ATI Video Blurring on Media Center

I upgraded the drivers for my ATI/AMD Radeon in the Media Centre after 1 year of old version-ness, and suddenly video smearing and odd fleshtones are back for standard def TV.

(Why oh why oh why won’t ATI just leave my video (and historically, HDMI overscan/underscan) settings alone!?)

The usual TRDenoise and DXVA_thingy hacks didn’t seem to improve it this time, though.

Anyone got a newer set of tweaks that doesn’t make TV look like it’s being viewed through a soft-focus vaselined lens?

Or is it possible to configure good-looking video through the UI now?

I think what I want is simply a faithful rendition of what’s in the transport stream, but I’ll accept *better* image quality, sure!

DebugDiag 1.2 (64-bit capable, .Net 2.0+ compatible) released

Great news, everybody! Wait, that was Farnsworth-y – no, really, it’s great news!

DebugDiag 1.2 (or to give it its full title, the Debug Diagnostic Toolkit) has been released to the web and is available from the Microsoft Download Center.

Notes from the email that described this release:

Analysis:

· .Net 2.0 and higher analysis integrated to the Crash Hang analysis.

· SharePoint Analysis Script.

· Performance Analysis Script.

· .NET memory analysis script (beta).

· Native heap analysis for all supported operating systems

Collection:

· Generate series of Userdumps.

· Performance Rule.

· IIS ETW hang detection. 

· .NET CLR 4.0 support.

· Managed Breakpoint Support.

· Report Userdump generation to the Event log.

Deployment

· Import/Export of rules and configuration, including ‘Direct Push’ to remote servers.

· Enterprise deployment support using XCopy and Register.bat.

Non-supported items

· x64 userdump analysis on x86 systems.

· Installing x86 DebugDiag on x64 systems.

· Installing 1.2 and 1.1 DebugDiag on the same system.

· 1.2 Memory leak analysis of 1.1 leaktrack.

· Analysis of x86 Userdumps generated by x64 debugger.

Notes about this release:

– Uninstall all previous DebugDiag versions before you install DebugDiag 1.2.

DebugDiag makes analysis of IIS (and sometimes random process) user mode memory dumps a cinch. This long-awaited release should be helpful to any IIS admin or developer trying to troubleshoot problems with their web site or server.

Hotmail Aliases

The Hotmail team blogged about email aliases earlier this year – I didn’t know either technique was available, so thought I’d republish the ADHD version here.

Ultra-short version: You can add a tag (essentially) to your hotmail email address and use Sweep (mail rules) to manage emails to that address, or you can create a full-blown additional email address.

Examples!

Let’s say your email was preposterousexample@example.com (Aside: why example.com and not hotmail.com? Cos I don’t want anyone getting spammed when a bot reads this post)

Plus-sign-based Email Address Uniquification

preposterousexample+diamondshopping@example.com
or
preposterousexample+securitynewsletter@example.com

See the Hotmail feature docs for more details.

Actual aliasing – adding email addresses

Hotmail allow 5 aliases to be created each year (to a max of 15) – essentially, new, linked email addresses.

seeminglyunrelatedexample@example.com

So the person getting this one would have no clue it’s in any way related to your preposterousexample address.

Nice. Not sure how I’ll use it yet. Possibly forgreatevil(@example.com).