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.
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.
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.
Dare Obasanjo has already released an application that’s using the MSN Virtual Earth API – Seattle Movie Finder. His blog post regarding this application was done from a kiosk at Heathrow Airport – subtle hints at the ease of use of the API? Looks like the wars are taking place at the API level now.
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
MSN Virtual Earth Blog
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.