New Dishwasher

When my parents got their new house, it included a dishwasher, leaving an extra dishwasher from the old house. Since almost anything has to be quieter than the dishwasher we currently have, my parents brought it down last Sunday. With about 20 minutes of effort, I pulled the old dishwasher by myself.
Old Dishwasher
After looking realizing that the existing fitting on the new and old dishwashers were different, and that someone had overtightened the correct fitting, we made a trip to Lowes and picked up a new elbow. We also grabbed lunch at Ruby Tuesdays while we were out.
Upon returning home, I finished up the install after about another 30 minutes.
New Dishwasher
We haven’t run it yet, but the hot water fitting hasn’t leaked so far.

And Alisha put up the Christmas tree on Sunday.
(More pictures)

Dell Tech Support call

The harddrive in my less than 3 month old laptop bit the dust today. Being the good guy that I am, I called Dell Support myself instead of burdening the overworked hardware guys, and all I can say is Wow.

  • Entering my Express Service Code actually routed me right to the correct support chain. This is new. I was asked for the info again, but at least I wasn’t shuffled around another time.
  • The woman that I got on the line asked the standard questions, and didn’t put up a fight when I said I’d rather not give an email address.
  • She also didn’t argue when I said “My hard drive has died.” I described the symptoms (not found in BIOS, laptop won’t boot, makes loud clicking noise) and she said: “I’ve got some bad news, we’ll have to replace your hard drive.” I then say that’s fine, and she replies: “But, you are supposed to cry. Am I going to have to kick you in the shins?” I explain that I support users all day and I don’t put anything important on desktops or laptops. She is not amused, still wanting a response.
  • My next statement is “If it is important enough to save, it should be on a server.” She says that sounds just like her brother. I am confused.
  • Five minutes later, after all the address information has been collected, she asks if I’ve seen any good movies lately. I tell her no, I don’t go to many movies. She says I should see National Treasure, but she’s really waiting for The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy to come out in 2006. When I say I didn’t know that was coming out in 2006, she responds that I’ve earned massive brownie points for knowing what it was. When I say that I wasn’t that impressed with it and it was long, I lose all my brownie points. And all future support calls will require me to jump through every hoop possible.

The moral of the story? I called Dell Technical Support and got someone:

  1. Who spoke english as a native language.
  2. Was female.
  3. Had a clue. (This is not gender related, some Dell Techs are just reading the scriptbook without knowing what any of it means.)

There should be a replacement drive here tommorrow or the next day. Yay for good parts service, boo for crappy quality/low MTBF.

New security update from Microsoft

And they were getting so good at keeping things on the second Tuesday of the month. Oh well, at least they are fixing holes with known exploits in the wild.

Home users, time to visit WindowsUpdate. I’m putting off updating all the lab machines for at least 24 hours to make sure there aren’t a string of “this update hosed my computer/network/server farm/enterprise” posts to NTBugTraq.