Thursday 12 July 2007 at 2:01 pm
So, a few weeks ago i took the plunge and finally decided to get rid of XP and upgrade to Vista x64, Course i wasnt sure how it was going to work out. know with the many many horror stories out there about vista. so i purchased the home basic version. And to put it bluntly, there's a few annoying things but i havnt had problems with running any DRM items, or those not so legal vids or that. I can still play WoW perfectly well. but i have noticed a tendancy for it to have graphics lag but not enough to stop me enjoying playing.
The only real problem with upgrading from XP to Vista is that your used to where XP puts everything, and in some blinding moment of pure bliss microsoft decided to move things about again so you have to go hunting for options.
Hardware wise, I havnt gotten my webcam, Wireless Card or my Bluetooth adapter working yet. Essencially because there isnt 64 Bit drivers available for any of them. So i think maybe some research into 64 bit driver development is required there. So if yas come accross any decent resource for this topic. the please come back and share them with me. I've seen 64 bit linux drivers for them all though. so there maybe some information to be gleemed from looking at the source for that.
Im also a bit worried about PIC development in vista x64 but havnt researched it to much as yet. Im sure that community will be on top of this though.
As you can probably tell my other hobbies are really surfacing more and more these days and im slowly getting back into the games programming to. This time i've ditched all these 3rd party languages and im slowly wading through and trying to learn how to use Microsofts XNA and course trying to get it to work in 64-bit mode. With this new found direction i found myself packing away my trusty old Delphi (which im sure i'll miss lots) and am getting stuck right into the C# language. its pretty similar to Object Pascal and im not having to many problems with it. Im also continueing on redesigning this website but i decided to just keep this blog system as i rather like it anyway. Back to C#, With the new OS and all, i was looking through the many small programs i've written for myself over the years, know the ones you write and find out that they're actually really handy and you end up using them constantly. So i've decided to redo these in C# and take advantage of the experiance i've gained with programming since i initally wrote them.
I've also decided to start keeping research documents for my many idea's, which i think i'll start posting in a seperate section of this website. And i've decided my first real electronics project will be some USB to PIC interfacing stuff. Im looking forward to actually starting that as the research i've done on it so far kinda points that its a P.I.T.A. which is always a fun/frustrating/rewarding thing for a project when your getting back into the swing of something.