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with a towel you can't go wrong

A simple Ikea cardboard box, a towel and ready.


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My Door Haz Bling
I‘ ve been away from my blog and my computer in general for a while in my own time. Renovating an appartment does that to you. But now it is nearing completion.

Some of it is really worthwhile, some of it are small details. Anyhow, I hope to increase my postcount a bit more from now on. And yes, this door is bling!

My Door Haz Bling

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working out

It started out like this:
living room before

and then the first cracks in the plaster appeared:
first cracks in the plaster

soon it looked like this:

and then the ceiling turned out to contain also some cracks:
cracks in the ceiling plaster

Some rewiring of the electrics:
another electric box

some more rewiring needed:
construction - kitchen electricity

and this was the magic box …
magic box

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Chrome Error Symantec
Chrome it is!
I just downloaded it and tried to run it with this disappointing message:

The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005). Click on OK to terminate the application.

Some googling around brought me to this blog that had all links neatly ordered.

Seems the problem exists for users of Symantec Endpoint Protection (aptly abbreviated SEP).

Even without this activated, there is an underlying default rule that prevents Chrome from spawning process threads for it’s sandboxing (*). Just google around for Sysplant.sys and you will notice that Chrome isn’t the only one to suffer from this problem.

There are 2 solutions to this issue:
1) disable the sandboxing, but this basically defeats some of the strongest points of the browser. How to do it : Right click on the desktop icon (or menu icon) that launched Chrome and choose properties. Then add at the end of the target string (after the quotation marks) a blank and then –no-sandbox.
This turns off the sandbox behaviour of Chrome.

2) Disable Symantec’s behaviour as described here on the Symantec forums (you need admin access to your PC for this and this will also not work where the policies for Symantec Endpoint Protection are set centrally by your sysadmin.

1) Back up the registry on an affected system.
2) Open the registry on the Agent system by entering regedit from a run prompt.
3) Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SysPlant.
4) Open the Start DWORD.
5) Change the value to 4 to disable the drivers.
6) Reboot the system to commit the changes.

I personally prefer solution 3: Remove Symantec entirely and install a decent anti-virus/system protection system, but if you are stuck with the vile piece of crap that Symantec is, then option 2 is the preferred one untill Google launches an official solution (not workaround) for this issue.

(*) Chrome makes a separate operating environment for each process (group) it starts. Basically every tab ends up in its own micro environment thus preventing crashing tabs from taking your entire browser with them. More on this in Google’s explanation I mentioned in the post before.

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Fieldguide to Firefox 3
Now we have Firefox 3, there is an urgent need for a fieldguide.

And whoops … there it is

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AEG Cyclone XL 6206
After I decided, yesterday evening, to re-arrange my interior a bit I got to cleaning first this morning. After a few minutes of using my vacuum cleaner, I smelled that familiar “burnt-electro-motor-smell”. The ozone alike odour convinced me not to use the by now 20 years old machine anymore.

So off to the shop.

After staring for a quarter of an hour among all these different machines I finally got my eye on one of the Dyson machines. The price looked somewhat OK, although a bit in the high side. So I hauled on of the shops staff to fetch me one from the stock as the boxes ran out in the store itself. A quick look on the inventory screen told him (and me peering over his shoulder) that there were at least still 3 or even 4 pieces. (I really wouldn’t want to be the one responsible for their inventory, one piece off I can understand but around 3 to 4!)

A ten minute wait later the guy returned empty handed. There were none anymore. But they would be back. Soon. someday between now and the end of the year, or after the end of the year but definitely before end of next week.

So I left the shop a slight tad disappointed. Then I decided to go to the next electro shop a few houses down the road. There I was drawn immediately tot the Dyson machines again. Then I discovered that the price was actually seriously higher than the one in the previous shop. Around one hundred Euro higher! It turned out i was lead by the price of this mini hand held/tabletop version of the Dyson. Glad I didn’t got round to spending that amount on a vacuum cleaner I got the shops assistant to explain me about the wide variety of machines that had a similar no bag mechanism and a filter to take care of the dust (in the light of my allergy to mite and dust).

At one third the price of the Dyson I got myself the AEG Cyclone XL (yes the one in the picture). Back home I tried it immediately and realised rather quickly what an old dog my previous machine was. I re-cleaned a part I did this morning and ended up with a nearly full (4Liters !) box of dust. Good Stuff !

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
By now it is probably all over the internet, but this one is one of the most stunning steampunk mods. Executed and documented by Datamancer. Notice also the clockwork on the lid.

For those interested, you can find more info on his site (which is down at the moment, I assume due to overload)

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

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