Andy Pennell's Blog

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June, 2007

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    Installing Vista: From Hell to Heaven

    I am pleased to announce that I am typing this on a freshly installed Vista64 installation, on the same exact machine that I had so much trouble with recently! A genius Tester in Windows contacted me with a theory and a possible work-around, and he...
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    My personal take on the iPhone: deja vu

    I paid $500 for a smartphone with a touchscreen, music player, email, web browser and a camera. No, this wasn't an iPhone I got before tomorrow's launch, it was a Sony Ericsson P800 and it was almost five years ago . The iPhone hype is really getting...
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    Installing Vista: My Personal Hell

    [Update June 29: Problem solved ! Also updated h/w config to 1G of RAM as it should have been] Short story: installing Vista for me was a catalog of problems, some mine and some not. It started out with not being able to open the box, and went downhill...
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    Living With Vista: My First Few Weeks

    Well I finally switched to Vista on my main dev machine at work. Its a Dell Optiplex 745 (detailed specs at the end) and installing Vista was trivial: I did a clean install via RIS from the corporate network. The default installation includes Office,...
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    HD DVD: Audio Mixing, and why you don't need HDMI

    There has been much confusion over multi-channel audio and HD DVD, so I thought I would try and explain how this works. As a side-effect you'll see why you don't need HDMI for the highest quality audio, and why you certainly don't need HDMI 1.3 for audio...
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    Terminator 2 on HD DVD

    Thanks to the fact that there is no region coding on HD DVD, you can now get the Director's Cut of T2 on HD DVD, encoded with VC1. Previously the theatrical version was only available on Blu-Ray in the USA (in 20th Century MPEG2 format). As Canal+ were...
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    When it hits the fan: Restoring Windows XP via ASR

    My main HD appeared to be failing, so I got a replacement drive and attempted to firstly clone, then ASR Restore my Windows XP installation to it. I am a veteran of umpteen OS installations, but this is the first time I've ever actually needed to do a...
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