Daily Archives: 1 June 2004

Illogically Speaking

As Spock would say, sometimes, fixing a computer requires
illogical solutions.

On Friday, our IT people were able to get
me access to the Intraweb server again. They did it the old
fashion way: by facing in the right direction and incanting the
correct magic syllables.

Actually, they did what smart IT people do: they applied
logic and began to eliminate possible sources of the problem.
First, they attached a laptop to our network drop and
determined that the problem was not specific to my PC. By doing
this, they refrained from wasting hours trying various changes
on my PC that probably would not have made a positive

Once they determined the problem was not specific to my PC,
they focused on the server’s configuration. This is where the
chanting came in because they couldn’t find anything wrong. Yet
every time anyone would try to login they would end up in the
wrong directory. They tried deleting my login and creating a
new one but no joy.

So, they copied everything in the directory I needed to get
to and temporarily stored it in a new directory. They then
deleted the old directory and re-created the directory again.
After which they copied the files back in and all was well.

No one knows why that worked but it did and so far it still


Off the Beach

This past weekend SWMBO and I went into
Waikiki for an early anniversary vacation. We usually take off
during the July 4th weekend but due to her job obligations, it
doesn’t look like we will be able to do that.

So we stayed at the Hawaii Prince Hotel
. The hotel is in Waikiki but is not on the beach as
it fronts the yacht harbor. Nonetheless it is a very nice
hotel. We had a room on the 29th of 33 floors with a view
extending from the the Hilton Hawaiian
(where we stayed last year) to the Magic Island end
of Ala
Moana Park

The room was recently renovated and includes high speed
Ethernet access to the Internet ($8.95 USD per day extra). We
had a nice time playing tourist and laying out at the pool. So
much so we’ll probably come back some time.

I’ll try to get some pictures up as soon as I can but it may
be awhile.