Wednesday, October 31, 2007

October 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista (Re-release)

Due to some issues that people had with the original release of the October 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista, Microsoft has re-released this update.

You can download the latest update from Microsoft Downloads. Look for the v2 in the filename to confirm that you are downloading the re-release. For those that are experiencing issues after installing the initial release, you should download and install this update.

Download links as follows:

For more information, visit the October 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista KB article (KB941229).

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Andy Murray's Car Accident in Paris

Andy Murray, a competitor at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, was with coach Brad Gilbert on Monday in heavy traffic when another car crashed into the back of their car.

"I've never been in car crash before," Murray said. "There was a lot of traffic, the driver just broke and somebody driving at about 20 kilometres per hour bumped into the back of the car. There was a pretty loud bang. My back is a bit stiff, but it's nothing serious."

Since I am one of the people in charge of event transportation for tennis tournament in Toronto, in the back of my mind, this is one of the scenarios that I fear most during the two weeks that we provide transportation services to tournament guests. Car accidents happen. You just hope that it doesn't happen during your watch, and if it does, you hope that no one is hurt. Thankfully nothing like this has happened in Toronto over the last 11 years that I've been involved with the tennis tournament (knock on wood).

Hopefully, Andy Murray is ok, and he can continue his pursuit of a berth for the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai.

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Planning decisions and their consequences

Ronald (Bo) Ward, from Clarksville, Tennessee and owner of Bo's Barber Shop, submitted an application to amend the Zoning Ordinance and Map of the City of Clarksville, for a zone change on a property at Madison Street and Liberty Parkway from R-1 Single Family Residential District to C-2 General Commercial District (Ordinance 29-2007-08).

Ward told Council that his business would go under if he could not have his home rezoned as commercial. Ward said the rezoning would increase his property value, allowing him to secure a loan to offset debt he incurred when he expanded his shop.

This application passed first reading on September 6, 2007. On October 1, 2007, the item was before Council for second reading. Council members voted to deny the second reading. This meant that Ward's application was unsuccessful. After the vote, Ward stood, walked toward the council members, told them that he was 'done' and 'out of here' and shot himself in the head with a small handgun.

This is a stark reminder of outcome of planning matters can really affect the way people live their lives. Choices that planners make, at any level, will naturally have consequences. This could hypothetically mean that a house(s) might not be built as originally designed, or that a land use(s) is not permitted (or vice versa). That said, these consequences usually do not result in people shooting themselves in the head.

For more on this story, please visit the following links:

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Intellipoint released

Microsoft has released Intellipoint for its mouse products. This software is for both 32 and 64 bit versions Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Download links (English):

Supported products in this release are the following:

  • Basic Optical Mouse
  • Basic Optical Mouse 2.0
  • Comfort Optical Mouse 1000
  • Comfort Optical Mouse 3000
  • Compact Optical Mouse
  • Compact Optical Mouse 500 v2.0
  • Intellimouse
  • IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0
  • IntelliMouse Explorer 4.0
  • IntelliMouse Explorer for Bluetooth
  • IntelliMouse Optical
  • Laser Mouse 6000
  • Mobile Memory Mouse 8000
  • Mobile Optical Mouse
  • Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000
  • Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 7000
  • Notebook Optical Mouse
  • Notebook Optical Mouse 3000
  • Optical Mouse
  • Optical Mouse by Starck
  • SideWinder Mouse
  • Standard Wireless Optical Mouse
  • Trackball Explorer
  • Trackball Optical
  • Wheel Mouse
  • Wheel Mouse Optical
  • Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer 2.0
  • Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer for Bluetooth
  • Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer with Fingerprint Reader
  • Wireless Laser Mouse 5000
  • Wireless Laser Mouse 6000
  • Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 v2.0
  • Wireless Laser Mouse 7000
  • Wireless Laser Mouse 8000
  • Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 6000
  • Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 7000
  • Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse
  • Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000
  • Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 4000
  • Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000
  • Wireless Optical Mouse 2.0
  • Wireless Optical Mouse 2000
  • Wireless Optical Mouse 5000

For other languages, visit the Microsoft Hardware Download Page.

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October 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista

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

Fixes include the following:

  • Several issues that are related to the Media Center Extensibility Platform
  • An issue that affects digital cable card components when you use Scientific Atlanta cable cards
  • Interaction issues that occur between Media Center PC and Microsoft Xbox 360 when Xbox 360 is used as a Media Center Extender
  • Autolaunch issues that occur with video CD (VCD) media
  • All fixes included in prior Cumulative Updates for Media Center for Vista (June 2007 and April 2007)

Download links as follows:

The update is also available via WindowsUpdate.

For more information, visit the October 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista KB article (KB941229).

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Media Center Extender streaming content workaround if your router is dropping UDP packets

For Vista Media Center, Microsoft introduced some changes to how Extenders communicate with the host computer. One of these changes is the use of UDP data packets for Extender communication with the host computer. Some routers drop these packets, leading to the inability of the Extender to properly communicate with the host machine.

If this was what happened to you, up to now, there really was no real workaround except to hope that an updated router firmware version would fix this. With the new Extender software update, there is now a new workaround which will get around this issue.

  1. Download the appropriate Extender software update (KB938126) for your system (32 bit or 64 bit)
  2. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  3. Click Continue when prompted for permissions to run reg edit
  4. Locate and then click the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaCenterPeripheral\
  5. Click on the MediaCenterPeripheral key.
  6. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click String Value.
  7. Type MFNETSOURCE_DISABLE_UDP and press Enter.
  8. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  9. Type 0 in the value box, and then click OK.
  10. Quit Registry Editor.

The usual caveats apply with the registry editing. Before you modify the registry, it is recommended that you back it up and understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

Thanks to Todd Bowra, a member of the Microsoft eHome Team, for posting this information in the Media Center newsgroup.

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Updated Extender software for Vista Media Center

Microsoft has released updated Extender software for both x86 and x64 versions of Vista Media Center.

This looks to be the RTM of the new PC side extender software that is needed for the upcoming Extender devices that are expected to be released for this holiday shopping season.

A brief description of the software can be found at the the respective download pages for both 32 and 64 bit Vista Media Center platforms, which simply states that one should "Install this update to enable new types of Windows Media Center Extenders, such as digital televisions and networked DVD players, to connect to the Windows Media Center PC."

While there are no v2 Extenders that have been released yet, there may be some benefit to those who are currently having connection issues with the Xbox 360, as I would expect some bugs to have been fixed via this software. Therefore, if you have an Xbox 360 and are experiencing issues, try installing this to see if it helps. If you plan on purchasing an Extender (Xbox 360 or one of the new v2 Extender devices), the choice is yours as to whether you want to install this update now, or wait until you actually have the Extender in your hands. If you don't have any plans to purchase an Extenders at all, then obviously, this update will be of no benefit to you.

Download links as follows:

Unfortunately, further information has not been released about this update via its associated KB number (KB938126), but when it is released, more information will be available there.

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