From Slashdot, apparently Vista and SQL Server don’t love each other. That’s pretty funny, if true. It seems sad to me that Microsoft worked for so many years on vista, and seems to have missed the mark so much.
Dear lazy web: writing to the win32 event log in Python
Dear Lazy Web,
I have a need to be able to write to the MS Windows event log in Python. I must admit I don’t know a lot about Python on Windows. Does anyone have a good short sample they would like to share?
Hugs and kisses,
Windows Vista, now with nagging
Thank $DEITY that we have people like Gordon who will enter their password into any old dialog box! MacOs has a similar feature, but at least it’s smart.
A side by side comparison of MythTV and Windows Media Center
On freely available guide data
One of the flaws with Microsoft’s Media Center flavour of Windows XP when it was released in Australia, was that it suffered from the same inherent flaw as every other PVR option in Australia. No guide data. It really says something about Australia’s television networks that they don’t want to help people with even vaguely modern computing setups watch their content — it’s a situation which reminds me a lot of the RIAA’s stand over tactics, and I think it’s equally doomed.
That’s one of the joys of my MythTV setup in the US — the guide data is trivially available in return for doing a simple four or five question survey every three months or so. What could be easier than that?
Well, when I was using a TiVo in Australia the OzTiVo folk had a solution to these problems, and were working with the XMLTV / MythTV people to make it more generic. I hadn’t been paying much attention to it until today when I was randomly surfing on the topic, but it’s interesting to see that they also now provide instructions for how to import their guide data into a Windows Media Center PC. It’s cool to see a community driven project which is so OS agnostic, and seems to be getting the job done. If you have a TiVo, MythTV box, or a Windows Media Center PC you should be thanking the kind folks who enter all this guide data.
Oh, and you should be helping them keep the data up to date. It would seem to be a case of enlightened self interest to work on the shows that you want to be accurate because you want to watch them for instance.