Chris Pietschmann

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Vista Experience Update: Disk Defragmenter Revisited

About 5 months ago, way back when Vista RTM'd, I posted about how Vista now automatically defragments your hard drives. This is a really neat feature, especially since I would never remember to defrag until my system started to get noticably slow. So, I thought I would revisit this to just see how well is it working. But, How well does the automatically scheduled defrag work? I was wonder this, so I decided to check the defrag stats available from within the Disk Defragmenter tool. And to my d... [More]

Can you run Mac OS X within Virtual PC 2007 on Windows?

Does anyone know if Mac OS X can be run within Virtual PC 2007 under Windows? I've searched and can't find any evidence of this being possible. I am thinking about possibly doing this because I would like to do some software testing on Mac OS X, and I would rather spend less for just the OS than buy a Mac Mini. Mac OS X - $129.00Mac Mini - $599.00 If anyone has any clues please let me know. Update 5/22/2007:The day I originally posted this, I also contacted Ben Armstrong, through his blog (V... [More]

Windows Vista Device Drivers for Belkin F5D7000 Wireless Network Card

Update 2009-08-08: Belkin has since released a new device driver for this network card that supports Windows Vista x32 and x64. You'll want to try their driver first before continueing on to my "work around" solution below. I did try this new Belkin driver with Windows 7 and it didn't work, so now I'm back to my work around... You can find the driver here: Belkin: Support: F5D7000 Driver Support Page Or, alternatively you can download the driver from the following direct link: Belkin F5D7000... [More]

Make your RSS feeds Auto-Discoverable

RSS Autodiscovery is a technique that makes it possible for browsers and other software to automatically find a site's RSS feed. This feature is actually support by both Firefox 2.0 and Internet Explorer 7. To make your RSS feeds auto-discoverable just include an HTML/XHTML Link tag inside the Head tag of your website. You can even include multiple Link tags, which allows you to make all your RSS feeds auto-discoverable at the same time. For Example:<link rel="alternative" type="application... [More]