November 2006 - Posts
While looking around for a Zune SDK this evening I found a way to use your Zune as an external storage device. I haven't yet tested this, so I can't guarantee it works yet.
Be sure to backup your registry before playing around with it.
- Make sure your Zune is not plugged in and your Zune software isn’t running
- open up regedit by going to the start menu and selecting “run”. Type regedt32 and hit “OK”
- Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\ControlSet001\Enum\USB\
- Search for “PortableDeviceNameSpace”. This should be contained in the Vid_####&Pid_####\########_-_########_-_########_-_########\Device Parameters within the above …\USB\ The ##’s listed here will be numbers and letters specific to your Zune
- Change the following values:
- EnableLegacySupport to 1
- PortableDeviceNameSpaceExcludeFromShell to 0
- ShowInShell to 1
- Plug in your Zune, and make sure the Zune Software starts up.
- Hopefully at this point you can open up “My Computer” and browse your device, though it does NOT show up as a drive letter
I found the information on ZuneBoards.com and Phaleux.com while looking around.
Still no word on when the Zune software will work with Vista.
Well, I spent most of the day today doing a few things around the house. First, I took the good wheels off the Tahoe and put the stock wheels and tires back on. I figured that with Winter upon us I'd rather leave the shiney wheels down in the basement.
While I was changing the wheels I had Vista installing on my machine again. I used the same machine that I had RC1/RC2 installed on, but this time I started over, as I had done with RC1, but not RC2. I installed Vista fresh on this machine.
Everything is great so far. I installed Office Pro, Live Messenger, and a few other things. One of those other items is Windows Live Writer. I hadn't tried it out before (yes, I know, I'm behind). This is my first post with it, I'm not yet sure how I feel about it, but we'll see. Hope this post works, otherwise I may never try it again.
As for the Vista machine, I've made the switch, I imported my 1.1gig PST file over to this machine, and setup most of my email accounts on it, so I'll be using this machine for all my email, development now.
What's left? To get ZUNE working with Vista, then I'll be all set! Once that happens I'll also install Vista on my laptop, the 64bit version of course.
Technorati tags: Vista
Earlier this week I posted a quick rant about the new MS Zune not working on Vista.
Someone posted a comment on another one of my blogs that they are working on getting Zune/Vista compatibility fixed by next week. I sure hope so! If that's the case I'll be installing Vista on my Laptop before we head off to get married.
Is this just another nasty internet rumor? Possibly, but I know the source, and they have a few more MS connections that I do!
Thank you to the Microsoft team for making Vista available for download to the MSDN subscribers! Pulling it down now! Now, let's work on the Zune software to work with Vista ;)
Windows Vista is not supported at this time. Check back soon for updates.
Tomorrow is the day that the new Microsoft Zune is supposed to be released.
Are you going to Zune? I already have. Sort of. I'm waiting to see when mine will show up. I preordered one from BestBuy.com. I think it probably won't show up until Wednesday, though I won't be at work for the next two days anyways.
I've yet to jump on the ipod train, so I'm hoping that the Zune will change my life. I actually have two MP3 players, both are small 128mb and 256mb units. I hope to get some good use out of the Zune on our upcoming wedding and honeymoon, there will be lots of flying!
My good buddy Chad Hobson has created his first meaningful technical blog post to help the masses. He had some issues when upgrading to Asp.Net Ajax Beta 2 for his AutoCompleteExtender controls and took the time to create a helpful post on how to make those controls work.
Be sure to drop Chad a comment on his blog as well, tell him how cool he is in that mean looking photo.
If you're a MSDN subscriber Office 2007 is available for download. I'm not the first one to post it on weblogs.asp.net
but I had to do it anyways to get the word out to those subscribed to my blog.
I don't care what anyone says about the Spam Rules engine in Community Server. It may work partially, but it sure isn't great. I got nearly 200 spam messages yesterday on ChrisHammond.com, and I'd estimate 1500 over the past 7 days.
That's 1500 freaking spam messages about Dale Earnhardt, used cell phones, Bahamas beach clubs and who knows what other topics. I have all the CS spam rules implemented, including the Akismet rules as well, yet I still get spam messages coming through. Community Server may filter the spam into probable and likely, but that's not good enough for me anymore.
I want spam stopped before it gets there. So, in an attempt to thwart the deluge of spam I've implemented a captcha control that I downloaded from communityserver.org. I hope that this allows me to simple block the spam posts from getting entered at all, rather than just filtering them into seperate buckets.
I'll post later this week with an update on how things are going.... Down with the spam!
All of you die-hard iPod enthusiasts may be dejected to learn that research has shown that Microsoft
Zune may be posing a bigger threat to Apple’s
iPod than you are willing to realize or admit.ABI Research
has released the findings of a new study that reveal that many prospective MP3 player buyers – including current iPod owners – would be likely to choose Microsoft’s (News
) Zune over Apple’s star product.
When 1,725 teenage and adult US residents were asked whether they planned to buy an MP3 player in the next 12 months, of those responding they were likely to do so, 58 percent revealed they were “somewhat likely” or “extremely likely” to choose a Microsoft
Zune player over the iPod or another MP3 player brand.
This 58 percent that were likely to go the way of the Microsoft Zune – all identified themselves as existing iPod owners. The respondents owning other brands, 59 percent, were also “somewhat or extremely likely” to purchase the Microsoft Zune as opposed to another brand – including the iPod.
Steve Wilson, ABI Research (News
) principal analyst, shared that the firm’s conclusion is that iPod users don’t display the same passionate loyalty to iPods that Macintosh users have historically shown for their Apple products. The survey revealed that only 15 percent of iPod owners said that they were “not very likely” or “not at all likely” to choose Zune.
With these survey results, the real question is whether or not Microsoft’s Zune will be able to draw the attention it needs to come anywhere close to iPod’s impressive sales record. ABI Research shared that it believes that a critical factor will be to what extent Microsoft can differentiate the Zune from competing products in some meaningful way.
Wilson noted that one differentiator, Zune’s Wi-Fi
peer-to-peer sharing, which Microsoft is playing up heavily, isn’t really all that compelling, at least not right now. There is a lot more that could be done with that capability.
Considering the results of this survey from ABI Research, Apple will have to make some big announcements in the next year in order to maintain its competitive edge in the industry. Wilson advised that Apple should develop a new high-end device that works really well and looks really cool as other brands are catching up.
contained in the ABI Research report was a result of an October 2006 Web-based survey among a nationally-balanced and demographically-representative sample of 1,725 online consumers, age 18 and older. Respondents were provided a photo and description of the Microsoft Zune device before being asked about their likelihood to choose it over a competitive MP3 player. To more close examine the survey results, click here
While Microsoft may still have some work to do to make its Zune the commercial success it is hoping for, the results of this survey are likely to cause waves in the industry. Apple cannot remain on its throne without making some changes as consumers will continue to demand more and the competition is not willing to take a “wait and see” approach. This ongoing saga will be one to follow closely to see how it plays out over the next year and who will end up coming out on top.