Unknown Error C00D11CD

Problem #1.

Earlier this weekend I was attempting to repair a certain issue with Internet Explorer that crashes the browser when trying to click on links in a page. By trying various repair options such as the System File Checker (sfc /scannow), disable Internet Explorer Add-ons and even the obligatory spyware scans I thought I would be able to blaze through the repair process. After failing to resolve the problem using these methods I ended up repairing Windows XP using the CD. Everything seemed to be working fine until I started trying to play various songs that I had purchased from MSN Music.

Problem #2.

No music is no fun especially when I’m trying to burn a CD for a road trip this weekend. I could not acquire the license nor could I get any meaningful error message other than ‘Unknown Error C00D11CD’. After removing Windows Media Player 10 and then reinstalling it again I think I may have temporarily fixed this problem. However, now that my music plays the Internet Explorer issue appears to have resurfaced.

Problem #3.

I think it’s about time for the scheduled six monthly Windows XP weekend rebuild experience. This is not going to be a fun episode because I’m caught between classes and other things that should not equal ‘rebuilding your computer’. If only I were on the Microsoft Vista beta I would have a definite reason to actually proceed with a rebuild. Windows XP is so 20th century now.

Yahooulator! and Yidgets

Om Malik alluded to Yahoo’s increasing thirst for acquisitions earlier this weekend (e.g Dialpad) However, their purchase of Konfabulator definitely turns things up a notch for Yahoo. Konfabulator is a JavaScript runtime engine for Windows and Mac OS X that lets you run little files called Widgets that can do pretty much whatever you want them to. Widgets can be alarm clocks, calculators, can tell you your WiFi signal strength, will fetch the latest stock quotes for your preferred symbols, and even give your current local weather. (Source: Konfabulator). I remember trying out Konfabulator on my G3 earlier last year and raving about a large number of widgets. The only reason I uninstalled the application was because of the $19.95 registration cost. I hope Yahoo takes a leaf from Google’s style of acquisitions and starts to offer a free Konfabulator version. This should apply enough pressure on Microsoft to ensure that the enhanced dashboard planned for Microsoft Vista is as slick as or better than Konfabulator.

MSN Virtual Earth

Launched earlier this weekend for a small 18 hour testing phase MSN Virtual Earth is finally available for beta testing. While the blogosphere chimes in with feedback I think I’ll leave it to you to make your personal opinion on the release. Some of the features that you should definitely check out are:

– Mouse/ Keyboard Support (e.g. zooming in with your scroll button)
– Real-time location support using IP address
– Scratch pad
– Layered and continuous search options

Related Links:

MSN Virtual Earth Blog
Chandu Thota

Windows Media Player as an Alarm Clock

I’m rearranging my living room and have temporarily setup my laptop close to a sofa-bed in the room. While setting up my speakers I had some music playing and figured it would be a nice if Windows Media Player 11.0 introduced a feature to allow for scheduling of a particular sound track to start playing at a pre-defined time.

As a temporary option I’ve setup a scheduled task to run something like:

wmplayer “C:\Documents and Settings\Leo\My Documents\My Music\Howie Day\2004. Stop All The World Now (SPECIAL EDITION VERSION) [Special Edition]3. Collide [Chris Lord-Alge Mix aka Radio Edit].wma”

Definitely not an option I’d recommend, but for now it does sound better than waking up to the blaring beeping sound.