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I'm watching the latest episode of +Revolution when the former Google employee looks at a bunch of code and exclaims, "No way!"

I found it on Github: https://github.com/biometrics/openbr/blob/da345e9d0139a8693792404f2dfecb6df892b774/openbr/core/cluster.cpp

(The code in the show is the getNeighborhood function).

So far I have failed to find what he found so enlightening about the code as to justify his response and subsequent actions.

I just got a notice from Chrome that it has auto-updated.

"Chrome has auto-updated with bettar spell chek!"  Good to know they've solved that problem.

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I found this great git log alias on StackOverflow. Colored log with graph and branch names.  Very cool.

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7022890/how-to-display-the-tag-name-and-branch-name-using-git-log-graph
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Pet Peeve: Coffee cups in TV and movies are always empty but they pretent that they aren't. Can't they just put some liquid in those cups so they don't look like lightweight styrofoam?

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After spending two days trying to get +Windows 8 installed, I finally got a clean install working. I installed NVIDIA driver update and what should happen? Now the system won't boot.

Apparently, the 310.90 driver causes your screen to flicker on and off during the boot process.  Solution? Boot to Safe Mode and roll back the driver to the Windows 8 default driver.

What a nightmare.

After spending two days trying to get +Windows 8 installed, I finally got a clean install working. I installed NVIDIA driver update and what should happen? Now the system won't boot.

Apparently, the 310.90 driver causes your screen to flicker on and off during the boot process.  Solution? Boot to Safe Mode and roll back the driver to the Windows 8 default driver.

What a nightmare.

Trying to upgrade to +Windows 8 has been a complete and utter disaster.  I've been waiting a long time to take the plunge and finally decided to do it.

I started by mounting and ISO inside Windows 7 and running through the upgrade process.  Everything looked like it was going great until the third reboot when I got an error about my AHCI driver signature being invalid.  So, I rebooted and used Advanced Options to disable driver signature checking.   Next boot landed my at a blue screen with a 0xC000021A error code. Nice.

No indication about which driver is causing the crash. The setup program that ran inside Windows 7 didn't complain about any known driver incompatibilities.  Could the upgrade process just default to using the Windows 8 built-in drivers anyway just to avoid these issues altogether?

So I rebooted back to Windows 7 (rollback feature works great) and proceed to remove my AMD AHCI drivers.  Another install attempt and again, same driver errors.  I pulled a memory dump and used WinDbg to check for the error. No luck.  Starting pulling out other drivers like NVIDIA graphics and trying again.

After 3 attempts, I was never able to successfully get past the third reboot. Kernel bug check every time.

Finally I decided that it would be good to do a fresh install anyway.  So I did some hard drive swapping around between some laptops and managed to clone my SSD onto another 128GB SSD as a backup.

I decide it would be best to do a secure erase (wipe) on the SSD to restore to factory state before installing Windows 8. Booting to Ubuntu 12.10 on a flash drive. hdparm refuses to secure erase (input/output error). Some googling shows this seems to be a known issue.  So, I'll boot back into Windows 7 from the cloned SSD and erase it from there using Intel Toolbox.   No luck. The cloned drive won't boot.  Need to do a startup repair to repair the boot loader entries to point to the new drive.  Damn, I don't have a Windows 7 boot disk anyway and can't make one easily.

So now I'm onto my final attempt to just boot the Windows 8 USB drive, delete the partitions, and install from scratch. Hopefully TRIM will run and pick up the empty space on the drive and format it so I don't suffer too much from not doing a full factory reset on the drive.

If I'm lucky, it'll only take a month or so to get my computer back into the state I had it in before.

Wish me luck.

Now that #Fringe  ended, there's basically no SciFi on TV. I'm having to satisfy my craving by rewatching Star Trek. I'm done with Enterprise, moving on to DS9.  The 90's were such a great time for SciFi with Star Trek, Babylon 5, Farscape, Stargate, Sliders, and the list goes on...
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