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Bloomberg shows more courage than Obama on Ground Zero Mosque

The world watches and in this corner of the world, this watcher respects Bloomberg for his values, courage and consistency.


In the debate over the inaccurately named "Ground Zero Mosque," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been one of the strongest and most consistent political voices in favor of it.

In what the AP described as an "impassioned speech" at an event on Aug. 24, 2010, marking the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Bloomberg said not allowing the proposal for a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero would be "compromising our commitment to fighting terror with freedom."



Obama’s flip flop demonstrates no hope or audacity.


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Frequent crashes in Windows 7 !!

After my 31st Blue Screen Crash just now, I just have to let off some steam and ventilate here.

Since Nov-2009, I have had 31 blue screen crashes. Everytime the culprit is always win32k.sys.

Here’s the extract of an analysis report (generated by WhoCrashed):

On Mon 4/12/2010 1:52:23 AM your computer crashed
This was likely caused by the following module: win32k.sys
Bugcheck code: 0x3B (0xC0000005, 0xFFFFF960000AB890, 0xFFFFF88009226450, 0×0)
Dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\041210-19515-01.dmp
file path: C:\Windows\system32\win32k.sys
product: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
company: Microsoft Corporation
description: Multi-User Win32 Driver
The crash took place in a standard Microsoft module. Your system configuration may be incorrect, possibly the culprit may be another driver on your system which cannot be identified at this time.

I logged a report (SRX1118765656ID) with Microsoft Support. They initially told me the culprits were my 32-bit applications:

1. Firefox

2. Vim

Then I upgraded Vim to the 64-bit Vim.

But the crashes continued unabated and it could happen when I click on anything, be it Vim, Firefox and sometimes even Microsoft Excel XP !!

Microsoft Support has been working at the problem since Dec-2009 and has no solution at all besides asking me to reinstall Windows 7 on my laptop. I have plenty of applications installed on my laptop and reinstalling will take too long and I will have to get a spare machine to keep a copy of my system for backup. In many cases, reinstalling is not a solution at all. I told the Support staff that and after that he does not even bother to respond anymore.

As far as blue screen crashes go, I have had more in the 6 months I have with Windows 7 than in the 8 years I had with Windows XP !

I would have switched to another operating system if I am not so attached to so many applications that work on only Windows.

This is a very good reason why a Windows-only world is BAD for for everyone !



Update on 20-Apr-2010:

32nd crash today – today’s happened when I was using Excel.


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Microsoft’s support disappoints !! My experience of fixing “Class not registered” for mscomct2.ocx control after Microsoft support staff abandoned the case

I had a very disappointing experience of dealing with Microsoft Dynamics support.

Last month, my client started deploying Meeting Room Manager. I first noticed that the customization on my PC stopped working and soon the problem spread to the citrix server.

The symptoms of the problem was that when I fired up a customized form in GP, it would complain of missing components. The components were Microsoft Listview control and Microsoft Date and Time Picker control.

We tried to fix the problem by reimporting the package but the import also failed.


I (not Microsoft) identified that the problem was due to Meeting Room Manager installing its mscomct2.ocx. Microsoft only allows 1 version of the ocx. So when Meeting Room Manager installed its version, it dumped the version that GP was using.

Microsoft Dynamics support then asked us to unregister and re-register the version that is found in c:\windows\system32. It registered successfully but the problem still persisted.

Microsoft Dynamics support said they were stumped and then they went into 7 days of ‘I am following up with my colleague in US’ , ‘I am in discussion with my colleague in US’ mode without any progress. They hinted that we should just rebuild the server and not waste time fixing the cause.

At this point, the users and I were very frustrated.

I updated the case with this:

GP is a Microsoft product, Meeting Room Manager is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner product. We purchased 1 and then the other and now we cannot get both to work together. Where did we misplace our confidence.

To which, this undynamic Dynamics support chap replied to the effect of:

‘GP was working fine. After Meeting Room Manager, GP does not work, so go after the Meeting Room Manager vendor, it’s not our problem. So there. Go rebuild your server and update us on outcome’

That was SHOCKING !! Both are Microsoft or Microsoft certifed products and they cannot work together and this chap said it was not their (Microsoft) problem !!

That chap could only see that it was not a Microsoft Dynamics GP problem and so it was not his problem.


Utterly fed up with his attitude, I did my own research on the issue.

The issue is actually not very complex.

clip_image002[5]mscomct2.ocx though registered successfully, was actually not registering the classes within correctly.

That was the issue.

So I focused on investigating how mscomct2.ocx was distributed.

I got a recently reformatted laptop and tried to add a Microsoft Date and Time Picker control on a VB form in Excel. It worked. I thought that the Meeting Room Manager messed up some operating system files.

I then did a Windows repair. But the problem still persisted.

Then I found out that mscomct2.ocx was previously distributed with Office XP Developer. So I downloaded the file and unzipped its contents (mscomct2.inf, mscomct2.ocx).

I unregistered mscomct2.ocx.

I installed mscomct2.inf. That copied mscomct2.ocx to the system32 directory.

Then I registererd mscomct2.ocx and Voila !! Everything was working again !

There was no secret juice, just about 1 day’s research and trial and error. That’s much better than Microsoft Dynamic’s month long of ‘discussing with my colleague’, ‘following up with my colleague’ without any results !!

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How to remove a Friend on Facebook

I have a friend on Facebook is not really a friend. By that I mean, he is just collecting people who will agree to be his friend on Facebook and make himself seem popular. He is more interested in marketing himself than being a real friend.

If you have such a fiend for a friend and you want to stop being his/her marketing audience, follow these steps:

image 1. Find the fiend, 

image2. click on the fiend you want to remove. Then scroll to the bottom left corner and click on Remove from Friends.

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should you host with Lunarpages, should you get your 'free' domain with Lunarpages

Here’s a response I got when I tried to transfer my ‘free’ domain away from Lunarpages:

image Lunarpages can become the registrar for .com, .net, .org, .name, .us, .ca,, .biz, and .info domains.

Before we can process a domain transfer request, we need the following to be acknowledged and/or answered:

There will be a one time Domain Transfer Fee of $12.95.

If you have not used your One Year Free Domain (available only for 12 and 24 month plans) please let us know if you would like to use it and we can set the domain to register for free for one year, then renew each year at regular cost.

If you have already used your One Year Free domain, then there will be an additional charge of $19.95 for one year of domain registration, and the domain will renew each year thereafter for at the current price.

If you would like the registration to be anonymous (where Lunarpages’ information is displayed on a whois lookup rather than yours) we can do this for an additional $7.95 per domain per year for the anonymous registration. Please let us know if you would like this service.

For the transfer, we would need your cPanel username, last 4 digits of your credit card on file with us, authorization to charge your credit card (if applicable), your current account password, and the domain name to transfer.

Note: We need to verify you as the account owner even if you are using this as your free domain.

Approximately 24 hours after we make the request, you will receive a confirmation email from TuCOWS asking for authorization to transfer the domain. This email will arrive at the administrative contact email listed in your domain whois. Do you have access to this email?

Is the domain active? A domain that has a status of REGISTRAR-HOLD or REGISTRAR-LOCK cannot be transferred. Please make sure the domain does not have a lock or hold on it, or the transfer will fail instantly.

A transfer can take up to a week, and the request can be denied by the current registrar with no reason given.

You decide.