Saturday, June 6, 2009


I had a Dell Vostro 1720 with bad RAM. It gave me a message when I turned it on that said "resource conflict- allocation error 0x02." Then when Windows XP tried to start it would either bluescreen or say that the file C:\Windows\System32\Config\SYSTEM was corrupted and that I would need to run the repair program on my Windows XP CD.

Fortunately, I was able to run the Dell diagnostics program and it told me that my RAM was bad. But the behavior was peculiar and unexpected- I thought it had a bad hard drive!

We Need to Teach Critical Thinking Again

One thing most people don’t realize about tech people that are roughly my age (plus or minus five years, let’s say) is how many of the dark ...