Monday, December 14, 2009

Poor Neglected Blog + Geforce 7600 GS Black Out Fix

Haven't written here, probably because I haven't had anything to write about. I guess I should keep things up, and write about a few fixes that I've discovered with the Nvidia Geforce 7600 GS video card with Windows XP.

Currently, the latest Nvidia Forceware driver set will cause some instability with the Geforce 7600GS video card, with symptoms involving the screen blacking out during AVI playback with FFDShow, and gameplay in Left 4 Dead, The Sims 3, and World of Warcraft. I went google hunting to try and find a solution for the problem, and found a suggestion telling me to install a two year old driver set Forceware 93.71, which I will provide a link below. Be sure to completely remove any trace of the newer driver set before you install these drivers, something that'll save you headaches in the future.

Ever since I installed these drivers, which date back to late 2006, I haven't had a single black screen or instability issue, which is pretty bad on Nvidia's side, as it shows the lack of quality in the upkeep of older hardware. I cannot tell if this issue appears on the Geforce 7600GT, and if you get any video issues at all with the 7600 GT then it appears this effects both GPUs.

Nvidia Forceware 93.71

Friday, August 21, 2009

Microsoft Windows 7 Blog Spotlight

So I sit here, early in the morning, and notice that one of my friends was featured on Microsoft’s Windows 7 spotlight, congrats to him by the way. So I wonder, how did he manage this feat, and I learned that Microsoft has a Clubhouse thing going on. Where you write large articles in the clubhouse and get the opportunity to be featured on their main Windows 7 website.

While it features a pre-approval sign up, which automatically made me think back to my not so friendly articles referring to Microsoft’s failures with Vista, I decided to press forward. Then I stopped dead in my tracks when a friend mentioned to me that Microsoft will not approve a blogger that has had negative posts about Microsoft and about a dozen little red flags popped up with little plinking noises. “Wait a damn minute.”, I think to myself, as I stare at the About Me section of the sign up process, “Why does it matter if I wrote some negative articles about Microsoft?”. Well, I soon realized that the Clubhouse community was a giant advertising campaign that Microsoft is cleverly using their Clubhouse members to deploy.

Don’t get me wrong, the articles are top-notch, and of great quality, which saddens me since they’re basically being used as pawns to promote Windows 7, but look at the elements here. You have several hundred users, vying for that coveted prize of a gift certificate, of which of course Microsoft will place on their main website. Now you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out that Microsoft isn’t going to post potentially negative articles on their main website. So while the articles are good, they’re horribly, horribly biased, and it discredits the writes in general, who I think don’t even realize their being used to advertise Windows 7.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Monitor Woes, & Office 2010

Well, in an odd twist, my monitor decided to randomly fix itself, although I'm certain that the fix won't hold, and I'm just buying time until I can buy a monitor and hardware upgrade later this month. So, Windows 7 finally became available to MSDN & Technet, so some of those lucky individuals will be able to upgrade to Windows 7, and activate fully. Personally I've been able to activate my copy of Windows 7 x64 after installing it last night. Originally I was intending to upgrade once I got my new hardware upgrades, but my acceptance into the Office 2010 Technical Preview threw a wrench in my plans, and rather than installing and setting up, as well as activating Office 2010 and then having to reformat and lose some information, as well as having to activate again, I would just install it early, set up my email accounts in Outlook and activate my copy of Office 2010.


Posting to blogs via Microsoft Word as far as I know might not be a new feature, but I've been able to accomplish this in MS Word 2010, and absolutely love it, everything in the Windows Live suite, aside from Messenger, has been replaced by this Office suite, Writer has been replaced by Word, with it's blog posting features, and Live Mail has been replaced by Outlook, although the fact that Outlook strips my web side inbox clean when it downloads new mail, and Live Mail didn't do this, is aggravating to say the least. If I ever get over my massive case of lazy, I'll write up a review of the suite, complete with screenshots, but for now, I'm focusing on my hardware upgrades and getting this sudden wave of hardware failures behind me.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Fried Monitor + Testing Out Blogger Buddy

Right now, I'm sitting on a 15" Sony Trinitron CRT. Very old, this monitor is easily going into it's late teens. I'm also sitting here testing out a new gadget called Blogger Buddy, for Windows Vista and Windows 7. What Blogger Buddy does, is it allows you to post to your blog, from the gadget, a complete writer, and blog monitor. Fairly impressed with it, you can find it from the link below.

