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Running the VMC Guided Setup with an HDHomeRun

Posted by onlydarksets on March 16, 2008

This is the second step in setting up an HDHR with Vista Media Center (step one is here).  The HDHR instructions are kind of lacking, so hopefully this will help someone else out.  The screencaps are pretty self-explanatory, so there are only a few captions where necessary.  It is screencap-intensive, so it’s after the break.

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What does the HDHomeRun Setup do?

Posted by onlydarksets on March 16, 2008

In case you need to manually tweak the HDHR Setup, here is what the automated setup does does.

First, it creates the ATSC mapping for Vista Media Center.  That is, it tells VMC what “4.1” translates to, along with the call sign.  This is written to the atscprefs.xml file, located in the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\eHome\EPG\Prefs directory.  You can modify it by right-clicking and selecting Edit.


As you can see, it looks similar to the data you see in the HDHR Setup screens.  VMC uses this data to determine which channels are which.


Second, it creates a mapping file used by HDHR’s BDA driver, which acts as a wrapper to allow Vista to “see” QAM channels.  This file is called “Digital Cable.xml” and is located in the C:\ProgramData\SiliconDust\HDHomeRun\ directory.  You can modify it by right-clicking and selecting Edit.


This is what the setup process obscures for you.  Each QAM channel has modulation and frequency information associated with it.  The setup process captures all of this for you.


Don’t forget that any changes to the atscprefs.xml file requires you run the guided setup in VMC again.  Changes to “Digital Cable.xml” do not require the VMC guided setup (because the changes are transparent to VMC).

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One cool thing about Google

Posted by onlydarksets on March 12, 2008

I love their candor.  I was in PicasaWeb today, and I got the following error:


I appreciate that they (1) acknowledge they have a problem and (2) admit they really don’t know exactly what the problem is.

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Free TV shows from Unbox

Posted by onlydarksets on March 12, 2008

You can get 15 episodes of Season 1 of In Treatment for free.  Not too shabby!

Unbox videos playback in Vista Media Center and extenders, as well as on PFS devices (like Windows Mobile).

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Another SQL Server 2005 SSIS error

Posted by onlydarksets on March 6, 2008

I posted about an error with SSIS.  I’ve gotten past that, but now I’m getting another error:

Creating an instance of the COM component with CLSID {E80FE1DB-D1AA-4D6B-BA7E-040D424A925C} from the IClassFactory failed due to the following error: c001f011. (Microsoft.SqlServer.ManagedDTS)

I found some information on it, but nothing helpful so far.

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SQL Server Integration Services DTS error

Posted by onlydarksets on March 6, 2008

I was getting the following error when trying to create a new SSIS Package in MS SQL Server 2005 Integration Services:

Unable to cast COM object of type ‘Microsoft.SqlServer.Dts.Runtime.Wrapper.PackageNeutralClass’ to interface type ‘Microsoft.SqlServer.Dts.Runtime.Wrapper.IDTSContainer90’.
This operation failed because the QueryInterface call on the COM component for the interface with IID ‘{8BDFE892-E9D8-4D23-9739-DA807BCDC2AC}’
failed due to the following error: Library not registered. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8002801D (TYPE_E_LIBNOTREGISTERED))..

It turns out the DTS component wasn’t properly registered.  I found the command line to fix it:

regsvr32 “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\DTS\Binn\DTS.dll”

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Google Gears for WM5/6 – offline Google apps and more

Posted by onlydarksets on March 4, 2008

This is interesting – offline access to online apps!  I haven’t tested this yet, since I don’t have a Zoho or Buxfer account (nor do I need one).  Sounds promising, though!

Google’s offline-enabling project Gears released a version for Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices last night, and mobile web apps like online document editor Zoho Writer and money manager Buxfer have already thrown their hats into the not-always-mobile ring. It looks like documents are read-only in Zoho at this point, but, like its desktop brother, Zoho Writer Mobile will likely upgrade to full online/offline sync soon. Similarly, Buxfer lets you check account balances and see transactions, but not make any account changes. It’s a nice start, however, and more mobile apps, and functionality, are likely to follow. Visit from your Windows Mobile 5 or 6 device to install Gears.

Source: Lifehacker

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Fuzzy on the concept: Subscription music services

Posted by onlydarksets on March 4, 2008

DRM-Free Music Spells Trouble – Columns by PC Magazine

I love how intelligent people think subscription-based music services are the way to go. All you can eat for $15 a month. Talk about devaluing your product. People can download enough songs to fill 100 albums and pay under $20. How does anyone make money this way?

Worse yet, if you sign up for a subscription, you’re saying that it’s okay for the music service to wipe out your music collection if you cancel. Imagine walking into your living room as all your books disappear because you changed libraries, or your DVD collection disappears because you switched from Blockbuster to Netflix.

Not quite.

I’m consistently amazed by the number of intelligent people who don’t understand the purpose of subscription music. I’ve seen far too many commentaries who analogize it to purchasing a product from a company and then having the company repo it when you stop paying their fees. These commentaries come from the same people who are likely paying $13/month for XM Radio, $80/month for cable/satellite, $9/month for NetFlix, and $10+/month for Tivo.

Subscription music isn’t a replacement for content you own. It’s an alternative to radio that provides on-demand access to almost every artist out there (with notable exceptions, of course).

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who just don’t get it yet.

UPDATE: Here’s a quote from Steve Jobs, similarly mischaracterizing the issue.

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