Power in a Positive Mindset

The media reporting on the state of the economy is dreary by most people’s standards.  If a negative piece of information doesn’t catch your attention the first time it’s aired, you are sure to hear it again by a parrot reporter tomorrow and the next day.  But the direst predictions come from your President and those on Capitol Hill.

Choose not to accept the news and proposed solution at face value and you are just burying your head in the sand.  Come on, get with the program already!  Things are bad out there folks.  50% of you are unemployed and the other 75% will be soon.  Damn those illegal aliens for taking all those Microsoft jobs!  I won’t apologize to you that have lost your jobs or diminish your suffering, but it’s not that bad…yet.

The problem isn’t how negative the outlook of politicians is.  The problem is that they are the ones trying to fix the problem.  At least I think they are. 

Who would you choose to solve a tough business problem – someone with a negative mindset or a positive one?  How many times have you heard this said of an extremely successful business man:  God, that guy has one hell of a negative outlook on life!

I personally can’t think of one instance and so I pose the question:  Do we put our faith in a bunch of pessimistic politicians who see only apocalyptic doom in our future?  Or do we demand more from someone better?  Come to think of it, who says the government has to fix this at all.  Why not contract the brightest business minds, the guys that have worked through tough times and scratched their way back to wealthy positions.  These are people that don’t hope everything will all work out. They are the ones that KNOW they CAN make a difference in a positive way, and don’t concede in the face of adversity.

Silverlight Error 1001 Problem Solved

This morning I was able to fix error 1001 with my Silverlight player in Netflix.  I went to tools, internet options, security and finally trusted sites.  I added both of the following entries:  https://*.netflix.com and http://*.netflix.com.  Of course, I unchecked require server verification for the latter to be accepted.

Just for good measure, I went to the general tab, hit delete and then delete all, including files and settings stored by add-ons.  Voilà!   The player works as it should.  I would like to take this opportunity not to thank Netflix for this fix as they apparently don’t know about it or are too lame to post it on the page that you are redirected to when you receive error 1001.  I hope this helps someone as it was most irritating to me.

Silverlight – still waiting for the silver lining.

What many Netflix users see when Watching Instantly

What many Netflix users see when Watching Instantly

So I’m enjoying a few days off during the Christmas/New Years’ holiday and then it dawns on me.  I’m not enjoying my new Netflix account, because I’m troubleshooting it instead. But wait.  Isn’t that what I do for a living?  So, I’m not really enjoying a few days off – I’m working and not getting paid for it.  I guess my free trial membership wasn’t so free after all.

 It seems that Netflix has turned to Microsoft using their Silverlight technology.  And like most Microsoft products, its not even close to being ready for prime time.  All I get is an error 1001 after the movie buffer.  I’ve narrowed it down to a DRM problem (digital rights management).  And before anyone responds with the usual, assume I’m not an idiot here.  Yes, I performed a clean uninstall/reinstall, cleaned temp files and caches, and yes I even performed the daunting task of rebooting my PC.  I’ve done things in the registry that no decent human being should ever have to experience.

I did research and further testing and the bottom line is this: Netflix “Watch Instantly”  is not watchable for any Mac users prior to Intel processors (PowerPC), and plagues a significant number of users on Vista.  Other anomolies include a number of hardware specific scenarios such as specific laptops that seem to have this problem as well.

Its a shame that a feature that had me at “watch” will translate into a cancelled account before Netflix makes dollar one from me. They have 12 days and counting…we’ll know soon.