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  • Blog Post: Playing Ripped DVDs with Media Center Extenders

    At last I have succeeded in getting ripped DVDs to play from my Xbox 360's Media Center Extender, and here is how I did it. First off let me explain my goals: I want to be able to play my kid's DVDs via my home network, so they can avoid trashing the shiny discs any more than they already have...
  • Blog Post: Vista Compatibility: My Personal List

    Following the travails of my Vista install at home (and subsequent success ), I will be listing my success (and failures) as I gradually re-install my old software and hardware onto this new operating system. As I am running the 64-bit version I frankly expected a harder time than I have got so far,...
  • Blog Post: 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 was right: something about the AHCI driver is unhappy...
  • Blog Post: 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 to include weekend-long unsuccessful installs...
  • Blog Post: 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, so I had to add Visual Studio 2005, then its SP1,...
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