Call of Duty 4 does not meet minimum requirements and does not start

If “Call of Duty 4”: appears to start with the intro screen and then disappears, it probably means your computer doesn’t meet minimum requirements. What an unfriendly and unclear way to handle this problem.

Here is the computer:

* AMD Athlon XP 3200+
* nVidia 5900 FX graphics adapter
* 700GB disk free

So because it is an Athlon XP and not an Athlon 64, I think I’m hosed. The minimum requirements are according to “firingsquad”:

# CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 2.4 GHz or AMD(R) Athlon(TM) 64 2800+ processor or any 1.8Ghz Dual Core Processor or better supported
# RAM: 512MB RAM (768MB for Windows Vista)
# Harddrive: 8GB of free hard drive space
# Video card (generic): NVIDIA(R) Geforce(TM) 6600 or better or ATI(R) Radeon(R) 9800Pro or better

I had forgotten the “differences”: but essentially the Athlon 64 is 64 bits internally.

Adobe Acrobat and clones

We are getting so many documents now in PDF, it would be easier just to paste a signature in. To do that we need Adobe Acrobat or one of its clones. There are an amazing number of editors since Adobe allows anyone to create a writer royalty free. “Wikipedia”: has a big list. (Even Office 2007 with some obscure add on can now write PDF).

* Adobe Acrobat Standard. This seems to be all hat you need. There is a “pro”: version whcih adds AutoCAD, Visio and Project conversion, digitally signing PDFs, comparing difference and an even more expensive Pro Extended (what a name!) that lets you make PowerPoint slides additions and embed video into Word. It is $99 for the OEM version and $149 for retail. So amazingly expensive for a conversion product.
* “”: If you just want to do a simple conversion of Word or other documents into PDF, there is a free utility on the web. Only lets you do five conversions per signup though.
* “”: If you don’t have a Mac, then there are many free pdf converters on the web. Here is the top hit on Google.
* “Primopdf”: is the free converter that runs on your Windows machine.
* “NitroPDF”: is a clone of Adobe Acrobat. It is $99 for the Pro and $49 for Express and there is a free thing called PrimoPDF that just creates. Actually on the Mac, you don’t really need that is Apple includes a PDF by printing. We need the Pro version because it allows editing and adding graphics (like signatures).

I’ve used these, there seem to be a host of google:”PDF Edit” around that are more reasonable priced as “TUAW”:

* “PDFLab”: is a freeware program that also reportedly lets you add images but most folks report it “doesn’t”: work. It also crashed for me on a one page document, so I think it probably hasn’t been updated for the most recent Acrobat file formats.
* “Skimapp”: is also open source and allows annotations (but now so does OS X Preview). It can add circles, lines, text, but doesn’t seem to allow adding images 🙁
* “PDFpen”: Does all the basics. The main issue is that it died on a 300 page document in the review and you can add in graphics for signatures and it’s files are much smaller. The signature plus the file is 168KB vs 1.5MB for PDF Clerk. For $95, you create fillable forms. I don’t really need this but could be useful for things like being a soccer registrar 🙂 On balance, since our PDFs are short, we’ll take PDFPen. Also, they have a deal where for $75, you get 5 licenses, which is pretty good!
* “PDFClerk”: is $60 and is uglier but you can also place signatures on. It also lets you clip out a section of a PDF document (for creating an attachment to a memo) and handles renumbering. The good news though is that it doesn’t crash on big documents but it does bloat the files. I took a 50K one page PDF and added a 150K image that was the signature and the result is a 1.5MB PDF. Sigh.

Watching TV

There are some great shows to watch with the kids. Some fun and unexpected things. Discovery really has done a great job branching out…

* “Deadliest Catch”: Documents fishing in the Alaskan seas. Man, 70 knot winds, rescues by helicopter in 40 knots with icing. Man, make snow crab seem unworth it. Great real life drama.
* “Dirty Jobs”: Really gross jobs that people have like sewage inspector.
* “Future Weapons”: Cool guns and things. Fun stuff

Canon Accessories

It was a terrible week in Wyoming, I ended up losing my 70-200 lens hood and the 17-55 lens hood as well as the viewfinder rubber piece for the camera. So it is insanely expensive to buy it:

* “Canon EW83J Lens Hood for Canon 17-55 F/2.8 EF-S IS USM”: It is expensive but folks really tink you need it because the lense flares alot. $47 at “”:
* “Canon ET86 Lens Hood for Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM”: for $48.50 or $47 from “pricegrabber”:
* “Canon Rubber Frame EF for Digital Rebel XT”: $8.49

Ikea Furniture

Here are some of the things that are amazing for a small business:

* “Galant Desk”: $200. Black-Brown. 63″x31.5″ (160cmx80cm). A-leg. In stock.
* Alternative is “Galant Oval Table”: $200. Glass top.
* “Galant Drawer unit”: On caters. 18 1/8×24 3/4″. In stock in Seattle. $160

Then in the living room and “Bar stools”:

* “Sebastian Bar Stool”: $60. Black and chrome plated. 29 1/8″. Suitable for 43 1/4″ bar height. Note this might be too high for the bar table mentioned.
* “Ektrop Tullsta Lounge Chair”: $149. Natural/ldemo beige. In stock
* “Karlstad”: Korndai brown. $379
* “UTBY Bar Table”: 24 3/4″ chairs. 47 1/4″ x 35 5/8″. $140.

Adeona laptop recovery

9 to 5 Mac | Apple Intelligence

We think this looks really useful, it’s a new and free service to help you get your laptop back if it is lost or stolen. Free and private solution, “Adeona”: launched today, put together by researchers at Washington and California (San Diego) univerisites.

This is the first Open Source system for tracking the location of your lost or stolen laptop (Mac, Linux and Windows) that does not rely on a proprietary, central service. This means that you can install Adeona on your laptop and go – there’s no need to rely on a single third party.

PC Worlds says battery is short but so is everyone else

Well, PC World says it is just 5 hours on 3G, but that’s as good as everyone else, so here is to recharging by noon every day!

AppleInsider | iPhone 3G clarifications: battery life, GPS, office apps

Apple’s call time on 3G is much shorter than the 10 hours promised on normal GSM phone networks but has run tests it says show iPhone 3G to be the longest-lived of the 3G cellphones in its class, which includes both smartphones and high-end media phones.

In a calling test, the Apple device exceeded Apple’s own estimates and lasted for five hours and 38 minutes and just edges out the Samsung Instinct by five minutes — a statistic which doesn’t factor in the need for legacy voice support on the Instinct and other phones for CDMA-based cellular networks

1M iPhones and 10M app downloads

Wow, at this rate of 10 apps per new iphone, this is going to be an amazing platform. The lower price I’m sure really helped. Hope I get mine soon. (Despite the short battery life and I’m going to love the white color!)

Mac Rumors: Apple Mac Rumors and News You Care About

Despite long lines and activation troubles, Apple announced today that they sold its one millionth iPhone 3G on Sunday, only three days after its initial launch on Friday, July 11th. In the press release, Steve Job points out that it took 74 days to sell the same number of the original iPhone.

New MacBooks July-September?

Mac Rumors: Apple Mac Rumors and News You Care About

While Montevina’s speed upgrades are also said to be modest, it has also been rumored that Apple will be revamping the physical design of their next notebooks to bring them in line with the current iMac and MacBook Air. Recently leaked photos depicting a more tapered design of the MacBook Pro are believed to be real. Apple’s next laptops are rumored to arrive sometime during Q3 2008 (July-September).