Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 & Windows Vista

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Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 & Windows Vista. The reason I haven’t put this on my blog in much detail is because I don’t use either at present. Vista is terrible & I haven’t had time to migrate to 2008 Server yet.

Way to much other important stuff going on in my work life at present to warrant the upgrade to 2008 Server. I have already tested 2008 Server and find the changes trivial, I’ve also looked at Windows 7 it’s a vast improvement on Vista.

Downloads:

  • x86 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista x86
  • x64 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista x64

Canon CanoScan LiDE 50 x64 Drivers

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I don’t know who made these but they work, whoever you are I salute you. Since Canon are tools & wont make the drivers for the Canon LiDE 50 scanner for 64bit Windows, someone hacked them together from drivers of another (LiDE 60) Canon scanner.

Device support for this scanner is not included within Microsoft XP/Vista/Windows 7 x64 or provided as an installable driver by Canon. To resolve this lack of support please install the modified driver below.

This package is based on original Canon ScanGear driver for the LiDE 60 and includes the full ScanGear GUI TWAIN interface required to operate the scanner.

Modifications for the LiDE 50 include:

  • Insertion of Hardware ID
  • Insertion of Device ID
  • Replacement of LiDE 60 Colour Profile with correct LiDE 50 ICC file
  • Insertion of correct flatbed scan area dimensions and imaging capabilities

Direct Download [MediaFire]
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(You will need 7-Zip to extract this file)

Installation instructions

Extract the files from the archive to a folder.

If you have not yet plugged the Scanner in then when you plug the scanner in Windows will ask you for the location of the drivers, however if you have already plugged in and cancelled this request then you will need to follow the next steps:

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Scroll through the list and look for other devices
  3. Expand the other devices group, you will find a device with a yellow exclamation mark on it
  4. Right click on the device
  5. Click Browse my computer for driver software
  6. Click on browse and then navigate to the folder you extract the files to on your Desktop (I.e. the extracted ZIP file) then click next (check Include subfolders if it is not selected)
  7. If Windows thinks the driver in the folder is a match for the device you selected, it will install it.
  8. Once the Wizard finishes successfully, Reboot to allow driver installation to complete

If the installation Wizard was not successful then this driver is not going to work, this usually means you are trying to install the wrong hardware or have a version of Windows that this does not work with.

Microsoft Lies

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As I’m sure none of you are aware, my Laptop was flogged from my house last year, by some low IQ and minisculely genitaled fuckwit. This precipitated an insurance claim, which, with the current equivalent (new for old) replacement bearing the bane of all computing mankind, Windows Vista.

Being incredibly bored by my job, I decided to jump on Microsofts website, and check out exactly how vista is supposed to be better than XP… I found (somewhat unsuprisingly) a web (PUN!) of lies.

Here’s just one quote, which I found amusing:

Smoother-performing desktop
When you use Windows Aero, open windows glide across your screen as you move or resize them. You’ll see no redraw artifacts, latency, or “tearing” effects that sometimes appear on existing interfaces. In Windows Aero, you’ll also experience fewer graphics driver–related system failures and stop errors.

Dead set, I wonder if anyone at Microsoft has ever seen Vista on anything other than a graphics super computer!?!?!?

My computer is no small fry in the graphics department, and has more grunt than anything I’ve used previously (yes, it does exceed the standard ‘double the recommended’ minimum required to run MS software), yet, all I ever seem to see from Vista are redraws, tearing, and latency, and before anyone asks if I have Vista video drivers, yes I downloaded them recently, as vista doesn’t come with its own drivers, just to “add to the experience” as MS puts it…

They also seem to say windows vista is quicker, and manages its resources better, about thirteen hundred times, however, I had a race. I have a toshiba satelite, with a 486 dx processor, very little RAM, and no video card, running windows 95, widely acclaimed as the worst waste of resources since the united states.

I put both computers side by side, started the older, slower computer loading Works, the equivalent word processor of the time (I’m sure you all remember it, well, those of you who are old enough), Then I started vista loading word 2007 (which is, in my opinion, quite good), guess who loaded first, yes! the 486! Coming in at around 34 seconds fully settled! Ten minutes later (I stopped timing after about five minutes), vista and word 07 settled, ready for use.

In conclusion, because MS says so, I’m stuck waiting ten minutes to write a letter, which I could have had tapped out five minutes ago. When you buy a car, do you want it to be able to do the speed limit, or calculate the time it takes a car that can go the speed limit to get to your destination, and not achieve that time, because its weighed down by seven tonne of gadgetry?

Streamline your OS Microsoft, let us pick our ‘gadgety special features’.

Does anyone have Apples phone number? Cos even they’re looking better than Vista, though, you know not alot… (an Apple Bashing is coming next post)

Why Software is named just so…

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Think about it, dead set, why is software named software, cos its for soft people… Only in a world gone mad, bill gates style, rifle in the bell tower mad, would someone develop a software driven device to turn on a fan, or your dunny light. Only in this world of evil idiots, would someone purchase the most hated things, such as a new improved operating system, which is so much improved, that it uses forty times the processing power, and does, you guessed it, nothing that its predecessor didn’t…

I HATE VISTA!!!

KILL THE VISTA DEMON!!!

Yes, this test post is a bit of drivel, but it is all to true!