Ajit Monteiro

Vista (RTM Release), MCE, Installation and Walk Through

Posted in Microsoft, Vista, Windows Media Center by amonteiro on November 29, 2006

I was going to write up a walk through of how my Vista install went, and the pros and cons of upgrading, but I came across this write up that seems to have said everything I would want to…


MCE Shortcuts and Registry Hacks

Posted in Microsoft, Windows Media Center by amonteiro on November 29, 2006

For everyone playing around with MCE I found some interesting links from Aaron Stebler’s blog that I thought should be shared…

1. Complete list of keyboard shortcuts that can be used in Windows Media Center

2. Registry settings that can be used to configure advanced Media Center options

The Future of UI’s

Posted in Linux, UI, Video by amonteiro on November 29, 2006

Here is an interesting video showcasing what XGL can do. For the uninitiated its… “an X server architecture designed to take advantage of modern graphics cards via their OpenGL drivers.” (XGL wikipedia page).

Although the demo is mostly eye candy and would not be helpful in a real world environment, like the bouncing windows and matrix style animated backgrounds. some would definetely increase productivity especially when they move into multiple cubed desktop.

Here is the video…

Vista finally installed (The system performance rating)

Posted in Microsoft, Vista, Windows Media Center by amonteiro on November 21, 2006

Finally got Vista installed using the x86 version.

Actually the final install took less than an hour, since I could leave my motherboard’s caching and shadowing on.

MCE looks really pretty on it, although vistas system performance rating, rated my system as only a 2.0. This was because I have only 512MB of RAM and a far from stellar video card. The detailed rating was as follows…

Category HTPC Specs Rating Comments
Processor AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 4.1  
Memory 512MB RAM 2.9 No surprise here.
Graphics GeForce 5200 128MB 2.0 No surprise here either, but this puts me in the no aero category.
Gaming graphics GeForce 5200 128MB 2.5  
Primary hard disk 40GB 5.0 The primary HD is only 40GB but the rest of the system totals 850G

It doesn’t average the scores but rather takes the lowest common denominator which is a 2.0. MCE does crash on me sometimes when i’m doing multiple things at once, like watching a DVD and browsing music album cover art, which is of-course unacceptable for an HTPC (I guess I wil be shopping for RAM and a new video card this black Friday after-all).

Black Friday Deals

Posted in Cool stuff, Random Links by amonteiro on November 20, 2006

If you are the type of person who can’t wait to fight crowds for the greatest deals on Black Friday, this site will give you some direction.

” You can browse by store to see individual products or download PDF scans of the actual ads. The site also provides deal commentary, a search engine, a shopping list, listings of store hours, and message boards.”

– Via Life Hacker

–  Click here for the deals…

Vista Released!

Posted in Microsoft, Vista, Windows Media Center by amonteiro on November 17, 2006

Ofcourse, only if you are an MSDN subscriber, but that means that Microsoft will meet their release dates, and I will be able to upgrade to Vista MCE .

On another note, I just got back from Best Buy since I needed a DVD-R to write Vista on, and it seems the PlayStation 3 is coming out tonight at midnight. There were a lot of people in line outside the store. I must be getting old if I kept my eye on an Operating Systems launch date, but not a next generation console.

Update 11/17/06 3:21PM

After about 20 hours of downloading, I finally got it written on a DVD and started the install. The first time it booted up it showed a blue screen almost immediately. But for once the blue screen was informative enough for me to fix the problem.

10min later, after I turned off shadowing and caching in my bios there was no blue screen and the install started. Its going really slow though, but i think thats because its reading everything off the dvd and not my harddrive yet. More updates to come soon…(hopefully)

Update 11/19/06 7:46PM

No news is not always good news, the install went smoothly but somewhere in the middle of the first boot up (and every subsequent one) it reboots. If I try booting using safe mode it seems to reboot right after trying to load “crcdisk.sys”. Googling it seems to find a lot of people having a similar problem, but the solution is not that straightforward.

I did try to do all this using the x64 version since my desktops processor is a AMD Athlon 3000+. I might try to install using the x86 version sometime this week.

Ridiculous offices and other random links

Posted in Photography, Random Links, Video by amonteiro on November 16, 2006

I haven’t been blogging too much lately since most of my free time has gone into getting my htpc all set up. Its finally almost there. I promise pictures will come soon. But too keep you guys busy here are some random interesting links.

Update: There are some other very interesting dove films in the related film section on youtube.

Dubai in the Fog

Posted in Photography by amonteiro on November 2, 2006

Here are some surreal pictures of Dubai in the fog, looks like a city built in the clouds.

Dubai in the fog

More after the jump…

– Via Nick Baum