Sunday, November 6, 2011

DD-WRT wireless-n (802.11n) strangeness

I have already forgotten the solution to devices only being able to connect to my Asus WL-500W running DD-WRT at wireless-g (802.11g) speeds, twice, so I'm writing this down.

The router must have WMM (wireless multimedia mode aka Ad-hoc QoS) enabled for devices to connect to it using 802.11n. The devices themselves don't need WMM enabled however so this is clearly a bug in DD-WRT that will probably not be fixed.

Friday, November 4, 2011

HDCP: An analogy

My situation
HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection and is used to encrypt DVD and blue-ray content between your computer or blue-ray player and your TV or monitor. If you didn't pay the extra money to buy an HDCP compliant monitor you can't watch your blueray movies on it, at least not without ripping them first.

That's my problem. I bought my LCD monitor back in 2007 when HDCP just started becoming available for computer monitors and at the time I didn't know what it was so I didn't spend the extra money to get one with HDCP support.

So, because of a decision made 4 years ago I can't watch Batman Begins on my computer using DMCA compliant means without spending several hundred dollars on a new monitor.

I really don't understand why Warner Brothers hates consumers so much. I can't watch the Dark Knight or Batman Begins on any of the streaming services available on my TV that's barely a year old nor can I watch them on my computer using a Blue-Ray drive. I guess I'll have to buy a Blue-Ray player now... or just use MakeMKV and assume that's covered under the fair use terms of the DMCA.

Oh right, the analogy...

Selling blue-ray movies with HDCP is like a baker selling bread laced with a poison that causes you to immediately vomit unless you buy someone else's antidote for ten times what the bread cost. The antidote can be used over and over again but it only works for you.

Why outlook keeps creating a second archive folder

I recently upgraded my office computer to windows 7 from vista and kept my MS Outlook archive folders. I followed our IT department's recommended process for importing my old archive folders into Outlook and everything seemed fine until the second time Outlook decided to restore the original archive folder that it had when I set up my account again.

"Why does MS Outlook keep creating a second archive (.pst) file?!?!"

Turns out that although I removed the folder and deleted the associated pst from outlook, outlook still was set to auto-archive mail to the missing archive folder so it did the "smart" thing and just created it again.

To fix this:

  1. Right-click on any folder in your mailbox and select properties.
  2. In the new window select AutoArchive and then click the "Default Archive Settings..." button.
  3. In the following window under "Move old items to:", ensure that the file referenced is your old archive (.pst file). All I had to do was remove a "1" from "archive1.pst" at the end of the filepath.

There is indeed such a thing as being "too smart" for your user MS.