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Archive for March, 2010

End of Support for Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista RTM – Windows Vista Team Blog – The Windows Blog

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/03/09

Starting 20100713, these products are no longer supported by Microsoft:

  • Windows 2000 (with or without any SP)
  • Windows XP SP2 (XP RTM and SP1 were already “end of support”)
  • Windows Vista RTM

For XP: Upgrade to SP3.
For Vista: Upgrade to SP1 or SP2.

More details: End of Support for Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista RTM – Windows Vista Team Blog – The Windows Blog.

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Windows 7: getting TomTom HOME and my x7500 and to work together

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/03/09

When I downloaded TomTom HOME 2 from their site, this was the actual link that got downloaded:

This should be version 2.7.3.1894, and when installed, it calls itself “TomTom HOME 2” (while on the site it is advertised as “TomTom HOME”).

After installation, TomTom HOME 2 did not recognize my HTC x7500 PDA.
The reason was that this PDA still had TomTom Navigator 6 on it in ste x7500.
The TomTom download site has TomTom HOME in large print, which in fact is version 2.
In small print, the site tells you that in order to connect to TomTom Navigator 6 on your device, you need  TomTom Home 1.6, which then downloads this file:

http://download.tomtom.com/sweet/application/latest/TomTomHOMEwinlatest.exe

This in fact is version 1.5.106.0 (not 1.6!), which on Windows XP used to recognized my HTC x7500 fine.
Well, version 1.5.106.0 installes fine on Windows 7 x64 (which I did not expect it to, since version 1.5.106.0 is from 2007).
Bad thing: at first on Windows 7, it does not recognize my HTC x7500 as a valid TomTom 6 device.
Goog thing: fiddling with the settings on my HTC x7500 (disable the USB-to-PC “advanced network functionality” now causes the x7500 to be recognized in the Windows device manager as “HTC USB Sync” in stead of “Microsoft Windows Mobile Remote Adapter”).
TomTom HOME version 1.5.106.0 understands “HTC USB Sync” and recognizes the x7500 as “HTC-ATHENA” (which is an alias for the x7500), so I’m back in business.

It gets even more odd: this 1.5.106.0 version also started to ask me if I wanted to install the newest version, then suggested to upgrade to the above mentioned version 2.7.3.1894.

This is odd, as version 2.7.3.1894 was already is installed, and is of no use because it does not support the HTC x7500 either.
Even worse: when you run the setup of 2.7.3.1894 again, it suggests to remove the 1.5.106.0.

Go figure…

Then I thought: if this fiddling works for TomTom HOME version 1.5.106.0, lets try version 2.7.3.1894 again.
Surprise:  with the disabled the USB-to-PC “advanced networkfunctionality” on the x7500, TomTom HOME version 2.7.3.1894 works too!

It gets even stranger:

TomTom HOME version 1.5.106.0 recognizes free map updates that I should downloads.
TomTom HOME version 2.7.3.1894 suggests I buy new maps.

Somehow this whole TomTom HOME thing feels odd…

–jeroen

PS: When I downloaded TomTom HOME 2 from the first download URL above, upon installation, I actually got 2.6.3.1609, which – immediately after installing – asked me if I wanted to upgrade to  2.7.3.1894 (currently the actual latest), which in fact can be downloaded here:

http://download.tomtom.com/sweet/application/releases/v2_7_3_1894_win.exe

So, if that happens to you as well, now you know the direct download path to the currently latest version.

Strange :-)

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From ISS: Amsterdam at night! on Twitpic

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/03/08

Astronaut Soichi Noguchi posts a lot of pictures on Twitter he took at the ISS.

A few of them are from Amsterdam:

Nice!

–jeroen

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Windows 7 x64 on ThinkPad T61p

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/03/06

Somehow, the latest Windows Vista automatic update screwed my laptop.

It didn’t manage to make a System Restore Point, but in stead managed to remove all previous restore points.

In addition, my laptop now performed like a dog because of excessive disk activity on the primary HDD (login took 30 minutes).
Safe Mode and Safe Mode with Network were fine, so I tried to figure out what was wrong, but gave up after a day of investigating with Process Monitor and Process Explorer, and stopping/pausing allmost all services and killing/pausing almost all processes.

So: I bit the bullet and Installed Windows 7 x64 on my fully loaded T61p.

The machine has dual 7200 rpm 500 Gb drives (I have not used physical DVD’s or CD’s in years), with 4 Gb of memory (the official maximum, but I recently heard it can actually handle 8 gigabyte fine).
It functions as a host (my work is almost exclusively in a virtual machines so I can separate things), so it needs to be a balance of functional but lean installation.

Most of the installation process was straight forward (in fact much more straightforward than getting Vista on it).

Here is the run-down that includes the things I bumped into:

  1. Installed the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to copy the installation DVD to a bootable USB stick (I know there many guides on doing this by hand, but I like to be pragmatic).
  2. Booted from the USB stick and did basic install
  3. Be surprised about how much hardware was supported out of the box
  4. Installed these Lenovo drivers (most from the T61p drivers and software matrix):
    UltraNav driver (for thehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TrackPoint– which I love – and the TouchPad – which I disabled)
    FingerPrint driver (I really like the biometric fingerprint login over typing my password)
    Hotkey driver (more formally called “features integration”)
    4-in-1 Ricoh  multi card reader driver (which is not on the driver matrix, and supports SD/SDIO/MMC/MMCplus, MS/MS-Pro, xD Picture Card, and IEEE 1394/FireWire)
  5. DAEMON Tools Lite (a virtual CD/DVD player – ideal on a 2 HDD setup)
  6. GhostScript and FreePDF (so I can print to PDF files and view PostScript files)
  7. Adobe Reader (there are faster and smaller PDF viewers, but nothing beats the original)
  8. Google Chrome (my favorite browser, I use other browsers for testing web-stuff, but those are in virtual machines)
  9. Fiddler2 (for monitoring HTTP/HTTPS traffic when things go wrong, or I need a direct download URL of something
  10. Skype (the new 4.x, even though it is almost unworkable compared to the old 3.8.0.188, the old version keeps crashing under Windows 7. I moved my Skype Chat History)
  11. VMware Workstation (note that officially you need version 7 to run Windows as host or guest, 6.5.3 does seem to work for some people)
  12. 7zip (my favourite compression tool)
  13. My standard BIN directory with my favourite light weight command-line tools (did I mention I’m from they keyboard age? Hence the love for the TrackPoint)

Windows 7 feels a lot faster than Windows Vista, and requires a lot less memory for itself (slightly more than 1 gigabyte, where Vista needs almost half a gigabyte more).

–jeroen

Ref: Re: Device Manager unknown devices T61p – lenovo community.

Posted in Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts, Power User, RSI, ThinkPad, UltraNav keyboards | 6 Comments »

Stars on Google Search (references Official Google Blog: Stars make search more personal)

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/03/05

If you use Google Bookmarks or Google Toolbar, then bookmarks satisfying your search result will appear starred in Google Search.

Cool!

If only Google Chrome Bookmarks could be synced with Google Bookmarks (no, they cannot)….

Ref: Official Google Blog: Stars make search more personal.

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