Tasting Dictation App (via Why, That’s Delightful!)

Brilliant! Technology at it’s best.

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Why you should never buy a Creative sound card again…

Over the years (quite a number in my case), I have purchased a large number of Creative sound cards.  Generally, I went for the higher spec ones (AWE64 Gold with extra sugar, etc).  My last purchase was in January 2007 of an X-Fi Elite Pro.  Not a particularly cheap purchase, you’ll admit, at €360.

Shortly after that, I started testing Microsoft Windows Vista, and was pretty impressed except for the lack audio driver support.  I had to accept the statement from Creative that as Vista had not officially launched, they would not provide support it.  Fair enough, you say.  Once Vista launched though, I wanted my drivers.  I still want them.  Doesn’t look like I’ll get them from Creative though, and now it seems that Creative want to make sure that I don’t get them from anywhere else.

Daniel_K is a regular in the Creative support forums who has taken it upon himself to develop drivers which Creative can’t/won’t release.  He has helped a lot of people to get Creative hardware working on Vista, but now Creative want him to stop.

Creative have, in a thinly veiled threat, told him to cease and desist, or else…don’t-touch-my-IP-or-I’ll-break-your-legs-cuz-you’re-stopping-us-forcing-people-to-buy-new-cards type of thing.

You can read it all here (currently with 1,714 replies…and heading for a quarter of a million views), but suffice to say, I personally will never buy nor recommend that anyone else buys, Creative hardware, as they just want you to junk whatever you have and buy another piece of their unsupported kit.

Message to Daniel_K – Sound Blaster – Creative Labs

Apple offering Safari to Windows users?

This mightn’t seem like too much of an issue, but having iTunes and QuickTime installed on my PC, I often get notified of updates for those products through the Apple Software Update.  Yesterday, I saw this:

safari

I have never had Safari installed on my PC (on my Mac Mini, yes), so I can’t see how I would “select the items you want to update” given that there’s nothing to update.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but if Microsoft tried this on another OS, we’d all be reading about the legal ramifications and EU competition commissioners spouting fire and the like.

Before you flame me, yes I can and did click on quit, but this update is always there and there’s no option to decline this update permanently.  I’m also sure that, buried deep in some EULA I agreed to ages ago, I gave Apple the right to do this.  It doesn’t mean I have to like it, and I don’t.

If I want Safari on my PC, I’ll go to apple.com and download it when I want it.  At this point in time, I don’t.

UPDATE:

Apparently, I can set an update to be “ignored”, but I still get this as a sly reminder that it’s not really ignored:

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Windows Home Server RTM

Thanks to www.komplett.ie (and payment of course), I got my RTM copy of Windows Home Server yesterday and installed it last night.

I’m a happy bunny now that my RC copy won’t expire, and I can get access to all my music, photos, etc. anywhere in the world via my personal homeserver.com sub-domain.

This product is going to be HUGE, maybe not with the V1 we have now, but with the suggestions being posted to MS for future inclusion (media server with multiple TV cards feeding recorded TV to local PCs, etc), watch this space.

If only I could buy shares in Home Server…

Read all the features and FAQ

Good sites to visit on WHS are We Got Served and MSWHS

Creative Drivers (or lack thereof)

I have an X-Fi Elite Pro.  I know, I’m very lucky, but I got it because of the excellent sound quality.  I had hoped that the RTM drivers for Vista (and associated apps, EQ etc.) would have been available at the lastest yesterday or today, given the public launch of Vista.

No.  The following is an extract from a moderator posting on the Creative support forums:

Due to additional requirements in the Windows Vista driver certification process, the release of the final signed drivers for the Sound Blaster range will move out beyond our initial projected date until early March. The current Beta drivers are still valid for use under Vista and are required to take advantage of the benefits of Creative ALchemy with the Sound Blaster X-Fi range to restore multichannel audio and EAX to your games. We appreciate your understanding for this change to the schedule as we work to bring you the best experience for your Sound Blaster series cards while adhering to the requirements of this new operating system.

I have my cake, but I’d like to eat it please…

WebGuide from ASCII Express

I always hated the fact that, living outside of the USA (Ireland), I couldn’t use the MSN Remote Record service to remotely set my Media Centre PC at home to record certain programs.  ASCII Express have a product I stumbled upon called WebGuide4, which not only achieves what MSN Remote Record does, but will give me access to my pictures, music, videos, download recorded tv (dvr-ms files) and will let me stream recorded TV remotely to any device, PC, Windows Mobile device, etc.

I installed the demo, and after about 17 seconds of investigating it, got out my credit card and signed up.  One of the best $15 I ever spent!