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Multi Factor Authentication App Backup and Usage Strategies
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2 Factor Authentication

Microsoft Authenticator helps keep me safe. The baddies are out there, and I know my logins are protected. Easy to setup and a real pleasure to use!

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Perfect Dark Zero is Addictive

The Xbox 360 rocks. I spent much of Black Friday playing this awesome game. The graphics at 720p are cinematically gorgeous. These games are tough to photograph as they are dark and swift, but here are a few shots that aren’t too bad. (Oh, and I got a blue faceplate for the console itself).

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Microsoft GPS 360 and x64 and x64 Vista – Getting 64 bit support

Microsoft and Pharos seemingly don’t want to support 64 bit Windows computing on XP x64 or Vista Betas x64 with 64 bit GPS drivers. Here’s how I got everything working on both platforms and with Mappoint 2005 and MS Streets and Tips 2006.

1. Download the Prolific driver from http://www.prolific.com.tw/support/files//IO%20Cable/PL-2303/Drivers%20-%20Generic/Windows/wd_pl2303h-hx-x_64-bit_v2018.zip and expand/extract to a folder on your hard drive

2. Edit both inf files and change all instances of the ID to USB\VID_067B&PID_AAA0

3. Plug in the GPS 360 and use the browse option to point to the folder where the files including the edited versions reside. Accept the unsigned driver if it displays.

4. Open Mappoint/Streets and set the comport (most likely the highest one displayed).

5. Enjoy 64 bit support!

My 360 is up!

Currently trying the Media Center Extender functions on my Xbox 360.

My Xbox 360

Connected via a D-Link DGL-3420 gaming adapter.

Running wide screen 1080i and Dolby Digital 5.1

MCE Recorded TV (DVR-MS) to Apple Video IPOD

Diversified Multimedia LLC let me preview an incredibly elegant solution to easily and quickly get your non content restricted Recorded TV from MCE 2005 to an Apple Video IPOD. Quickly. I will repeat Quickly. No audio/video sync problems. Absolutely seamless. I’ve been using it for about two weeks and it’s been working flawlessly.

It’s available for purchase now and a 14 day trial download is also available.

For me, the best news is that you can transcode your content without having iTunes and/or Quicktime installed on your Media Center computer. I converted 19 Battlestar Galactica one hour shows in less than 9 hours. That’s the fastest transcoding I’ve ever seen.

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Look for an Expert Zone column in the near future that goes into more details.

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