computer tech

Problems transferring digital music via iTunes

My sister and a few of my co-workers have mentioned to me about the problems that have had with moving their digital music collections, that are usually played through iTunes, between devices.

I usually give one of two answers:

  1. Don’t use iTunes (I don’t)
  2. Google it (this is probably the solution)

Sometimes, I am also then asked about what I use instead:

  • foobar2000
  • Windows Media Player
  • CDs
  • Audacity
  • WinAmp 2.95
  • RealJukebox 1.0
  • cassette tapes

Conflict between MS Access 2000 and security update kb4034775

While I was going to post something about the best random finds I’ve acquired from thrift stores and clearance warehouses, I’ve just discovered something after a security update to my XP desktop. Microsoft Security Update kb4034775, that was part of the August 8, 2017 deployment, broke MS Access 2000: I could open the program but I couldn’t load my old databases or make new ones. The patch does something to the Jet Database Engine to prevent a buffer overflow exploit. That sounds all fine and dandy but it’s useless to me if I can’t get a program that I use daily running.

Diagnosis: After spending some time with the copy of Access on my XP desktop, I copied a few of my databases over to my new Thinkpad X and tried again under Windows 7. Voila! Everything worked except for the lack of my favourite small font, Tw Cen MT. Back to my desktop. After briefly disabling my anti-virus program to see if that was blocking Access, and it wasn’t, I began a thirty minute dive into XP to interrogate each of the recent security updates that I had installed. Fortunately, because I had bought books about deploying Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Server 2000, Commerce Server, when I was a teenager, I knew that the Jet Database Engine was a big part of Access 2000 and that inhibiting it would undoubtedly be bad too for Access.

Anyways, I uninstalled the update via Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs -> Show Updates -> Windows XP – Software Updates -> Security Update for Windows XP (KB4034775)

However, this isn’t a fix, the buffer overflow exploit still exists and I only removed the security update because I use Access 2000—the most perfect version there is—daily for my lists. Unless you have the daily urge to load Access 2000 everyday on your old XP machine or have some other problem related to the Jet Engine, I wouldn’t recommend uninstalling the update.

Now, Microsoft, give me a million bucks.

Abandoned PC Tech: RDRAM

RDRAM: Developed in the mid-1990s by Rambus, RDRAM was faster than the then standard SDRAM technology used across both Apple- and Windows-based PCs. Whereas the fastest SDRAM chips were clock rated at 133 MHz, RDRAM ran at 400 MHz. As RDRAM utilized a double data rate (DDR) bus, its clock speed was effectively 800 MHz. Fortunately for us all, RDRAM lost the war against the slighter newer DDR-SDRAM and was last seen in the Sony PlayStation 3. But why did RDRAM fail?


BSOD: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}

As opposed to the usual software causes of a c0000218, the reasons for my encounters with this BSOD seem to be completely hardware-based.

I have an older Athlon XP computer that will, without fail, crash or fall into an infinite loop whenever I increase the RAM from 2 GB RAM to 3 GB. The computer will even exhibit this behavior even if I add just 512 MB of RAM. However, the computer will not exhibit this behavior if I add a 256 MB DIMM.


Haiku OS Fundraising

While I’m not personally involved with the development of the Haiku operating system, a childhood fascination with computers and the events of .hack//SIGN have taught me the value of choice and of diversity.

Let’s get this thing going.

  • Total 2014 Donations as of Sept. 4, 2014: $23,862
  • Fundraising Goal for 2014: $35,000

Donate Here

Amiga OS: Viability

I remember a friend of mine in grade school who owned an Amiga back in the years before Windows 95. The hardware specs of the machine were unknown to me, it may have been better than my family’s PC, but I don’t know. I distinctly remember being taken aback by AmigaOS 2’s greyscale colours and its strange GUI compared to Windows 3.1. (more…)