My Villanova Wildcats are playing really well right now – I hope they can continue it through the season and into the tournament. Last night they beat Marquette which is particularly nice because my mom, dad, and one sister all went to Marquette as did a good friend of mine who calls me all the time to talk about hoops.
My buddy pointed me to a good VU Basketball Blog which I didn’t know about. It is pretty good reading. I have been relying on the VU Message Board which is all right but not great for VU hoops news. The Rivals.com message forum format leaves a lot to be desired.
Villanova plays this Friday night at West Virginia. This Friday night Big East game must be something new – Marquette played (and lost) to South Florida last Friday night. It is on ESPN so I will get to see it. I only got to see the second have last night as I was at a swim team meeting – yep, it is almost time for swim team to start again.
I got word from our IT department last week that Dell is going to replace the motherboard in my E4300 sometime in the next couple weeks. The rumored BIOS update that was supposed to be out on January 19th still hasn’t appeared. The only thing that is making life with my E4300 palatable is that the connections problems seem to under control now that I reinstalled the Dell Connection manager software. It still behaves oddly from time to time but at least it is mostly usable.
The one behavior which still drives me crazy is the unwillingness to turn off or go into Stand-By. I can press the function key or use the Start Menu option but the computer simply remains powered on. Sometimes it will go into Stand By only to turn itself right back on a minute to two later. Very annoying when it happens while it is in my computer bag.
The intersection of good weather and sufficient time in my schedule to get in a round of golf has been hard to come by. We have some warmer than normal temperatures in the Raleigh area this week – it was almost 70 yesterday – and I was able to play yesterday.
I was supposed to play last Friday but the course was closed because it had been so cold all week that they didn’t want to take any chances. I was bummed because I had rearranged my schedule so I could play. Yesterday was nice but the wind really picked up after we had played 4-5 holes. From that point on it was really windy.
I shot 96 which I wasn’t too unhappy with considering I hadn’t played since just before Christmas. I hit the ball, particularly off the tee, really well. My chipping really let me down, particularly on the back 9. I just don’t have much confidence in my ability to execute a short (10-30 yards) wedge shot. On the part 5 17th I hit a great tee shot followed by a very good 3 wood to leave myself 30 yards from the green for my third shot. What do I do? Duff the chip and hit it maybe 10 yards. I do the same with my 4th shot. I think get fairly close with my 5th and 2 putt for a double bogie. 30 yards from the green in two but take five more shots to get it in the hole. I had a number of holes like that yesterday.
Still, it was good to get out and I am going to try and play again tomorrow although I may only be able to play nine holes due to my work schedule. We’ll see.
After all of the frustration I have had with the WiFi and wireless broadband I have had with my E4300, things are a little better. The really odd things I am not really sure why. Dell was supposed to have a BIOS update on January 19th but as of the 29th, it has yet to ship. I have been checking their web site daily.
I had taken the SIMM card out of my laptop to use in a Sony-Ericsson Z750 UMTS phone that I have and when I put it back in my laptop, I noticed that I didn’t have a BroadBand device listed with the Dell Connection Manager. Very odd. I cannot explain why it went away. After dinking with it off and on for a couple days, I decided to reinstall the Dell Connection Manager software.
After doing so, my BroadBand card was recognized AND both my WiFi and BroadBand connections have been more stable. I worked for almost two hours Saturday night via BroadBand without any problems. Last night I used my home WiFi connection for several hours also without any problems. I had also noticed that there was a newer version of the Dell Connection Manager (A11 vs A10) than I had installed so I have installed it as well and all seems to be well for now.
I will continue to monitor this and I am sure that now I have committed it to a blog post, it probably won’t work worth a crap tonight when I need it!
Off and on I have tried to get Audio Books which have been ripped from CD to work correctly in iTunes and on my iPod. The best source I have found so is Aldo on Audiobooks which has been very helpful but I have yet to be successful.
I need to try the Audio Book Builder and see if that helps – right now I am to the point where the books show up correctly in iTunes, under Audiobooks and each one separate, but on my iPod, all of the tracks are all mixed together under the Audiobooks menu. Bleh. Makes it really hard to listen to more than one book when the tracks are all jumbled up.
There has to be a good solution to this dilemma.
Why is it all of the phones I am interested aren’t carrier subsidized? HTC unveiled the S743 at CES. This phone is pretty much everything I want in a phone:
- Windows Mobile Standard
- Slide out QWERTY keyboard
- WiFi and GPS
- Numeric Keypad
It’s a phone first, PDA / email device second which is exactly what I want. I really wish AT&T would pick this device up. Looks like it will be north of $600 unsubsidized at Best Buy, CDW, etc. Bleh. I like this phone better than the Xperia X1 I have had my eyes on for a while.
I really like my new Dell E4300 laptop but it has an odd behavior which is driving me nuts. When connected with either WiFi or BroadBand (I have the AT&T card) it will lose network connectivity after some period of time. Sometime is takes an hour or more, sometimes it happens very quickly. Once it happens, I am usually hosed and need to reboot. But not always. It only affects WiFi and BroadBand. It has no affect on the wired Ethernet connection. As long as I am in the office or at home I am ok.
I have been round and round with our internal IT people as well as Dell on this issue and haven’t found any resolution yet. A new BIOS update (A05) actually made the problem worse. With the A03 BIOS when it happened I could still ping other computers and eventually full connectivity would come back. But not now.
Reportedly Dell has a production stop on the E4300 to resolve a bunch of issues and a BIOS update is supposed to be available on January 19th. I hope so – I am about to spend a bunch of time on the road for work and having an unreliable network connection is not ok.
If you are considering an E4300 I’d hold off for now and see if reports improve over the next couple weeks. That is of course assuming that Dell actually delivers a new BIOS update and doesn’t delay it again!