09Sep 2009

Previews and thumbnails for TGA, PSD, etc.

Now this is probably something that a typical user never has to think about…previewing TGA images and Photoshop files. However if you’re like me and use Photoshop a lot, or happen to like taking your World of Warcraft screenshots in TGA format (which is superior to the default JPG), this program is a godsend.

MysticThumbs is a thumbnail extension for Windows XP, Vista, and 7 (both 32- and 64-bit). It currently supports PSD, TGA, DDS (a game texture format), PAA, and JPEG2 file formats. All that you have to do is install the program and you might have to restart your computer. Best of all, it’s completely free.

This is a fantastic find for me, since I no longer have to hesitate taking tons of screenshots in WoW, because now I have a much simpler method to sort through them later. I just installed it and I love it already.

03Sep 2009

I think you’re missing the point of wireless

I’m at work today when I get a call from my roommate. The emergency?

Roommate: Your brother is trying to connect his Xbox360 to the router using wireless and it’s not working. He can connect it to other wireless networks but not ours.
: Oh, does he have the Xbox set up in his room, hooked up to his computer monitor?
Roommate: Nope, the TV in the living room.
Me: But…the router is right there. And there’s a spare cable already connected to it. Why doesn’t he just plug that in like he did before?
Roommate: I don’t know, he wants to use wireless.
Me: …

My brother has little quirks like this so I play along. I had set up my wireless network so that it’s “unsecure” but restricts the MAC addresses that can connect to it. The only MAC addresses allowed at the moment are my brother’s computer and my laptop. All I need to do is add the MAC address of the Xbox to the list. I try to remote connect to my brother’s computer while my brother and roommate attempt to find the MAC address (“no, it’s not the serial number”). His computer is offline. I connect to my extremely slow laptop and type in the router address. It’s not connecting because the boys had decided to reset it in an attempt to get the Xbox connected.

Me: …Tell him he can just wait until I get home. I’ll set it up for him then.

So guess what I’ll be doing when I get home? >.>

P.S. I find it amusing that I’m living with 2 grown men and I’m the one who’s always getting “tech help” calls.