Why the silence?

Hi everybody,

this is a message to everybody who asked me why I am on and off and wrote me “where are you?” messages on Skype/ICQ. Why is my blog no longer updated and why my forum got not spam cleaned and re-opened, etc and skype calls sound like shit if it works

Reason is: My cable internet (i.e. the ISP) sucks!

Since over 6 weeks now, my internet and phone is down almost daily between 9:30 PM and 11:30 PM. Especially great when I have late shift so I come home and everything is… dead!

I called them almost daily complaining. Shortly before my trip to Bulgaria they said they will fix it, then it worked for 2 nights just to find out again that after my return to Germany, the problem re-appeared!

They first meassured a noise once on my cable TV line and thought that’s causing the problem (on the way to them to the house in which I live there are 8 other clients using the line).

Tonight they told me on the hotline they found out the line is overloaded (that’s the disadvantage of cable internet over DSL internet: cable TV lines are a shared medium)
From the night of Friday to Saturday they will build up a second downstream line to cope with the capacity shortcommings.

I think I have the worst ISP on the whole planet!
If there was any other cable TV provider for my area (that also has similar speed for similar price) I guess I would switch.

Sorry once again!

I sorry I can catch up next week’s weekend when I have 4 days off.

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Installing 5.1 Surround USB Headset HS-6200 in Windows XP X64

Trust doesn’t support Windows XP X64 with drivers. So doesn’t their 5.1 Surround USB Headset: “HS-6200”.

But similar to the Epson Perfection 2480 Photo case, the Windows Vista X64 drivers work for Windows XP X64!

Just download the Windows Vista X64 drivers and install them in Windows XP X64. The installation of the control panel applet won’t work but the driver will!

So you are stuck with the drivers’ default settings which are: Input mode: 2 Channels, Output mode: 6 Channels (Speakers) so the bass boost will work!

Please notice that the driver caused quite some system load for me in Windows XP X64 so otherwise fluent Sega Rally turned into a non-fluent experience.

The headset is based on C-Media’s CM106 sound chip. The CM106 sound chip is known for causing small white noise when the micro is not deativated in Windows’ audio device’s settings. (But it’s not too bad I think, I never bothered!).

You may also C-Media’s own drivers but they won’t support the bass boost! (And the control panel of this release doesn’t work eitzher!

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ICQ releases ICQ 6.5 Beta!

The ICQ Team just released ICQ 6.5 now. New thing is Open Xtraz means people can create their own xtraz for ICQ!##

A thing that was promised since years but it never came!

ICQ 6.5 Beta looks exactly like ICQ 6 so no need to provide new screenshots

Also the functionality of downloading them doesn’t work for me (neithe in Opera nor in IE7 but in both cases the browser would offer you to start the app in ICQ 6.5 but nothing happenes.

Also the ICQ Gallery page has broken pics for me.

Probabl.y the thing is buggy like hell yet or overloaded/not completed!

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