You need to download Adobe flash!!!!!! AGAIN!!!

After updating Adobe flash everyday for 2 weeks, I am pleased to report that none of my browsers support adobe flash video now!!  New IT Helpdesk routine – login, update Adobe Flash, check backups etc etc. try and view any internet flash based files, error, download another version of adobe flash – wait 10 minutes for the installation to do anything, try again to view page, error.

You can kinda see where Apple are coming from with the adobe flash not working on their products – other machines allow it, and with a new download every 24 hours, it still doesn’t work anyway!!!  Pathetic!!

Backward compatibility – I think what is really a good feature of Adobe flash is the way it is 100% not backward compatible for using older versions, having said that, updating to the latest version is more likely to make your browser crash, and still be unable to play anything.

Adobe – you need to sort this out, it was always has been a bit fussy about playing files in flash, but since Feb this year – you might aswell forget it!


Google Chrome The Following Plugin has crashed: Shockwave Flash

Less than a week after saying how IE9 was better as it had not crashed for 3 hours, Google Chrome enters the ring, and decides that shockwave flash plugin has errors!!  This turns your PC into an “Apple device” and means you can no longer view any adobe flash videos or images!!!  Quick search on Google – thought it was a good place to start for Google Chrome, and Google have their own help forum with 277 replies and counting!!  Is it Chrome that is broken, or the flash plugin?  Easy response to all this – stop using Chrome and move onto IE9!!!  Who would have thought it!

IE9 – downloaded

IE9 downloaded and installed, Great to see the usual “you must restart your computer” message again, something I miss from the install / uninstall of Chrome or Firefox.

First impressions – looks like a copy of the Chrome with square edges.  interesting to see the use of the Chrome tabs – what I mean there is if you click on the tab to view the page – and you happen to be clicking near or on the X then you close the window.  Thankfully IE9 asks you if you want to navigate away – which is better!

Your most popular sites includes 2 more thumbnails than Chrome – but they are not thumbnails of the last viewed page, but favicons of the site – which is not as good.  Why can we not have a sliding button like when viewing a file that you can drag from: details, up to extra-large icons – that just fill the screen – as many as you can!?!?!  An omission.  And I much prefer the Chrome thumbnails.

Internet tools / settings – same as all IE since IE5 or 6.  Manage Add ons is just as weird and confusing as ever – just a list of add ons and options to turn on/off or delete would be handy.

Unlike IE7 which seemed to crash at the thought of loading a webpage – and made me switch from IE on all my machines, IE9 has so far not crashed and worked fine – and is just as fast as Chrome if not better

we wont be testing this on server 2003 or windows XP, as it is not available for those op sys, no matter how popular they are.

To summarise, IE9 is much improved from 7/8 and includes many nice features from Chrome that I like (including not crashing), but I think I’m converted to Chrome now for my normal browsing, IE9 for certain websites.  PS this post was written using IE9 browser!

Other IT projects

It is that time of the week again!  “It should be a doddle” I think these will be my famous last words.  Unfortunately I have not managed to sort out the printers for Windows 7 RC.  I did get as far as downloading the Vista drivers though, so halfway there. 

Over the past week there have been a number of other IT projects that required working on – including excel coding and SQL coding.  This is great when it works, but as I’m not a coder / programmer getting the code to work does not happen first time, and so can be quite distracting.  I persist though, because when it does in the end work, it is brilliant and knowing that it can help someone else with their work is a good achievement for me. 

One of the other IT projects I have been working on is the installation of digital dictation.  I have never used any dictation equipment, but because this had USB connections I was more interested.  So far I have set a shared folder and added the drive mapping to the logon script, Ive tried out a couple of devices and drivers, just waiting for the main dictation software now. 

The Phillips SpeachMike Pro seem to be quite good pieces of kit – however – I must warn all those style gurus out there – they only come in 1990s PC beige.  Still it looks OK, but word is, there could be a wireless version – either bluetooth or RF.  So Ideally it would be USB RF/ or bluetooth, and be in the 2000’s office standard colour “Dell Black” would a brushed aluminium trim be out of the question, and lets not forget the compulsory blue light that does nothing.

Joking aside, this should prove to be a vast improvement over the current analogue system, although trying to imagine a crazy world where an office has no paper is just too far fetched.  According to the sales spreadsheet the system will pay itself back in 6 months, I wonder if in 6 months I’ll start getting a cut of the payback???

Windows 7 RC update


It has been a week since I installed Windows 7 RC, and I’m glad to report all is well.  There have been no errors, software has all installed first time with success, and the audio driver was actually found using the download driver from Microsoft website!  Windows 7 RC looks really good on screen.  The best bits from Vista have been kept and other changes include subtle improvements. 

Booting and shutting down are fast.  An unscientific race against XP saw the XP ctrl alt del screen first by a couple of seconds, but then the login process by WIndows 7 was like lightening and left XP eating its dust!  When resuming from Hibernate Windows 7 RC is on a par with XP, both leaving Vista well behind – which is a great sign for its green credentials.  Is it just me or does anyone else miss the little hibernating… Windows graphic??

Next step is to load up the network printers – so will have to look at using the Vista network drivers from HP.  A bit of forward planning on the server side, then adding them in Windows 7.  Should be a doddle – I will let you know.

Windows 7 RC

It has been a good day today.  I downloaded Windows 7 RC last night – approx 3 hours.  The Windows 7 RC iso file was complete and burned onto DVD in minutes.  After which an unused machine was the target.  total installation time was around 30 minutes and went without a hitch. 

Brilliant – Windows 7 RC has found all the right drivers to the hardware apart from the audio driver.  It runs fast and the screen, icons, look and feel is excellent. 

There is a lot of Vista which is not a bad thing as I like the Vista Orbs.  The new task bar looks nice and neat and the speed of the machine is great – I haven’t seen the swirly circle egg timer yet. 

a couple of things to sort out then 1. The sound card driver.  2. The gadgets toolbar 3. Try out Windows Media player 12.  4. Add onto my domain and see how I get on with installing software.



First impressions of Windows 7 RC are it is a good looking operating system, that installs very quickly (Yet to try the update existing op sys). When installed 90% of drivers are found and hardware correctly installed.  Looking forward to working on this more.


My first blog.


Hello everyone, this is my first blog.  You find my first blog here due to blogger requiring a Google email account – which I don’t have, want, or use.  Thanks for looking me up.  for my first blog I will introduce a little about myself, and the reason for setting this up. 

I signed up to Microsoft TechNet quite a few years ago, and for a while now have been receiving and reading the weekly TechNet newsletter.  I have always found TechNet to be a useful resource, especially when studying for MCSE.  This first blog is my way of working with TechNet to provide real world experiences. 

With the usual disruptive nature of IT, I will be endeavouring to update my blog fortnightly, where I will look at different areas of my work. This will no doubt concentrate on the developments during the week. I know only too well how little time we all have so I will keep them short.