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Windows 10 Preview – Installing

I was given access to the Windows 10 Technical Preview. I’m very interested to see where Microsoft is going next, so I wanted to check it out.

I’m not bold (stupid) enough to attempt to install on my work computer, not to mention my boss would not be very happy with me, but my personal computer is a Macbook Pro. I decided to install it on the Mac.That’s been a bit of work.

I set up bootcamp (Dual Boot) and first had to install Windows 7 on a dedicated partition. Once I had that installed, I hoped I would be able to jump right to the Windows 10 Preview rather than running through all the Windows 7 updates. However, the preview requires Windows 7 SP1, so I had to go at least that far. I ran through the updates until SP1 was installed and tried again, but it still wouldn’t install. I found that Windows 7 needed to be fully patched. I spent the entire day installing Windows 7 and all the cumulative updates.

This morning, it finally allowed me to install Windows 10. The process¬†wasn’t as clear as I expected. When i clicked the link, it went through a ‘preparing’ phase that took a few minutes and then said ‘reboot to continue.’ I did that, but after reboot, nothing happened. I realized I had to use Windows Update to access the update.

Once the update was available and I clicked to install, it said download size was about 2.5GB, but it only took about 20 seconds to download (maybe it preloaded?). It then said ‘Installing’ and 0% for a few minutes before switching back to ‘downloading.’ Now it’s downloading again and the numbers look more appropriate.

More to come as the install progresses.

This thing needs some dusting off

I haven’t done anything out here in a while. In fact, the last post was in April, 2011. Facebook, Twitter and the other social networks have changed the blogging landscape, and, in addition to life taking away the time I would have spent out here, I’ve spent more time consuming media than producing it.
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By Kevin Arth Posted in Misc

Who knew buying clothes could be so hard

I went out a week or so ago to buy some new stuff because nothing fits me anymore. Taylor and I hit a few stores, but, strangely, nobody sells the pants size I need. I’ve gone from a 38 inch waist with 34″ inseam to 33. Strangely, when the waist goes down, the inseam goes up. I now need a 36 inseam and that’s not generally available, except as special order.

Here’s the sad thing about this. Setting aside the pain in the butt that I now have to special order my pants, this is a reflection of our American society that, as I approach what the medical community would consider healthy measurements, it becomes more and more difficult to buy clothing because manufacturers are throwing their resources at making clothing for the ‘average’ (i.e. overweight) customer.

I, for one, am happy to special order my clothing for a change!

More out of shape than I thought

Since December, I’ve gotten my 3 mile run time down from 35 minutes to 23 and change. This was all treadmill work, so I knew there’d be an adjustment period when I transitioned to outdoors running. I could not have been more right. Between my leg injury and my transition to running outside, I’ve lost about 3 minutes and I’ve been really sore for the past week, but it feels great to be outside making real progress, and aside from the sore muscles, my legs feel as good as ever. I also continue to lose weight. I’ve lost 21 pounds since December 21st and as painful as these new outdoor runs have been this past week, I have no doubt there’s more to come. 

Here’s something I was thinking about the other day. Given the performance gains I’ve enjoyed these past 3 months, I can’t help wondering where I could be if I had never stopped running in 1992. Really too late to worry too much about that, but I can’t help but be curious about it…

I’m excited about summer. I might actually be able to buy a swimsuit that looks good on me. Guess we’ll see. I’ve already had to buy all new clothes. As expensive as that can be (it’s ongoing due to cost constraints), it’s actually an exciting place to be.

Runs are feeling better

I've been running pretty consistently since December 21st. My 3 mile run times have been about 30 to 35 minutes. In a month's time, I had dropped 20 pounds, and as of mid-March, my 3 mile time has been under 24 minutes. That was all treadmill work during the winter months, so you'd have to take that number with a grain of salt, but I was feeling pretty good about it. On March 18th, I strained something in my calf. I couldn't run and hobbled back to my car from the trail I was running. I took a week or so off and returned to running about 3.28. I ran only a mile that day, but the following day I ran 3 miles, albeit at a 10:00 pace. on Wednesday (3.30), I tried to pick up the pace and blew out my calf again.

I thought I had torn a muscle, but the doc did an ultrasound on 4.7 and said everything looked good. She approved a gradual return to normal runs. I took it slow at first. Half a mile the first day and a mile the second day. With some serious conditioning and stretching, I've gotten back up to 3 miles. My times have slipped, but now that I have the distance back, I can work on my pace gradually until I recover completely.

Part of the backslide is due to the fact that I'm now running outside, whereas all of my winter runs/training have been indoors on a treadmill. I continue to be shocked at how much more difficult outdoor runs are. I ran in the park over the weekend and took about 26 minutes for 3 miles of relatively flat ground. Today, I ran 3 miles in about the same time (26:30 vs. 26:33), but the path I took (city streets) was far more challenging. My legs feel good. A little sore, but no more so than the rest of me. I think my leg is going to be ok this time. I'm still a little cautious with it, but I'm back on the path. However, my entire body is sore from this new challenge. As I continue to push this, I see another phase of weight loss due to the extra effort I'm putting forth.

I've been running nearly every day and, particularly as my performance improves, I've become addicted to it and I can't wait to run my first street race. I'm running in the Warrior Dash (www.warriordash.com) in June, but that's not a street race. It's more an obstacle course or confidence course than a road race. I'm excited to do it, but it won't really challenge my running performance.

So, with any luck, I'm officially on the mend and can start pouring myself into this activity to regain what I've lost over the past month or so. I'm extremely pleased about what this has done for me, both mentally and physically. That's a post for another day, but I look forward to transformations to come.

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