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Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

Monday Mumblings

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Yawn. Yes, it is Monday, isn't it?

Last night I finished the printing phase of the latest project. I just have to get the documents bound and into the mail. It seems a fine time to take a break and catch up on the stuff I threw my hands in the air over on the weekend.

So, what technical issues had me in a tizzy? Windows 7. (Quick verdict: So far, so good.) If you follow tech news, you know that Microsoft really botched the public beta release. I was trying to get my own copy early, and I managed to snag a legal one. However, I was well aware that Microsoft had previously stated that 2.5 million activation keys would be handed out. Otherwise, the software is no good after a month.

Now, I don't plan to replace my current OS with Windows 7, but I do want to have it on a second hard drive so I can boot into it. I got hold of a pre-beta that had no key, and when I got into this current project the beta period lapsed. It was probably a good thing, because there was a nasty network issue with the pre-beta: every time it started up, every other device on the network would get kicked off. The only way to get everyone back on was to restart the router. I wanted a key so I could test Windows 7 at my leisure.

I finally got the key late on Friday night.

Microsoft, to their credit, has extended the beta download program through January 24, and will offer more keys. Good for them.

I installed the beta, and the network issues have been fixed. Yay. I'll play with it as soon as I get some other projects out of the way.

One other technical note, I discovered that when I added the last feature to the journal software, that I broke something on the comments. Not to get geeky, but the SQL statement that inserts the entry into the database is supposed to put a zero in the field for number of comments. Then whenever anyone leaves a comment, there's something called a trigger that increments that number by one. Well, I forgot to add back the bit that put the zero in, so there was no number to increment when someone added a comment. It's a small thing, but kind of annoying, IMO. Now it's fixed.

As I noted in a previous entry, today is our wedding anniversary. We celebrated Saturday at Gregory's in downtown Plano. They now offer four, five, and seven course meals at a set price. The catch is that the chef decides what to serve. We decided to be adventurous and go for it, and we're glad we did. The first course was lamb. Delicious. Next up was Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass with a chipotle glaze. This was one of those OMG dishes. I love peppers, but everyone is doing chipoltle something these days. My first thought was "how boring," until I took a bite. This is one of those dishes where the flavors keep rolling over the tastebuds: crunchy, smoky, fishy, sweet, spicy - amazing. The next dish was duck with a casis sauce. Again, delicious, and the suble sauce was a good follow-up to the previous dish. Dessert was an amazing souffle. They brought out a complimentary glass of sparkling rose for each of us.  We waffled between the four-course and five-course meal, and I'm glad we settled for four courses. I don't think we'd have made it around five. The portions weren't large, but they were served as so to encourage leisurely eating.

Spent yesterday at the computer, as stated above.

Watched the Bush press conference this morning. Someone at the local station pushed the wrong button and the event was interrupted by a promo. Oops. I was agog over the word, "misunderestimate," but I think he meant it as a joke. One thing I'll say for him, is that he can crack a joke and keep a perfectly straight face. The guy drives me up the wall, but I think he went out on a good note with this one. Not that I'm happy with a lot of the things he did, but he was very gracious and managed to sound sincere. I'll give that to him.

Well, if I want to catch up on things I'd better get cracking. More later.

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