Posts Tagged ‘Tech’


Windows 7 / Microsoft

October 24, 2009

I have been running Windows 7 now for a few weeks after getting a TechNet Plus subscription. This was the cheapest way for me to upgrade all of my machines. I like windows 7 a lot and have no major issues with it however I will say I never had any major issues with Vista either.

On to what this post is about its me have a good old whinge basically but what the heck sometimes its good to have a whinge 🙂

  1. The upgrade pricing for Windows 7 is too high when you consider the current economic environment. It would have cost me over $AU1500 to upgrade all my machines hence the TechNet subscription.
  2. Microsoft Australia provided no low pre order pricing as happened in other markets and at this stage have not committed to having a family pack license for Windows 7. The loyal windows user was treated with disdain it was only if you bought a new machine or bought a copy of Vista in the 3 months leading up to its release you could at least get a low cost upgrade but the loyal user was just asked to bend over and take it. In general the marketing and pricing of Windows 7 in Australia has been pathetic.
  3. Vista Ultimate users – Microsoft raised the cost of the upgrade on this and as part of the upgrade you lost any Ultimate extras you may have had. You couldn’t upgrade to another version of Windows 7 you were stuck with Ultimate. Ask Microsoft about this and all you get is silence. Very bloody poor Microsoft.
  4. Minor niggle this one but a niggle all the same. Windows Media Player 12 like previous versions has no support for Podcasts. There is a half assed RSS method of getting podcasts but compared to getting them in iTunes its pretty much in the dark ages. I however has used WMP11 as my main music/podcast player in Vista and loved the WMP toolbar that you could anchor on the right of the taskbar. This is missing in WMP12 in windows 7 and is a PITA. It made me go back to using iTunes as my music/podcast player as it has a toolbar.
  5. I am not a fan of the new taskbar (in fact I have set it up so it behaves like it did in XP/Vista and restored the quick launch bar) it comes across as Microsoft trying to make their own Apple Dock something which I am not a fan of either.

That’s about it like I said nothing major just a good old whinge.

Currently listening to : When All Is Said and Done – Toni Childs (from the “Keep the Faith” album)


Xbox360 support is pathetic

May 23, 2008

I have owned a Xbox360 for about 8 months now and haven’t had a problem with it. Its stored in a very well ventilated area and is kept dust free.

Anyway the other day I was playing Forza2 and towards the end the display started breaking up. I dint think to much as it went away and I turned off the unit as I had finished playing. A few hours later I tried to start and I get 1 red light and a E74. I looked up the error on Microsoft’s site and went thru all troubleshooting (different cable, removed HDD and unplugged from network).

Next step was to get onto the website and check my warranty. After registering I am informed by the site that my warranty has expired. WTF!!! when I went to school 8 does not equal 12.

I attempted to call the support line and after being in hold for 20 minutes without answer I hung up. I then decided to contact support from the website.  Talk about inept. You ask basic questions and you get an totally unrelated and pointless answer. I may as well written about growing grass for the amount of attention they seem to pay. Its just not 1 occasion its been 4 at this stage. I feel like I am banging my head against a brickwall the support is absolutely hopeless. I have tried to call them 2x since and both times given up after a long period on hold and call back well lets just say I am still waiting

At this point I have gone out an ordered a PS3 because regardless what ends up happening with the Xbox I have had enough of this pathetic incompetent support.

Update: several more email and load of pointless answers. Picked up the PS3 today and all is going well.

Update 2 : 17 emails this weekend from support and not a straight answer amongst them. At least they are consistently pathetic.

Update 3 : 10 more emails and still not a straight answer or any attempt to actually help. XBOX360 support is beyond useless

Update 4: a list of the support ticket numbers  I could find


My advice would be to avoid the Xbox360 like the plague and get a PS3 instead. Once microsoft have your money thats when support stops being useful.

Update 5: Vincent called today and left a voice message (it was 11am and I was at work so why they would call at that time I have no idea). He wanted details of my problem that I have detailed several times already to support. The level of "patheticness" shown by support continues to amaze me.

Update 6: Vincent called again today he obviously has no concept of time as it was nearly 2pm and again I was at work.

Update 7: Still going. Dont really care about the xbox anymore which is much the same attitude Xbox support has towards customers.


