Silent iPAQ

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

My trusty rw6828 SmartPhone has been sent off to get fixed, as it is suffering from the not unknown problem that the audio isn't working.

It works if you have the earplugs connected, but the only sound it makes otherwise is that the phone rings when someone is calling, but otherwise there is no sound at all.

I tried jiggling the jack to no avail.

I had to include a copy of the original invoice so our IT department can arrange for it to be serviced, and it turns out it will be a year next week since I first got it. This means it should just sneak in under warranty!

Windows Live Writer Beta 3

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Windows Live Writer Beta 3 has been released. I'm using it to post this blog entry.

A couple of nice new features.

The installer caught my eye - it installs Writer, but also lets you dynamically choose to install other programs from the Windows Live stable.

windows live installer

It also adds the ability to upload images to picasaweb when posting to blogger. So assuming that feature actually works, the above image should be hosted in picasaweb.

Microsoft Update Catalog

Friday, 17 August 2007

Ben showed me this yesterday - Microsoft have a searchable catalogue of all the updates they push out via Microsoft Update.

It lists the versions which is nice, but for some reason it refuses to run in Firefox which is a bit silly.

Latest Ralink driver refuses to install

Wednesday, 15 August 2007

I downloaded the latest driver for my wireless PCI card (a Minitar MN54GPC-RC) from the Ralink site.

However when I went to install the driver, it would crash

First I tried uninstalled the old driver, but this didn't help.

The next thought was "that has to be about the longest filename I've ever seen" - IS_AP_STA_6x_D-1.2.3.0_VA-2.0.7.0_2500_D-3.2.0.0_VA-3.2.0.0_RU-2.0.3.0_VA-1.0.15.0_AU_1.2.0.0_080207_0.1.0.24.exe

So I renamed the file, and guess what, the installer worked!

The new driver includes some extra features, though the included help file doesn't actually bother to explain what they are.

WPS doesn't seem to be relevant to me at home, and WMM looks like also requires Access Point support too. A quick search against my Billion 7402GL doesn't indicate that it supports this feature though.

Refactor!" Pro 2.5

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Developer Express have just released an updated version of their Refactor!Pro Visual Studio add-in.

I've installed the eval, and it does seem to be behaving better than the previous version (eg. it hasn't crashed Visual Studio yet!)

They've also released new versions of the free versions too:

I still can't decide between Resharper and Refactor! :-(