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So much for blogging :/
O2 cut me off from any data coverage in Cologne so I was only able to get online when I was at the hotel. Most of the time I was at the hotel I was asleep, hence no blogging. However, I did make plenty of notes and hope to have time to write something up about my experiences shortly.
On the whole, I’m glad I gave gamescom a try, but I don’t think I’ll be going back as a consumer. If I do end up finding myself as press or trade it’s a different story, but I don’t see that happening just yet…

Gamescom – Day Zero recap

So, lessons learnt from yesterday;
Do not get to the airport too early. I mean, get there early but don’t allow over two hours to get through security. Once through security at Stansted, there is nowhere to smoke.
When the Germanwings desk reads ‘Final call’, what they mean is ‘We’ll invite you to sit for a while while we let everyone else board.’ When they say ‘Boarding in strict row order’ they mean ‘We’ll let the cheap seats on first, then it’s a bit of a scrum.’
Cologne is hot. Like, really hot. The temperature here is in the high twenties but there’s little to no wind so it feels like mid thirties. Also, it’s really humid despite having a massive thunderstorm.
Let me pause here a moment; a lot of this sounds like a grumble. It’s not meant that way.
Cologne is massive – what looks like a quick twenty minute walk is well over half an hour and feels longer in the heat.

Anyway, I went to a hugely swanky party last night, courtesy of someone I know online from Deep Silver – free food and (more importantly) free drink. Unfortunately, I didn’t find anyone that spoke English all night (I’m sure they were there, I just didn’t find them) but I had a blast wandering around – it certainly was easier than trying to find somewhere to eat! So, I was probably shoulder to shoulder with the big noises in gaming – I wish I’d taken more German!

Anyway, I’m in the queue to get in on day one at the moment – this place is going to be insanely busy. The queue for one gate is about as big as the Eurogamer queue and there are five gates. Eep!

Windows Desktop Search

From: http://tinyurl.com/ywp3ao

In RegEdit, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS and set “ShowStartSearchBand” to 0, and you’ll get the default search behavior back.

And while you’re at it and poking around in the registry, you might as well go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ContentIndex and set FilterFilesWithUnknownExtensions to DWORD with the value of “1″ in order to enable full-text searching of files (like code!) that Explorer by default skips over.

.Net Framework Apps give ‘(407) Proxy Authentication Required’ errors behind ISA 2006

We’re using ISA 2006 in the office these days and have been running into a problem with an odd little .net application from an external third party giving 407 errors whenever we try to use it. Anyway, after a little digging and tinkering around, I came across this:

Modify C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\CONFIG\machine.config (assuming it’s a .net 2 application!) At the bottom of the file, just above </configuration>, add:

  <system.net>
    <defaultProxy enabled="true" useDefaultCredentials="true">
    </defaultProxy>
  </system.net>

That means that the app will pass the user’s logon credentials to the proxy (poxy!) server, and allow the app out to the ‘net.

Hacking the EX470/475

I’ve had my eye on the HP MediaSmart Home Server for the longest time and when I eventually get mine, upgrading the RAM to 1Gb is probably one of the first mod’s I’ll be doing (the whole ‘If it ain’t broke’ adage is so wrong if you work in IT.) Fortunately, the madmen over at HomeServerHacks.com (love the name) have posted a helpful how-to (with pictures) over here so any idiot can do it. These people are going to put us techy’s to shame!

Firefox Search Hacking – revisited

I’ve made a minor revision to the xml file that I use – it no longer defaults to UK sites, but continues to connect to the Google UK.

For reference, the following line will copy the file to the correct folder on Ubuntu (and probably some other Linux distro’s)

sudo cp googleukv2.xml /usr/share/firefox/searchplugins

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