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23 September 2004 @ 09:04 am
I suck at the Internet  
Laptop died three times yesterday shortly after connecting to the Internet, citing lsass.exe (logon authentication process) and giving me a one-minute countdown to save anything I was working on before the shutdown. I don't think it's Sasser-related, but it's been a long time since we've patched that computer, and I can't even remember if it has an antivirus utility. If anyone has any ideas aside from worm-hunting, please do let me know. I don't feel like signing up to five IT message boards in the vain hopes of locating an answer.

I feel pretty rusty and delinquent as a troubleshooter... in fact, sometimes I feel like I don't know jack or shit about computers anymore. I may have to program something solely to rid myself of that feeling- but I don't know what to program, and even if I had an idea, it would probably be on so grand a scale that I wouldn't have the skill to carry it through, thus making me feel worse in an ever-downward spiral of not-good-feelingness.

Maybe I'm just a leeetle pessimistic because I spent a good eight or nine hours yesterday testing software bugs.
 
 
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lordjosh2004lordjosh2004 on September 23rd, 2004 08:31 am (UTC)
That sounds like the work of Sasser, or one of its variants. My recommendation is to search Symantec's Website for lsass.exe. See if they have any new little wormies praying on that old vulnerability. Also stroll on over to Windows Update and grab the latest patches (provided your IT guys gave you Admin privileges).

The next option is to go to Redmond, WA; stand outside of 1 Microsoft Way; and flip good 'ol Billy Boy the one finger salute. Note that option two won't necessarily fix the bug with your computer, but hot damn, it will feel good.

Don't let software testing get you down...Yes, it does suck hard, but it is better than the alternative. And hey, you have Nick to come home to at the end of the day, so that can be the bright light that pulls you through the darkness of your day. You can always hold your head high among computer circles, you not only know how to program, you can also turn the machine on and off. I do remember some Comp Sci students (from our year no less) that couldn't turn a computer on, if you asked them. Much less could they figure out that Windows shouldn't be popping up with a message about the corruption of lsass.exe.

Keep up the faith. No, no, not that kind of faith...faith in computers...

::e-hug::
~Josh
Miusheri: gotevil?miusheri on September 23rd, 2004 10:24 am (UTC)
Help Computer! (goddamnit, that should've been my subject line!)

I'll have to burn Symantec's fix onto a CD, seeing as how the laptop craps out shortly after attempting an internet connection ;) I'd put it on a floppy if I could, but the laptop doesn't have a floppy drive. Ah hell, for a $25 computer, what can you really expect?

The next option is to go to Redmond, WA; stand outside of 1 Microsoft Way; and flip good 'ol Billy Boy the one finger salute. Note that option two won't necessarily fix the bug with your computer, but hot damn, it will feel good.

LOL- That should be a CS department field trip. Either that, or when my personal finances rival Microshaft's, I'll gather up all my geek friends to make the trek, heh.

And hey, you have Nick to come home to at the end of the day, so that can be the bright light that pulls you through the darkness of your day.

Yes, that is certainly a bright spot. =) I keep his picture on my desk to look at when things get rough. And hey, this being my cube, there's also Kenny McCormick, Pikachu, Spider-Man, Lara Croft, Crow T. Robot...

I do remember some Comp Sci students (from our year no less) that couldn't turn a computer on, if you asked them.

Really?? I thought that was a symptom restricted to IS students! ::waits for Keith or somebody to pitch a bitch::

::mucho e-hugs back::