Archive for August, 2007

Why does Windows Genuine Advantage care what time is it?

Friday, August 31st, 2007

I have a virtual machine that I use for nothing other than to VPN into work.  My PC is a dual core Athlon that can apparently run the two cores at different speeds, which leads VMWare to incorrectly calculate the time.  The solution to this problem, according to VMWare’s Knowledge Base, is to disable power […]

The 4-Hour Work Week

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

I just finished to listening to The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss. Although the things he proposes won’t work for everyone, it’s still a fascinating book for the ideas it contains about how to rearrange your life so you enjoy your working years more. I’ve heard the term “Deferred Life Plan” recently and it […]

Back to Mio

Monday, August 27th, 2007

I returned the Nuvi 350 GPS I bought a few days ago, and picked up a Mio C520. It was $50 more than the Nuvi, but it’s a higher-resolution widescreen device, with Bluetooth, and with all the MioMap features I found lacking on the Nuvi.  And it boots up instantly. The one feature that really […]

Xbox 360 Homebrew Progress

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Every locked piece of hardware has a community of people trying to break into it.  It’s just the way of things.  It looks like the Xbox 360’s time may be approaching: Just to be clear, the timing attack will allow you to downgrade to 2.0.1888. You can then upgrade to 4532 & run the KK […]

Mio C310x vs Garmin Nuvi 350

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Remember how I said I got the US model of the Mio C310,the C310x, a while back? Turns out that wasn’t a good thing after all. Mio has finally released an update to the Teleatlas maps that come with the C310x, but they’ve dropped support for Canada from the map set. People are upset about […]


Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

I’m playing Bioshock on the Xbox 360 (which doesn’t seem to have any of the issues PC users are reporting regarding stability), and I’m loving it, but it does have its flaws. I think the main flaw I have with it, and this is probably just misplaced expectations, is the quality of the graphics. For […]

A developer’s take on Xbox Live Certification

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Sounds like one of the developers at Llamasoft is venting a bit about the XBox Live certification process, which we’ve heard from other developers is a pain.  Here’s a view into that pain: Why this process isn’t just handled in the one interactive phase I have no idea; all I can see is that it […]

VS2005 and /MP

Friday, August 17th, 2007

After reading about multi-processor builds in Orcas and specifically how they work (unofficially) in VS2005, I had to try it out.  And it turns out that it works very well in VS2005, except when it fails completely. You can parallelize all your VS2005 builds by setting a global environment variable CL=/MP2 (or /MP4 or however many […]

XBox Media Center Update

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Here’s an interesting rumor:  A new Media Center client is in the works, but this time instead of being based on the Remote Desktop protocol, it’s based on a direct connection between Vista’s media center and a new Xbox applet, which will be downloadable from Xbox Live. This should eliminate the long delay when you […]

Gaming Google

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Wonder why internet search is so broken? Here’s one of the reasons.