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Computer rebuild


VLC media player

With the release of Service Pack 3 for Windows XP and a new version of Grisoft's AVG Antivirus, I decided to rebuild my main desktop computer Dee to get it squeaky clean and up-to-date with the latest software and drivers. All went well except for one program.

InterVideo WinDVD 7 had worked previously but was now fubar with the updated system as it crashed whenever I tried to play a commercial DVD. And because its DVD decoder became the default, it also caused Windows Media Player to crash.

I didn't feel like spending $50+ for the newest version, so I turned to the free VLC media player. I tried VLC before on previous computers and experienced a problem where the mouse would slow to a crawl when VLC was running. That made me wary, but the cheapskate in me made me set aside any worries. I'm thrilled to report that the latest version works fine. The slow mouse bug has not cropped up and I can play DVDs in both VLC and WMP without issues. Hurrah for free software.



Movie purchase


Big day for zombie fans as George A. Romero has two releases. His fifth Dead film goes back to the beginning and tells a new tale of a zombie outbreak and a restored and re-mastered version of his original classic was also released.



Movie & music purchase


Spies, terrorists, slackers, murderers and a former riot grrrl for good measure.









May 2008

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