Aug 11, 2008

Extracting files from a MSI file.

Today I was looking for a way to extract files from a msi installation package when I found a blog just explaining how to do it:

msiexec /a filepath to MSI file /qb TARGETDIR=filepath to target folder
Despite the original blog title it does work with XP :) Adriano

Aug 4, 2008

Here we come again :) - Part II

Just a little bit more information on my new toy (the one I am planning to get)
MotherboardGIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R
ProcessorINTEL Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66GHz 12MB 1.333MHz
Memoty8 Gb - G.SKILL DDR2 800
CoolerARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro
Power550W - Seventeam
KeyboardMicrosoft Wireless Desktop 2000 Optico
Video CardGeforce XFX 8600GT 256MB
Even not being the fastest possible configuration it is a pretty good one :) Why did I need such a beast: Well, working as a software developer sometimes I find myself running Eclipse, Visual Studio as well a guest OS within Virtualbox (running VS and some other programs there also ;). So I do believe (I'm not a expert in hardware) that a 4 core processor will be helpful; in the same way, 8 GB of memory doesn't seem that much :) I considered to get a WD Raptor but it's too expansive here; also, I'll install 2 other HDs (that are sitting in my current machine) so I'll get some performance gains due to a more distributed load. Do you have a raid 0 configuration? How does it perform? Is it reliable?
Right now I am considering to build a Raid 0 array also but I'm not sure. My past experience wih Raid 0 was not so good. Adriano

Aug 1, 2008

Here we come again :)

For some time now, my computer started to give me signs that its time is coming. It's a pity since it is only 2 years old and has a not so bad configuration. For me, it's always a dichotomy between a pain and a pleasure when I need to figure out a new configuration. Should I go for a brand computer or should I build it myself? Should I by the latest/fastest/expansive(est) :) processor/memory/whatever (in a useless try to protect my investment) or should I stick to more affordable parts? Please, keep in mind that I live in Brasil and here computers are not so cheap as in some other places. Anyway, just for fun, I am dumping all my previous computer's configuration along side my wishes for the new one:
Year Processor Freq. # Core RAM Hard Disk Graphics Card Internet
1989 6502 0,75 Mhz 1 256 Kb NA OnBoard NA
1992 Ciryx 486 DLC 40 Mhz 1 4 Mb 100 Mb Trident NA
1996 Pentium 100 100 Mhz 1 16 Mb 1.0 Gb ? 28 Kbps
1999 Athlon 400 400 Mhz 1 128 Mb 30 Gb 4 Mb 56 Kbps
2002 Athlon XP 2.1 1.8 Ghz 1 512 Mb 60 Gb AGP 64Mb 350 Kbps
2006 Athlon 64 3.8 X2 2.0 Ghz 2 2.0 Gb 370 Gb PCI-X 256Mb 2.0 Mbps
2008? Core 2 Quad 9XXXX > 2.50 Ghz 4 8.0 Gb 500 Gb PCI-X 256Mb 6.0 Mbps
Well, what can I say? Current PC, RIP :) What do you think? Adriano