Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Gran Turismo 5 on PS3 - Stuck on logo?

Bad huh? Never mind, log out of PSN and then play the game.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Disable Digital Driver Signing in Windows 7

Purely a reference for myself, useful if you happen to be running peerguardian for windows 7 or something only slightly more legal - tileproxy for fsx


Saturday, 27 February 2010

How to use a Belkin Universal Range Extender as an access point

I was given one of these and for the life of me couldn't get it to work. Adding security to the device would cause the web management page to crash and make the device unconfigurable. I discovered that though the security on the belkin causes problems the MAC address rules do. So if you've got the same problem leave the device as an unsecured access point and define your MAC rules. Worked first time.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Streaming video onto your iphone or psp

For psp you'll need custom firmware, one that'll run 1.5 homebrew - run over to pimpstreamer and get going. You'll have to muck about with the conversion rates if your wifi is a little bit slacky.

For iphone I'll recommend Air Video. Works a treat and you won't have to convert all your nice avi files. It'll convert on the fly - on a dual core machine or higher. Runs fine with my little HP 3020 Slimline PC and that's something like a AMD x2 3800+ if memory serves me right.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Editing Google Docs on the iPhone

The only app that currently allows editing of your google docs is Office2. It's at an introductory price of £1.79 which is bit of bargain. Now hurry up Google.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Rotate your XP wallpaper to make it look like Windows 7

You'll need Autowallpaper. The only annoyance of the software is that it doesn't run minimised on startup. You'll want to create a batch file (.bat) in your startup folder and paste the following (changing the folder to suit your own)

cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\AutoWallpaper"
start /min autowallpaper.exe

Friday, 22 January 2010

How to disable driver signing in Windows 7

Run cmd.exe as administrator and enter the following;
bcdedit.exe -set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING ON

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

These currency maps

Though I've provided currency maps for all the major currencies the thematics applied to each country within the file refer to the country's currency performance against the dollar. When you download the Euro map you are obtaining a map of all currencies against the dollar with popup information for the exchange rate between the Euro and the country in question. I don't have access to the complete Euro exchange rate board (or whatever it's called). If you have access and are willing to share - please get in touch and i can code that up to.

Google Earth currency maps back up

Australian Dollar (AUD)
British Pound (GBP)
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Euro (EUR)
Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
Japanese Yen (JPY)
Swiss Franc (CHF)
US Dollar (USD)

All of these show currency performance in the last 30 days.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Currency maps

Still down. I believe there's some fault with the original kml source so i'm running plenty of tests to find the fault. Should be another two days.

Windows 7 and Star-Force protection drivers

Installing Toca Race Driver 3 killed my windows 7 box today. It installs an old Star-Force protection driver and this popped up as corrupted on a reboot. Windows 7 wouldn't load and running the repair tool couldn't fix it or if i ran it from the MS disc wouldn't even find the fault.

Here's the bad file: c:\windows\system32\drivers\sfsync04.sys

Rebooting back to last known configuration worked and I quickly made a restore point. That'll teach me. If that wasn't going to work i was going to reboot with driver signing protection off (in adv. boot options) and that might have worked to. Ok not a big thing but i was hesitant to run last known config as I hadn't done this under win 7 and wasn't sure of the consequences. The strange difference between win 7 and xp is that there doesn't appear to be a reinstall option from the dvd. If anyone knows better please comment.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Windows 7 and MySQL 3.51 driver

There are two versions of this driver: 32 and 64 bit. The 64 bit version does not come with an installer from mysql.. and try as I might I can't get it to install. The idea is that you unzip the package, command line to the folder as administrator and run 'install 0'. But it fails..

On the plus side the 32 bit version does come with an installer and installs fine. It won't appear in the ODBC panel but you can still use it. I'm using Visual Studio 2005 to develop with still and it's a simple case of loading up your project, selecting the project's properties and select to build for x86 machines only. On a debug run you'll find the mysql driver is picked up and used without fuss.

If anyone has a solution for the 64 bit driver I'm all ears... and so would the mysql forum - there doesn't appear to be much interest in it.

Here's one nice resource on the matter and I hope he can provide a little more info on his method.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Ah some problem with the currency maps

I've noticed a bug with some of the currency maps available. I'll investigate the problem asap.

USD, EUR AND CHF currency maps still work.
AUD, CAD, GBP, HKD, JPY currencies don't work.

It's a little odd as they all use the same data so i'm too worried. It will be done.