Archive for April, 2009

Microsoft discusses Windows XP mode in Windows 7

April 30th, 2009 1 comment

REDMOND, Wash. April 28, 2009 — As part of the upcoming Windows 7 Release Candidate milestone, Microsoft will release a beta version of Windows XP Mode, which allows users of Windows 7 Professional and above to launch many older Windows XP productivity applications directly from their Windows 7 desktop. The Windows XP Mode stand-alone feature is specifically designed to help small businesses that are using Windows XP applications move to Windows 7. For larger businesses, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) MED-V 2.0 builds on top of Windows Virtual PC and provides centralized management of Windows XP Mode. MED-V 2.0 will be available in beta within 90 days of general availability of Windows 7.

PressPass spoke with Scott Woodgate, director of Desktop Virtualization and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) at Microsoft, to find out how this new advancement is helping ensure a smooth transition for customers planning to migrate to Windows 7.

Read the entire interview on Windows 7 Professional and Windows XP Mode. Personally, I think the ‘XP Mode’ on Windows 7 is a great thing, unfortunately some people dont (and for some of the authors points I strongly disagree with). Whilst its not included in the ‘out-of-the-box functionality’ (phrase around the office these days) you will be able to download the bits –  VirtualPC engine & a Windows XP SP3 Licensed copy if you have Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, or Windows 7 Ultimate.

The crudge of this is that, the virtualised version wont include the same security model as Windows 7, so you’ll have to have two anti-virus’s installed, but it will function much like Parallels and VMWare Fusion does on Mac.

Dont take peoples word for it, try it with the Windows 7 RC.

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Refugees in Sri Lanka, a pictorial from

April 29th, 2009 1 comment

A gallery from, the only place to get quality journalistic images (from various sources) showing the state of refugees in Sri Lanka. The Tamil Tigers need to be stopped and demolished. This is our war on terorrism, and we’ve been fighting it for a helluvah lot longer than the US. Whats more, we’re almost there.

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Two Cans: Windows Vista SP2 RTM’s

April 29th, 2009 1 comment

10685_10520_9787_windows_vista_packagingHot on the heels of Office 2007 SP2, Microsoft has RTM Windows Vista SP2 (also applies for Windows Server 2008).

This update brings:

  • Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved relevancy in searches
  • Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack supporting the most recent specification for Bluetooth Technology
  • Ability to record data on to Blu-Ray media natively in Windows Vista
  • Adds Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify Wi-Fi Configuration
  • Windows Vista SP2 enables the exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps, which allows correct file synchronization across time zones.

More changes are documented on Technet or for more information see the Microsoft Knowledgebase Article KB948465.

The Release Candidate was released in early march.

microsoftwindowsserver2008The slipstreamed versions will appear on MSDN:

Filename: 6002.18005.090410-1830_x86fre_Client_en-us-FRTMCFRE_EN_DVD.iso
Size: 3,243,413,504 bytes
SHA1: 25AD9A776503E6A583BEC07879DBCC5DFD20CD6E
MD5: 19CA90A425667812977BAB6F4CE24175

Filename: 6002.18005.090410-1830_amd64fre_Client_en-us-FRTMCXFRE_EN_DVD.iso
Size: 3,861,460,992 bytes
SHA1: AAEE3C04533899F9F8C4AE0C4250EF5FAFBE29A3
MD5: A1C024D7ABAF34BAC3368E88EFBC2574

For the moment, keep your eyes on the Technet page (currently, the page title is “New Page copied from Windows Vista SP2”). Otherwise you can download them when available:

While your reading, Windows 7 RC should be available very soon! Build you should be looking out for is, 7100.0.winmain_win7rc.090421-1700. Its worth the wait 😉

As for non-subscribers, it should be ‘out in the coming months’.

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Nick of Time: Seek Job Ad for Credit SuperHero.

April 29th, 2009 2 comments

Got an email from our old receptionist at Vividas who’s now working at Very Special Kids, a job ad from

Advertisment for a Superhero on

Advertisement for a Superhero on

It was pulled moments after, but being a guy from the internets, it was saved for future amusement. Looks like its for Dargan Financial (from title) Enjoy!

