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# Monday, 08 September 2008

This is the start of a new ad campaign for Windows, like most on the Internet my response is... eh? It's supposed to get better for the next few ones.

Monday, 08 September 2008 10:26:55 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 21 March 2008

Vista SP1 is now available to the public via Windows Update or the through the regular download channels. But there seems to be some problems with certain drivers which you might need to update as mentioned in this post.

Both the U1010 and P1610 have already been updated, it's hard for me to tell if there's any significant performance increase yet, but the U1010 seems to wake up from sleep to the password screen pretty much instantly.

But the most immediate benefit was after installing Vista SP1, hard disk space got freed, I think at least 1.5GB. On my space starved system drive of the P1610, that was a god send!

[Update] I figured out why i got space during the install. Seems like all System restore points prior to the installation of SP1 has been deleted. So that explains a lot.

Friday, 21 March 2008 09:53:52 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 04 October 2007

Saw a pair of Windows Vista updates that might be useful for people, I suppose these would get delivered by Windows Update eventually like the last pair I posted about.

First one is another with the generic title of "An update is available that improves the compatibility, reliability, and stability of Windows Vista" Funny title among the things which are mentioned that are improved are.. longer battery life.. and shortens startup time... hmmm..

The other is "Cumulative update rollup for USB core components in Windows Vista" I'm getting this one primarily because sometimes my USB devices fail after coming out of hibernation or standby so let's see if it does the trick or not.

Thursday, 04 October 2007 13:48:38 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 13 August 2007

Can't believe I missed this last week. 2 updates have been released for Windows Vista which you should probably install ASAP. The updates haven't been pushed to Windows Update yet so that's why you still don't see it in the update list. They are:-

  • Performance And Reliability Update :- Fixes some performances issues, most importantly on the list of fixes... When you copy or move a large file, the "estimated time remaining" takes a long time to be calculated and displayed. Oh THANK GOD!!! Installed and tried this already, seem to be doing it's job properly. But... on my PC a little QUIRK happened... EVERY account I had on the system seem to have been duplicated, so at first I had 2 accounts on my login screen but now I have 2 of EACH account. I think it has something to do with my fingerprint reader cause the additional accounts seem to be grouped under an Other Credentials button in the login screen. Not to mention in my users list on my PC it still just shows 2 users only. This quirk didn't happen on my colleague's PC which didn't have an additional form of login authentication, ie. A Fingerprint reader.
  • Compatibility And Reliability Update :- This seem to fix compatibility problems with other programs, haven't tried this yet. Can't say I've run into any of the problems listed though.

Monday, 13 August 2007 10:31:10 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 18 May 2007

My colleague was trying to install SQL Server 2000 on to his newly formatted Windows Vista, which although is not a supported action we need to do it cause we still have apps running on SQL Server 2000.

But the setup program just kept dying and dying once it reached the start copying phase. This puzzled me since I was able to install it.

I then noted that he had already installed VS2k5, and SQL 2k Express as well. On a hunch I told him to reformat and reinstall Vista (to clear off all remanants of anything that might have stopped the install) Luckily Windows Vista installs pretty fast so it wasn't too much of a hassle.

After the reinstall, the first thing we did was to install SQL Server 2000.. and BOOM.. it just went in..


Friday, 18 May 2007 17:33:47 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 15 March 2007

And so it begins, the path towards the end. The final migration towards the new Fujitsu 1610, now that I'm pretty satisfied with the stability of my Vista system. I have started the final step towards moving all my data and stuff from the M200 over to the 1610, starting with the most important details first.

My Outlook PSTs

After copying the files over, setting up my email accounts, rules, etc. etc. Synched my phone to the machine and everything seems to be working out just fine.

So... next... will be my projects, just let me clear out my final .Net 1.1 project.

