I’m changing….

25 07 2006

At this rate, thanks to Canon, I am changing from an amateur photographer to “a guy that owns a camera”.  Over six weeks now, and they say that it will be another 7 business days before they get it done.  Never mind shipping by pack mule 😦

Are the cleaning my sensor filter one pixel at a time???? 

Come on Canon!   Give me back my camera!!!!


Grizzly Cam!

20 07 2006

Check out the Grizzly Cam

Operated by the Pratt Museum, it shows grizzlies up at McNeil River falls Alaska.  It runs during Daylight hours.  Very Cool.  Watch the Grizz fishing and hanging out.

Can anyone help with C# and WMI??? I’m STUCK!

19 07 2006

I am trying to create a tool for new user creation so that our Help Desks can create users, home directories, the shares, and add them to

It was all good until I got to creating shares on the servers (some are DC’s)  I can’t find ANY WAY to get around the following (in C#):

System.Management.ManagementClass mc =
      new System.Management.ManagementClass(“\\\\” + oHomeServer.Text.Trim() +
      “\\root\\cimv2”, “Win32_Share”, null);
System.Management.ManagementBaseObject inParams = mc.GetMethodParameters(“Create”);

I get “Access Denied” exception when I run this as a NON-Admin user in the HelpDesk Group.  I have given ALL rights to the WMI services to the
“HelpDesk Group” on server which I am creating the share.  It won’t let me 😦

When I log into a PC as that user, and run through computer management/attach to server and then go through “Create a new share”, it all works great… Directory is created, share is created etc.  This would indicate to me that the user has rights to do this, but that the code being called by the tool is different than the code that _I_ am calling 😦
What rights do I need for the HelpDesk Group on what aspects of what object for this to work?   What code should I call instead? I have
brick shaped dent in my forehead from this problem, and the balding patch is growing larger from pulling all my hair out!!!!

So, all you WMI and security gurus out there… help please.

Heck, even if you don’t know the answer, but know someone who MIGHT know the answer, I’d appreciate it… either leave a comment or use the Contact Link.


Went Offroading today!

4 07 2006

Well, actually I went offroading about a year and a half ago, but didn’t seem to blog about it at the time. I’m backdating this post to match when it happened.

I took my two sisters-in-law and my cousin in law Color up to Brandywine meadow area near Whistler today.  We stopped first along the highway and had a look at Brandywine Falls.  There’s an interesting history as to how the falls got their name.  It’s a strange waterfall, in that you just come across this chasm-like drop where the falls are after walking downstream along a fairly nice little river.

After seeing the beauty of the falls it was time to head up into the backcountry.  We were heading up to the area below Brandywine Glacier, and would have some spectacular views of the surrounding area once we got clear of the brush below

It took a bit of narrow “road” driving, but we got up.  It was HOT, being in early July.  The sun was pretty relentless, but we decided to go for at least a short walk with my mainly “citybound” passengers.

I was right.  We had a beautiful of the Tantalus mountain range:

and of Black Tusk and its neighboring peaks:

When we were up at the snowmobile hut at the end of the road, we had a look inside and noticed about 4 hummingbirds that had got themselves caught inside and were bashing the window trying to fly out.  With the help of the ladies, I was able to reach up and scoop the birds up in my hand and release them outside the building so that they could continue their lives.  Unfortunately there were already a couple of birds that had probably starved to death trying to get out.  They are such beautiful, delicate birds.

Here’s one of our rescuees just before she flew away to freedom:

It felt really good being able to save such a beautiful creature.

We continued walking for a bit, but we started to roast in the open sun.  After beating a hasty retreat to the air conditioned truck we bounced our way back down to the bottom of the road, and headed to Whistler for some touring and lunch.

It was a busy weekend day in Whistler and just finding a place to eat was tough.  Once we got settled, it was REALLY nice to have a good cold beer and a tasty burger.

After lunch we headed back down the long and winding road.  This should have been the end of the excitement if not for the fact that the car four vehicles in front of us just veered into the center and plowed into sand filled divider.  BWAM!!!  I pulled over immediately and began to offer First Aid.  There were no apparently serious injuries, but I and another driver ensured that the occupants of the vehicle didn’t move more than necessary.  Police, ambulance, tow truck all came and we had quite the production.  Traffic was stopped and things were backing up badly.  Once we had done what we could, the police made the other traffic move so that we could get on our way.  Everyone else had to wait.  (Thanks guys!)

I found myself REALLY alert for the rest of the drive home and it was quick and uneventful.

So, there you have the posting… Actually posted in Jan ’08 but back dated to July 4, 2006

Canon woes continue

4 07 2006

I called Canon today (Tuesday).  I did manage to get someone to do a serial number lookup.   “Sorry sir -not in the system, did you check with your retailer?”  Arrrrggh!

I also posted this on a photoblogging site and the guys in the forum think this is ridiculous too 😦  Canon – I want my camera!!!

Original post below: Dear Canon – Your cameras are great but your service sucks!

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