Wednesday, June 27, 2007

June 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista

Microsoft has released the June 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista.

Included in this update are previously released update files, such as the following:

  • 929011 Windows Media Center does not correctly configure a combo TV tuner that supports both ATSC and NTSC signals on a Windows Vista-based computer
  • 932753 When you resize the Windows Media Center window in Windows Vista, video playback may stop
  • 932818 April 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista
  • 931967 You cannot hear the audio in Live TV or on a DVD in Windows Media Center after you wake a computer that is running Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate

Additional issues resolved by this update in addition to the above include:

  • Several fixes for the Media Center Extensibility Platform
  • An update to the Digital Cable Card component to provide better support for interaction between the digital cable tuner, the CableCARD, and Media Center

To download the updates, you can either visit Windows Update or manually download the files here:

For more information, see the Cumulative Update's Knowledge Base article (KB935652).

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Ride for Heart 2007 Personal Stats

Here's some Ride for Heart numbers for me (perhaps more for my own records, but if anyone is interested...):

  • Start to Finish time (50 km) - 1h 47m 39s (~ 27.86 km/h average speed);
  • Time spent waiting for parking - 7:13 am until 7:54 am (41 minutes);
  • Start to Gardiner/DVP ramp (approx 7.2 km)- 15m 07s (~28.7 km/h average speed);
  • Start to York Mills (25 km) - 57m 30s (~ 26.0 km/h average speed);
  • York Mills to Finish (25 km) - 50m 9s (~ 30.0 km/h average speed);
  • Maximum recorded speed - 48.1 km/h;
  • Total number of pedal rotations - ~6260 +/- 10;
  • Total Donations - $240 ($175 online, $65 offline); and,
  • Team Members (including myself) - 11 (10 bikers, 1 rollerblader).

Based on these numbers, I don't understand how I did the second half of the ride about 2 minutes slower than in 2006, especially since Warren and I were clipping in the high 30 km/h range on the Gardiner (at times, we were even maintaining 40-41 km/h). Despite this, I was happy that I made it to York Mills about 15 minutes faster than last year. Looking ahead to next year, I hope to improve my time to at least the 1h 40m mark, and perhaps even get it closer to 1h 35m. Alternatively, I might try the 75 km route.

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Ride for Heart Toronto 2007

I just got home from the Ride for Heart, the annual event held by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Luckily the rain held off, so despite the overcast skies, I think most people enjoyed the ride. I was able to complete the 50 km course in 1:47:39 or so, which was in-line with my goal that I had stated in a prevous blog entry (Anyone interested in forming a Ride for Heart group?). Thanks to Warren, who set a good pace for me (even though I know he was holding back) and also for waiting for me at the York Mills rest stop (he had beaten me there by about 10 minutes).

I hope everyone on my team had a great time (Andrew, Neil, Leon, Vince, Joe, Warren, Irene, Greg, Michael and Crystal). Also, last but not least, thanks to everyone who helped me make it to my fundraising goal of $200 (Alfie, Annie, Catherine, Elizabeth, Gabe, Kate, Laura, Lindsay, Nixon, Polly, Shawn and Tiff). I actually ended up raising $240 so once again, thank you to all of you.

I hope to do this again next year, and hopefully get even more people involved. I think the event is a lot of fun, and it helps to raise money toward a great cause that many people have been touched by. I know it's early, but if you are interested, let me know!

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