Sticky taped

Monday, 18 August 2008

Taped I obviously haven’t been as productive as my ABB colleagues thought I should be, so they kindly taped up my mouse – presumably to encourage me to use the keyboard more.

I’m not sure what they’re saying by taping up my phone and my chair though.

Or maybe things just got extra silly on Friday afternoon after I left :-)

Teracopy

Friday, 15 August 2008

I saw this tool mention in a LifeHacker post last month and thought I’d try it out.

Copying large (or lots) of files with Windows Explorer can be an interesting experience, but Teracopy improves on this quite a bit.

I like it.

Compiling the NHibernate 2.0.x branch

Thursday, 14 August 2008

I downloaded the latest code for NHibernate 2.0.x from the Subversion repository.

When I ran nant to build the code, it was displaying a whole bunch of errors as soon as it got to the Iesi.Collections.Test project:

NH2.0.x-branch\src\Iesi.Collections.Test\Generic\HashedSetFixture.cs(7,7): 
error CS0246: The type or namespace name 'NUnit' could not be found (are you missing
a using directive or an assembly reference?)

Turns out because I’m using a current nightly build of nant, it defaults to .NET 3.5. Forcing it to use .NET 2.0 (using the –t argument) seems to do the trick. eg.

nant -D:with.core.only=true -D:skip.tests=true -t:net-2.0

Error installing SQL 2008

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

I just had the following error appear near the end of installing SQL 2008 management tools:

The following error has occurred:

Unable to get installer types in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Binn\Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.PSProvider.dll assembly.

Not sure what that means.

Finishing the Home Theatre PC

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

You might recall that I discovered one of the hard disks I’d purchased for my HTPC was defective. It was sent back, but I’ve had to wait for a replacement to arrive. It finally came in, and on Saturday I picked it up along with the Shintaro Wireless Keyboard.

As an interim measure, I’d installed everything on the WD 1Tb drive, but now I could use the Seagate drive as the system disk (Operating System, etc) and leave that 1 Terabyte of space for recording data.

While I had the case open, I also took the opportunity to remove the extra video card (my experiment with composite video had failed, and the onboard video should be more than adequate).

I then re-installed Vista onto the new drive (which pleasingly was noticed immediately by the BIOS – no problems this time!)

As it was more than a month since the original build, I checked to see if any new drivers were released:

I thought I’d be clever and configure the Free*EPG TV Guide settings before starting up Media Center, but that didn’t seem to work. After I’d gone through the Media Center configuration process and then closed MCE, I ran the Free*EPG tool again and things went better.

Everything was up and running again.

Shared media

I’ve heard about Media Centre Extenders, but never saw anything about how MCE can talk to other regular Windows machines. Well it turns out it is quite simple. You can point MCE to a network share in the Library settings, and then  you can browse all your digital photos and listen to your CD collection remotely.

Add-ins

I also wondered if there were any interesting add-ins for MCE. There’s quite a list mentioned in the Media Center forms on The Green Button.

I’ve installed the following to start off with:

TVTonic comes with a whole lot of channels to choose from, but you can also add your own custom RSS feeds to the list. I added the feed for dnrTV, and it worked straight away.

A quick warning though – don’t forget that you’re downloading all that video, and like me you might discover that’s a great way to use up almost all of your broadband quota for the month! At least Internode are responsible and send you warning emails when you’re getting close to the limit. We normally don’t get anywhere near the 10Gb a month limit, so this is something I’ll need to monitor.

It does raise an idea for my own MCE add-in – A Media Center Usage Meter for Internode. Now just to find the time to do it!