Saturday, April 21, 2012

My Review of Roku 2 XD Streaming Player

Originally submitted at Roku

Features the highest-quality HD streaming available.


Perfect little always-on device

By Tatsu from Hampton, TN on 4/21/2012

 

5out of 5

Pros: Reliability, Video selection, Easy to set up, Easy to use, Built in Wi-Fi, Compact, Great value

Cons: Need fast internet service

Best Uses: Secondary TV, Bedroom, Primary TV, Travel, Living room

Describe Yourself: IT PRO, Home entertainment enthusiast, Netflix fan, Casual User

Our new Roku 2 XD is now our primary means of watching TV. We live out in the country where the only options are expensive satellite service or terrible cable service. While we only have a 512 kbps "extended range DSL" Internet connection the Roku works better than our Blu-Ray player or Xbox 360 for Netflix. The picture quality isn't great but that's to be expected with such a limited Internet link but it does appear a little better than what we see on the Xbox. The videos also seem to drop out a lot less often than when we watch on the Xbox.

(legalese)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Uninstall WSUS 3.0 SP2 from WHS

I had Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 SP2 installed on my Windows Home Server (WHS). WSUS was set up to store it's stuff on a dedicated USB drive. The USB drive failed and WSUS went down with it. The normal uninstall process was no help, presumably since it couldn't access the stuff on the failed drive. You would think that it would remove all it could and warn you about what it couldn't but that's too much to as I guess.

The TechNet crew posted an article on how to uninstall WSUS manually but is wasn't entirely helpful on it's own: see How to manually remove all of WSUS. This article refers to the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility which is now defunct. I was, however, able to remove the WSUS setup stuff with the following command after copying msizap.exe from my computer to the WHS machine.
MSIZAP T {2C0D7E35-EE6E-4DC7-BA13-2C68AEDEB59D}
That covered steps 1-4 of the TechNet article. Steps 5-8 of the article worked fine as they described. Upon trying to reinstall WSUS, though, I ran into a new problem. Setup thought that Windows Internal Database was still installed so it failed when it tried to connect to the database service and wouldn't go any further.

Another TechNet article came to the rescue: Appendix A: Uninstalling Windows Internal Database. This article provided the command line that I needed to get Windows Installer to fully remove the Windows Internal Database service.
msiexec /x {CEB5780F-1A70-44A9-850F-DE6C4F6AA8FB} callerid=ocsetup.exe
Yay! Server is all fixed up (at least enough to reinstall WSUS successfully).

Monday, April 11, 2011

Todd's Tech Nonsense: NHibernate Performance (Ansi String vs. Unicode St...

This is the type of stuff that makes me leery of OR/mappers despite my desire to use them.

Todd's Tech Nonsense: NHibernate Performance (Ansi String vs. Unicode St...: "I recently got pulled into an application that was encountering serious performance degradation on a set of queries run via NHibernate.&nbsp..."

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Coaster Report - 4/2-3/2011

Coaster-mania at Carowinds (CW coaster data at the Roller Coaster Database) this past weekend:

Coaster #/Inversions #/Rides Total Inversions
Afterburn 6 2 12
Carolina Cobra 3 each way
(6 total)
1 6
Carolina Cyclone 4 3 12
Carolina Goldrusher 0 1 0
Flying Ace Aerial Chase 0 1 0
Hurler 0 1 0
Nighthawk 5 2 10
Ricochet 0 1 0
Vortex 2 2 4
Woodstock Express 0 1 0
Totals 15 44

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sudoku Wiki

Cool website with Sudoku solver and everything: http://www.sudokuwiki.org/Main_Page

Friday, March 11, 2011

Roller Coaster Tycoon 3

I went to Disney World last week and had to send the Xbox 360 off to be repaired (for the third time) so I have gotten sucked into Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 a little bit. Here are some cool web sites with RCT3 guides and information:
I'll add more as I find new stuff