Wednesday, May 14, 2008

On Zen and Music

So, a couple of weekends ago, I reformatted my home machine. No biggie, got everything situated nicely. And I think I'm good to go.

Then I try to hook my my Creative Labs Zen Vision M: 30 to it.

No amount of tomfoolery could get my pc to recognize it. None. I was completely flabbergasted by this. I had no idea what was wrong with it.

That is, until I realized that it was looking for an MTC driver. Which, after some digging, is only distributed with Windows Media player.

So, in order for my MP3 player to connect to my XP PC, I have to install Windows Media player (Version 10 and up).

That, my good friends, is completely retarded. I can't even grab the appropriate drivers from Creative Labs because *they don't exist*.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Cygwin command

So, I've been using Cygwin + putty for the last couple of years (it's a much better replacement for a shell than cmd.exe), but one thing has been annoying me about it. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out how to clear the screen.

That is, until today, when I accidentally pressed "Ctrl + L" at the same time. Voila, clear screen.

Some testing shows that it also works on the plain Jane Cygwin terminal as well. Shame I hadn't figured that out earlier.