SUS Server.

Second problem, was Active Server Pages EventID 5 messages in the application log, seemingly caused by SUS in the Default Application Pool. What it turns out is permissions on the IIS directorys were preventing the SUS application (or any other application for that matter) from writing fairly meaningless information to disk. The steps for resolving this message are found at this KB Article (842493)

However! put up with SUS for the time being, WSUS is on its way soon™


April 13, 2005 – 21:15

I have discovered a serious gripe, I have been trying to deploy all sorts of applications via GPSI into a Windows XP domain. For the most part I have had great sucess, old executables with a setup.exe I have been able to extract the files and install them manualy, or take an instalation image. Some new installs I have just been able to copy the install MSI files.

However there is a certain company who creates a product called InstallSheild, that produces the most convolute, screwy, malformed MSI packages you could imagine. Why? I don’t know, everyone else manages it perfectly well, maybe it is so that we all have to use their AdminStudio package to re-package our software, who knows.

Anyway, if you value your systems administrators don’t use this software, you could be causing them a nightmare.

Microwave Banana and Rasin Sponge

February 6, 2005 – 18:19

– 2 Bananas
– 100g self raising flour
– 100g butter or Margarine
– 100g sugar
– 2 Eggs
– half a tsp of baking soda
– milk as required

Put the bananas in a microwavable bowl, and soften in the microwave for 4 minutes. Cream the butter and the sugar together, add the eggs, flour and baking soda slowly and beat to an almost pourable mix. sprinkle the rasins over the bananas and pour over the sponge mix. Put in microwave for about 5 minutes (750w) #450301

January 25, 2005 – 22:26

#450301 +(602)- [X]

<@buo> A byte walks into a bar and orders a pint. Bartender asks him “What’s wrong?” Byte says “Parity error.” Bartender nods and says “Yeah, I thought you looked a bit off.”

Yeah its one of those stupid geek jokes but i liked it.


January 8, 2005 – 13:52

It is obviously the time of year for MMORPG betas at the moment, Wish 2 beta started on 1st January, City of Heros Europe started not long after and it looks like World of Warcraft Europe is on the horizon.

It is very nice to see so many games taking the european market so seriously, games like Lineage II, CoH and WoW are going to mop up after SOE decided all european players would have to play on US servers.

And for anyone who is interested, NCSoft have their offices in Brighton, UK so if you want a job take a look at their website. [link]

Power Up (or not)

January 5, 2005 – 18:17

Having issues today with power at work, yesterday we had a new generator installed, then we had a power cut… at least we know the generator will kick in, as long as we don’t mind waiting 15 seconds. Of course the computers, servers and all can’t cope with this.

So we have ordered UPSs for all the computers in the Admin Block, hopefuly will get some for the servers too, you never know we might be able to have an up time longer than one week.

Other than power issues, work is quite good, we are really getting in to the swing of things, still lots and lots to get done but, it looks possable now. My main issue at the moment is documenting all the things that I rushed to get done because they needed doing yesterday. note to anyone in the same business: document as you go is much, much, much easier

Everyone on OcPS is looking forward to World of Warcraft EU looks like lots of the old Planetside gang is getting together to make an impact on Azeroth, most of us have played it before in the NA beta.

A Break from MMOGs

November 3, 2004 – 19:07

I have decided to take a break from EVE and MMOGs in general, I say I have decided… I can’t afford it at the moment so I havn’t got a huge choice in the matter.

I did get a chance to play Guild Wars for a weekend last weekend, which was a huge amount of fun.. not strictly a MMOG but it feels pretty good, kind of a cross between Lineage II and Phantasy Star Online.

I have decided that I will use my time to re-design OcPS which has needed re-working for quite some time. And if I get really bored I have a month of Lineage II waiting for me in the box pack that I bought a couple of months back.