Internet Explorer 7: Beta 2 Preview

31 01 2006

Internet Explorer 7: Beta 2 Preview checklists

    ie7 beta 2From microsoft.com:

“Evaluation of Internet Explorer 7 should start now, but the software should not be used on production systems in mission-critical environments. Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview will only run on Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) systems, but will ultimately be available for Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, and Windows Server 2003. ”

“Evaluation of Internet Explorer 7 should start now, but the software should not be used on production systems in mission-critical environments. Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview will only run on Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) systems, but will ultimately be available for Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, and Windows Server 2003. “

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Asterisk@home 2.4 released

31 01 2006

SourceForge.net:

Now with Asterisk 1.2.3.





Countdown for nasty Windows virus

31 01 2006

BBC NEWS | Technology | Countdown for nasty Windows virus

Patch early, patch often.





Google censors itself for China

27 01 2006

BBC NEWS | Technology | Google censors itself for China

Sad.





Of Storage and (not-so) Live TV

27 01 2006

I have four kids who love TV.  I have a wife who is fond of a soap or two and various documentaries.  Just over a year ago, we got our first Windows XP Media Center PC and put it in the sitting room, where it chugged along with it’s 320Mb of storage.  Twelve months later, we have a second MCE box in the den for the kids (650Mb of disk), and the sitting room box now has two external USB 2.0 disks, bringing the total storage on that box to (gets out calculator…) 780Mb.  It’s still not enough.

But what is it not enough for?

As the last year has passed, we have set more and more series to record, and watched less and less live TV.  I hadn’t noticed this until I realised recently that I hadn’t seen the news in a week!

The posting below announcing the WD 500Mb drives is nice, but I need lots of them!  I could use a HSAN (home storage area network).  We’re recording TV at a faster rate than we’re watching the stuff.  Last night, at about 11:30, I wasn’t quite ready to go to bed, and wanted to watch something about 30 minutes long, but all I could find were movies (all 2 hours and more), or tons of the kids stuff (Simpsons, Fillmore, etc.).  I ended up watching an episode of Father Ted (one of the best comedies ever).

So what am I saying?  I need loads more storage, and loads more time, or to be more selective in what I record?  No, I want to record everything I might watch.  And stuff I might never watch.  I reckon 4Tb should do for the time being.

Now, anyone have a solution?





Western Digital ships 500GB desktop hard drive | Reg Hardware

27 01 2006

Western Digital ships 500GB desktop hard drive | Reg Hardware

You can never have enough storage…especially if you use XP Media Center Edition.





January 2006 Update Rollup for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

24 01 2006

January 2006 Update Rollup for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

MCE update to fix standby and black screen issues with Update Rollup 2