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A solution to the Adobe Acrobat Error 1500 when updating

Just had a bunch of problems with trying to update Adobe Acrobat in a computer lab; I'd get the error:

Update Failed
Cannot install the update
Please run Adobe Acrobat Repair
Error: 1500

Running the Adobe Acrobat Repair from the Help menu gave me an error that my U: drive couldn't be found... which is what gave me the solution.

Long story short, our computer labs map the My Documents folder to a network drive but my administrative account doesn't have a network drive so its "My Documents" folder is invalid.

The problem is that the Adobe Acrobat update requires a valid My Documents folder.

Right click My Documents on the desktop, choose "Properties," choose "Restore Default" and get a working path to My Documents, adn the update ran fine -- I didn't even have to run the Adobe Acrobat Repair utility.


On the topic of "what I am"...

I'm not sure I would qualify as (or limit my creativity to) being a "good curator"... But this has some insights for me:

patrickrhone / journal ?? Blog Archive ?? Why I Curate




Folding up the blog?

It's been... quite a few years (7? 8?) and I'm pondering whether I should basically "archive" off the Blogger blog here and move to something different like Posterous (which I'm using at the moment for my "random thoughts that don't fit into Twitter" -- emlarson.posterous.com, if you really want to take a look).

I've also put out a call on Twitter for design advice on emlarson.com in general; it always was an "aggregate of various things and interests" but, at this point, all of those things and interests will fall under a different site (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Posterous, PicasaWeb, YouTube, att.ention.net, etc.) or not at all... right?

Any ideas or suggestions? Drop me a note or leave a comment here... not that it's easy to find the place to comment given how much I've broken the template to get it to conform to the old emlarson.com look-and-feel... but that's a different issue. :)


Vision (or lack thereof)

Just a quick post on something I've been pondering, which might related to my old "leadership" topic.

I think there's a progression from innovation/facts/ideas to possibilities to trends to vision.?? I reserve the right to change those terms later... but they'll do for now.

I'm good with the first two.?? Probably really good, if I do say so myself.?? But moving to "trends" has a predictive element that requires not only a deep knowledge of the topic, but knowlege of people's responses to it (or dumb luck). And "vision" then takes that one step farther, and says "Now that we believe we know what direction this might go, I'm making the value judgment that we ought to go with (or against) it."

  1. Innovation: ??Autosereoscopic Lenticular Displays
  2. Possibility: Using??such displays??in chemistry labs to model molecular structure
  3. Trend/Belief: Schools will be reluctant to adopt before appropriate software is developed and will be willing to pursue this as a "cool thing" once it becomes straightforward
  4. Vision: We should purchase some, partner with developers to create the software, and position ourselves to market the software to other schools??
  1. Fact:?? The population of Suburb X is growing older as the "baby boomers" reach retirement age
  2. Possibility/Connections: These aging people will have special needs (transportation, hearing assistance, etc.) and typical personality tendencies of the elderly
  3. Trend:?? The aging population will flock to local churches who will face the challenge of how to provide for these particular citizens of their local community and "culture clashes" with younger generations will result.
  4. Vision:?? We should launch programs to welcome and enfold them into our population
    • Alternate Vision:?? We should focus on younger gerations and beocome a church that focuses on their needs, as an alternative to the "old people churches" that will become common.

See where this is going??? I'm good with 1 and 2, can do "3" as long as it's a question of "possible trends" and not "authoratitive declatation of which trend I believe will be the actual one".?? But I want to follow, not set the vision; I'm not a #4 guy.

Hmmm.?? Not sure what I think of that answer, but at least I have a lot more clarity and structure around it now!



Wondering about Foursquare's future

"Dear Foursquare, I've Checked Out" from Pattern Interrupt http://bradoneill.com/dear-foursquare-ive-checked-out



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