D-Link 120 problems

D-Link makes shitty products. Period. I will never again buy a product from D-Link. I’ve just spent 20 minute of my life trying to install the D-link 120 bluetooth USB dongle. What a piece of shit. This is how you do it:

  1. Unplug your DBT-120
  2. Uninstall everything that has to do with bluetooth in the control panel / system devices dialog
  3. Enter your windows directory
  4. Go to the /inf/ folder, find bth.inf (might be hidden so turn on “show hidden files..” if you haven’t already)
  5. Rename it to bth.bak
  6. Reboot & during bootup (just after the reboot), put your DBT-120 back into the USB port
  7. Windows fill find a device, this time you point the installation wizard to your directory where you have put the latest drivers, ie, this time windows will not try to install a generic bluetooth driver this time..
  8. Stake sauce! … You’re done.

Downtime & Vacation

I’m reinstalling Windows again on my workstation and of course shit is messing around. Again I wish Adobe had their entire suite of software available for Linux so I could just get rid of this thing.

Also ordered a new power supply, a 850W one, since my current at 400W just can’t handle my 7-9 IDE/SATA drives. Ordered some extension cables and an USB hub also in order to be able to put my whole system in a small room next to my “home office”.. a room which is always cold. That way I don’t have to worry about keeping the system quiet either and can work undisturbed.

I started my three week long vacation yesterday, honestly my last week at work was uneventful too. Wrote a business case, that’s about it.. it’s hard to get much work done when most of your organisation is on vacation. I’m looking forward to doing nothing for three weeks, cleaning up my harddrives and finally getting some order on my workstation (much needed, it’s a real mess). Also actaully going to install some new games and try them out.

Will also be playing around with my gfs old computer, an 1.8 Ghz Celeron, to see whether or not it can handle 1080i (I know 1080p is prolly not happening, but it did play 720p perfectly).

I’ll be putting a pre-order in for the PS3 sometime next month probably.
Ah, anyway. Cheers.

Playstation 3 HTPC

Weird. I’m googling for comments on the PS3 as a HTPC. I’m not finding anything. For the most part the comments about the PS3 revovles around the question of price and it’s mainly complaints that I read.

Give me a break. It’s NOT expensive. This is not a Ninendo gaming system only trying to be just that. It’s not a gaming system at all. Period. I can see where it gets confusing for people spending all their days playing games. I don’t know how many times I’ve read statements from Sony where they over and over state that you’re buying a computer system and a very nice one at that. It’s a PC, pure and simple. This means that while Microsoft is clinging on to “oh no! the Xbox is a super special game system – you need propiertory hardware!” (so they can assrape you further on the price tag) .. make idiotic demands such as require another computer (whoopsie! I called the Xbox 360 a computer, well my bad) in order for the darn thing to play various media formats… Sony takes a leap forward and telling it like we all know it is (or appearantly what I wish everybody knew)… it’s a god damn computer and you can pretty much do with it as you please.

I mean shit! Of course the 360 is cheaper. Now why is that? That when you buy a 360 you get a decently mean system at a ridiculous price? Because they have a grand master plan!

  1. They’ll screw you over by charging your ass of the wall, from everything from a simple “HD-kit” (component output) to perhaps a “futuristic container” where you can store that gigantic power supply so that you can once again have FURNITURE in your living room and not use it as a leg rest. Damn it’s embarrassing when you come over to your friends place and ask them if they got a new ugly LADA and consequently, why the heck did you park it under the TV?!
  2. They’ll sodomize you with über overcharged accessories. Oh what’s that? You want to put a generic 10 bucks a pop webcam into our nice toy? Haha we don’t think so, here, buy this piece of shit for 80 bucks instead? Why? Because we put our neat little sticker on it! It’s Official Gear son, capital o and capital g, come on!
  3. They’ll make your life insanly miserable with coming up with all sorts of security checks and copyright protections for EVERYTHING YOU REALLY WANT TO DO. Xvid you say? Fuck that, only pirates and anyone with an IQ above 30 uses that, here, have some nicely newly squeezed ass – we call it WMV! Oh but in order to actually do that you’ll need a computer..see that wouldn’t work on our TOY..no sir.. you need a computer for tricky stuff like codecs..video..2+2, come on, everybody knows that!
  4. Haha so you actually want to watch the WMV huh don’t you? Awesome! BOHICA! Bend Over Here It Comes Again! You need Windows MediaCenter. What’s Media Center? Oh it’s just the same old same old..but we switched some stickers around and hid all the good stuff..or well.. the confusing stuff we mean..like actually configuring anything to act like you want it to act.. it must act the MS way.. which is shit! Haha..hoho.. you’ll love it.

Don’t you just hate it? I don’t understand how these things sells. I mean who in the heck, in their right mind, actually buys the idea that you can only play games on a 360 and you’d need something as stupid as another piece of hardware to get the piece of shit to do something else. The 360 is like a fine, sexy sprucy lady that would looove a night out in the town, but she can’t go because she has been forced to live her life as a nun.. pouting..24/7 cause the only thing left to do is read the good ol book.

The 360 could do anything if MS didn’t have it’s hands so stuffed in their pockets looking for more fourteen year old dollars to land in there. The sad thing those dollars are coming in from high and low.
It really is that bad isn’t it. They have succeeded in creating users that are basically monkeys, happy with whatever piece of shit banana you put in front of them. Oh look, a blue colored one! Let’s get it! I know I’ve been sadened by the fact that most teenagers these days don’t even know what “CD” stands for, or what a command prompt is for… but they sure as heck know that if they put a cd into the tray of a Windows XP based system, something will pop and they can just next-click their asses until they can finally, finally, play that darn game.

Don’t you miss the old days, when getting a game to run took some darn hard work! Sitting there..in the middle of the night..trying to figure out which part of the autoexec.bat fucked with the sound settings..or configuring some memory settings just to get it running a bit smoother.

Well I don’t. But at the same time… I don’t know.. stupid users sucks. That’s why I used to hate Mac OS. “Oh it’s soooo simple” … great… you robot.. at least my OS, Windows, crashes, gets some darn bluescreen and have shitty drivers. Ten bucks sais that your system has some nice blue screens too…they just don’t show..it was just those times you had to close one program to get the other one working correctly. Well thats much better. Pure genius.

Anyway. Thank god for Mac OS X which is a step in the right direction. As well as moving to x86. And anyway. The PS3 comes with a damn BD player, HDMI output, the OPTION of putting whatever generic piece of hardware that has a USB connection one on end. Just the fact that it gives you these options and has some sweet stuff in it from the beginning is, for me, easily worth the price tag. Oh and that GPU would, alone, cost more if you bought if for a PC today.

Thank god for Sony for making innovation and curiosity a part of my livingroom. I have NEEDED a reason to get a nix based system in my life (if Adobe could pull their head out of their asses Windows would be long gone).

PS3 hooked on Linux, running Skype, connected to a Bluetooth headset, hooked up via an external digital decoder for the nice fat flat TV (two timing as a TiVO in case there was, against all probability something on that we couldn’t get of a torrent), having a god damn USB coffee heater connected to keep the coffe warm (why not?), having a nice disk stack on the side of it (why not a nice round number like 1TB) and using it as a webserver..not to mention it will look so cool your pants will get warm…anyone?