Fixing Fatal Error 1603 when installing Google Voice and Video Chat Plug-in

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Fatal Error 1603 when installing Google Voice and Video Chat Plug-in

So I’ve seen there’s a big problem with Google’s gTalk plugin, namely installing it on Windows.  Presumably, a Win7 machine, like what I run.

This is the real cause of it, as far as I can see: permissions.

Unless you’re logged in as the system admin, the program will not have enough permission to install that plugin for you.  And this is how you fix it, of course presuming you’re running this on Windows 7.

First, fail the first time.  Get the window to show up.  Don’t dismiss it just yet, but it should show up in your taskbar.

Right click the window in the taskbar, and it should show up with the three options – “Google Update”, “Pin this program to taskbar”, and “Close window”.  Right click “Google Update” and hit Properties.

In the Compatibility tab in the window that pops up, check “Run this program as an administrator” (or make sure it’s checked).  Click OK.

Back in your browser, try to install it again.  It SHOULD work.

Note that this is not an official post by Google.  They didn’t endorse me to make this post.  I just figured it might be helpful.


The Laptop

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It’s been a while since I posted something here. Man, how time flies when you’re shoulder-deep in undeserved trouble.

I was caught Saturday night / Sunday morning (Oct 30 / Oct 31) Skyping with my friends until 3:30 in the morning. Unluckily for me, the one time that I do it was a night where my father’s pager went off practically every other hour. Dad heard me chatting with my friends, and my mother came into my room, gave me a very condensed late-night lecture, and confiscated my laptop.

The evening after, I was on my phone with one of my Californian friends (via Skype) somewhere between 7 and 8 pm. Yes, it was a school night, and yes, it was before my usual school-night-bedtime. And, of course, Dad came upstairs to check on what I was doing, and before you know it my laptop was locked into the dock on my desk.

Monday during school, I realized that 8 could just unplug my dock from everything and my laptop can still be mobile… but of course when I got home, Dad chained the dock to my desk. I did absolutely nothing and yet my parents cracked down even harder!

Dear Parents,

Quite honestly, this is very unfair. I’m still getting very good grades, relatively, with the amount of sleep I get. Compare how social I am nowadays to yesteryear, and you’d find I’ve actually improved – I’m now using my cell phone as a phone, for crying out loud! So what if it’s through Skype, at least I’m talking with other people. I’m becoming less and less of a homebody! That should be a good thing!

And if you think that you’re trying to “nip this [habit] in the bud”, before I start college, I have heard from my Skype friends (one of which is IN COLLEGE, by the way…) that people practically thrive on little to no sleep anyways. They also said that if I feel that little sleep just won’t cut it for me, I’ll learn to stop doing so on my own, without help.

And just a little note to add… I feel as if I’ve been doing virtually every chore under the sun simply to suck up to you. And one little late-night chat feels like I practically nullified 4 or 5 years of it.

And yes, I typed all this up on my iPod. Go ahead and confiscate that too, it’s not like there’s anything I use it for in school. Sure, I use it for an agenda… but I can use school computers to do the same. And I know Dad’s keeping the keys to the Chain on his nightstand. And go ahead and take my phone, because I can still call people with it in school over Skype. Go ahead and keep me off of every other computer in the world, because I can just as easily set my laptop up to allow RDP connections from outside the home network.

tl;dr – Seriously, the punishment doesn’t fit the crime in this case. Restricting the usage of my laptop to only my room is just uncalled for.



Augmented Reality + Desktop OS = Mobility for the Future


I doubt this would count as a legal document, but I think there might be a way for people to actually have their at-home-desktop functionality while walking down the street.


My Facebook = most likely insane

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Honestly, *I* don’t even know what is going down on my Facebook profile.  That’s my own, *personal* profile, the only one I actually have any control over, if that.  Not only that, but I can’t even understand half the things that are going on!

To keep this blog from figuring out who I am, I’m not stating ANY names.

First off, somebody posted a minute and a half video on my personal Wall practically screaming for me.  While this is the first time I know who it was, it’s not the first time.  I’ve also gotten a call where they were screaming for me, and let’s just say my phones got Caller ID after that.

For another, I saw a friend posted they were “married” to another friend.  Here’s just a hint at how this is insane: they’re both in high school.  Seriously?  “Marriage” is the new “boyfriend/girlfriend” status?  Is anybody else seeing this?

Then I have a post from a (female) friend saying they want to [Insert f-bomb here.  Trying to stay PG.] another female friend of mine.  Again, both in high school.  What is going on around here?  Does nobody even think anymore?


If anything, the only ones making any *sane* posts would be those made by adults.  I just don’t see the point of having a Facebook account if people make such insane comments like those above.  Heck, it’s almost as if I lost a couple points in IQ!  I’m serious, things are just getting very much out of hand.

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Two password hints: Assignments and Journal

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Some (if any) may have noticed the single password protected post below.  I tried to give a hint about it in the excerpt, but I was faced with a whole lot of massive fail.

All my locked posts will have different categories.  Each category will have its own password, and its own hint.  The password is shared between all posts of that category, just to make it easy on you, and on me. More

Windows Live Writer

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While it may not look it, I actually downloaded and installed Windows Live Writer onto my laptop, so that I could write a blog post without having to go into the WordPress Control Panel and writing one up from there.

Unfortunately, I can’t have my laptop tell me what my post will look like in the blog.  WYSIWYG editing not quite at 100%.  Drat.

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