Troubleshooting Permission Errors While Updating Software

A number of people are reporting errors when running software update tools. The tools include Windows Update, Windows Defender Updates, Installshield, Adobe Updater, and probably others as well. The errors include 80070005 (from Windows tools) and c0000005 (from others). To see if we can help people get their software updates, Steve Wechsler helped me put together some troubleshooting steps. If these steps help, and more so if they don't, we'd like to hear about it. If you find something else that helps, let us know by posting a comment.   All these errors indicate a permissions issue of some kind. … Continue reading Troubleshooting Permission Errors While Updating Software

Troubleshooting Errors While Updating Software

A number of people are reporting errors when running software update tools. The tools include Windows Update, Windows Defender Updates, Installshield, Adobe Updater, and probably others as well. The errors include 80070005 (from Windows tools) and c0000005 (from others). To see if we can help people get their software updates, Steve Wechsler helped me put together some troubleshooting steps. If these steps help, and more so if they don't, we'd like to hear about it. If you find something else that helps, let us know by posting a comment.   All these errors indicate a permissions issue of some kind. … Continue reading Troubleshooting Errors While Updating Software

Public Education in Washington State

This is a bit off topic for me, but it is an important thing to get out there nevertheless. I love living in Washington State. It may be snowing as I write this, but in general, I really like this state, the lifestyle, the people, and our wonderful natural environment. I've lived on both coasts of the US, twice, and in the middle, and in Europe, twice, and I like this place best of all. There is, however, a significant downside to this state, one which has gotten worse in recent years: public education. Washington State, home to many companies needing … Continue reading Public Education in Washington State

Help us Neelie! Please, help us!

Apple clearly has a de-facto monopoly in the portable music player market, with upward of 70% of that market. It is busily working on monopolies in the music software and downloads markets and is behaving monopolistically in the PC market as well. Some of those market shares have certainly been helped by bundling iTunes with the completely unrelated QuickTime, which has huge installed base. Continuing on the strategy that bundling helps expand market share, Apple has now started "leveraging" (a synonym for "abuse") those monopolies to force people to use its web browser, Safari. Safari, of course, has a miniscule … Continue reading Help us Neelie! Please, help us!

Help us Nellie! Please, help us!

Apple clearly has a de-facto monopoly in the portable music player market, with upward of 70% of that market. It is busily working on monopolies in the music software and downloads markets and is behaving monopolistically in the PC market as well. Some of those market shares have certainly been helped by bundling iTunes with the completely unrelated QuickTime, which has huge installed base. Continuing on the strategy that bundling helps expand market share, Apple has now started "leveraging" (a synonym for "abuse") those monopolies to force people to use its web browser, Safari. Safari, of course, has a miniscule … Continue reading Help us Nellie! Please, help us!

Regulatory Silliness

Susan just pointed me to a "Self-assessment questionnaire" for the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI/DSS). While, on the whole, the intent of that standard is good, there are some areas of it that, as usual, stray into the realm of regulatory silliness. For example, on page 6, under the requirement to "Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters" we find 2.1.1.a "Are SSID broadcasts disabled?" The PCI/DSS Security Standard version 1.1 actually requires disabling broadcast of the SSID in requirement 2.1. As Wikipedia says "SSID is broadcast in the open in response to a … Continue reading Regulatory Silliness

1722 Error from InstallShield

Last week I found a post in the Vista newsgroups from a lady who was having problems installing Kaspersky Anti-Virus. She was getting an error 1722 upon installation on one computer out of three and the installation failed. She had called both Kaspersky and here computer manufacturer (HP) and neither could help. HP told her to get a new anti-virus package, and Kaspersky had no help to give. Searching a little I found a solution on a site called MyDigitalLife.com, but it was a bit complicated getting at it, and it came in the form of some registry files with … Continue reading 1722 Error from InstallShield