Problems upgrading from Winzip 11.1 to 11.2

May 13, 2008 at 8:51 pm | Posted in Why was it so hard | 1 Comment

It should have been easy (famous last words). No uninstall required. Just install over the top and you’re done.

Unfortunately I hit problems immediately. A cryptic error message appeared along the lines of not having permission to access the following key.

1402 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\WinZip\DefaultIcon

This doesn’t make any sense. I’m running XP with full admin rights.

This one error causes the entire installation to abort.

So I thought I’d try removing Winzip 11.1 first. Same error.

However now I’m even worse off. Winzip 11.1 has now been partially removed, so I can no longer access it.

The solution.

Run Regedit.exe (Start->Run and type regedit.exe)  and manually remove the entire parent key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\WinZip

Run the uninstall again.

This time it comes up with the same error but for a different registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\WinZip.JobFile\DefaultIcon

So I removed that key and tried again.

To cut a long story short, by repeatedly running the uninstall and then manually deleting each key that it complained about (approx. 5 or 6), I was able to get the uninstallation of 11.1 to complete.

I then ran the 11.2 installation which completed without errors.

It could have been much worse. I just hope every Winzip user doesn’t run into this problem or there are going to be a lot of frustrated people out there.

 

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I’m addicted to iTunes updates!

May 6, 2008 at 10:22 pm | Posted in iPod, iTunes | 1 Comment

A new version of iTunes is available. Do you want to update?I haven’t run iTunes today.

I wonder if I’m still running the latest version?

Open iTunes.

Voila! A new version of iTunes (7.6.8.3) is available. Would you like to download it now?

Shock horror. I’m only running 7.6.8.2.

I must have those performance and stability enhancements now.

Please, Apple hit me with another 50MB.

Please throw in a copy of Quicktime while you’re at it. Never mind that I’ve downloaded the same version 20 times before.

30 minutes later, install and run the new version.

iTunes version 7.6.8.3 may look exactly the same as 7.6.8.2 but it does feel a little more stable and a little more responsive.

Just to be safe, I’d better check for new updates that may have come in while I was doing my update.

No new updates available.

Ah! Calm has been restored.

I love my iPod/iTunes but seriously Apple, for a company that prides itself on useability your iTunes update technology is a joke. I’m all for regular updates but surely you’ve heard of patch technology? Why on earth do you insist on bundling in Quicktime as well?

Here are the changes I’d like to see.

1. Use patch technology so that I only have to download the differences between my current version and the new version.

2. Don’t ask me. Just do it silently in the background. This includes both the download and the install.

3. The next time I open iTunes, let me know about new features that I can use. Don’t tell me about performance and stability enhancements. While it’s great that you’re continually improving the quality of your software, I really don’t want to know about every little bug fix.

Perhaps you could update your update technology in the next update? I’ll keep feeding my update addiction in the hope that you do!

 

iPhone finally coming to Australia!

May 4, 2008 at 8:53 am | Posted in Australia, iPhone, iPod | Comments Off on iPhone finally coming to Australia!

iPhone coming to AustraliaApple’s iPhone is expected to be on sale in Australia by the end of June. CNet.com.au has confirmed that Optus will be one of several mobile carriers that will support the iPhone.

There have been strong hints the major carriers have been preparing for the iPhone’s arrival for some time.

The unnamed industry insider who broke the story to cnet.com.au would not confirm whether it would be a 3G iPhone but did suggest that it would be an ‘upgraded’ model.

One interesting rumor is that Apple may sell the iPhone directly through Apple stores and resellers.

This could be all good news for Australian consumers looking for competitive plans without any onerous lock-in.

Perhaps it will be possible to use the Vodaphone prepaid service with an iPhone? However it remains to be seen if this would be cost effective when you can chew through the data by surfing the internet from anywhere on your phone.

Roll on end of June!

 Update:

Vodafone have announced that they will sell the iPhone in Australia and New Zealand later this year.

 

 

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