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Office 2007 Revolutions: Microsoft Releases Service Pack 2 for Office 2007

April 29th, 2009 No comments

werdMicrosoft has release Service Pack 2 for Office 2007. From the support KB article, this release contains:

Read the release notes for the full goss – a small cap:

  1. Because we relied on experts of each product to write the text belw, the phrasing throughout the table is not 100% consistent.  Some of the text simply describes a problem that was fixed by SP2, while other text describes the problem and the new behavior after installing SP2.  When reading the list below, please keep in mind that, despite the individual phrasing of each description, all of the issues listed should be fixed in SP2.
  2. In addition to the fixes listed below, SP2 contains additional changes which are less visible, but improve various aspects of the product.  This includes reducing the number of crashes, improving security, and fixing other issues that were deemed to be too specific to include in this list.

And grab from the Microsoft download page (99.3Mb)

As always, make sure you slipstream the SP2 into your existing Office 2007 distro for reinstalls later.

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Cheatings OK: (X) HTML Elements Best Practices

April 28th, 2009 1 comment

Came across a cool little gem, a (X)HTML Elements Best Practices Guide by Keryx which also has a Pdf version.

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XKCD: Swine flu

April 27th, 2009 1 comment

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Turning Japanese: Suntory ad for tea.

April 26th, 2009 No comments

There are somethings money can buy, for everything else, there’s Youtube.

I miss Japan.

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Think outside the box: Getting VirtualBox 2.x running in Jaunty

April 25th, 2009 No comments

Here’s a quick guide on getting VirtualBox 2.x running in Ubuntu 9.04.

First make sure you add the VirtualBox repositorys to your sources:

$ sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.lst

Then add the following to the top of the file:

# VirtualBox Intrepid Repository
deb intrepid non-free

The Jaunty repository should be made available soon, in the meantime the intrepid release will work. Next we need to add the Sun public key:

$ wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add –

This will download the key and add it to your keychain. Now we need to update our sources so Aptitude knows whats around.

$ sudo aptitude update

Next we need to download some build tools so we can build the kernel modules properly.

$ sudo aptitude install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)

This will download the latest build tools and the headers for the kernel your running. Next lets grab the VirtualBox distribution.

You can elect to use the Open Source Edition (virtualbox-ose)  or the Free Edition (virtualbox-2.2). Differences between the two are specified on the VirtualBox site.

$ sudo aptitude install virtualbox-2.2

Then you may find that the VirtualBox Driver may fail to install. Here is where we manually do it.

$ sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

This will stop any existing modules, remove the netfilter and virtualbox kernels, rebuild and start the modules for you.

From this point on you can use VirtualBox. Find it in Applications > System Tools > VirtualBox.

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Mythical Jaunty: Mythbuntu 9.04 is out!

April 25th, 2009 No comments

Yeap, hot on the heels of Ubuntu 9.04 being released, the Mythbuntu team has released the Jaunty Jackalope version of Mythbuntu. View the release notes and download an ISO. Dont forget to use unetbootin 🙂


  • Mythbuntu Log Grabber – This app grabs specific log files into a single area and can upload them to pastebin for easy troubleshooting
  • Auto Partitioner creates separate partitions for root, recordings, and swap (EXT3 and XFS)
  • Mythbuntu Control Centre – Used to modify settings on a Mythbuntu
    system that are not necessarily MythTV specific.
  • Weekly builds are now easily enabled/disabled via an installable package. See Weekly Builds for details
  • MythTV 0.21-fixes20403 included
  • MythNetTV 7 (and GUI) are now packaged and available in the official repos
  • The media is now mastered using the standard Ubuntu media mastering tools. This means there should be no quirky behavior such as /home/ubuntu existing on the target system after install.

Mythbuntu Testing PPA

Software and current versions as of release.

  • Mythbuntu Testing PPA now easily enabled via installable package. See Testing and Reporting for details
  • MythExport (gutsy(1.0.1), hardy(1.0.4), intrepid(2.0), jaunty(2.0))
  • MythNetTV 7 (hardy, intrepid, jaunty)
  • MythNetTV SVN259 (hardy, intrepid, jaunty)
  • MythNetTV GUI 1.0 (hardy, intrepid, jaunty)
  • Mythvideo Bulk Updater 1.14.2 (hardy, intrepid)

Known Issues

Maybe its time I upgrade Myth too.

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