Scott Hanselman

1990 called, they want to their software back

January 2, '07 Comments [36] Posted in Musings
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This was a silly thing to do, but I noticed this message on a private mailing list I subscribe to:

Is there a [good] deal for PC Anywhere? One of my clients needs me to have it

and I just had to respond:

Ya, and I need a copy of QEMM. Got a few TSRs I need to load into the UMB. Oh, and Stacker 2, my RLL 50meg Winchester Drive is filling up with Borland’s new TurboVision headers.

And since my own dorky response made me chuckle out loud, I thought I'd share.

What archaic (meaning: older than like 2 years ;) ) software does your workplace force you to use? Discuss.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Beta Rev Disk Drivers for Windows Vista

January 2, '07 Comments [5] Posted in Musings | Tools
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I have a love/hate relationship with my Iomega Rev Drive. I love the drive, but I hate Iomega.

The drive hasn't worked in Vista since I upgraded due to lack of drivers, and that's cramped my backup strategy. However, I noticed today beta drivers for Vista up on their incrediblycraptastic support site.

Here's the direct links so you don't have to futz around. Good luck.

It's a great little piece of hardware, the Rev Drive, it's just got yucky software because they choose to make it look like a UDF (DVD/CD) device, rather than a removable hard drive (which would have been my preference.)

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Last Post of 2006 - Best Of

January 1, '07 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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CIMG6216We're getting closer and closer to 2010, and it's tripping me out. This is the last post of 2006. Here's some of the things I felt good about this year in no particular order. Also, here's the complete archive of 2006 posts for this blog in calendar form.

Sure, this is just a list of links, but it's the posts that I thought were the best out of the hundreds I ended up posting this year. Hope next year is fantastic for you and yours.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Arusha Tanzania 2006 - Trip Rollup, we're back

December 31, '06 Comments [3] Posted in Africa
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Ngorongoro Hanselman Panorama SmallWe're back from another African trip. Mo and I try to go each year, or at least every other. This trip was unique in that we went to Tanzania, rather than South Africa (iGoli) or Zimbabwe like we usually do. This necessitated learning some kiSwahili and was more of an adventure than going to the places we're used to. It was also special because it was my parents first time out of North America - the first major passport stamp for them (Mexico and Canada don't count, IMHO).

Here's a collection of photos from the trip and a listing of the posts from my informal travel diary that were posted as the trip went along:

Feel free to check out the Africa category (paging controls at the top) for our other trips to South Africa, Morocco and Zimbabwe.

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HD-DVD Player for Xbox 360

December 31, '06 Comments [5] Posted in Reviews
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The whole HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray thing is so ridiculous. That we didn't learn from the VHS vs. BetaMax fiasco and are doing it again just kills me. Of course, some folks think the battle is more like the DVD-Audio vs. Super Audio CD (SACD) wars (skirmish?) where neither won.

Personally, I think HD-DVD will eventually win. Not because of technical superiority (it's not) or cheapness (it's cheaper so far to buy and produce) but because of one simple thing. The name. HD-DVD says what it means. Blu-Ray? Huh? People like simple Acronyms. Also, Sony is coming off as a little snooty in this whole thing.

Anyway, enough of that nonsense, here's what's up. My Christmas gift this year was an HD-DVD Player for the Xbox360. It's US$199, but it comes with an HD-DVD copy of King Kong as well as the larger-sized XBox 360 Remote Control, which is nice. The drive also is a USB Hub adding two USB ports to make up for the one in the back it takes away from your Xbox.

Here's the worst part about HD-DVD. Once you've seen a movie you love in HD-DVD, you'll be unable to tolerate a DVD. I did a test on my wife, on 37" LCD from 10 feet away, she immediately noticed the difference between the DVD version and the HD-DVD version, and she's not one who typically noticed these things. It's like getting new glasses - You're ruined without them.

Yes, the picture is amazing, and I'm only watching it in 720p. I'd need to get a Sharp Aquos 1080p TV to get any better. But the picture is just part of it, there are subtle things like being able to access the main DVD menu without stopping the playback. There's 7.1 lossless audio. There's picture in picture multiple-video stream extras. I've got Superman Returns, Batman Begins, Serenity and King Kong and they are truly excellent in every way.

One other cool thing. You can use the HD-DVD Player on both Windows XP and Windows Vista. XP requires drivers, Vista doesn't. WinDVD8 apparently plays HD-DVD movies, a Vista doesn't support HD-DVD out of the box.

Ah, one OTHER cool thing. Apparently more and more HD-DVDs (like Superman Returns) are "combo DVD/HD-DVDs" with DVD on one side and HD-DVD on the other. That is pretty slick and if I understand correctly, unique to HD-DVD. That would make me more likely to use HD-DVD if it's true.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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