Installing Windows 7 on Viliv S5 without a USB hub

s5_2I’ve been attempting to install Windows 7 on the Viliv S5 tonight via USB memory key. I don’t have a USB hub so I had to pull out the USB memory key and plug in a USB keyboard when needed.

When I got to the installation drive options screen I still had the keyboard plugged in  and I kept getting an error when l selected the drive:

"Windows cannot install to the selected  location error 0x80300001"

After a fair bit of hair pulling I discovered that I could get past the problem by plugging in the USB memory key and using the Viliv buttons to get through that screen.

Problem solved and lesson learned:  Remember to have a USB hub and keyboard handy before installing Windows 7 on a Viliv S5

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Will the SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) be up or down this year?

22-10-08_1938Seth Godin made me think (he tends to do that) about the scope of marketing opportunities this year. In his happy new year message he said,

While the rest of your world huddles and holds back, here’s a golden chance to use cheap media, available attention and great talent to make something that matters.

Here in Australia, many international companies have already pulled up stumps and headed home to weather the storm. That means that there is less marketing, less noise, less pulling at the same amount of attention.

Many new opportunities will be created for Australian businesses with a lower SNR. With a high price of US dollars, this could be a boom time for you and your business.

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Good advice for perfectionists

Some good advice for perfectionists from Derek Gehl of If you are a perfectionist, these tips will resonate strongly with you. As a perfectionist, I have a tendency to get distracted by irrelevant details and that ultimately leads to failure. So this article really resonated with me.

In summary, his tips are:Derek Gehl -

Strategy #1: Be realistic about what you can achieve

Strategy #2: Set strict time limits for each of your projects

Strategy #3: Think of failure as a learning experience

Strategy #4: Celebrate your successes

Strategy #5: Don’t be afraid to admit you need help

Well worth a read here:

I particualry liked the tip on celebrating success. Perfectionism often only allows us to see the faults. So, after reading these tips, we’ll keep pressing on with the imperfect and appreciating it for what it is.


How to stay focused with email addiction

The trouble with email is that it comes in all day everyday. It’s like an addiction, it’s always with you. I woke this morning to 72 messages in my inbox. I’ll get more than that in my inbox again today.

I’ve done some analysis, and it turns out that each day I delete about 100 emails. I’ve reduced that substantially by removing myself from email lists and by taking the time to be more effective with email.

I’ve been thinking about the fact that these email messages come in one at a time and all through the day. Every single on of them initiates the outlook "you’ve got mail" ding, followed by the toast (that’s what the call the pop-up thingy that shows you what the email is) and the new mail icon in the system tray.

All that adds up to a 100+ distractions a day!

How am I supposed to get any work done? I’m duped into reactive email management every time I hear the ding, see the toast and notice the icon. I can’t resist the temptation to head for the inbox.

As much as I love toast… I’ve decided to turn it all off! I’ve known that email is a time management killer for a long time, and I’ve finally taken action.


Menu: Outlook 2003 > Tools > Options > Preferences Tab > Click Email Options

What will I do without my toast fix? I’m getting a bit nervy. Maybe someone can develop a patch 😉 .

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Important Message from I.T. – Don't type Google into Google

I’m totally addicted to The IT crowd. I’ve watched all 12 episodes and I just can’t get enough. Anyway, a quick note from Jen, I have it on good authority that you should not type Google into Google.


To the producers: Please, please, please make season 3 in a hurry. And while you’re at it, make season four… and five. I’m desperate!

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Should I start a business?

Are you working in a job where you feel like you’re being taken advantage of? Its hard to feel like you’re not being valued adequately.

Starting a business could be an answer to your problem, but beware… Starting a business comes at a price.

That’s why you need to educate yourself first.

Are you an expert in your field?

If so, then deciding to go it alone probably means that you’re still trading your time for money. And a service business is that hardest type of business to run. Employing staff in a service business is even harder. Definitely not for the inexperienced. Look at the record of the construction industry and you’ll know that services are risky business for the uneducated.

The best way to master the basics of business by trading simple products.

Don’t be fooled though, there is a cost to changing your situation. It’s usually measured in time and money.

The one thing I can guarantee is that you’ll learn faster than you ever have before!

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