Saturday, August 27, 2005

Feeling nostalgic with Google Maps

Notice the L-shaped building? That was the place I stayed for 4 years...about a decade ago. Thanks to Google Maps, I'm feeling nostalgic now. :-)

See the full aerial view here!

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Installing Windows XP Professional x64

This is the day I braved myself to install WinXP x64 on my Athlon64 desktop machine. It's a weird situation because there will be a few things I'll have to do without. For instance, I can't attach my existing Acerscan flatbed scanner or even my Creative Webcam Go as there are simply no 64-bit drivers for these devices. Oh well, at least for now, I'll keep these devices tethered to my trusty old Pentium II/W2K machine.

These are the drivers I used to set up WinXP x64 on my AMD64/ABIT KV8-MAX3 machine:
- VIA VT8237 SATA RAID driver
- 3COM 3C940 NIC driver (unofficial)
- Realtek ALC658 sound driver
- AMD64 processor driver
- ATI Radeon 9550 video driver

In slightly less than one hour, I've got the new OS installed. Everything looks and feels the same as before (as compared with XP Pro 32-bit) but wait a minute...there are two versions of IE -- 32-bit and 64-bit! And under Task Manager, 32-bit process names are tagged with "*32". There are now two program files folder i.e. "Program Files (x86)" and "Program Files". I bet there are more differences under the hood but more of that later.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Touchdown Discovery!

Space shuttle Discovery landed successfully at Edwards Air Force Base in California. I was following the mission on NASA TV and saw the landing on CNN. Shuttle Program Manager, Bill Parsons must have been elated. I'm sure the Ole Miss (The University of Mississippi) alumni community must have been proud of the success of the mission. I'm definitely one of them. Congrats Bill!

Monday, August 08, 2005

Got my XP x64

After a month-long wait, I finally received Windows XP Professional x64 Edition at my doorstep. *GRIN*

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Eventful Saturday

What a day! It's PC Fair event again but this time at the spanking new Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. I went there about lunch hour for a "short tour" -- just in time before the monthly MIND meeting at Tower 2. As for the MIND meeting, it was one of the more interesting meetings as both Akila Manian and Justin Lee gave insightful presentations on ASP.NET 2.0.

After a stimulating half day, I couldn't resist taking a night shot (photo) of one of the towers as I was about to head home.