Pirate Freedom
Posted in Books, Reviews
Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:40 pm)

I started reading Pirate Freedom the other day, and it's very different from most books I've read. Despite this (or perhaps due to it), I find it both interesting and engaging. I'm not even half way through the book yet, but can't wait to pick it back up.

It's about Chris, a priest, who somehow finds himself transported back in time from his monastery in Cuba to the heyday of pirates in the Caribbean ocean. Chris finds himself becoming a pirate, and tries to reconcile it with his faith he grew up with. It's written backwards, as a memoir after he returns, although (so far) the method of transport through time is not explained. The book seems to have plenty of action and is excellently researched and written.

I highly recommend it, even though I'm not even finished with it yet. I find myself wanting to read other books by Gene Wolfe, although this is the first I've read of his works.

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Vista Logon Woes
Posted in Tech
Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:31 pm)

I had a laptop in the office that had some weird problems on it.

PowerPoint 2007 was extremely slow. I did a lot of research online, most of which suggested an issue with the default printer driver. This was not the case. Even other users on the laptop could run PP07 and edit the same file with no issue. It was specific to one logon account on the machine. I ended up fixing it by removing the user, copying all the profile data from the \Users directory, then recreating the user.

That seemed to work, until he took the laptop home and could no longer log in to it. He always got the error

The group policy client service failed the logon. Access is denied.

After some searching around, I found only a little help with this problem, but one thing got it fixed up just fine.

Open the HKLM/Software/Microsoft/WindowsNT/CurrentVersion/ProfileList registry key. Under this key, there is an entry for each user on the machine, they look like long GUIDs if they're domain users. Find the one with an entry under it called ProfileImagePath that points to the user directory that has the problem. Rename the key (the parent of ProfileImagePath, directly under ProfileList) for this user to anything other than what it is. Log in as that user.

This created a new user directory (in my case, user.domain instead of just user as it was already present) and completely solved the login issue.

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