Thursday, 15 March 2007 22:45:34 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 14 March 2007

I did a presentation about Windows Vista during the March 3rd MIND Gathering, I touched about what editions are there in Vista, talked about my problems upgrading to Vista, LUA headaches, and Speech Recognition! Now I've finally managed to upload everything to SoapBox, in 3 pieces though.

Presentation About Vista - Part 1
Presentation About Vista - Part 1

Presentation About Vista - Part 2
Presentation About Vista - Part 2

Presentation About Vista - Part 3
Presentation About Vista - Part 3

I guess if enough people ask for it I *might* put up the 90MB source file to this.

Wednesday, 14 March 2007 14:30:53 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 10 March 2007

One of the most mentioned features which Windows Vista has is the ability to use external flash memory as an additional cahce to speed up your system, aka. ReadyBoost, when I talk about ReadyBoost with people I always tell them that not every thumbdrive or memory out there would work as the link mentions.

So here's a quick low down of what I have used that is ReadyBoost capable. From top to bottom, left to right.

EDIT : One last thing that I need to mention... the media might have worked as a ReadyBoost source on my system.. but it might not work in yours... when in doubt, disconnect, and reconnect the drive a few times and see.

Kingston 4GB Data Traveler II Plus Migo - I had to format the stick to FAT32 and then run the readyboost test a few times, then only it detects as readyboost capable, and sometimes after my machine comes out of hibernation with the stick connected it doesn't detect as readyboost capable anymore. So I guess you'll just have to be a bit wary about using this as a ReadyBoost device. That said... do you know how cheap 4GB thumbdrives are now?? Bloody hell!!!

Kingston 2GB Data Traveler Mini - Haven't tried it with ReadyBoost enough to see how well it works, I can only say it does detect as ReadyBoost capable and that's all I can say about it.

Sony Microvault Tiny 1GB - This is what I put into my wife's old Fujitsu P5010, it's actually quite suitable as a ReadyBoost device, it's small, flat, easy to carry around with your notebook. Just one strange problem though.... every now the entire contents of the drive go missing, but the space is still shown as used.... and I have on idea why that's happening!

TwinMos 1GB Ultra-X SD Card - I use this in my Fujitsu P1610's SD card slot as it's ReadyBoost device, no problems so far, it works..

Kingston 1GB MicroSD Card :- When used in conjunction with either the InnoDisk USB MicroSD Reader or it's own MicroSD to SD Adapter the MicroSD card works well as a ReadyBoost device.

Gear | Vista
Saturday, 10 March 2007 15:38:14 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 01 March 2007

I'm gonna be giving a little presentation about Windows Vista in this Saturday's MIND gathering.

I'll touch a bit about the perils of upgrading from an existing system to Windows Vista, then go into talking about the various features of Vista which are a bit less known and talked about, like the touch screen design implementation, and Speech Control!!

If you wanna see the event, do visit the page and send in the registration email (KLCC security is very bitchy about people walking in on weekends)

Note : I'm not saying you can't walk in, just that it might be a bit troublesome, but supposedlly everything should have been worked out with security and you too can come and stand a chance to win an ultimate edition!

Thursday, 01 March 2007 23:08:30 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Wednesday, 14 February 2007

Heck.. people are even starting to make fun of it.

But like I mentioned in my rant about LUA, it's a necessary evil moving forward for a more secured system. And if the you keep seeing the LUA box pop up while running a program, more often than not you can thank the developer for trying to access parts of your system that he shouldn't be accessing in the first place.

From here on out programs should start playing more nicely with the system, and the constant haggling of LUA will become a thing of the past and become what it was meant to be. An additional layer of protection against unscrupulous people.

One thing that I must stress though, as much as LUA is a pain in the ass, it never gets as irritating as what the ad tries to imply during normal use. If you keep getting a LUA prompt on every other action you do, it's either you're mucking around in the system folders, the program you're using isn't playing nice, or you have something running in the background that's not doing nice things to your system.

Wednesday, 14 February 2007 16:49:36 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
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