Archive for January, 2011

Driver Sweeper causes problems with Windows 7 SP1 installation

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Use Windows 7? Run Driver Sweeper on the system? Having problems now installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (seeing Error code 0x800f0826)? Here's a possible solution:

  • Download Driver Sweeper 2.8.5 here.
  • Go to the Backup item in the menu.
  • The latest removed driver will be automatically selected in the drop down, if this is not the item with the entries below you need to locate these by browsing through the items.
    One (or all) of the following parts should be in the list:
    • *.manifest
    • *FileRepository*
    • *winsxs*
  • Click on the Restore button and Driver Sweeper will restore the files and directories. This can take a while, don't close the application before you get a notification that the backup is restored.
  • Restart your system and you are done!

Might work, saving you from a reinstall ... or it might not ...

First Look: Firefox 4 Beta 9

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Over on Hardware 2.0 I've posted a fist look at Mozilla's Firefox 4 Beta 9.

If you’ve been keeping up with the beta builds and have been using the Beta 8 release (released December 22) then you’re not going to see a lot of changes in Beta 9. In fact, going by the release notes there’s only two changes of any importance highlighted by Mozilla:

More on Hardware 2.0

Steve Jobs granted “medical leave of absence” from Apple, continues as CEO

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Apple CEO Steve Jobs just sent this email to all employees:


At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.


Amusing VLC Player dialog box

Friday, January 7th, 2011

This VLC Player dialog that appears following an update never fails to amuse me:

Always seem to take more than a few minutes for me 😉