Graceful Gradient

So, here we are!

Windows XP has shocked me by developing an unexpected ‘feature’.

As I was in a bid to design a pretty backdrop – I thought I’d save a 4 pixel image and save it as a bitmap. When previewing it as a Windows backdrop – I forgot to set the bitmap to tile instead of stretch. What I expected to happen was that some nasty pixilated blocks would appear on the screen.

But no! Instead a pretty gradient graced my monitor.

Obviously there’s limits to what kinds of gradients you can have – but it’s nice that it happens nevertheless.


Having been involved in a few Windows XP/2003 suite installations now – there seems to be a reoccurring problem with people and their USB devices.

Simply put – if you’re not an admin user of any sort, then the machine will not allow you to add or remove USB devices.

As a security issue, this is fine – especially when you don’t want people faffing around with your systems on a corporate level. In a school where you’ve just installed 30 computers – half of which don’t have floppy or CD drives in – USB is quite desired.

I finally got around to carrying out a serch on the web and found someone mention KB 823732. A jolly helpful article on how to disable a users ability to remove the said privilege. I haven’t tried it yet – but I imagine that the opposite is true to allow users. I’ll put up an additional note if it works.

Files Be Gone

I noticed that some files were disappearing on one of the Servers the other day. A few people had noticed. And it finally happened to me. I was roaming through my ‘My Documents’ folder when I noticed that folders that shouldn’t be empty were.

Checking out the KnowledgeBase, I discovered that if your profile folder is the same as your home directory, then the server sometimes decides that the best thing to do is delete the files.

Although it turns out that if you use a subfolder in the home folder this resolves the problem.

I certainly hope so. I don’t think too many people will be impressed with files randomly disappearing…