Blogger Buddy

Some HTML knowledge might be required to get around the link posting bits, but it shouldn't be too hard to figure out.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Back up and running

The card finally arrived Monday and I was able to install it and get my PC up with little fuss, thank goodness it was the video card.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Fried Graphics Card

Well about a week ago, I was sitting at my PC, playing Counter-Strike Source, when all of a sudden, poof. Poof in a non-descriptive term, as the events that unfolded in front of my ever widening eyes was a nice colorful flash of polygons screaming as they run away from my character model as other polygons thrash about in a spiked explosive glory. In all my years of playing PC games, I never once had a graphics card die on me with such velocity. This is due to my almost OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), of PC maintenance behavior. Dusting once every two weeks, temperature monitoring, keeping up to date on my drivers and so on. I guess it was just meant to be, although the polygons leaving my character model, leaving a wire frame skeleton underneath was entertaining, the card completely fried, leaving Windows 7 running happily along in the background as if nothing happened, even to the point of still playing my music in Winamp.

So over the next few days I looked over my options, tried to get ahold of Brainwave, they happily told me that my warranty is out of date, and there was nothing they could do, but possibly contact the manufacturer (eVGA) for a replacement as they usually go out of their way to help their customers. So I call evga, the guy was very friendly, he told me my options, and even though the card was out of date, and I never registered at their website, he set me up for a one time replacement warranty, and initiated an RMA. I walk up to the local Ship-It store, and send the card, adorned with bubble wrap, for a whole $13.00 over to eVGA in their Californian based company. Took five days to reach them, so with constant watching of the Fedex tracker, I waited patiently, even though they are pretty lax about updating their shipping tracker.

Thankfully, due to my OCDness, my 10 year old PC runs perfectly fine, and I can use that to listen to music, browse the web, and chat. As well as post to my blog, which I will do right up to the point where I can get my hands on Windows 7 RTM and post my little review on that as I did with Vista. Time will tell when I can actually get my PC up and running, it's just sitting there, looking all sad and pathetic, if a computer can look as such, with a gaping hole where it's GPU is supposed to be, poor thing.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Windows 7

This might be my first pro-Microsoft post in a long time, that’s because for a long time I was disappointed with the Windows Operating System. Well, disappointed no longer, I really love what Microsoft has done with Windows 7. The OS as a whole appears very light, and agile, with comparative speeds to Windows XP, and for a new OS to have comparative speeds to an almost nine year old OS is speechless to say the least. While I still have a few remaining disappointments with Windows 7, it likely will not change my decision to get the OS and upgrade to it full time, as I already am running it full time and at this point, look forward to installing the final product.

What I’ll clear out of the way right here, I run the latest leaked builds, and I believe the best feedback for Microsoft and part of the reason Microsoft’s been able to refine their product down to this little beauty, is the blogosphere, the Windows Enthusiast Forums, and constant feedback from fans of the OS. The build I’m running is 7264, which is on the RTM branch headed towards gold code.

I’m sure anyone who has been following closely knows what the UI looks like, new taskbar, with the familiar Aero effects with minor tweaks here and there. I won’t cover much of the basic desktop UI changes, so I’ll head right to the main reason why I love this OS, it’s performance.

The above picture is of my remote desktop session into my older machine running Windows 7 7264, basic ram usage is incredible, and lower than that of it’s predecessor, Windows Vista. It scales the ram cache to ensure peak performance, but does it within reason to the maximum amount of ram found on the OS. So performance on older machines usually isn’t a worry. I set this up as a backup system allowing me to access the machine remotely in order to perform backup of system files to a dedicated partition in the computer, independent from the OS.

Another thing that really gets me, and I know this was available in previous versions, but this is my first encounter with it. Remote Desktop’s aero effects. As you can see in the above screenshot, there is no graphics card installed, as there are no S3ProSavage drivers available for Windows 7, another testament to how old the PC in question is. However, despite this setback, Remote Desktop brings in the graphics processing power of the machine viewing the Remote Desktop Connection to draw full blurred but shadowless aero effects, which is an added plus to usability of the remote connection. This remote connection was made on a local wired LAN and will surely differ for other people using Wireless or connecting via the internet.

