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Subject:Making the Logitech MX1000 Bluetooth Mouse work with the Dell Bluetooth 350/355 Toshiba BT Stack
Time:06:26 am
This is a particularly specific blog entry, mostly meant for myself or anyone else that might hit it on Google. For anyone else without a Toshiba Bluetooth transceiver or the Bluetooth version of the MX1000 mouse, this will be particularly uninteresting.

Logitech has made a minor omission in their driver inf file for Bluetooth HID mice that is included in the SetPoint software. There is no entry allowing the MX1000 Bluetooth to be recognized when you connect it to a computer via the Toshiba Bluetooth stack. This stack is used in Toshiba and Dell laptop PCs. The Dell PCs use the 350/355 MiniPCI Bluetooth card.

I found a fix for this problem, but it references the older versions of the Logitech SetPoint drivers and it took me a bit to find the proper driver inf file to modify for the latest SetPoint 3.3 drivers.

Here goes:
1. Install the SetPoint software.

1. Connect your MX1000 Bluetooth to the PC using the built-in BT, not the dongle. If you're using the dongle, then everything should already be working properly.

2. It will likely show up as an HID-compatible device or something like that. The Bluetooth manager will show that it is an MX1000, but the driver in the device manager will simply list an HID-compatible device. If it lists the driver entry as the MX1000, then everything should be fine. The mouse should show up in the SetPoint software and you shouldn't have any problem using all of the buttons.

3. Go to the following directory: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logitech\CDDRV\.

4. Edit the file called LfMouHid.inf using Notepad or a similar text-only editor.

5. Find the section with the label ";------------- Toshiba BT IDs --------------------------" and add the following line at the bottom of that section and save the file:
%PID_B003.mouse.desc% = LOGIHIDMOUSE,HID\VID_046D&PID_B003&Col01

6. It's possible that your mouse might have a different PID, other than B003&Col01. You can check this by right-clicking on the HID-compliant driver entry in the device manager, selecting properties and then selecting the Details tab. Then select Hardware Ids from the combo box and you will see the proper PID in the first line. Use this to modify the first and last parts of the line from step 5.

7. Choose to Update the driver and select to install it from a specific location.

8. Choose "don't search" and hit next.

9. Click Have Disk... and navigate to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logitech\CDDRV. Note that this is the location of the driver that you modified.

9. Hit OK and you should see that it finds a driver listed as Logitech MX1000 Bluetooth Laser Mouse. Choose it and hit next.

10. It will install whatever files it needs to for the driver, and now the mouse will appear in the SetPoint software and should operate properly, including functionality for all of the buttons.

If you have any problems, just comment on here and maybe I can sort it out.
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Subject:A Pet Peeve of Mine as Well
Time:05:09 pm
Courtesy of xkcd:


People that say things to me like that piss me off.  In fact, it's one of the quickest ways to put yourself in the "not worth tolerating" category.
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Subject:Real life + Truman Show + Japanese TV = Nasubi?
Time:06:33 pm
I love the Truman Show. I think it's a splendid movie, and it really gets to me, every time I see it. The reason it gets to me is because I can really feel for Truman, and his yearning for freedom and to expand his life.

Now, I somehow happened upon this page about Japanese TV shows and scanned it until I happened upon Nasubi. Now, I'm working from the assumption that this is real, but it's always possible it isn't. Assuming that it is, the premise is that they take a comedian looking for a TV job and lock him up in a small apartment (?) with nothing, not even food or clothes. He is given magazines and postcards to enter in contests to win 1,000,000 Yen. That's around $10,000USD. At that point, he will be let out.

I find it slightly funny, but mostly horrifying. I can't believe that someone would put up with that, even if you're trying to make your way into a TV job of some kind. I'm pretty sure I'd just bust my way through a wall and go AWOL. Or perhaps choke the producers to death. Regardless, I think that you'll find that whatever horrible things you might find on Fox, Japanese TV is even worse. On the other hand, I can tell you from experience that their commercials, especially when you don't know the language, are much more amusing to watch!
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Subject:Electronic Voting Aftermath
Time:12:05 pm
Ars has another article, this time discussing what we know of how badly electronic voting worked out. The article also includes many references to other sources of information, and is long in itself.

I don't really know what to do, to deter the spread of voting machines, but I will certainly inform everyone I know that they are a bad idea.
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Subject:Hacking the Vote, by Ars
Time:10:38 am
Hannibal of Arstechnica has written an article that is positively terrifying for anyone with a modicum of intelligence. Actually, electronic voting should have scared everyone smarter than a gerbil, but somehow it hasn't. This will. It's an article that describes, in both a general and specific manner, how to change the election results of the United States, without any ability to detect or prove the occurrence.
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Subject:A webcomic reminiscent of my thoughts...
Time:02:14 pm
So, a coworker sent me a link to a really, really nerdy web comic post here. It really is the kind of humour that you're only going to get if you are a coder of some type, but quite appreciated if you are. The rest of the web comic, while occasionally pretty dirty, is also interestingly intellectual. It's a bit eerie to see a comic that so closely represents something I've considered. Is this something that everyone thinks about, occasionally?
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Subject:5.1 Surround w/o wires across the room
Time:03:19 pm
It's difficult to explain, but the arrangement of my furniture and TV in my apartment does not lend itself to running surround speakers from the TV to the right and left sides of the couch.  I would have to string wires all around my apartment, or across the ceiling, neither of which would look very good.

