Avaya One-X Error Saving Preferences.xml

I use Avaya One-X for work.  I got the above error this morning.  I couldn’t find a resolution via Googling, and Avaya’s support is notoriously sucky.  BUT, I did find out what the purpose of Preferences.xml is.  It keeps settings like window positions.  Bearing that in mind, I figured before reinstalling I’d try blowing it away (renaming it, actually) to see if it would recreate.  It did, and the app came up fine.

Preferences.xml is located in

%APPDATA%\Avaya\one-X Agent\2.5\Profiles\[Profile Name]

on Win7/8.


I love me some TTRSS.  Ever since Google shuttered their RSS feed reader I’ve been using it.  It’s nice to not be beholden to another provider for RSS content management.  It’s also a well supported little free system. I definitely recommend it.  The support forums, however, can be pretty rough on the less savvy crowd.  Hell, there’s an entire sticky thread dedicated to a discussion about how the place is overrun with assholes.  If you go there you’ll get help, but make sure you’ve done your due diligence first.

When I upgraded to the latest version of TTRSS (v1.12) my views went all wonky.  The Mark As Read button was hidden from the top bar and things generally looked assy.  What I discovered is that Firefox (speaking of – FF 28 sure has been crashing a lot) had cached some style settings and mixed the old with the new, creating a mess.  hitting SHIFT+F5 while on the site cleared it all up lickety split.

Change the Windows Sticky Note Font

The Windows sticky note font is hideous.  Every rebuild I do (and I do many, as I use virtual machines) means me looking up how to change this font, because Microsoft hasn’t made it easy, or even possible, without drastic action.  It uses the font Segoe.  So you could go in and try to delete that font altogether (which could be an arduous process unto itself, as it’s protected).  It’s easier, however, to go into the registry and repoint that font title to another font (and this way you can choose the font you want for sticky notes.

  • Open the registry and head to HKEY LOCAL MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts
  • If you’re the nervous type, make a backup of this container of settings by right clicking the Fonts folder.
  • Find the item titled either Segoe Print (TrueType) or Segoe Script (TrueType) – it was the latter on my latest 7 64 bit build – and double click it.
  • Change the value to the .ttf of the font you’d prefer.  The example below changes it to the Consola font.  Remember, you’re pointing to the actual ttf file, not the friendly font name.
  • Repeat the process for Segoe Print Bold (TrueType) or Segoe Script Bold (TrueType).


That’s it.

Lacing techniques

I’m a weak but aspiring runner who hasn’t done it much lately because I’m anti-cold weather (I bike on a trainer during the cold months).  Considering I struggle with form and technique (eg: I have a tendency to be sloppy and wind up with sore knees and/or illotibial bands) I found this interesting:


The Floors Redux

“What happened to the floors?”  asked the imaginary people who visit this site.  Well, the flooring company miscalculated their estimations on square footage and came up lacking.  We had to wait an additional 2 weeks for more flooring to arrive and acclimate before the downstairs could be completed.  But it’s now finally done.


Now we’re in the midst of trying to finally move into our house proper – 4 months after arriving.


There’s still a LOT left to do.  Tons of painting.  A new water heater.  Eventually a new stove and hood.  A fence.  The exterior of the house needs painting desperately.  A fix for The Door To Nowhere.  Welcome back to home ownership!  I’m split between hoping Bend grows so that this investment pays off and hoping Bend stops growing so that I’m not wanting to leave at all.

Floors Pt 4

And on it goes…

IMG_0119Our room, complete save for trim.



IMG_0122The hall…

IMG_0123And the unfinished bonus room.

IMG_0125The stairs are a complicated affair.

IMG_0124We repainted all the removed trim.  amazing how much of it came off without trouble.

Floors Loom Pt 1

Finally, after way longer than intended, the disgusting carpets are being replaced with hardwood.  We spent the weekend basically moving back out of the house, emptying all the rooms into the garage, storage crawls, bathrooms, laundry room and my office.  I discovered that we don’t own a lot of stuff (which I’m absolutely good with) and that this house has ample storage.  We didn’t even use attic.  Mom and son are staying at a hotel down the road.  The cat and I are holed up in my office, camping luxury style.

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And Now These Days Are Gone

My first Fishbone show was a transformative experience.  Prior to it I had been a metal head with punk and hardcore overtones.  The show was as intense and physical as any hardcore set, perhaps even more so.  As opposed to other shows, this one was overflowing with positivity.  Slamming and diving were encouraged.  So was supporting one another and keeping each other safe.  Unlike punk or metal shows, if you fell in a Fishbone pit a sea of hands were instantly there to drag you back to your feet.  Midway through the show the whole of the crowd in attendance – young and old, black and white, male and female, punk, metal, funk – were inducted into the Fishbone Familyhood.  We became Fishbone Soldiers, sworn to protect one another and stand up for what was right.  Later in the show the band encouraged a young man to attempt his first balcony dive while the pit below was commanded to ensure the nervous boy’s safety.  He was grinning ear to ear as he leapt into the void and touched down on his new familyhood.  In the end it was less a show than it was a religious experience.  Fishbone broadened my horizons.   Fishbone changed my life.
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