I honestly and truly believe that Microsoft is attempting to make up for it’s past mistakes with Vista and does it quite well with Windows 7, this OS can run on such a large number of hardware configurations that any PC with at least 1GB of RAM should upgrade to this OS to take advantage of the latest Microsoft has to offer, even if you don’t get the fancy Aero effects, because let’s face it guys, XP is starting to age to the point were it’s nearly obsolete.

Friday, June 26, 2009

I’m back, dealing with Windows Headaches

First, I am the type of computer user that I want a decent experience with my OS, the OS is key and always the forefront of any computer. That’s why I used XP for so long, it had it’s faults, but I’ve been able to handle them with a decent amount of patience. Well, my experience with Windows XP has been soured by nVidia’s lack of intelligent driver support for the OS. It’s terrible, random black screens, completely broken game support, and so on. Now I find myself on the latest RTM release of Windows, which unfortunately is Vista.

Where do I start with Vista. Wow, it is quite possibly the most broken release of Windows I have ever seen, and this is coming from a person who has used Windows Me for a solid three years straight. Broken icons, broken networking, broken game support, and random crashes. Also the fact that I’m dealing with a failing cable modem, and a failing cable ISP. (Comcast)

All I want is an OS that works, an OS that actually OPERATES! Is it too much to ask to have a decent experience with my PC? What do I have to do? Go to Linux in order to have an OS that I can use? Linux isn’t the greatest OS either, and offers a worse experience than Vista, with laggy graphical support for my video card, laggy disk access, random breaks, interface inconsistencies.

At this point I’m probably going to have to start saving up for a Mac, as it appears that I am simply too demanding of my computer, and Windows is a failure of an operating system.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Windows Live Messenger + Firefox + Win 7 = fixed

According to James Ross at Mozilla’s Bugzilla, you can prevent Windows Live Messenger 2009 (14) from popping up when minimizing Firefox by throwing this very simple fix into Firefox’s About:Config

Type About:Config in your Firefox address bar, click past the warning.

Right click the list, choose New –> Boolean.

Input config.trim_on_minimize into the Window that pops up, then set it to true.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Open Search Windows 7 RC Compatibility

Well, they randomly changed the way OpenSearch works in Windows 7 RC (7100), I’ve narrowed down the problem, and I will begin updating all of the OpenSearch scripts one by one and post when they are completed.

-Update-

They are all up to date, and should work just fine in Windows 7 RC Build 7100. If the sidebar doesn’t load, which it seems to take a while doing, you can visit the link below.

 

Rant-Space’s OpenSearch Listing

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Microsoft Releases Windows 7 RC

If you’re reading this, go grab a copy. Personally I’m anxious to try out Virtual XP, the official one from Microsoft, not the one that hosed my install.

 

Download – Microsoft’s Windows 7 RC Website

Friday, May 01, 2009

It’s been a rough few..

Wow, talk about a crappy flu season. I’ve been hit with an upper respiratory  flu bug, now I got hit by a stomach flu, however that’s the only symptoms I have at the moment. I don’t know, or think I have the swine flu (H1N1 2009), but as I’m being hit that badly, I might avoid testing as to not be the first to curse the state of Maryland by possibly having the bug, despite the fact that I contracted this flu from someone who has had contact with someone from Mexico, and was stupidly sick, and stupidly studying while being sick.

Anyway, onto Windows 7 stuff, this will  be my third install of Windows 7 in the month of April. First one was a single boot of build 7077, then 7100 got released and I upgraded to that, sporked the install, and had to reinstall from the disk. Don’t let that deter you, the OS is very solid for being a release candidate, but it’s got that slight issue of being silently incompatible with some applications. Meaning if you install something, and it doesn’t complain about compatibility right away, but still remains incompatible in some respects, it could hose your install. So if you do decide to try Windows 7, BACK UP YOUR DATA! You will seriously regret it if you don’t.

I honestly don’t have any DVD-Rs available to me, so what I did, and might be a viable install option for some of you, rather than following the upgrade path. Install Windows XP, don’t update, don’t install drivers, just install that OS as a base to work off of, I installed from my Windows XP Pro SP2 disk, which took me about 10 to 15 minutes from setup to desktop. Then, on a fresh install of XP, I extracted the contents of the Windows 7 DVD by using 7zip, extracted the contents of the .iso to a folder on the desktop.

