Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

To read my grudging babblings about design, click the button.

And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.

-Chris Orbach: Jane

I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings

I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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Chuck is b0rked.*

I can give the details if any techy type people want them but the bottom line seems to be : b0rked. Gonna need to reinstall the OS. The monster has an external HD I can use to back up hard data before I blow the thing away.


**don't tell me to get a mac. It's not appreciated. I can't USE a mac because AutoCAD *will not run natively under a mac OS*. Until it does, (and it won't run natively under linux either), I am SOL on my choice of OS. I don't want to hear it.

mat says:

Looks bad. Am more than happy to attempt diagnosis from here, if you want to post the details of the error.

If I had the time/physical endurance, I'd get ACad running under *nix for ya. :)

28th Jun 2006, 18:38

mat says:

Oh yeah, what does SOL stand for?

28th Jun 2006, 18:38

bronxelf says:

SOL=Shit Outta Luck.

I'll email you the current tech thread on this from my LJ. Stand by, please.

28th Jun 2006, 18:39

Caine says:

I'm sorry Chuck is b0rked. Been there with Oz. I get irritated with "get a mac" comments, too. I'd have to lay out a mass of cash for a new Wacom tablet, and tons of software.

29th Jun 2006, 00:50

cassiusdrow says:

Macs suck anyway. :P

29th Jun 2006, 01:16

silar31 says:

I *have* a Mac, and I get annoyed with get a Mac comments too - the fact is, no one OS or one hardware set works for everyone.

29th Jun 2006, 04:01

bronxelf says:

What bothers me about the comments is the assumption that Im :"one of those PC people who has to be converted."

First of all, my first two computers were macs. I like macs just fine. For me though it's very simple- It wont do what I need it to do natively. The end.

The funny part is that Takashi has like *four* of them-- big, honking, state of the art macs in his office. Huge monitors.

You know what he uses them for?

to play fractals while he listens to music. He does his personal stuff from his own damned laptop.

It's not that theyre not fine machines. They are. And if the lovely people at Autodesk would come up with a native AutoCAD application I'd consider it. But they havent. I'm not an evil PC person- Im bound by industry standards over which I have no control.

29th Jun 2006, 04:06

silar31 says:

Yep. When I was in school for my med secretary paper, I ended up having to do most of the work on the PC here, because medical office applications are simply not native to anything but Windows - usually 2K.

29th Jun 2006, 04:09

bronxelf says:

Oh- the message is error code 128"

This system is shutting down. Please save all work in progress and prepare to log off. Any unsaved changes will be lost. This shutdown was initiated by NT AUTHORITY/SYSTEM.

The system process C:\\WINNT\\SYSTEM32\\SERVICES.EXE terminated unexpectedly with status code 128. The system will shut down and restart.

29th Jun 2006, 04:13

bronxelf says:

I've been told how to stop the shutdown.

Here's what I did.

1. Did the fix suggested on the ms website, which includes the lanmanserver regedits. No dice. Same problem, with the same frequency.

2. Did a download of the most recent security updates from MS-- this seems to have stopped the frequency-- it's only crashed once since.

My virus software updates daily and runs a full scan every morning. The only thing it found today was a generic trojan backdoor in winamp of all things-- i doubt that's what's causing the problem. AVG found nothing else and I ran a C scan using AdAware and that came up clean.

29th Jun 2006, 04:31

mat says:

On the less commercial Cad front, the Open Design Alliance may be of interest. As might BricsCad

29th Jun 2006, 04:58

bronxelf says:

Im personally convinced it's a malware problem. But Im not much of a computer geek. I can tell you the basics but after that I leave it to people who know what they're talking about. Unfortunately I don't have one handy to physically sit down and diagnose the system.

One funny thing happened last night though. For no reason I can disceern, Photoshop decided to inform me that my "configuration had changed" and that it needed to re-activate my copy of photoshop.

Which has been just a BIG pain in my ass since.

29th Jun 2006, 05:03

Dhamaka says:

sorry b'elf :(

had a little problem too: clickie :(

29th Jun 2006, 05:20

Fairietink says:

Use antivirus.com to cehck it, ir has updated faster than norton or Mcaffy, plus it checks for malware.
Also if one insisted you can run CAD on a MAC you just have to use the PC mod for MAC's sort pf silly really. My husband teach CAD and design, I hear about it and AufoDesk all the time.

2nd Jul 2006, 16:39

bronxelf says:

I know you can run it-- but it doesn;t run natively. It's *really* clunky on a mac. I don't understand why AutoDesk hssn't just ported the damned program yet, but they don't seem to be interested in doing it.

I'm running about 6 different antr-malware programs at the moment, and the system has now been reinstalled. We'll see how it goes.

2nd Jul 2006, 16:42