:: Thursday, September 02, 2004 ::
That's the overall number of Windows PCs that Canadian firm AssetMetrix determines will have problems after installing WinXP SP2. More from this BBC article.
From Fred Langa's newsletter today, I found that you can order a copy of the SP2 on CD for free from Microsoft and they even pay for the shipping. 4-6 weeks delivery. That's probably enough time for everyone to get enough knowledge on what is going to happen when they install it. And hey, if your machine does become pooched down the road and you reinstall the OS, you have SP2 right there to use without being online and waiting. Good for you dial up folks too... Get it here. As part of the shipping info they want a phone number - if you are shy, a local movie phone line or similar number might do, and an email address - which they sent the confirmation info too. I used my Hotmail. I figure, they have it already, right? :)
And on a related note, via Red's Seriously Misunderstood, I found this link to MSKB article 842242 titled: "Some programs seem to stop working after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2." Read it. Red: I'm glad the pilot is over: now go make some cash-o-rama. Nice pics too! :)
What video games can teach you
Life lessons learned via playing video games. There is some good points there in this post from Amanda.Murphy's Weblog.
Free Family Tech Support
We all do it. We act as the resource for our families and friends for tech support. I have offered advice and troublehot my uncles on apps that won't run in Madrid, Spain and printers that don't print certain colours - that even after calls to HP and drivers installed did nothing - in Naples, Florida. I have provided steps on how to open stubborn attachments to family in New Zealand, and offered suggestions on malware removal to friends in Toronto.
To save us the headache of doing lots more of this than is absolutely necessary, why not take a proactive approach. Just make sure we remind them to update and back up and so on. More from a new read I found: Julie Lerman's blog
The Official Longhorn release
And Here is the official press release from Microsoft that they made on Friday when they announced the Longhorn delays and such.
Makes sense that Microsoft has an official press page - they call it Press Pass. Sure there is spin and such. That is to be expected, but where else would journalists who don't have inside contacts of any magnitude get the 411 on the official word from Redmond. It's where I learned about tomorrow's release of WMP 10 - Windows Media Player 10.
Creative Zen touch
An ipod contender for the Windows side? Creative has come out with their 20GB Zen Touch MP3 player. I have one of their Nomad Zen's and it is great. This one is $260USD and will likely be much more here. But it looks sweet in this video from cNet. Rest of the review here. found via engaget. A theoretical 24 hour battery life.
Round mega monitor
Imagine playing your favourite game with this monitor rig called VisionStation by Elumens. Doom3 would scare the crap out of you for sure.
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