As part of the Wide Awakes Radio team, one of the things I've had to do is have my system set up to broadcast. And I have my laptop set up for just that.
The bad news is that my laptop is actually pretty noisy. I never notice it. But this sensitive microphone that I have as part of the WAR team is ... well, sensitive. Oh, it's feeling don't get hurt easily, to be sure. But it accurately picks up the sounds around me. And those sounds include the sound of the fan on the laptop.
So, I changed horses, so to speak.
That is, I decided to set another computer up for running the software. And that's caused issues.
You see, that other computer is currently (or was until very recently) running a Windows Server operating system. Now, if you don't know the difference between Windows XP and a Windows Server OS ... well, just understand that there are some differences. Not everything that runs on one will run the other.
And, rather than risk a problem with the software we're using, I decided to remove the Windows Server OS and install XP. I have an extra version of XP Pro already. It's what used to be on that computer before I installed Windows Server. So, I decided to put it back on. I had planned this anyway, since I've already obtained another server machine to run Windows Server, since the computer I'm talking about was just a standard desktop PC I put together.
Anyway, after spending lots of time installing Windows XP, I ran into issues with my antivirus program. I have Zone Alarm. A multi-user version. Bought that in anticipation of the Server-to-XP change. Yes, I have a different antivirus program running on Windows Server, and plan to port that over to the new server.
But ... I had issues with Zone Alarm. It's not running properly. And it doesn't want to let me uninstall it. Says I need to use an administrator account. And I'm using THE administrator account. The one with the login "Administrator" that you access from the XP menu by double-CTRL-ALT-DEL. That "Administrator" account.
So, it won't let me remove it. Even in Safe Mode. So, I'm possibly looking at wiping it and trying again. And that's time consuming. And I work for a living. So, when I'm able to do it, I need to focus on that.
All that to say I've done very, very little surfing of the Internet the last couple of days. Monday night, Tuesday, early Wednesday. So, no picnic.
But, I'd love to ... when I get done with that darn other computer ... see what all's been going on.