Posted Aug 29, 2013, 22:10
. | Posted in Windows
Since it took me a long time to find this information when I needed it myself about a month ago when I was about to get a SSD and needed to switch my SATA-mode from IDE Legacy (which must have been the default in the BIOS that came pre-installed on the motherboard) to AHCI, I figured I'd make a short post so the information can be found in at least on more place on the Internet.
Windows only activates the driver needed for whatever mode is currently selected when Windows is installed. I did find a couple of solutions for how to make Windows accept a new mode instead of giving a blue screen of death but the were all registry hacks that changed or removed entries that either didn't exist in Windows 8 or simply didn't work.
I imagine the solution below will work for Windows 7 as well, in case you don't want to play around in the registry.
So here's what you do: Boot Windows in safe mode.
In more detail:
- Open msconfig.exe either through the start menu/screen or the run prompt, go to the boot tab and tick the Safe Boot option.
- Restart the computer, go in to your BIOS/UEFI and change your SATA-mode to whatever mode you desire.
- Let Windows boot up, once booted up you'll be in safe mode, just open msconfig.exe again and untick the safe boot option and restart.
- All done.
It's possible you might be able to use the F8 menu during boot to get to Safe mode but I never tried this. I can imagine this not working for Windows 8 since this option become available a lot later in the boot process, in other words, Windows might get to the point where it gives a blue screen of death due to having the wrong SATA mode driver before you get to the menu.
(Oh, in case you were wondering. Getting a SSD for your OS install is definitely worth it, the OS and any apps installed on the SSD will be a lot snappier, it's especially noticeable just after boot where all the startup apps will load pretty much instantly instead of Windows being slow for minutes. Sadly I haven't seen that much of an effect on games.)
Posted Jun 10, 2013, 20:02
. | Posted in Apple
In short, it looks really nice, can't wait to get my hands on it.
Control Center is nice but really, it's just about time.
New multitasking UI is great, not exactly new, we've seen those kind of cards before, but still, nice. The other tweaks to how apps do multi-task is nice as well.
In what we've seen of the AppStore on iOS 7 I can't help but notice that in the screen-shots showing the near me tab the apps are presented in a proper list, here's hoping this is how search results and any other list is displayed in the iOS AppStore. As for "Apps Near Me" could be a neat feature but I'm not sure it needs its own tab, not that I ever used genius,. which currently occupies that slot, all that much.
Only a few things I can really say I don't like at this point is the icons, they're not bad, I just think the old ones look better, a lot more interesting. Plain white background for safari, the camera icon looks like a couple of decades old camera which is just kind of odd.
I also wish there was an option to exchange all the white top and bottom navigation bars for silver or black one (the iPhone and iPad mini both come in black and white so why not) but that's just me not being a fan of all white UIs.
Not sure why they replaced the signal bars with the five dots though, the bars worked, it was easy to tell how good reception you had and it take less space, not that there is much up in that statusbar anyway.
As for iTunes Radio, looks nice, unfortunately the content owners are being as stupid as always and it's US only for now... Because it really matters where in the world you are when streaming music? Not a surprise though, just like how I still can't pay for TV through iTunes.
Curious how we didn't see any of iOS 7 for iPad, beta for iPad is coming in a few weeks unlike the iPhone beta which is available now so I guess it's a bit behind, still, kind of odd. Guess we have to wait for that beta release.
Posted Apr 28, 2013, 11:44
. | Posted in Movies
I saw Iron Man 3 on the Swedish premier this Wednesday, in short, as much as I love the first Iron Man movie and how it executed the origin story I think Iron Man 3 is probably the best of the three movies. If you liked the prior ones you'll probably like this one.
Some more detailed thoughts below, I'll avoid spoilers.
The story borrows a lot from the Extremis story line, Iron Man Vol 4 #1-6, 2005-2006. I say borrow as it uses a lot of it but is not a complete recreation. For the parts that doesn't stick to the comics there was really only one part I kind of disliked and that is exactly what extremis is, in the comics it's based on nanites while in the movie it has been changed to bioengineering, rewriting DNA. While you'll have to suspend your disbelief in both cases I for one find it a lot easier with nanites than with rewritten DNA for instant effects, specially with the effects it has...
An addition to the story is of course the Mandarin. I won't say much on that to avoid spoilers but I'll say this. Based on what I know of the Mandarin, which admittedly is limited since I haven't yet read any of the comics with him in them, I can imagine that a hardcore fan of the comics might be disappointed with how they handle it but I liked it and felt it worked well for the movie.
Posted Apr 12, 2013, 17:29
. | Posted in Games
When I sat down at the computer this morning I was greeted with a Windows info balloon telling me my games hard drive was running low on space so I opened the computer to find it was down to 7MBs of free space...
Only two things that could possibly use up space on their own on that hard drive, Steam and Origin. Since Steam is generally the more buggy one I checked it first and indeed it was to blame. Steam had decided to download Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, all on its own. Not sure why Steam would do that, but honestly, I can't say I'm all that surprised.
Posted Apr 05, 2013, 15:00
. | Posted in Movies
The Blu-ray format hasn't exactly seen the success the big publishers hoped for. They were adopted as the standard format of the PS3 and the upcoming PS4 and likely will be the disc format of whatever the next Xbox is called but when it comes to movies it hasn't worked out too well.
Looking in stores that sell DVDs and Blu-ray there is generally still a lot more shelf space dedicated to DVDs than for Blu-ray.
Personally I've kind of wanted to switch to Blu-ray, problem being that I can't just buy a Blu-ray drive, put in my PC and play a movie, no, I would have to also buy some expensive (and without doubt shitty, with the amount of competition they have) software to be able to play back a movie as you need a license to play Blu-rays. Why this license isn't simply part of the drive allowing any software to play it or why there even has to be a license I'm not quite sure, how about just letting me watch the movie I bough huh?
In any case, it seems like I'll have to get myself some form of Blu-ray player now. Why? Well, it seems the movie industry figured that if we aren't going to simply move to Blu-ray on our own they should probably start pushing us in that direction by other means. The latest of these tricks I've seen is that the commentary track that pretty much became standard for the DVD release of any big budget movie is no longer present on the DVD version of many recent movie, it's being held hostage on the Blu-ray version.
Doubt that specific trick will have much of an impact as far as Blu-ray adoption goes but they got me... Wonder what they'll do next?