Friday, 4 April 2008

Cómo hacer el Hacha compatible con Windows Vista

Hoy he tenido que usar el Hacha, y no funcionaba en Vista, diciendo que le faltaba el archivo "msvbvm50.dll".

He visto a gente por inet ofreciendo packs con ese archivo, otros diciendo que había que poner el Hacha en "compatibilidad con XP". Bueno, pues ni lo primero ni lo segundo.

Basta con:

1.- Ir al directorio de Windows y buscar el fichero "msvbvm60.dll", la versión que viene en Vista. 2.- Copiar el fichero al directorio del hacha
3.- Renombrarlo, cambiando el 6 por el 5.

Al Hacha le da igual y funciona. Así que solucionado.

Salu2!

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

All by myself & Rachmaninoff

Gracias a mi hermanica, siempre me ha gustado el piano, la verdá, y desde que vi la película "Shine", allá por el año 96, soy un friki de Rachmaninoff.

Su "Piano Concerto No 3 In D Minor, Opus 30" me flipa. Me flipa mucho... Está considerada una de las obras más difíciles de tocar en un piano.

El caso es que escuchando hoy su segundo concierto en Do menor (segundo movimiento, Adagio Sostenuto), me he dado cuenta de que era clavaíto a "All by myself" la canción que mucha peña conocerá por salir en las letras en entrada de la peli "Bridget Jones" (interpretada por Jamie O´neal), y otros por un disco de Celine Dion que también la versionó.

Era tan tan parecida, que he googleado "all by myself rachmaninoff" y para mi sorpresa, me he enterado de que el autor original de All By Myself (Eric Carmen) se había basado en el concierto de Rachmaninoff. De hecho lo dice abiertamente:


"The song started with the solo. It started 4 bars at a time. Eventually, over a period of 2 months, that entire interlude had been written. Then my quest was to put this in the middle of an actual song. Then it was a matter of trying to figure out what kind of song and how could I do it. I was listening to Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto (written in 1901) and I heard the melody which I used for the verse. Then I needed a chorus. I went back and listened to a song that I had written in 1973 called 'Let's Pretend' for the Raspberries. I just took those notes and took it from there. I thought, ''Let's Pretend' was a nice melody.' The song didn't go quite as far as I thought it should have. I'll go back and steal from myself for this."


Y lo que es mejor, cuando lo hizo, pensaba que el concierto de "Rachie" no tenía derechos de autor, por aquello de estar escrito en 1901. ¡Qué mono!... A este le debió parecer por un momento que vivía "allénde la peña comparte sus cositas". Pues no, así que tuvo un par de riñicas con la Rachmaninoff Society y le obligaron a, entre otras cosas, mencionar como co-autor de su canción a Rachie. De hecho, si miráis en la banda sonora de Bridget Jones, os encontraréis esto:




"ALL BY MYSELF"
Written by Eric Carmen (as Carmen) and Sergei Rachmaninoff (as Rachmaninoff)
Performed by Jamie O'Neal
Licensed courtesy of Mercury RecordsA division of UMG Records Inc.


Qué cosas... En fin, que cada vez soy más consciente de que soy un puto friki.


Más info:

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=4226
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_Concerto_No._3_(Rachmaninoff)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_by_Myself

Disable automatic folder type discoverey in Vista Explorer

Vista is a great O.S. but, of course, has many things that could be better. Among all the things of Vista I don´t like, probably the most annoying one is the Automatic Folder Type Discovery feature.

This feature applies different templates to folders basing on their contents. For instance, if a folder contains mostly pictures, it will apply the "picture template" which uses a certain collection of columns for the files´properties: date the picture was taken, etc.



I don´t like this at all, basically for two reasons:

1.- It doesn´t work properly because it decides that a folder contains pictures when, in fact, has many other file types. And it´s absolutely annoying when you have a folder with 3d models, textures, sounds, etc, and you cannot see the "Modified Date" column or sort the files by "Type" because Vista decided that was a picture-only folder...

2.- This behavior might be appropiate for those home-users that normally use the computer for storing pictures and sending emails, but... what happens with developers and many other user profiles?

What I´m saying is: this feature would be good (if it worked better) for something like "Windows Vista Email-Sender-Only Edition", but I think that many people is asking for something like: "Windows Vista Developers Edition"... kindof "WindowsVista, without all the garbage".

Thankfully, this kind of stuff can be disabled. However, this time is a little bit trickier than just going to "that" menu and unchecking an option. Here it goes:



Note: This procedure implies editing the Windows Registry. Be sure to know what you are doing before proceeding and maybe, make a backup of the registry before changing it. If you don´t know what the registry is, or how to make a backup of it, maybe you shouldn´t go ahead...



1.- Run regedit
2.- Go to:


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell


3.- If not already present, create a new Key in ther named: "Bags"
4.- Inside that "Bags" key, add another one with the name: "AllFolders"
5.- Inside that "AllFolders" key, add another one with the name: "Shell"
6.- Inside the "Shell" key, add a new "String Value" or "Valor alfanumérico" (in spanish), with the name "FolderType".
7.- Modify the "FolderType" string setting the value: "NotSpecified". Your registry should look like this:








8.- Close regedit.



Et voilá!. The Automatic Folder Type Discovery feature is disabled.

Note: This procedure and picture was taken from here. Thanks to www.windows-now.com for the info.


Cheers!