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Friday, April 12, 2002

Something's wrong. I got a brand new hard disk for my home PC last Monday. Theoretically, everything should be running smoothly now since I tossed out my geriatric hard disk. The truth, however, is that everything seems to be going wrong. Either Windows is having a hard time detecting my monitor or something is seriously wrong with my video card. The computer can't seem to make up its mind. Repeated attempts to adjust resolution have failed, with Windows insisting that the settings do not conform to either the adapter or hardware. After nasty words were said, Windows finally agreed to an 800 by 600 resolution but obstinately refused to adjust to a 256 color setting. I've done everything I could think off, short of ripping the video card, but I don't think Windows is going to budge. The worst part is I couldn't even use Photoshop because it requires 256 colors, at least.
Another thing that's giving me heartache is my inability to get on the net. I don't know what's wrong. I'm using an internal modem and, as far as I know, it's working. I've gone over the suggestions of Windows help so many times and I've discovered that the modem is okay and the communications port is already open (whatever that means). And yet, when I try to dial up, Windows is asking me to verify is the modem or the phone line is connected to the computer (I seem to recall this as Error 630). I'm stumped for options and I'll appreciate any help. Please, if you got any idea, tell me. I'll be eternally grateful.

Wednesday, April 10, 2002

I'm back! After a long weekend (Monday was a non-working holiday) and being out of the office yesterday, I'm back to the daily grind. For now, fortunately, the grind is going well. Thank you very much to all the forces in the cosmos for this small favor.
I attended a seminar on Web Design Fundamentals yesterday at the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging. Obviously, I haven't gotten around to applying what I learned. This can be inferred from the fact that the layout of this page still sucks. We were a very small group. Only five participants showed up so the discussion was more focused and more relaxed. We also got to know each other quite well. The guy who conducted the seminar used to be the web designer for Businessworld Online. Now he's teaching full-time at De La Sall University.
The most important thing that we learned from the seminar: the user is the master of the web designer's world.


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