Manually Installing Windows Media Player Plugin for Firefox in Windows Vista

Surprise, a complete install of Windows Media Player in Windows Vista does not provide the necessary .dll files needed to play WMA or ASX files in Firefox. This means that if you do a fresh install of Windows Vista and Firefox 2.x and try to listen to an archived program on kexp.org you’re going to get that this ugly little window: Continue reading Manually Installing Windows Media Player Plugin for Firefox in Windows Vista

Returning the Sony Mylo

So I’m back from a great trip to Vegas. I had a great time and met some awesome people. That’s for a different post though. I want to debrief on the Sony Mylo. The verdict is that I am going to return it. Here’s why:

Minor annoyances:

  1. annoyedThe screen is too small to browse the web easily. Even if you use the single column or zoomed out display it is annoying. The device lets you scroll around a web page by hitting the Function key twice (locking it) then using the arrow keys. Alternatively, you can just use the arrow keys which jumps your cursor and the view focus from one link to the next available link in that direction. I found that since links aren’t always in a direct line, I needed to constantly cycle between the function’d movement and non-functioned so I could view the page and then select link I wanted.
  2. Every time I try to connect a wi-fi network it asks if I want to register it. Registering essentially puts a given wireless zone in your “favorites.” The thing is that wi-fi clouds are very transient, the device should have an option to save a particular wi-fi network but not offer every single time. I don’t need to be asked if I want to save every network I come across, the answer is almost always no. Continue reading Returning the Sony Mylo

Using the Sony Mylo for Blogging and Reporting

Sony MyloI’m taking the Sony Mylo for a test spin this weekend in Las Vegas, NV for reporting on the two Dave Matthews Band shows going on out there. Last year I reported from Bonnaroo using the T-Mobile MDA, but ultimately returned it due to the costly service contract for data over the cellular network.

I picked the Mylo up from Fry’s Electronics, if I keep it the cost will be ~$282 after the rebate. After playing around with it, I’d say it is worth probably actually worth around $150 to me.

The Mylo does not have access to universal connectivity over a 2.5g or 3g network like so many wireless PDA’s, but it does connect to wi-fi. Continue reading Using the Sony Mylo for Blogging and Reporting

Add "Open With Notepad" to Your Vista Right-Click Context Menu

I’m a big fan of right-click context menu choices. I use Enqueue/Play In Winamp, Send To -> Compressed File, and Copy This Path almost every day.

This little registry hack adds an Open With Notepad option to your right click context menu. As Zeus attests, you don’t know blankity-blank about computers unless you open notepad at least five times a day. Continue reading Add "Open With Notepad" to Your Vista Right-Click Context Menu

Common Errors When Installing postgres SQL and Ruby on Rails

I was setting up my local development environment for Podcastinople on my new Vista install and ran into some problems that I was able to find hidden deep in Ruby and Postgres forums and list archives.

One problem I had was that when I was creating some of my local postgres databases using a normal windows command prompt, this would cause it to spit out: psql: FATAL: password authentication failed for user ‘Rob’. ‘Rob’ is the name of my Windows Vista username, and shouldn’t have been a part of any postgres SQL operation, so I was confused.

Then I realized that I needed to be running psql to ‘postgres’ which is an installed shortcut with postgres. Continue reading Common Errors When Installing postgres SQL and Ruby on Rails

Changing Your System Path in Windows Vista

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[Note: Since this was written, I downgraded from Vista (because it wasn’t stable enough) and went back to XP.  These days I’m looking much harder at moving to a Mac.]

One of the things I really like about Vista is the help. So far it has delivered the goods as I get adjusted to the changes from XP. One of the things I didn’t find easily in Windows Vista help was how to change my system path.

A system path is an environment variable and has been around since the DOS days. Back then you wanted to be able to execute certain files from anywhere in your file system. Now-a-days there isn’t much emphasis on maintaining a good system path because people generally create shortcuts directly to the programs they need (or the installation software does it for you). Also most people don’t use the command prompt at this point. Continue reading Changing Your System Path in Windows Vista