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December 17th, 2006
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Hint for Windows users
For those of you using Windows XP, here's a little tip that can save you plenty of aggravation: Map network drives to drive letters starting from the end of the alphabet.

Yes, I know, it seems a lot more natural dropping your coworker's share folder at E: or F:. But Windows' removable device mapping and network drive mapping don't play well with each other.

I spent several hours this morning troubleshooting why a fresh install of Windows XP SP 2 wasn't reading files from a plug-and-play USB camera that works on every other computer in our office. It turns out that Windows Jekyll was saying "What ho, chap, let us visit our network brethren upon every jaunt to E Drive" and Windows Hyde was saying "DURR I PUT USB FILESES AT E: NOW!!! HOORAY THEY IS MOUNTED, LOOK A KITTEN."

If it hadn't been for the Internet, the good doctor's sordid little secret might never have come out. Because, you know, he looks so polished ... who would have expected he could be capable of such scandalous behavior?

Oy ... frickin' Windows. I'm starting to get a feeling I'm in the wrong line of work (MP3 link) for when Vista comes out.

Edited to add: If you like the song link, more goodness here. The one I linked is Jeffrey Hitchen's "Tech Support."

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Date:December 17th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
It's at this point I wonder why people say Windows is easier to use :P

pmount + ivman + linux = removable disks Just Wo- wait, is that one a Microsoft trademark?

Damn. How am I meant to describe problem free adding of disks now?
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Date:December 18th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
Huh. I'd never run into that, and I was the one that set up both the fax server and the laptop, both of which have been working with the camera in the past.

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Date:December 18th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
Funky indeed.

And now that I have fixed the camera by yanking the network drive from E: and moving it to Y:, it will mumble grumble razza frazza grr grr NO LONGER RECONNECT AT STARTUP despite the same username and password working just fine if I manually boot the connection. I haven't fixed that yet and I'll probably have to pick your brain about it.

Is this sense of perpetual startlement at Windows' deficiencies something that goes away as you stay in the tech support field?
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Date:December 18th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
Yeah. I think it just kinda becomes a sort of background noise in your brain.

That is, until you discover something entirely new and dastardly. Like, say, the horrible combination of Dell hardware and software, and Windows.

...Incidentally, it occurs to me that there is an install disk for that camera, and that I tried hooking it up previously without installing the software first, and had no end of problems. I think its plug-and-play features are more like, "Plug and play only in a dire emergency."

To make the network drive reconnect at startup, try removing the current network drive and remapping it yet again. Don't forget to notice the "Reconnect at startup" checkbox in the dialog. Note also that, due to a stupid inconsistency between Samba and Windows' NFS, it will still ask the user for the password every time they restart the computer. Can't be helped except to upgrade the file server, and I'm not comfortable with that yet.
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Date:December 18th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
Huh. That may explain a few things about my own problems with EasyShare. Thanks!
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