Posts tagged with “vista”

Sat 15 Aug

Migrating iTunes to New OS

I recently switched from Vista to Ubuntu/Win7 due to truly abysmal performance. We're talking file copy rates in the tens of kilobytes, folks. Bad stuff. Anyway, I have switched over to a much better setup and am getting the kind of performance I am supposed to for the hardware I have. That said, I needed to move over my iTunes library to my new machine, without reimporting everything and losing all my playcount information.

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Sun 9 Nov

lejos, libusb-win32, Vista, and usbhub.sys

I've been doing some robotics development lately with lejos. One of the dependencies for lejos is libusb, or for Windows its port libusb-win32. Unfortunately, this package causes problems on Vista (and from what I've read, WinXP) with the USB hub drivers. The problem manifested itself whenever my laptop was connected to the USB hub, which in my case was the docking station.

Whenever I put my computer into sleep mode, or tried to do a shutdown or reboot, I would get a BSOD, followed by a reboot. Actually, putting the computer to sleep caused a seemingly inexplicable reboot. I suppose the BSOD didn't appear because the screen fades out right before going to sleep (boo on you, MSFT: that's bad design if it stifles the BSOD). In any case, the error message pointed to usbhub.sys.

After noticing this problem even in Safe Mode and after a System Restore, I uninstalled libusb-win32 and the problem went away. This has been reported by several people on the project page for libusb-win32. Unofortunately, the project doesn't appear to be under any further development. Also, for the record, I was using libusb-win32

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Wed 15 Oct

Switcher: Expose for Windows Vista

I discovered a really cool application yesterday that enables Expose-like effects on Windows Vista. It's called Swticher, and so far I've found it to work quite well -- even with my dual monitor setup, which is an improvement over previous Expose clones I've tried. Of course, this tool is free (as in beer, not freedom, unfortunately), but since it takes advantage of APIs only available on Vista won't run on earlier versions of Windows.

While alt+tab is useful sometimes, I think that Expose-like applications are a much more elegant and intuitive solution to managing large numbers of windows. Kudos to Bao Nguyen, the author of Switcher (and a Microsoft employee who wrote this on his own time -- who needs 20% time?), for putting together such a slick tool.

This app gets a seal of approval.