Software Windows

Vista pointing out the obvious

Vista pointing something out



It has been a while since I had something interesting to say.

Anyway, I’ve recently found out, from pretty good sources, that Mibbit is logging all conversations sent trough the website.

This might include NickServ/authentication passwords.

There is no official EULA stating this is being done, thus being a violation of privacy. (but who cares about privacy these days?)

Mibbit is a young, fast growing, webbased IRC-client.

Hardware Networking

Philips Network Hard Disk

I’ve got myself a cheap 500GB network hard disk.

Been testing it, and seems to be working fine! It’s rather fast (it has a SATA2 disk in it) and it was really easy to set up.

Philips Network Disk

But I’m missing a few things;

  • Impossible to format/check the disk for errors from the web interface
  • Impossible to create partitions from the web interface
  • Impossible to give anonymous FTP access (or use different username:password for FTP, as I don’t need any passwords on my disk)
  • Only FAT32 (read/write) support, and only NTFS (read) support
  • Deleting files seems very slow, but perhaps it’s my Mac/WiFi that’s giving troubles?

I’m emptying my other (old) external disk (160GB), and will add that one to the network disk (you can extend the network disk by adding other USB disks).

Guess it’s wait-and-see.

Hope the disk won’t crash after 6 months…


Blog Updates

As you might have noticed, I added some new features.

I’ve been playing around with some plugins.

There’s now a Twitter widget, a simple calendar widget (with links on dates where I posted something), and ‘recent comments’ (not that there are any comments, but I’ve added it).

I had to do some small modifications in my theme, as it wasn’t supporting dynamic widgets, but here it is. Seems to be working fine!

I’ve also started using Twitter, something else (similar to this blog) I was thinking to use for quite a while. To be do, or not to be do.

When browsing the net, I saw this drawing, which made me laugh:

So, who else Twitters? Tell me 🙂

Web2/Twitter saves plants? Indeed.. How handy..! 😉

Enough for my pointless post! Over & Out.

Errors Software Windows

Ventrilo 2.1, Vista, and Surround 5.1

Helene’s new Vista pc seemed to be working fine, except for Ventrilo 2.1 (the free and, well, illegal version).

It managed to connect, but no sound was coming out of it. Not when someone was talking, and not when there was a status message (like a join/connect/…).

I tried every out- and input device in “Setup”. I deleted the config, reinstalled, … Nothing seemed to work. I even checked if Vista wasn’t muting it, and it wasn’t. 😉

Yet, when plugging in her (USB) headset, it worked fine… So it had to be a Vista/sound config problem.

My Vista, at home, and the one om my Macbook could run Vent just fine…?!

That’s when I went to her sound settings (config panel -> sound). Selected the speakers, and clicked on Configure.

They were set to 5.1 Surround, which is what she’s using.

I tried to use some other audio option, like stereo (or quadrophonic), and restarted Vent… And guess what! Yep, it worked.

Vista sound settings

So I assume Ventrilo 2.1 does not have surround/5.1 (and greater) support.

Some ugly workaround, to change that each time, but at least it works now.