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Locks of Love

A few weeks ago over dinner, my oldest daughter mentioned that her teacher had told her that her hair was probably long enough to do Locks of Love. We don’t know how the conversation came up (Laurel can’t remember). Anyway, a few minutes later, I asked her if that is something that she would be interested in doing. She very excitedly said, “Yeah, yeah, yeah!!!” So, the next day, my wife took her to Great Clips and got her hair cut as a donation to Locks of Love. We are really proud of her. This is the first time that she has had a true haircut in her life…she’s almost eight. She’s had the occasional trim, but not a haircut. They were able to cut off ten inches and she still has shoulder length hair…and she really loves her short cut.

If you’ve never heard of Locks of Love, they take hair donations and make wigs for children going through medical treatment that causes them to lose their hair. The mission statement from their website is:

Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.

One note about Great Clips…they will take care of processing the donation and sending it in to Locks of Love. And if you donate your hair for this, your haircut is free. It’s good seeing a big company do something like this.

May 19, 2007 Posted by | kids | Leave a comment

Access Denied (Part 2)

[Note: This is part 2 of a three part series. You might want to check out Part 1 and Part 3 as well.]

Spent eight and a half hours on the phone with Microsoft yesterday. We ended up not resetting the secure channel. Another Microsoft guy from the Directory Services team got on the line and wanted to do some more testing. Honestly I was getting perturbed with him because it looked like he was just doing the same things that we had already done the day before. However, three hours into the call…around noon…he discovered something. If we attempted to connect to a 32 bit server, using the netbios name resolution (i.e. \\server1\share1) we got access denied. However, if we connected using the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) (i.e. \\server1.sub.domain.com\share1) it worked like it was supposed to. So…Access Denied didn’t really mean that we didn’t have permission in this instance. It meant that it couldn’t figure out what I was trying to access.

So, why was I still on the phone for another five and a half hours? Because our files are not specifically on a standard server share. They are on a Distributed File System (DFS) share in Active Directory. This is a share at the domain level…not at the server level. That name is already an FQDN…yet it still gave access denied. That issue is still not resolved. The Microsoft guys will be calling me back on Monday afternoon to continue working. I really hope we are able to resolve this soon. I’m honestly tired of working on it…and it’s not like I don’t have a LOT more work that I could be doing!

One funny note from Friday. We are using an “Easy Assist” session for this troubleshooting. This is a way that the Microsoft guys can see the system and even allows me to give them control, so that they can “drive” the session. Over the course of the day, we kept opening more Remote Desktop sessions to other servers, more Explorer windows, more command prompts, etc. At one point it struck me how many windows we had open, so I counted them. At that time we had 23 windows open. It kept going up and down by a few for the rest of the time. It was comical to see that many windows open at once.

May 19, 2007 Posted by | tech | 3 Comments