New Lipsum generator

When working on various issues (especially fax problems), I need a blob of text that isn’t sensitive in any way. Until today, I used to generate “Lorem Ipsum” text. While I would love to use Brett Terpstra’s lipsum generators, I’m never at a Mac when I need some random text.

This morning, I missed typing the “.com” TLD and ended up with a Google search for “lipsum”. A result that caught my eye was for This page is graphically spartan, but it was much quicker for me to generate some random text.

Better living through the Internet!  I know it’s a small thing, but it makes me happy.

Windows setup failure on Dell computer

I was installing Windows 7 on a Dell notebook today, and got an error that this computer, which had Win 7 before the hard drive crashed, could not be configured to install Windows 7. I found a Dell tech note that advised OOBE had to be manually executed and then all would be fine. Yeesh, Windows.

"Windows setup could not configure to run on this computer's hardware" error during Windows 7 or Windows 10 installation

tl;dr version:

Windows 7:

  1. At the error screen, press Shift+F10 to open a command prompt.
  2. Type cd \ and press Enter.
  3. Type cd c:\windows\system32\oobe and press Enter.
  4. Type msoobe and press Enter. The installation process should now automatically continue.
  5. Remove the installation media and the system should finish the installation and boot into Windows.

Windows 10:

  1. While on the screen where the error appears, press Shift+F10 to bring up the command prompt.
  2. Type CD C:\windows\system32\oobe and hit Enter.
  3. Type msoobe and hit Enter.
  4. You may then be prompted to create an account name and password, and set the time and date. Click Finish when done.