I then ran setup.exe, and chose Custom Install once it gave me that option, I then chose the partition where Windows XP is installed, and let it do it’s thing. 15 minutes later I had a full fresh install of Windows 7, with all of XP’s files sitting in a folder on the root of my drive labeled Windows.old. Delete if you’d like, its just wasting space as it’s only XP’s files.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Good job CNBC

In a CNBC Money installment where they talk about what the better value between PCs and Macs. I’ll let you guys take a look at the video, and make the decisions for yourself.












thestupiditburns

Alright, pay attention to the graphic on the bottom, this shows the prices of Software on the PC, of which I will include free alternatives that are just as good, if not BETTER.

Capture

Original ~ Alternative

Norton Anti-Virus - $50/yr(?) ~ Anti-Vir

Multimedia Software (Vague?) ~ Filehippo Multimedia

Photoshop ~ Gimp

Video Editing ~ Virtualdub

Music Software ~ Winamp

Geek Squad(Are you serious?!) ~ Neowin, AeroXP,

I list those forums because 9/10 times, posting a problem over there will result in some pretty good help. I have a half-arsed list because it’s a half-arsed argument by that toon over at CNBC. While you can’t have the same experience on a PC that you can on a Mac, being used to a PC will probably not fair you so well on the Mac side, and you’re best just sticking with a PC. If you are looking for a PC, give a website called Newegg a try, it should have what you’re looking for, with a reasonable price tag.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Freed Up Some Time

A lot of positive changes, first of all, I beat my gaming addiction to CS:Source, that was eating a lot of my time up. Upgraded to Windows 7 from Windows Vista, and I’m happy as heck with it, meaning I’m totally back into the cutting edge Windows related stuff. With my freed up time I can start writing to my blog on a more regular basis, HOPEFULLY, but not 100% on this, with some more reviews.

Trying to beat a nasty flu bug, with hammering over my head on my roof as the owner of the apartment building started finding random holes in the roof, so he goes and buys some wood, and some new tiles, and begins his work. For about five to six hours all I hear is electric saws and hammering, all with a huge migraine.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Feedback

Wow… I’m still receiving feedback from the posts about Windows Live Mail & Gmail, and Outlook 2007 & Gmail. I’m REALLY glad that it works so well for everyone and the positive feedback really helps lift my spirits. Thank you so much for leaving the feedback and letting me know that you’re all able to get it configured properly. :)

Friday, March 06, 2009

Refractor for Prism, Create Web Apps

Ever want to get to your web based services just by double clicking an icon on your desktop? Honestly that’s one of the things that I’ve always wanted out of a web service like Gmail or Twitter, being able to access it in it’s own little application, from an icon on your Windows Desktop. Well with this little Firefox add-on, now you can. You’ll need the latest non-beta release of Firefox, which at the time of writing this, is 3.0.6. You’ll also need to install a Firefox extension called Refractor for Prism.

Refractor for Prism Download

Mozilla Firefox Download

After you install Refractor for Prism, go to your Tools menu in Firefox and choose Convert Website to Application. You’ll be presented with a little dialog, there you can choose various options like making a systray icon, desktop icon and whether or not you want toolbar access in your new custom web based application. The usual option I choose is to have desktop icon access to my web application so that I can easily double click it.

As you can see the frontpage of Neowin might not be the best choice, but you’re able to choose whatever you want, there really is no limit to what you can do with this little addon, and it for me it’s certainly one of the “must install” on any new Firefox installation that I do.

(CNN Live Video Web Application created in Refractor for Prism)

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Comcast Rant Part 2

Being as I’m a jerk about high latency and problems with my ISP, hell, that’s what made me change from a terrible ISP to a better ISP, Cavalier Telephone (Which is abysmal, don’t even think about signing up with them), to Comcast (Not as abysmal). The fact that they can’t seem to figure out what’s going on, and despite a tech coming out, three phone calls, maintenance checking it out, claiming they will “Fix it tomorrow”, the problem persists. With Comcast being one of the only viable options for having an ISP aside from dialup at the moment, and even that isn’t too viable, I’m stuck, bent over a barrel.

I’ve had latency issues before with Comcast, all of which seemed to have been fixed on their own, and all about a year and a half into my subscription. How this is happening again, and where to even look for an answer to these issues is completely bewildering, and overwhelming. I’d like to consider myself tech savvy, but I will admit that I’m completely clueless to anything networking, it’s my Achilles heel. I’d be able to deal with it, if for instance, it wasn’t the fact that I play Counter-Strike Source competitively in a clan with possible TWL, CAL, even CPL perspectives. Having a high latency and an unreliable ISP is a killer combination to anything fast game play related.

