Firefox redirects VS2008 web pages to

Fix this problem by setting your hosts file entry “::1 localhost” to “:::1 localhost” (i.e. add an extra colon at the beginning of the line).

I found this solution at

Optimal Audio Encoding Settings

Updated 2011-06-08: Note that EAC 1.0’s parameters have changed (click here and scroll down to “Which flags can I use in the external compression scheme “User Defined MP3 Encoder”?”).

Using Exact Audio Copy, here are the best settings (that I’ve found) for encoding audio:

  • Check ‘Use external program for compression’
  • Change ‘Parameter passing scheme’ to ‘User Defined Encoder’
  • MP3:
    • Set file extension to .mp3
    • Locate ‘lame.exe’
    • For versions before 1.0 beta 2: Additional Command-line options: %l-V 5%l%h-V 0%h –vbr-new %s %d
    • For versions from 1.0 beta 2 on: Additional Command-line options: -V 0 -h %source% %dest%
  • FLAC:
    • Set file extension to .flac
    • Locate ‘flac.exe’
    • Use command line -T “artist=%a” -T “title=%t” -T “album=%g” -T “date=%y” -T “tracknumber=%n” -T “genre=%m” %s

Pond Footage (Part 2)

This was taken after the pond was completely finished.  Check out the fish!  Swanky patio furniture, too!


Footage recorded on October 25th, 2006

Pond Footage (Part 1)

Here is the new pond before all of the greenery had been planted.

Video footage taken on July 18th, 2006

(Re)installing the iTunes COM API in Windows

I ran into a problem recently where a third-party application could not launch iTunes and the Apple iTunes COM SDK also could not launch iTunes.  I have the 64-bit version of Windows XP Professional (x64 Edition) installed on my Athlon 64 computer and initially thought that perhaps MarkAble (an excellent tool for converting audio files into iTunes/iPod Audiobooks) was not working correctly on my 64-bit OS.  However, its problem was with launching iTunes, not calling any of iTunes’ functionality.

Technical Explanation

It was not a 64-bit issue at all.  For some reason, my iTunes COM type library (TLB) was never registered on the system.  So, values like “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\iTunes.Application” and “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\iTunes.Application.1” were not registered on my system.  Neither the ITunes.Application GUID (DC0C2640-1415-4644-875C-6F4D769839BA) nor the iTunes TypeLib for all of the COM interfaces (9E93C96F-CF0D-43f6-8BA8-B807A3370712) showed up anywhere in my registry.

Possible Causes

What caused this?  This may happen when iTunes does not complete its installation process or when the type libraries do not get registered correctly. Either situation could occur on a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows.


How did I fix it?  I just dropped to a command-prompt, changed to the “C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes” directory, and issued the following command:

itunes /regserver

That did the trick!  Now MarkAble works like a charm.  The iTunes COM SDK should also work fine now.

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