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Upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate RTM from Win7 RC1 without a re-install

February 27, 2010 7 comments

For the last 2 weeks my laptop has been complaining that the Window7 RC1 OS I currently have installed is about to expire and I should upgrade.  I have no problem with making the move to the Win7 RTM version (I’ve had the disk for about a month) it’s been a matter of finding the time to go through the process of a complete re-install of both the OS and all of my applications.  Then there is the usual 1 to 2 days of tuning to get the apps and system settings back to the way I like them.

As of today, I only have about 5 days left so I thought I better fix it.  I still don’t have time for a fresh install so I thought I would just perform an upgrade now and perform a fresh install when I have a bit more spare time.

After going through the options to get to the upgrade menu – I was bit frustrated to discover that Win7 RTM won’t let you perform an upgrade from RC1.  What the…? Read more…

MythTV Ads, WDTV and ProjectX equals no more ads

February 9, 2010 5 comments

Warning to all – this is a very long & somewhat technical post…

You know, I’m really not a programmer any more, I can’t remember the last time I wrote a piece of production code – and in my current role – believe me – that’s probably a good thing – I now leave that to the expert Java developers in my team.  But, I came across my first MythTV recording that was from CH10 (Aus) and like all commercial channels it had ads…Argh!!!

To be honest – I don’t watch that much commercial TV anymore – so to be honest, this is rare, but it was a show that we regularly watch so – it became a priority 🙂

Anyway, from my recent experience, MythTV does a really great job of recording anything you point it at and it’s also very good at finding and flagging most of the TV ads but it’s really not very good at finding the start & end of a show – and trust me if you record anything on CH10 unless you leave 5 mins before the scheduled start of the show and at  least and 15 mins after the scheduled finish – you are going to miss it.  To magnify issues somewhat – we were watching the show upstairs on a non MythTV player – SO THERE WAS NO AUTO AD SKIPPING – and at that point – it was game over – I needed to find something to fix the ad problem or next time… (you know the rest)…

Well, as always in IT, the answer is always more complicated that was originally envisioned… So there are two parts to this simple endeavor Read more…

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