So why in the hell does Comcast not train their employees to better deal with these issues? I’ve spoken with several techs and all of them tell me that they don’t have the training that high end maintenance and tech support have.

“It makes us look like idiots when we run into problems we do not know how to fix.” – One Comcast Tech

Again I’ll give it time, I’ll keep chatting with Comcast. Squeaky oil gets the grease, so says several people, including my late Grandfather. I’ll continue to write rants, posts, and info as I get them, keeps me from sitting here festering with irritation.

The Comcast Rant

I’m a current Comcast subscriber for a couple of years now, and everything’s been going pretty smoothly, until a few days ago. We’re talking latency issues, ping times shooting up into the thousands, loss of connectivity and so on. So I decided to give Comcast a call, they scheduled a tech for the next day, and he swapped out the modem, which seemed to fix the problem. That is until the next day, it started up again. Latency shot through the rough, online gaming was impossible, browsing websites became a chore.

So then I decide to go back to an earlier idea of the problem, a bad node. Come to find out that hop/node in my trace route test that reports 100% packet loss, according to a few people over at DSLReports.com, is supposed to be there. I’m thinking to myself, alright, I did a trace route test on network-tools.com, and noticed that it timed out on hop 11, right before hitting my IP/Modem. The latency difference between hop 10, and hop 12, was about 200ms. Now if it’s supposed to be there, why is it that the trace route test reports back a hundred or two ms difference in the ping, and isn’t that difference for DOCSIS 3.0, and not DOCSIS 2.0, which I’m now currently on. Oh and the kicker here, I was on DOCSIS 1.0, until they swapped out the modem, which is DOCSIS 2.0 compliant.

Don’t get me wrong, tech support is nice, and it’s nice talking to an understanding individual, even though the problem persisted. I haven’t encountered the latency drop yet today, but it’s still early, and I’m hoping that it will eventually go away on it’s own. Regardless, Comcast is looking into whether or not for sure that HOP that’s reporting a 100% packet loss should really be there or not.

Comcast is already at stretched capacity and the storm on the east coast probably didn’t help much, as other people I’ve spoken to up and down the north east, report the same problem. Will Comcast fix this? Who knows, but if it persists for over three months, I’m switching providers, maybe even going back to Verizon.

Friday, February 20, 2009

I’m not dead. :P

After that VERY Anti-Microsoft post, I went idle, hopefully it didn’t make those few readers that I do have think that I got shoved into a van with Washington State license plates and got scooted off somewhere. I’m still here, and being as I finally found a pocket of free time, I’ll get back to Twitter, and Blogger and all the little things I used to do.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Microsoft Windows, and It’s Failures

If you are currently running Windows XP, you are in a good spot, the very patched, almost, but not quite perfect OS. Vista is probably the worst Windows based OS I have ever used, and I’ve been a Windows user for quite some time, starting at Windows For Workgroups 3.11. I cannot stress how completely terrible Vista is, from the lockups, to the unresponsiveness. To the little nagging bugs, like the breaking of icons that occur not only in Vista but in 7, amongst many others.

So let me stress the fact here.. Do NOT upgrade to Windows Vista, no matter what, trust me, if you do, you will most likely run into an issue here and there. Also, that statement was meant for the “Average Joe User”, not the Beta Tester, or the Microsoft fanboys that frequent many technology enthusiast websites.

As for Windows 7, it depends on how the product is, but it's shaping up to be Windows Vista Second Edition, mainly due to the fact that very little has changed in the UI, a lot of features have been added, yes, the superbar, cool. The various addon things that save me hours of downloading and installing, it’s all packed right in, and the fact that it automatically detects and installs my Lexmak X1300 printer. I like it, but I must retract my statement from before, it’s most certainly not a new XP.

The problem that faces Microsoft with Windows 7 in my opinion, is that it reeks too much of Vista. It looks like it, it carries the same Windows Flag logo, and unless they change that at the last minute, people are going to be confused, and again, I know most of the people in the technology enthusiast community will KNOW that it’s Windows 7, and not Windows Vista Second Edition.

If you have an open mind and plenty of patience, how about you ditch Microsoft completely, and buy yourself a Mac, or if your brave enough, take a look into Linux, they have a great community, and will go out of their way to help you when you have a problem. You might not understand everything they say, but if you let them know that you don’t have a PHD in Geek, they’ll slow down and be patient with you.

