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Windows Media Player 11 – Design Flaws

So, on my main desktop at home I finally installed Windows Media Player 11. Ive used it since the betas, but no on my main machine. So what I usually do is download music from the net, onto my desktop, but then copy it to my server, and let WMP find the album art and fix everything. Well, you could just specify one sub folder and have it scan in WMP 10. Seems that feature is gone ghandi in WMP11. So WTF, I have to copy the files, and either play them manually so they show up and go through each one and edit it, then update album info, or let it sit there for who knows how long WMP to scan the folder (I have like 12,000 songs right now, so its not speedy). Why did they take that feature/option out, I guess we’ll never know, but it really doesnt make sense, since now its harder to manage my library. argh :S

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Geeky/Programming

Microsoft Office 2007 Keys are on MSDN

Just noticed that the keys for Office 2007 are on MSDN, which is cool because that means the ISO’s for the final version will be on there soon. Can’t wait for that, and Vista. Its like geek xmas time 🙂

Update: Office 2007 is now on MSDN, I am downloading it now!!!

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Geeky/Programming Product Reviews

Trying new RSS Readers

This weekend I decided to try some RSS readers (web only). Currently I use Newsgator Online, so I wanted to see if there was something else out there. I exported my OPML (300 feeds) and looked for some new readers. Tried Bloglines, Google Reader and NetVines. Out of the three, Google Reader seemed the best to me, but not as good as NewsGator online. For some reason I just like it more. There are a few features that they could add, but overall its a good product. Bloglines, I just dont like the look, NetVines, i couldnt figure out how to just show my unread feeds. I’ll stick with Newsgator for now 🙂

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Product Reviews

Veign Pixeur Tool

ok, im blogging this because on every pc I install, I always install this tool but can never find the homepage. This is the coolest little color picker for windows, I use it when I want to hack colors 🙂
http://www.veign.com/download_app.asp?app=107

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Geeky/Programming

Office 2007 Beta 2

I installed Office 2007 Beta 2 – seems like some things are not there, but expected for a beta. The new categorizations are cool, but the search folder for them doesnt work. Also, RSS Feeds folder is cool, but my opml from newsgator online wont import, dont know why either. Dug through the help, but didnt find anything that said why it might not insert…but I am liking it so far..

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Life

Disappointment

I had 130$ in gift cards at Best Buy, and it was burning a hold in my pocket. So today I decided to spend it. I purchased this Fast Track USB Recording device (100$), which has the ability to take 1/4 inch input, XLR Input, and then output to RCA or 1/8th inch, or just to the pc. It is a small package, and it says it comes with some basic recording software.

Currently I use Cakewalk Music Creator 2003 and it just isn’t working for me, so I have been eyeing up Sony ACID Music Studio (70$). I decided to purchase that, and with another certificate I had, I only paid 30$ total.

So I get home and get it all set up.

#1 – I cant get my acoustic/electric guitar to record in stereo (not a huge deal – but it sucks).
#2 – Fast Track USB Takes over my sound settings when it is plugged in so it is a debacle to try to configure things.
#3 – ACID Music Studio – on the back of the package one of the features is “Live Recording” – well once you install it, that is like not even apparent. I looked it the help and it is like “it is a small feature that has minimal ability to record”, etc – what BS!!
#4 – so I decide to install the Lite recorder that came with the USB Device. All in all this has the post potential but it is alot of bells and whistles to configure.

Bottom line – I have 70 dollar ACID software which is pretty much worthless, hopefully I can find a use for it. Hopefully also when I get some more patience I will figure out the USB recording device.

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Geeky/Programming

Moving and Microsoft Betas

i am moving to a new apt tomorrow, so things have been kind of hectic lately. Cancelled my internet and phone, and right now i am “borrowing” a clearwire modem for the weekend, so limited connectivity. I have been using IE7 Beta1 for the latter part of this week and I think it is good, but still has a ways to go. MSN Messenger Beta 7.5 is sweet, voice clips are fun. The Hotmail Beta – needs alot of work! But I have subscribed to a few devs on the team and posted to their blogs with some things I am seeing. Installed Vista on seperate computer and have been playing with that.

Today I got the OneCare Live CD in the mail, haven’t had a chance to test it yet though.

And finally, I have been playing with doing a MSN Virtual Earth mashup, which is pretty intresting.

Microsoft is just coming out with new stuff so fast, it is hard to keep it all straight!

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Geeky/Programming

Microsoft Beta Testing

In the last 2 days, I have been asked to test the new MSN Messenger 7.5 and the new Mail Beta (Next version of Hotmail). What a cool oppourtunity. I am running the new Messenger, but I am still waiting for my Hotmail to transfer to the new layout, hopefully within the week.

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Product Reviews

NewsGator 2.5 Upgrade – bad!

Ok, so I get an email from NewsGator, saying I can upgrade to 2.5 from 2.0 for free, so I go for it, install it, and now it doesn’t work. They say it is because I have .NET Beta 2 installed (I have the 1.1 and 1.0 installed also). They say no fix until the end of the week.

Did they not test the release? I can’t believe they didn’t see any issues before they released it to the public.

I am kind of peeved about it as now I don’t have NewsGator on my laptop at home.

Update: after many days of fiddling with newsgator support I have decided to install version 2.0. So I install it and it works great. I am waiting to see if any new version they have doesn’t have issues. This was one of the worst upgrades I have ever dealt with!

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Product Reviews

NewsGator

Well, last week I redid my PC, and instead of installing RSSBandit, I decided to plunk down the $$ for NewsGator, so I can read my feeds in Outlook. So far so good, seems to work pretty good, and I like the fact I can sync up with the web. Im up to 108 feeds I watch.

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