Back To School

I watched Life is Beautiful last night. What an outstanding film, truly an uplifting and beautiful movie. I watched it on DVD, in Italian with English subtitles. A dubbed-English audio track was also available on the disc. I give this movie 9 out of a possible 10 points, and would definitely place it on my "must-see" list. I enjoyed it much more than Jakob the Liar, which is a very similar story, but isn't nearly as funny, charming, or touching as Life is Beautiful. I'd write more about what I thought of the movie, but I thought that Roger Ebert's review was right-on. Say what you want about Microsoft Windows, but at least the problems that I face aren't as bizarre as the ones on the Mac platform. Today's bug is that pressing any of the function keys (F1-F12) will crash the Mac. This is on our netboot machines, and it happens no matter what application you're in. The wonderful thing about a bug like this, is that it affects those who are the most advanced users, since they know the keyboard shortcuts. Those people are also the ones who gripe the most and the loudest when something like this happens.

I'm quoted on today's page over at MacWindows. Since their link will die in time, I'll post my comments below, in case others are suffering from the same difficulties in regards to changing passwords in a Windows 2000 domain from a Macintosh:

I've had the same problem here, and it gets even weirder than that. If I create a new user, and check the "User must change password at next login" box, and the user then logs in with a Mac, they are prompted to change their password. If they then go to a PC, their new password does not work, but their old one will! However, from a Mac, the new password works, so in effect, the user has two passwords for the same account. Changing their password again from a PC seems to clear up the problem.

Today is the first day of school. Actually, tomorrow is the first day of school for me, but for most of the students here at the University, it's today. Campus is crawling with students, I had to park three times farther away from my office building than normal, and four freshmen have already stuck their heads into my office to ask directions.