Here are a few places to purchase a Non-Windows system.

Apple

Dell based Ubuntu Machines – Very VERY well priced desktops

Ubuntu – Convert your Windows machines into Ubuntu desktops.

Ubuntu has incredible hardware support and installation is very easy, if you want to get used to Ubuntu, no need to get rid of Windows. All you need to do is burn Ubuntu to a CD and run it in Windows, it’ll give you an option in Autoplay called “Install Ubuntu Inside Windows” and it’ll create it’s own isolated virtual hard drive and install Ubuntu to it, creating an entry into your bootloader for you, and installing everything for you automatically. Then when you are done with Ubuntu, simply uninstall it like a program from Windows in Add/Remove Programs.

It might be hard, but together, we can prove that there is indeed a life after Windows.

Yes I know that the details into why Vista and 7 are so bad are lacking, this was more of a ranting than a facts Vs. opinions post, I'll write more sooner or later as to what the main issues are, but if you look around my blog enough you'll be able to piece together my absolute disdain for Vista.

As for Windows 7, I do admit it's a step in the right direction, however if you glance at it, it just seems like a rush and patch up job to try and rescue their abysmal Windows product. Who knows, maybe it'll get better later down the road, but at the moment it is not convincing me to upgrade. Also another frustration is the lack of the CLASSIC taskbar, not the superbar's small icon view, but the taskbar in general. The Superbar that replaced it is cumbersome, unintuitive, and bulky. When your superbar actually fills up, with icons mind you, not just active icons, it creates this downward/upward icon infront of the system tray. Of which you must click up and down in order to switch between tasks. Now how is that any better than the regular taskbar, that managed, despite it's age, to handle many open tasks, while having a quicklaunch.

Also, I believe that Sinofsky, senior vice president of Windows, that replaced Allchin, is doing an absolute abysmal job at managing the beta. His arrogance, lack of regard for it's dedicated beta testing team, as well as sencitivity to the community only makes me want to avoid Windows products from here on out. Let me throw the rest of my professionalism out the door and say what's on a lot of people's minds when I say that.. Steven Sinofsky is a Douchebag. He came off as abrasive through his handling of the Office 2007 beta, and the lack of gratitude to the testers that took the time off, time they could be spending with their families, to bug test.

Microsoft also failed to handle the letting go of Jim Allchin very well, they left a lot of things unanswered, and perhaps he was a scapegoat for the failure of Microsoft. Windows Vista's failure was not completely Allchin's fault, and yet, he doesn't work at Microsoft anymore, mysteriously after Vista's release.

To sum it all up, I have a lot of underlying frustrations with Microsoft, and that doesn't even begin to cover most of the things that I can't even talk about, but just being able to get this off my chest without the fear of being persecuted by Microsoft for expressing my frustrations makes this rant a very special one indeed.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Current bugs in Vista that drive me nuts

1 – Highlight Newly Installed Programs lags the start menu for almost random reasons, this was reported in the Vista Beta, and placed under Not Reproducible.

Work Around

2 – Random Icons Breaking at completely random, and almost impossible to predict instances.

Bugged ~ Not Reproducible

iconbug

Fix

3 – Dual Core CPU thrashing, while Windows Defender scans in the background.

Not Bugged

Fixed by Microsoft in Service Pack 1

4 – Network & System windows showing Not Available.

Fixed by Microsoft in Service Pack 1

Izymail

Found this website while looking through that About.com:Email article on how to get Yahoo mail in Windows Live Messenger. What Izymail does is it makes Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, and a handful of other providers, compatible with POP3. Basically you register at their website, choose whether you want the somewhat limited Free Membership, or pay $1.49 a month for full featured premium services.

I haven’t had a chance to use this myself, but it looks like it could help provide users with an easy alternative to POP3 forwarding in Windows Live Mail and Outlook 2007 for web services that don’t originally support it.

 

Izymail

Use Yahoo Mail in Windows Live Mail

This is a little more complicated than using Gmail in Windows Live Mail, mainly due to the fact that you’ll need to use an application called yPOPS. I haven’t had much testing with this, because I don’t own a yahoo mail account, but this is how I think it’ll need to go. I’ll source the websites I got the info from incase further research needs to be done.

