Up until yesterday, I’ve resisted installing the OEM version of Roxio that came bundled with my Dell Optiplex GX620 workstation, as I found the combination of the inbuilt CD/DVD burning along with ISO Recorder handled all my requirements.
I was putting together a backup of my Documents and latest PST file, and there must be something funny about the files, but both the latter solutions croaked on them.
The problem with installing Roxio is that the installer blows up with an error saying you must be an administrator to install the product.
In desperation, I followed these steps to enable the builtin Administrator account (it is disabled by default on a clean install of Vista). I did have to update the local policy too.
I then logged in as the Administrator account (using runas didn’t work), and the install proceeded happily.
The Roxio media has a date of 2005, and the “About this Software” dialog lists the following versions:
Module Name: Roxio Creator Plus - Dell Edition Build: 2.4.32a Serial Number: SC-204B28D Copyright: Sonic Solutions 2005
Module Name: PX Engine Build: 2.2.54a, 68 Copyright: Sonic Solutions 2004
Module Name: Roxio RecordNow Audio Version: 2.0.4 Build: 204B28C, RCP Serial Number: CQDKR2PD6YT5KBYHS Copyright: Sonic Solutions 2004
Module Name: Home Copyright: Sonic Solutions 2004
Module Name: Roxio RecordNow Data Version: 2.0.4 Build: 204B37C, RCP Serial Number: CEEWK9329SNNFA84H Copyright: Sonic Solutions 2004
Module Name: Launch Backup Build: 204B37C, RCP Copyright: Sonic Solutions 2004
Module Name: Roxio RecordNow Copy Version: 2.0.4 Build: 204B28D, RCP Serial Number: CUY8FVJQ32XQJBRJB Copyright: Sonic Solutions 2004
Even though it is a few years old, the good news is that it was able to burn the files successfully.
I also tried running the “Check for Updates..” option, but either there are no updates or the updater can’t find it’s way through our proxy here at work.
As I mentioned previously, my iPAQ has been sent off to get its audio fixed.
It doesn’t have any telephony functionality, but you can write notes on it, and most importantly play a version of “Pop the Balloons” (aka the Balloon Breaker game).
Battery life is very good too :-)
It lets you edit CSS and see the results live in embedded IE and Firefox browser windows.