I have managed pretty well without surround sound for a while, since the speakers built into the TV weren't terrible, and movies seldom make particularly notable use of the 5.1 surround.  Games do make good use of the surround, but I play most games on the PC, which has a 7.1 surround setup.  The PS2 is on the TV, but I don't think it has any 5.1 output anyways.

Enter the Xbox 360 Premium, and here is an HD gaming machine where all games support 5.1 surround sound, and all I'm using is the piddly TV speakers.  Weak!  The games look great, and they sound good too, but if I'm busy trying to sneak up upon my target in Hitman: Blood Money, then it might be good if I could hear what's going on behind me as well.

I was looking around at surround systems, but couldn't get over the fact that I'd have to run wires all over the place.  I pretty much gave up on it, and then happened upon the Logitech Z-5450, when I wasn't even looking for it.  In short, it is a 5.1 surround system that has wireless rear speakers.  They still have to be plugged in for power, but the sound itself is transmitted wirelessly.

I've only gotten to use it for maybe an hour or so, but it sounds great.  The sound is good, the bass is large (I will need to keep it turned lower for my apartment) and the wireless rear speakers sound as good as the front ones.  Using the optical digital output from my 360 HD-AV cable, it was dead easy to get the 5.1 connected.  I can definitely hear things behind me now.  I played the Burnout Revenge demo, some Hitman and Geometry Wars, and all of it sounded great.  Burnout and Hitman both used the surround sound, and it was pretty nifty to hear things going on from different angles.

So far, this is a perfect system for my apartment.  Perhaps it isn't as powerful as some of the giant speaker systems I've seen, but I don't need that until I have the house to go with it.  My biggest complaint is the BRIGHT BLUE LED on the front of the control center when it's turned on.  Honestly, who wants a bright light in their face right near their TV?  I know blue is the cool color now, but seriously.  I'll just put something in front of that little light, or use a sticker of some sort, and I'll be set.
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Subject:Deepest Sender Firefox Addon (and Firefox memory usage "fix")
Time:02:10 pm
One of the nifty things about Firefox is the huge number of nifty addons it has.  Without the Adblock extension, I couldn't easily go back to IE, even if IE7 turns out well (at least it has tabs).

The latest nifty extension is called Deepest Sender, and it is an integrated LiveJournal editor.  Assuming this post works, it will be a good enough test for me.  Given that it has WYSIWYG, Source and Preview views, it seems as full-featured as any other editor I've used, and it's small and easy to access through Firefox.  Nifty.

On the subject of Firefox, the one problem I have often had is that when I open many content-heavy pages with the same instance of FF, it will sometimes consume gigantic amounts of memory.  Add to that the fact that I will sometimes open a billion tabs, and it often slows down my system.  I have seen this happen on my desktop, laptop and work computer, depending upon the target sites.  I have seen Firefox consume >1GB of RAM occasionally, which is painful, even on a system with 2GB.

I accidentally found the fix, which is basically a configuration to tell FireFox to not cache so many of the previous pages, since it is doing so only to speed things up.  If "speeding" things up slows down the entire system, I don't consider that a "feature."  So, simply read here, and modify your Firefox browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers setting by navigating to the about:config page in Firefox.  It's on the list, at least assuming you have Firefox 1.5.  I don't know about older versions.

I changed my value to 3, and seem to have had much better luck with FF memory usage.  If it still is a problem, you might change it to 1 or even 0, and see if you significantly notice the difference.  Honestly, I don't think it should decide how many rendered pages to cache in RAM by the page count, but it should rather look at how much space is being used and determine if it should add more, or release older ones first.  I didn't write FF, of course, and maybe  they have a good reason for their method.  I'd prefer to be able to specify a maximum sessionhistory memory usage, but nobody asked me.
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Subject:Journal at 36000 feet
Time:12:51 am
I didn't even realize it was yet possible, but you can now get internet access on some Boeing flights. I was lucky enough to get one today on the flight back from Korea. So, this journal post is just to show that it can be done. Groovy.

Oh, and as proof that I am a real WoW addict, I also signed onto that from the plane just now. It doesn't work well for playing (the connection is satellite based, as it would have to be), since the ping times are horrible. But it works well enough to sign on and say hello to guildies and whatnot. I'm such a nerd, and it's so cool.
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Subject:What, again?
Time:11:36 am
I got a couple of weeks at home and now I'm in Korea again, though theoretically just for a bit over a week this time. If everything works as expected (does it ever, really?), then I'll be home next Monday.

I'm strongly considering ordering the new Mario Bros. game for the Nintendo DS. That handheld is all kinds of fun, and a new Mario game should be nearly geekgasmic. I remember playing through the old Mario on the original Gameboy and I'm looking forward to getting to do it all over again, but newer and shinier. Anyone else looking forward to it? I just got the new Tetris, and it's awesome fun too. In fact, given all the different game modes (but still a nearly-identical original Tetris mode), it's even better than when I had it on the Gameboy. So, can Nintendo keep redoing old Gameboy games, making them flashy and in color and have me buy them? Definitely yes. I already finished Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrows, and that was great too. Keep it up, Nintendo, even if think the new name for the Revolution is retarded.
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