“Access Free Yahoo! Mail with Windows Live Mail Using YPOPs! (Simple and Free)

To set up a free Yahoo! Mail account in Windows Live Mail using YPOPs!:

  • Install YPOPs! and make sure it is running.
  • Select Tools | Accounts... from the menu in Windows Live Mail.
  • Click Add....
  • Make sure E-mail Account is highlighted.
  • Click Next.
  • Type your Yahoo! Mail address under E-mail address:.
  • Enter your Yahoo! Mail password under Password:.
  • Type your name under Display Name:.
  • Make sure Manually configure server settings for e-mail account is checked.
  • Click Next.
  • Make sure POP3 is selected under My incoming mail server is a ___ server..
  • Enter "localhost" (not including the quotation marks) under Incoming server:.
    • If "localhost" turns out not to work, try "127.0.0.1" instead.
  • Check your Yahoo! Mail user name (your Yahoo! Mail address minus "@yahoo.com") is entered under Login ID.
  • Type "localhost" under Outgoing server:.
  • Click Next.
  • Now click Finish.
  • Click Close. “

This was taken by C&P from About.com:Email, they have an incredible guide on setting up Yahoo Mail, on Windows Live Messenger, and further configuration instructions. Thanks goes to Heinz Tschabitscher for coming up with this incredibly clever way to use Yahoo Mail with Windows Live Mail.

If you receive an error using yPOPS complaining that it’s missing MSVCR71.dll, simply download the .dll from the website below and place it in the yPOPS directory.

MSVCR71.dll

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New OpenSearch Additions

Working on these again, will add more soon. As always, you can find my other OpenSearch scripts in the directory under Helpful Links. These are only compatible with Microsoft’s new OS Windows 7, which is now in Beta.

CNN – Now you can search the famous news website from within Explorer. (Picture Below) – CNN Website

Rant-Space – Can’t seem to find an article I wrote a while back? No problem, simply double click this to add the Rant-Space Search feature in Explorer.

DL.TV – Being a fan of the weekly video podcast from the guys over at DL.TV, I had to make this. Go check them out for up to date info from the tech from. DL.TV

Disclaimer: These searches are not endorsed by the websites that are featured in these searches, they are created for everyone to enjoy.

Rant-Space & Twitter!

If you haven’t noticed, you may need to either get your eyes checked or put your glasses on. ;) I’ve added a twitter panel on the side, which will keep people updated on the happenings of myself and the tech community. Think of it as a little news feed, you can also follow me on Twitter by clicking the “Follow Me” text.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Windows 7 Beta 1 Downloads

Direct from Microsoft.. You’ll still need to register to receive a product key, trying to figure out how to do that now, and I’ll post with instructions. Be sure to get the hotfix which fixes the .mp3 meta-data bug.

Windows 7 x86

Windows 7 x64


Product Keys

Windows 7 Beta 1 So Far

....This OS is incredible, reduced memory usage that seems to beat Windows XP, better Aero, better in-game performance, very little bugs (They are still there though. :P). Incredible responsiveness, less CPU intensive, less bloat. Running Aero and Aero Basic doesn't effect resources, in fact I still get 450MB of memory usage on my 2GB of ram, even if I'm running Classic.

This is the basic rundown of ram usage I've seen, this is with the same hardware, isn't a benchmark, but just an idea of how things are right now. These are taken when I'm just chatting on WLM and listening to music.

Windows XP idle in Classic - 350MB
Windows XP Classic Usage - 450MB
Windows XP idle with themes - 470MB
Windows XP Ram Usage - 600MB

Windows Vista idle - 650MB
Windows Vista Usage - 750MB

Windows 7 Beta 1 idle - 450MB
Windows 7 Beta 1 Usage - 550MB

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

A Few Updates…

Windows 7 Beta 1 Build – I originally wrote about how I had a hunch that Windows 7 Beta 1 that will be released to MSDN, TechNet and so on would be a different build than the leak.. I was wrong, it WILL be the same build as the leak, and Microsoft will patch the problem using Windows Update in Windows 7.

Neowin & OpenSearch – It turns out that Neowin DID publish one of my Open Search scripts, on their currently running article. In fact, it’s apparently the unofficial, official, .osdx for Neowin.net. So go download it from the listings on the right!

Windows 7 Beta 1 official release – It really is beginning to look like tonight might be the night for the release of Beta 1 of Microsoft’s highly anticipated OS. Steve Ballmer is expected to make the opening keynote speech for CES 2009 at approximately 6:30 PM PST (9:30 PM EST).

