Thursday, September 30, 2010

XBOX360 Gamertag

For some time now I have been wanting to put a little icon on this blog which displays my XBOX gamertag and recent games I have played. I have seen this done various other blogs and have since found a way.

http://www.mygamercard.net/ is one of the better web generators I found when searching for this. They have a good selection of styles and sizes.

If you are into XBOX 360 like me, I highly recommend doing this and putting into your signature or your own blog.

Here are some examples I have put together:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Updated the "What I Use" Page

Alot of things have changed as far as tech goes, so I have updated my "What I Use" page.

Visit here:
http://danielbstechblog.blogspot.com/p/about-me.html

Saturday, September 25, 2010

My attempt to say goodbye to Apple and iTunes

iTunes10 And Jobs About a week ago, I began to make my Android the centre for all my music and podcasts. But I have since come to learn why Apple has such a hold on the music and portable device industry.

Since I bought my Galaxy S, I have been using my iPhone as, more or less, a iPod Touch. I had it paired with my Bluetooth Stereo in the car and use it to play my music and podcasts while I am on the road for work but last week I wanted to finally finish my transition to the Galaxy and sync my music to it. Here is what I attempted.

My first attempt, I downloaded and installed good ol’ Winamp. I used to use Winamp quite a while ago and remember that it supported device sync and podcasts so i thought I would give it ago first. What I soon discovered is that every time I connected the device, it would duplicate the same playlist unnecessarily. Also, Winamp would copy the podcasts in amongst the rest of my music. So when I went to play music on my phone and hit the shuffle button, I would get a random podcast start playing in the middle of my playlist. And when I went to look for a podcast, for the life I could not find one.

So that soon ended my Winamp experience.

Next I downloaded doubleTwist. I have heard a lot about it from various tech podcasts I listen too and heard that it was a good iTunes clone. I downloaded and installed it and immediately liked the similarity. It was able to detect my Android, calculate and visual capacity usage, sync podcasts and also it had it’s own android app. It was looking like a really good iTunes alternative. One of the other selling features was that you could buy and download music within doubleTwist from Amazon Music. That’s great, however it doesn’t work in Australia. doubleTwist soon also crashed a lot and was slow. iTunes was bloated enough, I didn’t want to move a worse program. doubleTwist was able to solve my podcast issue as it’s Android was able to separate the podcasts from the music however, it was buggy and was slow.

I will admit that none of this was instant. It took both apps a considerable amount of time to configure and I hated every moment. It makes me laugh when applications say that they “support” podcasts and audiobooks, but when you have come from iTunes and go looking for a tab for podcasts or such and it actually under all your other music, that’s not supporting it. That’s the ability to download a file.

So in the end, I will be probably going to get a iPod Touch and going back to Apple. I’m sorry world. I tried.

doubleTwist – http://www.doubletwist.com

AOL Winamp – http://www.winamp.com

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Show 'Initial Configuration Tasks' after ticking not to show again

In Windows Server 2008, when you first boot the server after installing the operating system and log in, you will be presented with the standard list of configuration tasks that Microsoft recommend you complete to get your server up and running quickly.


At the bottom of this window there is a tick box that you ca enable to not display this window when you log in. However how do you bring this window back?

Go to:
Start > then search for OOBE.EXE and click on the result.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Conroy still trying for the filter


So now the election has come an gone, and the australian people have at the very least a result Senitor Conroy is now back trying to get his filter online.

Reports today state that Conroy is back trying to implement the compulsory internet filter which would block Restricted Classification websites by ISPs.

This is surprising seeing as though this is one of the very policies that hurt Labor in the election.

Experts claim that Conroy will have a hard time convincing both houses of government to sign off on the legislation especially the independants.