2016 Aug 29, 11:40 2016 Jan 27, 9:15 2012 Jun 6, 2:54
Use of my old Hotmail account has really snuck up on me as I end up caring more and more about all of the services with which it is associated. The last straw is Windows 8 login, but previous straws include Xbox, Zune, SkyDrive, and my Windows 7 Phone.
I like the features and sync'ing associated with the Windows Live ID, but I don't like my old, spam filled, hotmail email address on the Live ID account.
A coworker told me about creating a Live ID from a custom domain, which sounded like just the ticket for me. Following the instructions above I was able
to create a new deletethis.net Live ID but the next step of actually using this new Live ID was much more difficult. My first hope was there would be some way to link my new and old Live IDs so
as to make them interchangeable. As it turns out there is a way to link Live IDs but all that does
is make it easy to switch between accounts on Live Mail, SkyDrive and some other webpages.
Instead one must change over each service or start over depending on the service:
In the Xbox 360 system menu you can change the Live ID
associated with your gamertag. This worked fine for me and I got an email telling me about the transfer of my Microsoft Points.
There's no way to do this for the Zune specifically, however changing over your Xbox account also transfers over all your Zune purchased
content. I don't have a Zune Pass so I can't confirm that, but all of my previously purchased television shows transferred over successfully.
Windows 7 Phone
To change the main Live ID associated with your phone, reset your phone to factory default and start over. All purchased applications are
lost. Had I purchased any applications I would have been pissed, but instead I was just irritated that I had to reset my phone.
I don't use my Hotmail account for anything and it only sits and collects spam. Accordingly I didn't attempt switching this over.
I didn't have much in my SkyDrive account. I downloaded all files as a zip and then manually uploaded them to the new account.
2011 Feb 11, 4:15
On the more web aspects and behind the scenes of Conan getting kicked off NBC and returning via TBS and the web.
2010 Dec 14, 11:21
Documentary on WikiLeaks: "From summer 2010 until now, Swedish Television has been following the secretive media network WikiLeaks and its enigmatic Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange."
2010 Nov 22, 9:39
Joss Whedon and David Boreanaz respond to the news about the new Buffy movie.
2010 Nov 21, 9:00 2010 Sep 25, 7:46 2010 Aug 17, 3:05
I've just got a new media center PC connected directly to my television with lots of HD space and so I'm ripping a bunch of my DVDs to the PC so I don't have to fuss with the physical media. I'm
ripping with DVD Rip, viewing the results in Windows 7's Windows Media Center after turning on the WMC DVD Library, and using a powershell script I wrote to copy over cover art and metadata.
My powershell script follows. To use it you must do the following:
- Run Windows Media Center with the DVD in the drive and view the disc's metadata info.
- Rip each DVD to its own subdirectory of a common directory.
- The name of the subdirectory to which the DVD is ripped must have the same name as the DVD name in the metadata. An exception to this are characters that aren't allowed in Windows paths (e.g.
<, >, ?, *, etc)
- Run the script and pass the path to the common directory containing the DVD rips as the first parameter.
Running WMC and viewing the DVD's metadata forces WMC to copy the metadata off the Internet and cache it locally. After playing with Fiddler and reading this blog post on WMC metadata
I made the following script that copies metadata and cover art from the WMC cache to the corresponding DVD
2010 Mar 11, 3:48
Conan is doing a tour entitled "The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour". Coming to Seattle mid April...
2010 Jan 26, 2:26
Adam West is Lookwell in Lookwell! a pilot by Conan and Robert Smigel that wasn't picked up in the early 90s. Awesome. "Maybe if you watched a little more television, you'd be better at
2009 Dec 17, 5:43
The zoom-in-&-enhance television trope video montage. 'Wait! Go back: There's a reflection!'
2009 Sep 25, 2:19
Irritatingly out of line with what their commercials say, in my area Comcast, under the covers of the national
broadcast digital switch, is sneaking in their own switch to digital, moving channels above 30 to their own digital format. Previously, I had Windows 7 Media Center running on a PC with a Hauppauge PVR500 which can decode two television signals at once setup to record shows I like. The XBox 360 works
great as a Media Center client letting me easily watch the recorded shows over my home network on my normal TV.
Unfortunately with Comcast's change, now one needs a cable box or a Comcast digital to analog converter in order to view their signal, but Comcast is offering up to two free converters for those
who'd like them. The second of my two free converters I hooked up to the Media Center PC and I got the IR Blaster that came with my Hauppauge out of the garage. I plugged in the USB IR Blaster to
my PC, connected one of the IR transmitters to the 1st port on the IR Blaster, and sat the IR transmitter next to the converter's IR receiver. I went through the Media Center TV setup again and
happily it was able to figure out how to correctly change the channel on the converter. So I can record now, however:
- I can only record one thing at a time now
- Changing the channel is slow taking many seconds (no flipping through channels for me)
- The Hauppauge card can't know if the channel change worked. So if it tries to change to HBO (I get it for free with one of the Comcast packages) which is encrypted and the converted won't show,
the channel doesn't change but the PC doesn't know it and ends up recording some other channel.
To fix (3) I need to manually go through and remove channels I don't have from the Media Center. To fix (1) I may be able to get a second IR transmitter, a third digital converter, hook it up to
one of the other inputs on my Hauppauge, and go back through the Media Center TV setup. There's no fix for (2) but that's not so bad. All in all, its just generally frustrating that they're breaking
my setup with no obvious benefit.
2009 Sep 20, 10:44
2009 Aug 28, 3:02
Lovely visualization of the time travels taken by characters in various movies and television series and notes the places where they overlap.
2009 Aug 13, 9:46
An awesome health care protest sign. I've made a huge mistake.
2009 Feb 10, 9:30
A flowchart to help you create a Star Trek (TOS) episode.
2009 Feb 4, 4:16
From Sorting it all Out wrt the weather gadget in Vista's sidebar, this link to China's laws on weather forecast: "Article 22 The State applies a unified system for the issue of public meteorological
forecast and severe weather warning... No other organizations or individuals may issue to the community such forecast or warning." "Article 25 When the media, including radio, television, newspaper
and telecommunication, issue to the community public meteorological forecast or severe weather warning, they shall use the latest meteorological information provided by a meteorological office...
Part of the revenues from the distribution of meteorological information shall be drawn to support the development of meteorological service." Whether an application is legally allowed to provide a
weather forecast is not an attribute I would have imagined necessary for a localization API.
2008 Dec 30, 1:03
"Introducing Make: television, Coming in January 2009: A new national series from MAKE magazine, Twin Cities Public Television, and American Public Television"