Source: Neowin

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Rant-Space 2008 Year in Review


Wow what a terrible year, anyway, here are the top visited articles of 2008…

Windows 7 6956 Review

Windows XP “Open File Location” Right Click Menu

Windows XP Windows Update Fix

Windows XP SP3 Information

Virgin Galactic V.S.S Enterprise ~ Not one of the most read articles, but I thought I’d include it due to it’s awesome factor. :D

Also, December 15th marks four years of Rant-Space! You can review other "most visited" articles by year down on the lower right hand side of this blog.

Just a hunch… Windows 7 Beta 1

This is just a hunch, and I might be proven wrong, but I don’t think Microsoft’s pool of beta testers will receive build 7000 from Microsoft. As some of you who have been following the recent developments on various other tech community websites, build 7000 of Windows 7 was leaked from a Chinese MSDN account onto various torrent networks, initially by a Chinese tracker, and then onto various other multi-national trackers.

This is the same build that featured that bug in Windows Media Player 12 which would corrupt the meta-data of an MP3 is it’s meta-data is larger. This would clip off the first 5 to 15 seconds of an MP3. Microsoft re-acted by saying that they’d release a patch for it, but then later stated that the build being released to testers will not feature this bug.

Now from what I gathered from this statement, as build 7000 is completed, that since the bug will not be in the build, that could lead to the possibility of a newer build reaching Technet and Microsoft’s private beta testing pool.

Now again this is all speculation, but hopefully I’m right, as I’m sure the testers would rather have a build that didn’t contain this bug, despite whether they use WMP12 or not.

Oh Neowin, silly Neowin

I find it funny that not even a day after I post a thread on Neowin with OpenSearch, get a lot of people excited about it, release some of my own scripts, that Neowin runs a story on it. I mean I understand it’s a new awesome technology that they totally ignored BEFORE I posted that thread on the forum. They even ignored it when Long Zheng posted his Flickr search script on istartedsomething.com.

Now I’m not whining or whatever, I just think it’s ironic, and I’m happy my thread pushed the technology into the open a little bit more, but seriously, post the thread in the news story or SOMETHING. They totally nabbed everything from the link from my thread that I provided, ignored my thread, my scripts and everything. I mean, WOW.. Goes to prove that I won’t do anything for Neowin anymore.

Monday, January 05, 2009

TechNet Set to Receive Windows 7 & More on Windows Search

Well, today is the starting date for TechNet participants to receive their copy of Microsoft Windows 7, but when it comes to beta testers, still nothing. No firm date from Microsoft, nothing but speculation, a few hard lined Windows fan boys going nuts thinking they’ll get it either today or this week. Personally, bring it on, I’m anxious to get started.

In my last post I placed a few links on there which will add in Explorer search support for those particular websites, OpenSearch was started by Brandon Live, a regular Neowin poster who works for Microsoft, and evolved into a major feature in Windows 7. Long Zheng posted a Flickr addon for it, and Brandon wrote a Deviantart one as well. I personally love this feature, as I use search a lot in Windows, and having the ability to open up Explorer and search through a website FROM Explorer would’ve been nice, but now it comes included in one of the many features of Windows 7 that’s making this out to be probably the most exciting release of Windows to date.

As of right now I don’t have Windows 7, not even the leaks, so I haven’t been able to test these search features myself and see how well it works. All I know is that they DO work due to other people testing them out for me, and not hearing any complaints about them so far. I’m coming up dry for new websites to make OSDX scripts for, but one of the things on my to do list today is to make a dedicated post for all the OSDX files I create and throw them on the bar on the side for download.

Edit ~ Link posted on the side in Helpful Links, you can download all the latest search providers for OpenSearch that I create on that link.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Windows 7 OpenSearch

One of the little known features of Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows 7. This feature will allow anyone to search various popular websites that will eventually support Microsoft’s OpenSearch from within Explorer. If you’re running a pre-release version of Windows 7, you can get a look at how OpenSearch works now by running these .osdx files on any Windows 7 build. It will add the files to Explorer and from within Explorer search the website.

This works by using Windows Live Search, which fully supports OpenSearch, and any website that either has a search itself, or features RSS.

Source

Wikipedia

Geeksmack

Arstechnica

Activewin

Neowin

Teching It Easy

If you don’t have Windows 7, no big deal, Microsoft is planning a public beta sometime in the first half of 2009.