Getting Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2007 installed

I just received my copy of Office Ultimate 2007 (yes, I bought a 2007 app in 2008 … *sigh* why do they name them with years?) and everything went fine with no problems until I tried the second disk (which contains Accounting and Business Contact Manager). Accounting installed and then BCM threw an exception “Setup failed to install Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2007”.

I tried again and again and looked for solutions online (none worked). A good friend had a look at the install log and noticed something. This line:
MSI (s) (6C:28) [08:22:19:591]: Product: Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2007 -- Error 1913.Could not update the INI file C:\Windows\SysWOW64\mapisvc.inf
He asked me to check if mapisvc.inf existed (it did) and if I could change it (I couldn’t). I couldn’t edit, move or delete it. I checked the properties and it was owned by “SYSTEM” which I changed to my user account and then I was able to move the file. Before trying to reinstall BCM I moved mapisvc.inf out of my SysWOW64 folder and created a new copy of it and dropped that in SysWOW64.

I was then able to install BCM with no further problems.

Now all I have to do is come up with a reason to use it. 😉


Man Illegally Arrested for Refusing Bag Search

Today was an eventful day. I drove to Cleveland, reunited with my father’s side of the family and got arrested. More on that arrested part to come.

For the labor day weekend my father decided to host a small family reunion. My sister flew in from California and I drove in from Pittsburgh to visit my father, his wife and my little brother and sister. Shortly after arriving we packed the whole family into my father’s Buick and headed off to the grocery store to buy some ingredients to make monkeybread. (It’s my little sister’s birthday today and that was her cute/bizare birthday request.)

Next to the grocery store was a Circuit City. (The Brooklyn, Ohio Circuit City to be exact.) Having forgotten that it was my sister’s birthday I decided to run in and buy her a last minute gift. I settled on Disney’s “Cars” game for the Nintendo Wii. I also needed to purchase a Power Squid surge protector which I paid for separately with my business credit card. As I headed towards the exit doors I passed a gentleman whose name I would later learn is Santura. As I began to walk towards the doors Santura said, “Sir, I need to examine your receipt.” I responded by continuing to walk past him while saying, “No thank you.” …

Please see the rest of the story on Michael Righi’s blog: Papers Please: Arrested At Circuit City

This is just the beginning of the story which escalates to him being illegally detained by the store manager and then illegally arrested by a police officer for refusing to show a driver’s license even though he was not driving a car.

I most likely would have donated to his cause had he not involved the ACLU and promised to give them any remainder. I’ll not be party to their Fabianistic tactics and stand against their communist background.

I can’t blame Michael Righi for getting involved with the ACLU though, he is, after all, from Pittsburgh. 😉

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According to The Drudge Report February 13. 2007:

The Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building has been postponed due to inclement weather. The hearing is entitled “Climate Change: Are Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Human Activities Contributing to a Warming of the Planet?”

The hearing will be rescheduled to a date and time to be announced later.

You just can’t make this stuff up. 😆


Corinne Bailey Rae

I really can’t get enough of this entire album. It’s so sweet and innocent sounding. “Put Your Records On” will have you singing along.

Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae


Sorry, I can’t blog right now. Guitar Hero II.

Guitar Hero II

I’ll get back to you when I beat the Expert level (see you in 2025)!

Send food…and money! Help!

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Macworld 2007

The apple store is closed and Steve Jobs is set to take the stage.

I’m hoping for an Apple based PDA/Cell phone. Please, Mr. Jobs. Thanks in advance. I’m so tired of jumping through hoops to get something that almost kinda sorta works but not the way I want it to work.

Ooh, it is starting…

…or maybe it isn’t. Someone’s 10 minutes late (so far).

It looks to be above and beyond what I wanted. Way too expensive though. $499 for the 4GB version and $599 for the 8GB version.


This about says it all:
Apple vs RIM and Palm stocks


Dumb commercials (updated with pictures)

Many of today’s commercials are pure genius. Some of them purposely tick you off by being so annoying that you talk about it and by extension the product they are selling (Head On apply directly to the forehead…) or they are funny so you use the catch phrase in daily conversation (So easy a caveman can do it). Roaming gnomes aside, you know what I’m talking about, right or should I say “Can you hear me now?” (sorry).

OK, so now I’m going to be the shill for Alka-seltzer Plus. GoodNESS! Did you see that commercial? They have a woman with bare feet, big duck-monkey feet, giant gorilla-platypus feet. I know why they are bare feet because they don’t make shoes that big. She plops the alka-tabs into a cup of water and then bends down to place the cup on the floor next to her massive ele-hooves that take up the entire screen except for the one square inch left for the cup. Then she jumps into the cup which magically grows to be able to encircle both enormous rhino-dalian clods and the smaller part of her body (the part that’s not her feet). The alka-seltzer plus makes her feel good and she jumps out of the cup and trods off leaving craters in the earth as she goes.

If someone here knows the lady, I apologize, I’m not making fun of her, it’s just that her feet are the star of the commercial. Good job to the writers of this commercial. I’ll never forget Alka-seltzer plus. Ever.

