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Calling on Windows gurus for a little help

January 1, 2010

My father-in-law seems to have run into an issue with IE8 on his XP machine:

When it starts up, it gives him the message: memory could not be “written” and crashes. He was having trouble with ie7 crashes and so upgraded to ie8 a couple of days ago. I did a screen share and tried out various tips and tricks to sort him out, all to no avail:

  1. Full virus scan with up-to-date virus definitions, all clean.
  2. Malware scan, all clean.
  3. Tried disabling IE add-ons, no effect.
  4. Cleared out internet cache, browsing history, etc, no effect.
  5. Saw something about the DEP tool, went into Advanced Settings and unchecked the box about helping with mitigating memory issues, no effect.

Anybody with any ideas so he doesn’t think I know nothing about computers (which may be true but he doesn’t need to know that)? 🙂

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SWOT analysis

January 7, 2008

With my wife studying for her MBA, I often get asked if I am picking up an MBA by osmosis. While that’s probably exaggerating it a little bit, I do pick up some interesting bits and bobs, such as SWOT analysis. In a nutshell, it’s a business planning tool where you compile a list of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats into a 2×2 matrix, and use that to build on your strengths, work on your weaknesses, seize the opportunities in front of you and defend against the threats. Furthermore, as a career building exercise, the students were split into teams and told to write up a SWOT analysis of themselves. Each person’s analysis was then discussed within the group, with the other team members adding to the lists, as necessary.

It seemed like an interesting exercise to undertake. I worked on the list and then added more items after specific suggestions from the missus. While I won’t publish the final result here (In a commercial world where everybody does their darndest to shield their weaknesses from the world, it wouldn’t be the wisest move), I would recommend it as a useful means for introspection.

It was pleasing to note that out of the 9 weaknesses we listed, I am, in some form or the other, already working on 4 of them. What was less pleasing was that I listed less than half the items on my “strengths” list. Since I was trying to be brutally honest and making no attempt at modesty when I compiled the list (conclusion: I wasn’t aware of my perceived strengths), I haven’t been doing a good enough job of playing to my strengths.

Let’s hope that I remember to visit the lists periodically and to make constant evaluations on the different items on that list.

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What have I been upto?

November 1, 2007

Its certainly been an interesting couple of months for me.

First off, we took a much needed vacation to go to India to attend my cousin’s wedding. Its always fun to go to India – there’s always family and friends to have a good time with. In addition to that, there’s all the good food, the warm weather, and the fact that its a vacation. The combination always does wonders to my psyche and lets me relax completely.

After our return from India, it was time to get packing to move to this little known place called Cranfield, in the middle of nowhere. My wife has started an MBA at one of the top programs in the UK. Initially, it was a little unnerving since we don’t currently have a car and it really feels like we are in the middle of nowhere. Also, moving from a 2-bedroom house to a studio apartment takes a little getting used to. But it certainly helps that the people here are very friendly and never let anyone stay down for too long. I am sure the positive spirit will be essential in the year to come.