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"I may not have gone where I intended to go but I have ended up where I needed to be." — Douglas Adams

Roz Savage to embark on stage 2 to Tuvalu

Roz Savage's site

After having completed the first leg from San Francisco to Hawaii last September, Roz Savage will soon embark on the second leg of her journey. In about three weeks she will depart from Hawaii and head for Tuvalu.

Another vulnerability in Reader

Adobe published a security advisory regarding a vulnerability related to a JavaScript function. Affected are Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.1, 8.1.4, and 7.1.1 and earlier. A fix is not yet available and Adobe recommends disabling JavaScript.

MediaSmart Server: continuous crashes trashed my backups... twice

My HP MediaSmart Server has a problem with the network card, causing the entire server to blue screen when my router crashes. I am in the middle of researching some more professional routers that are — hopefully — more reliable. In the mean time the server crashed again, corrupting all my backups of one of the workstations — the second time in two weeks.

Linux and unhelpful GRUB error

I have been using Ubuntu since version 6 on an external hard drive. Not because I really have a need for it, but because I have it and want to keep it up to date.

New UPS for Home Server

This morning my new APC Smart-UPS 1500 arrived. I ordered this from Dell for Can$299.99. Dell dubbed this unit the DLA1500 but it is the equivalent of the APC model number SUA1500. The "D" undoubtedly stands for Dell.

Office 2007: customize Quick Access Toolbar

Prior to Office 2007 I enjoyed the familiar menu structure like a good pair of shoes you grow into. It has been a while since the ribbon was introduced with Office 2007 but I still sometimes feel lost accomplishing even the most basic task.

Excel 2000: easy switching between open workbooks

HP MediaSmart hardware upgrade

I recently installed a new hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS, 1TB. Purchased from NewEgg. At the same time, I replaced the memory with a 2GB stick from Crucial, also ordered from NewEgg.

Very detailed instructions on how to replace the server's RAM can be found at or Tom's hardware. Anyone who has ever replaced computer hardware before will have no problem performing this upgrade. Just make sure that you mark the system drive and place it back where it came from or you will be in trouble.

If you intend to upgrade more than one component, it may be wise to perform the upgrades in steps. This way, should something go wrong, you can more easily trace back your steps.

I installed the new memory first, made sure the server was error-free, and then installed the new drive.

The memory upgrade is immediately noticeable: the server will respond much snappier.