I have to use the public Windows 2000 computers to use the network, and there is no way that the ARmy is going to let me attach anything else to one of the wires.
No big deal, I thought. I just need to get my own little piece of the world set up.
The computers resist most changes. I may change a setting only to see it disappear when the computer restarts or I log out. That seems reasonable enough for a public computer. However, I read about "Roaming Profiles" for Windows 2000. Just the thing!, I thought. Alas, I have to be the administrator to set it up.
Now I am on to Plan Q. I copied the "Documents and Settings" folder to my USB key, and I will look at it later to see what I can set. If I can run an itty-bitty command file to set the PATH and home directory (apparently that is not HOME), I might be set. Then my programs (just added WinSCP which works, but is a GUI---cannot have it both ways) should save their settings in the right place and then look for them in the right place.
I even got a version of BASH for Windows, but I need to figure out how to set the paths so it looks for a
Sadly, success stories about this sort of thing come from people either using administrator privileges or some $500 program, so I am having very slow progress.
In the meantime, I am using my Pair.com account to update some modules. They seem to have more modules installed than Randal (who installs every module, mostly), but with the crappy IP system they have here, SSH drops the connection after about 5 minutes most of the time. I think it is related to the number of people on the computers somehow. I have to run some commands with nohup and in the background then re-login to see if they worked.
Right now I am doing all of this work to update a problem in HTTP::Cookies::Mozilla. I have to change 1 bit---literally one bit---make a 0 into a 1---because one of the cookies in the test suite have a date in the past, so the test fails. Then, while I was there, I decide if I was going to change 1 bit I might as well change a lot of them, so I updated pod.t and prereq.t to only run if the modules are installed, and I got rid of the File::Find::Rule stuff. I have wanted to do this to all my modules, but just getting this far has taken me a week.
All I want is a computer that lets me get work done. Is that so much to ask?