Random Stuff and Rants

May 21, 2008
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Ok this post isn’t about anything in particular just my thoughts on some things. Some good and some bad.


Like many I am an occasional vistor to It constantly amazes me the amount of lists and pointless headlines exist. For example as I look at Digg now I see

  1. Top 10 Fights in Movie History
  2. Seven things we want from the Hobbit
  3. 8 Diets That Will Make you Sh*t your Pants
  4. Top 10 Animated Videos From Radiohead’s In Rainbows Contest
  5. 10 Strangest Names EVAR (this ones both a list and misleading and misspelled – the EVAR part is pointless and sounds like a excited 10 year old.
  6. 5 Giant Holes That Devoured Everything Around Them [pics]

thats only a example from the first 2 pages.  Headlines with “Best Ever” and  “Must See” seem to exist in abundance and I am pretty sure none of them are the “best ever” or I must see other ones.  Those sort headlines just scream of idiots trying to attract attention to themselves and apparently the population of idiots is enough to get them to the front pages on digg. I just ignore those items for the crap they generally are.


It amazes me (when  I should really know better) the amount of pointless comments that are posted on forums and places like youtube. With TV shows you get the constant “the new ones are not as good as the old ones” without offering any reason why except their  “expertise” . You also get the comment (mainly on youtube)  “That was crap” or “that wasted x minutes of my life” or “I could do better”.  Here’s a clue people if you don’t like something don’t spend x minutes watching it you are free to look and listen to other stuff and if you can do better either put up or shut up. I realise alot of these are mindless trolls but they ruin the experience for everyone. Of course you are free to criticise contributors but if you do at least make it constructive and well thought out. “You suck” doesn’t qualify and either.

Ebay forcing Australians to use Paypal

Ebay in Australia have decided that from Jun 17 all sellers must use paypal in a majority of cases.  Ebay claim this is for buyer protection but I suspect it is more to grab more fees. Guess who owns Paypals. I would encourage all Australians to look elsewhere at places like that treat their customers with some respect something which ebay has trouble doing.

Read article at APCMAG


What I Use

November 9, 2007

After reading the post on the Vista team blog I pointed a comment to this blog to show what computer equipment I use. Reading it just now I realise that it is missing some details so I will give a clearer idea of what I use. I will update this this as things change.

My Main PC

  • O/S – Vista Business (32 bit)
  • Processor – Intel Core 2 Duo – 6600 @ 2.40GHz
  • Memory – 3GB
  • Video – Nvidia GeForce 8600GT – 512mb
  • HDD – 1 x 120GB SATA (Primary) – 1 x 500GB SATA
  • DVD/CD Combo reader/writer
  • Memory Card reader
  • Monitors – 21″ Samsung 215tw(1680 x 1050) – 24″ Dell (1920 x 1200)
  • Keyboard & mouse – Logitech MX3200 wireless
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
  • Altec Lanseng 621 Speakers
  • External USB 200G HDD used for Backup

    This was built by me and lives in a Antec Case


  • Acer TravelMate 4234WLMi
  • Core 2 Duo T5600 / 1.83 GHz – Centrino Duo
  • RAM 1.5 GB
  • GeForce Go 7300 Video
  • O/S Vista Business (32 bit)


Canon Pixma ip5000

Portable Music Devices

Ipod 80G Black Classic using – Shure SE210 Sound Isolating Earphones (Black)
Ipod Nano 2nd Gen 2GB – Using ER-6 earphones

I use WIndows Media Player as my main jukebox but rip CDs and subscribe to podcasts via Itunes. All music tracks are mp3 format.

Digital Camera

  • Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi)
  • Twin lens kit (18-55) & 75-300
  • Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 Lens
  • BG-E3 Battery Grip

Game Consoles

  • Nintendo Wii
  • Sony PS3
  • Xbox 360 Pro  – currently serving as a paperweight (avoid this console at all costs)
  • Wireless Steering wheel for Xbox

Software (Not all listed just the main stuff)

  1. Office 2007 Home and Student
  2. Outlook 2007
  3. FireFox
  4. Dreamweaver CS3
  5. Visual Studio 2005 – Standard Edition
  6. Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2
  7. WIndows Live Writer
  8. Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0
  9. ImgBurn
  10. NOD32 – AntiVirus