Trying Hard to Be Efficient

Trying Hard to Be Efficient
Tuesday — August 18th, 2009

Have you ever come across a problem where you think that it can be solved effectively by reaching another goal? As Alex says, now you have 2 problems. I was going to try out Cake PHP on my windows xp pro box. To my displeasure I would need to get IIS to work properly (window’s internal server). I thought that it would be simpler and better in the long run to install ubuntu on my laptop (x41) with no cd drive.

After getting PXE to work for the laptop using the desktop as the server, I was able to install what I thought to be a standard version of ubuntu, by standard I mean one with a gui like gnome ready to go. Turns out I installed a version with no gui. No problem I thought I can just install x, and go from there. Unfortunately I moved the laptop to my room, and because I didn’t have the wireless network card installed, (non standard intel driver). I would have to go to where the router is again to connect it with an wire. 3 hours has gone by and I’m completely out of energy to do anything about the original problem.

The lesson, the simplest solution is not always the easiest to obtain.

Two Problems

The “you now have two problems” bit I heard from Coding Horror:

Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use regular expressions.” Now they have two problems.

– Alex


  1. Lori

    I hate it when this happens to me.

  2. LoL_WUT

    This reminds of anytime I use Linux/talk to someone about it. (I’m Vista only)

    Them: Looks like it’s not going to work
    Me: all we have to do is: sudo wordeditor /etc/mysteryfolder/document and change some things
    Them: how do you know this?
    Me: …I spent the other week: 1. getting a game to compile or 2. installing wifi card or 3. getting ati graphics working or 4. helping my father with HIS linux

    Of course to throughly accomplish each situation requires hours of work, so I usually don’t forget that stuff :p

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