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World Statues 2009: Yellow Man

World Statues 2009: Yellow ManPhoto by Foto Martien
I made up a video of me walking through the Leviathan Challenge from Overthewire.org, and enclose it below. It turns out that adding suspiciously hip music to the audio track causes Google to mute the entire thing. So, enjoy the hacks in peace!
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The Pop Singer’s Love of Web 2.0

I’ve listened to Mel’s music for a while, and just found out that not only does she have a presence in Second Life, but that she’s about the most online-y musician I’ve met, having a presence on Facebook as well where you can listen to her tunes via iLike and YouTube.

Do your ears a favour, and listen to this welsh chanteuse. Better yet, attend one of her gigs, buy her CD, and support real independent music.

A yummy mummy. Now if only I still had my drumkit.

More moosic

The Eagles are, in my opinion, a seminal American Rock band. They epitomise the genre, and the following solo track from Don Henley is also fantastic. They are right up there with Steve Earle on influence of the genre, and you can hear the Pittsburgh steelworkers, the california sunshine, and a new york minute’s worth of blues in their songs.

Always tempting to do a Simon Bates and dedicate songs like this to exes, but you know who you are.

I woke up this morning thinking “I must look up ‘Bridge‘ on Wikipedia“. Now I have done so, and I’m none the wiser.

Joke for you:
Why are pirates cool?
Because they yarr.

WGA (Windows Installer 3.1) not working

I recently ran a Belarc scan of my computer so I could tell my friend the toasty loveliness that sits beneath my system cabinet (well I think its lovely). I noticed that I had 85 security hot fixes missing.

Wondering what Automatic Updates was doing, I fired up Microsoft Update, and it gnomically told me that the WGA had “failed to install” with a variety of bizarre errors, but the root cause turned out to be 0x80070005. Not to be deterred by what is a pretty obscure error message, I tracked this down to the permissions on the registry, and discovered the following fix (since a Google search revealed this to be a pretty widespread issue, I thought it worth documenting this, as Microsoft’s website is not clear).

  1. Download and install SubInACL. Make sure its in your command line PATH (I put mine in %windir%/System32). SubInACL is a command-line tool that enables administrators to obtain security information about files, registry keys, and services, and transfer this information from user to user, from local or global group to group, and from domain to domain.
  2. Create the following script (I called mine c:\reset.cmd):
  3. @echo off
    subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE /grant=administrators=f
    subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CURRENT_USER /grant=administrators=f
    subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT /grant=administrators=f
    subinacl /subdirectories %SystemDrive% /grant=administrators=f
    subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE /grant=systems=f
    subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CURRENT_USER /grant=system=f
    subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT /grant=system=f
    subinacl /subdirectories %SystemDrive% /grant=system=f
    @Echo =========================
    @Echo Finished.
    @Echo =========================
    @pause

  4. Run this script. Go and do something else, it will take a while, as it will crawl all over your hard disk. Windows Installer will then work.

Windows permissions are not simple, especially not compared to the nice’n’easy -rwxr-xr-x that Unix gives. However they are powerful.

Other geeky things for the evening:

  • Installing powerline ethernet, so I can link up a media streamer to my TV easily.
  • Installing and using VLC. It just works, and doesn’t contain any spyware, bloatware, adware, or other sillyware.
  • Installing a Griffin Roadtrip in my car. Ipod music a go go.

Thanks to Geek Girl for the fix.