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In less than 5 hours - Windows Server 2012 Arrives

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

windows-server-2012-launch-day

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This copy of Windows is not activated.

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Been changing some VMware hardware, on some Windows Servers hosted on VMware vSphere, and this error popped up!

Virtual hardware on virtual servers of course!

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Microsoft Windows XP Professional 3 - too many wizards

Monday, February 20th, 2012

I was having a discussion with my Nephew, which mentioned Microsoft Windows XP Professional 3, I think he was referring to Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3, which turned into a conversation about Microsoft Patches and Updates for Microsoft Windows XP Professional. Since Service Pack 3 to date (20 February 2012), there have been 116 High Priority security updates and patches. (if you include all the Internet Explorer updates and patches).

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My personal favourite Microsoft Windows OS is Windows 2000 Professional, I’ve only just got used to Windows XP Professional, too many wizards, and I’m not referring to Harry Potter!

Security Patches and Updates will continue for  Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service  Pack 3 (SP3) until  April 8, 2014.

See here

support-for-windows-xpSo, there’s no need to rush for that Windows 7 computer just yet……

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Microsoft Cloud Power in Japan!

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Cloud Power - Microsoft advertising in Japan

Cloud Power - Microsoft advertising in Japan

I spotted this on the Shinkansen (bullet train) in Japan in March! When was the last time you saw a nicely framed advertisement on a British Train! (and this was not in First Class!)

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Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008: R2 testing in VMware Workstation 7.1.4

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Carrying on the nested hypervisor theme from the other day, when I tried VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi), free download from VMware, on VMware Workstation 7.1.4, as it’s becoming common place for vendors to allow the use of Hypervisors for free, I downloaded the Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008: R2 hypervisor for free to also try in VMware Workstation 7.1.4.

Here are the results

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008: R2 installs correctly, and looks like it’s going to function, but then Whoops, cannot power on any Virtual Machines!

Well these are the results I would expect from installing Hyper-V in a VMware Workstation 7.1.4 virtual machine, as often nested hypervisors do not function correctly. I just thought I would prove this.

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Hidden information on some Music Compact Discs - HDCD

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

The next time your browsing through your compact disc music collection, assuming you still purchase or collect compact discs, have a look for the HDCD symbol on the back of the compact disc box, or on the sleeve notes.

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HDCD - High Definition Compatible Digital, or HDCD is a patented encode-decode process, now owned by Microsoft since 2000, that improves the audio quality of standard Redbook audio CDs, while retaining backward compatibility with existing Compact disc players.  Not to be confused with SACD (Super Audio CD), it can only be dedoced on some compact disc players that have HDCD support.

HDCD encodes the equivalent of 20 bits worth of data in a 16-bit digital audio signal by using custom dithering, audio filters, and some reversible amplitude and gain encoding; Peak Extend, which is a reversible soft limiter and Low Level Range Extend, which is a reversible gain on low-level signals. There is thus a benefit at the expense of a very minor increase in noise.

But since 2000, Microsoft acquired the company and all of its intellectual property assets and included the technology in Microsoft Windows Media Player.

Windows Media Player 9, 10 or 11 running on Windows XP and Windows Media Player 11 running on Windows Vista or Windows 7 are all capable of decoding and playing HDCDs on personal computers with a 24-bit sound card installed.

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Media Player 9 indicates the presence of an HDCD by enabling the logo in the control bar at the bottom of the application window.

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This was changed in versions 10 and 11; if an HDCD is inserted into a compact disk player with WMP 10/11 running, the HDCD logo appears only if the HDCD feature is disabled. So again, the HDCD logo only appears if you’ve got it disabled.

To enable HDCD decode on Windows Vista and Windows 7 you need to enable it. Select Tools/Options/Devices/Speakers in Windows Media Player

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Does it sound any different, well you have to test it and find out!?

I’ll blog in another post, how you can re-rip all your CDs including this new detailed information!

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One hell of a Mail Loop!

Friday, February 12th, 2010

I’ve been changing some mail records on DNS systems, and I got a mail bounce… It’s no wonder why I didn’t receive the email!
Diagnostic information for administrators:
Generating server: bigfish.com
username@company.co.uk
TX2EHSMHS015.bigfish.com #554 5.4.6 Hop count exceeded - possible mail loop ##
Original message headers:
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2010 19:36:15 +0000 (UTC)
X-SpamScore: 2
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X-Spam-TCS-SCL: 6:0
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Puzzled!

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 didn’t fix my operating system fault issue. Still scratching head…

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i broke it!

Monday, April 6th, 2009

okay, I’ll come clean, I broke it. In messing with the mysql tables, I must have removed the Page, that is used to display the “posts”. It took me a while to find the issue this evening. I thought it was performance related, and was going to pull wordpress, I only want to upgrade, because I thought it may be quicker, than the older blog software. I’ll carry on testing, but still have issues converting and importing the old data. I may have to export the data, hand convert on a wintel platform, convert all the data, because I think what I’m trying to do, is beyond the access controls I have over the hosted mysql database.

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Sturisoma Aureum Day Six

Sunday, November 6th, 2005

Sturisoma Aureum eggs Still not hatched yet, but the eggs are very dark, almost black, so any day now, eggs can take up to eight days to hatch.

With the amount of rain we’ve had, I’m surprised the fish house has not floated away this morning.

Here’s a temperature graph of the fish house temperature and outdoor temperature plotted from Bonfire Night.

Temperature Graph

You can clearly see from the graph, when I relocated the external temperature probe outside the fish house. Someone left the lights on all night! Hence the fish house temperature is 26 degC, which is very high over night. The graph is produced with Microsoft Excel, but the PCtemp application logs to a *.CSV file for import into Microsoft Excel. In the future, I’ll maybe create an chart of temperature on this site (another project!).

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