imnuts' Blog
Random stuff from my mind…

Sep
27

I’ve been using uTorrent as my main torrent program for Windows since I’ve started using Windows Vista full time. The main reason for this is that Java does some really funny stuff with the graphical system, and since Java is a key component when using my favorite program, Azureus, I needed something that would work really well. I’ve tried several different programs already, from the mainline client to 10+ other clients that are out there with varying features and GUIs and everything, but none of them really compared to Azureus as far as speed and features besides uTorrent. However, even though it is a really good program, it is still lacking when compared to its beefy Azureus counterpart mainly because of the lack of plugins that add a ton of functionality to Azureus.

Then, I searched around the other day and found that one of the two biggest features that I used from Azureus’ plugin system had been put into public beta for uTorrent, the web GUI. It is really nice to have a web GUI when you are always close to your computer, such as like I am at college, but don’t really have access to it at the moment for one reason or another. It allows you to start up the program and then just monitor the torrent progress or add new torrents remotely without needing remote desktop or anything. It really is very useful once you get used to using the web interface, and really helps if you want to change the bandwidth usage or priority of a torrent when you are away. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug
17

Well, at least in part. I watched the WWDC 2006 Keynote today as there was nothing else to do at work, plus I wanted to see the Mac crash. Needless to say, while it does look quite impressive, I don’t really see it doing quite as well as they would probably like. They showed all the users there all these wonderful statistics, pictures and demos, but if one would stop and think about everything that was shown, you may realize the same things. One thing that I do have to admit though, it looks like Leopard will be quite impressive.

First, let me point out that I use a Mac, although not primarily. I mainly use Windows Vista and FreeBSD, although mainly Vista. I’m expecting that this will probably receive a ton of Mac fanatic comments and how I’m wrong and everything. It’s expected and I’ve learned that anyone that puts up any comment against Mac will likely receive this. The same basic thing goes for those that are Windows fanatics or Linux fanatics, it’s just something that is sort of expected. It’s not that Leopard or Macs in and of themselves are bad, just that everything about them is meant to look like it’s the best thing to happen to the electronics/computer world ever, and even the smallest things are blown out of proportion.

With that out of the way, lets get on with the reasons why Apple is going to have a bunch of short-comings with Leopard. First thing that is going to hurt it is that it’s going to show up after Vista arrives. Even if it is going to be better, I don’t know yet, it is still going to be behind by a few months, maybe more. Time is always a factor, and the sooner you can release something, the better off you are going to be. This holds true for nearly everything. The world is full of impulse buyers that want the latest and greatest when the get an upgrade. Many people will be upgrading their computers, and with the promise of a new operating system being closer for Windows over Mac, that is going to help Microsoft. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug
02

I’m sure this is great news to some, and others are probably wondering where this info may be coming from. I don’t know what build number it may be or anything, but supposedly, there will hopefully be another build released to the beta testers in the coming days/weeks. While I will admit, I don’t have any concrete evidence that says exactly when or what build or anything, there is a feeling in the air that something new is going to ship soon.

There are a few different reasons why I feel this way, and I’m sure many others do as well. If we take a step back and look at things, there are a few good signs pointing towards another release sometime rather soon. While 5472 was released to testers no all that long ago, it was about 3 weeks ago now. Many of the bugs that are going to be submitted on a build about any issue is going to be submitted within the first week, at least for the most common bugs that are out there. The article by Robert McLaws are Longhorn Blogs shows this. What the analysis also shows is that build releases have slowly been getting more and more frequent as we approach RTM. These are two big points that are sort of hinting at a new release as many of the issues that exist have been reported. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul
28

Well, I’ve neglected my blog for the past week for various reasons, although watching the stats really made me want to post. I’ve been working on a couple things for both myself and PROnetworks in the web design area, plus I’ve had to worry about getting some stuff submitted for this coming semester/year at college. Anyway, that isn’t what this post is about, so I’ll cut to the chase.

What this is about is participation in the Windows Live QnA Beta. Since I was lucky enough to become a Windows Live Butterfly, I got into this program as well. You may be wondering what it is. Basically, it’s a website where you can ask questions on various topics and get answers from the community. It is sort of like a forum, but questions are only open for answers so long. The other nice thing is that you can vote for what you think is the best answer. You get “points” for logging in, asking questions, answering questions and other things, but they don’t really go towards much. There are some really cool features to the site. Basically, they are hoping to gather as much information as possible, so that if you have a question on how something works or anything, you can just go here and look quickly and the info will be there. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul
18

As I noted earlier today, Microsoft released Vista Build 5472 to Beta Testers today. I have since learned that this is a CTP build and should be available to TechNet and MSDN members as well, so enjoy if you have a subscription or are a member of the beta program. If you aren’t a member of any of the above, just wait until RC1 is released to the public. Unfortunately, you will have to have installed and activated Beta 2 to be able to download RC1, but that isn’t an issue for me and not the topic of this post.

For many people out there, moving to 64 bit has been a very painful process. Manufacturers put hardware out there and then decided that they don’t want to support it, so we’re left with unsigned drivers for our systems, if we can even find those, to get things working. I’m sure that there are many people out there having this issue. The problem I’m having is with my on-board Promise Fasttrack 378 SATA/RAID controller, but there are many other devices out there with the same issue. For some, the drivers aren’t really a problem as it is non-critical hardware, or something they don’t use. I have a somewhat needed drive that is sitting on my controller that isn’t supported, like backups, installation keys for various software/betas I have and install, and just some other random things. It isn’t really needed, just highly wanted. Up until this latest build though, installing unsigned drivers hasn’t been much of an issue. There has been the bcdedit method Read the rest of this entry »