Unemployment on the Rescue List? (was RE: [rescue] FS: SGI

Kurt Huhn kurt at k-huhn.com
Mon Sep 29 16:32:44 CDT 2003

On Mon, 29 Sep 2003 13:13:23 -0700
Devin L. Ganger wrote:

> On Sun, Sep 28, 2003 at 11:05:02PM -0400, Patrick Giagnocavo
> > XP sort of works, if you throw a 2GHz box at it and reboot it
> > whenever it screws up its DHCP lease.  Of course in rebooting it
> > shows its Windows heritage.
> Why do you need to reboot XP just to fix a hosed DHCP lease?  If
> ipconfig/release and /renew don't fix the problem, disabling the
> interface and re-enabling almost certainly will.  (Which reminds me; I
> need to figure out how to do that last programmatically.)

In my experience, ipconfig /release and /renew don't always work. 
Sometimes they just hang there doing nothing - or worse yet, they assign
the wacky MS default IP.  It doesn't happen *every* time, but it does
happen often enough to be an issue.

This isn't a new problem - it's been going on since Win95, and MS has
apparently decided not to do anything about it.

> For my job, I end up doing a lot of work on Windows.  My work-provided
> laptop is XP -- I don't have a choice.  Other than one hardware issue
> (a flaky mainboard -- IBM T30s have been having lots of production
> problems) and a couple of issues with beta software (again, a
> necessity of my job), it's been just as reliable as anything else I've
> worked on.  About the only time I have to reboot it is when applying
> patches.

I'm taking that with a healthy dose of YMMV and "results not typical". 
My experience has not been the same as yours.

> I understand and share a lot of the philosophical reasons for not
> liking Windows, but I also believe in giving praise -- and blame --
> where it is due.  The days of having to blindly reboot Windows to fix
> every little problem are gone.

Erm, not exactly.  Blindly, perhaps not.  However, it certainly needs
rebooting more often than it should.

Kurt              "You're all bastards! MTV sucks! We hates you all!"
kurt at k-huhn.com                                -- Gollum 

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