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Update: 16Feb07

By popular demand I’ve captured a few screenshots from the commercial. If you have an aversion to big honkin’ feet please look away.
Giant FEET!

More giant FEET!
Notice the pinky toe and its neighbor can’t reach the ground and the pinky toe is rolled 90º out of alignment with the other toes.


Site reviews

Imagine Kitty Magazine changed my life. I now consider the feelings of others before saying nasty things. Thank you Imagine Kitty Magazine!
– “Chicken” George

What did I ever do before IKM? Where have you been all my life? Ever since I was built in a laboratory my life was meaningless and unemotional. I’ve discovered the meaning of life and can feel a real heartbeat in my metallic chest cavity.
– A Robot

Klaatu barada nikto! Klaatu barada nikto! Klaatu barada nikto! Klaatu barada nikto!
– Klaatu

After reading Imagine Kitty Magazine I don’t feel like shooting lawyers in the face anymore. Reading Imagine Kitty Magazine is mind expanding.
– RC (name withheld on request)

The kids used to pelt me with rocks and garbage before I took the advice offered on Imagine Kitty Magazine. Now chicks dig me and men-folk envy me. Charles Atlas? Pfft! Give me IKM every day.
– Abe Lincoln

The fake reviews above were brought on by the fake reviews on this site. I happen to know the reviewer at the bottom and I happen to know that he did not write that particular review. You can tell the incoherent writing style in the reviews are the same as the writing in the main text of the page. Now, I am not encouraging anyone to actually write a review on the site or anything like that. 😉

If you’d like to review Imagine Kitty Magazine click here and I’ll add your wonderful review to the list above. 😀

Humor Why I am the way I am

Why I am the way I am (episode III)

Grade: Kindergarten

Age: 4

Miss McNanny announces another special activity for the day. I know I should have not expected much but I was only 4 and I was kind of like a dog. I’d come back after being abused every time.

There were about 33 of us in class that day so Miss McNanny had us make two rows of seats across from each other. 17 on one side and 16 about 10 feet away facing the other seats.

The idea for the day was to teach us telephone courtesy. She had two standard rotary telephones and a small switch board to control them.

rotary telephone

We sat down half on one side and half on the other. Miss McNanny put her seat at the end of the short line and worked the switchboard. The first two kids had the phones on their lap. One picked up and “dialed” and Miss McNanny made the other ring.

(Phone rings)
“Hello?” said the first kid.
“Hello, is Wendy there?” said the second.
“Would you like to come over to play?”
“Yes, I’ll see you in a few minutes.”
“Thank you, good bye.”
“Good bye.”
(Both hang up)
Giggles were heard all over.

The phones were passed to the next two kids. The other side got to dial and the other receive.

(Phone rings)
“Hi, is Jimmy there?”
(In a deep voice) “No, this is his dad.”
(Class erupts in laughter)
“Just kidding, this is him speaking.”
“I’d like to invite you over.”
“Ok, thank you. I’ll see you soon.”
“Thank you, good bye.”
“Good bye.”

I’m about the 13th on my side and I notice that my best friend Steve is directly across from me and I will get to call him. How exciting. We finally get our turn and me and Steve both have phones on our laps. It is my sides turn to dial.

I dial. I listen. (Busy signal) 😕

Miss McNanny says, “Pass the phone.”
“But I didn’t get to talk.”
I pass the phone to the girl next to me but Steve doesn’t.

(She dials and Steve’s phone rings.)
“Hello, is Steve there?”
“This is Steve. May I ask who is calling?”
“This is Audrey. Want to have pizza at my house?”
“Yes, please. Thank you for asking.”
“I’ll see you after school. Good bye.”
“Good bye.”

Now I admit, pizza is a pretty good offer but I was going to ask him to pretend to come over and dig a hole to China or maybe break a toy truck or something really boy like. But he gets a fake date instead. 😡

Can someone explain how getting a busy signal taught me anything about phone courtesy? Singled out again.

Lesson learned: Even your best friend will leave you for a girl. Especially a girl with pizza.

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Comforting Embrace

Good work in Iraq

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt, of the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group at Balad, Iraq, cradles a young girl as they both sleep in the hospital. The girl’s entire family was executed by insurgents; the killers shot her in the head as well. The girl received treatment at the U.S. military hospital in Balad, but cries and moans often. According to nurses at the facility, Gebhardt is the only one who can calm down the girl, so he has spent his last several nights holding her while they both sleep in a chair.

*This story is not yet verified.
*edit – Story verified on Fox & Friends on the morning of November 27th, 2006

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Mac Bros


Happy birthday, Marky!!!

Today is little Mark’s birthday! 🙂
Happy 9th birthday

Marky. 9 years old

I couldn’t take any more pics because he refuses to wear clothes. If he keeps his pants on for 10 minutes straight, I consider it a good day. 😆

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Family look alikes

If you click on one of the pictures you can see who you look like.


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