Connectify 3.0 Beta fixes BSoD issue with 3G modems, my wireless devices rejoice!

As an update to my previous post concerning blue screen of death issues with Connectify 2.2 and 3G/HSPA modems, I have now confirmed that their new beta (3.0) works swimmingly on my system! If you were having the same issues or if you want to try the beta make sure to drop by their Facebook note for the download link. The release note is there too pointing out the new features of the release and don’t forget to answer the poll for your experiences with the beta. Over and out.

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The NGP is now the PlayStation Vita!

Sony finally reveals the name for their most anticipated new hardware release codenamed NGP or Next Generation Portable. It will now be called the PlayStation Vita! To be honest, I’m no real fan of the name but I don’t give a damn, it’s the device that I like! Words cannot express my excitement! See the PlayStation Vita official video yourself featured after the break.

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New Xbox Live Dashboard revealed, Kinect and Bing Voice integrated plus some more

New Xbox 360 Dashboard

The new Xbox 360 Dashboard to be released this fall

Microsoft has revealed a dramatically new Xbox Live Dashboard that deeply integrates the Kinect Sensor and Bing Voice and taking Microsoft’s Metro UI/UX philosophy to the 6-year-old console. I, for one, personally like Metro and the Live Tiles system first introduced on Windows Phone 7 and recently revealed to be the new touch UI layer of Windows 8 so the changes are very welcome to me.

With Kinect and voice control supported all around controlling the Dashboard can now be as simple as moving your hands or saying what you want to be done. This is in contrast to the current Dashboard that had a separate UI for Kinect. The new UI fully integrates Kinect to the Xbox experience instead of just adding a layer over it.

Bing Voice adds Microsoft’s search engine into Xbox Live. You can now search for new game titles or movies simply by effortlessly searching in Bing Voice and it will show you stuff related to your search terms from the Marketplace or from your console. There’s no need to navigate the menus anymore.

Youtube is also now a part of the Xbox Live experience which obviously lets you watch Youtube videos directly from your Xbox 360. Another is Live TV which allows you to watch streamed TV from Microsoft partners from around the globe. I don’t have much information about the latter but I believe that there’s some extra fees to avail of Live TV.

I have some lingering questions about the new UI though. One of them is how we are going to make use of the dashboard themes that we have spent our precious Microsoft Points on. This became an issue when Microsoft changed the original Dashboard blade UI to the Media Center-inspired UI. I just hope my purchased premium themes still work on the new Dashboard.

The update is slated to be released this fall, 2011. A video of the E3 unveiling is attached after the break.
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Galaxy Tab 7 Honeycomb port now at Alpha 2, Wifi finally works

My Galaxy Tab, courtesy of Samsung, has been with me for half a year already. Despite its huge size (for a phone that is), I’ve been using it as my primary phone since the day I received it via DHL. It has been stuck at Android version 2.2 or Froyo for quite a while until not very long ago the 2.3 Gingerbread update appeared in Italy. I immediately grabbed the Italian update and it’s what’s installed on my Galaxy Tab at the moment but I wish for something more. I want sweet Android version 3 or Honeycomb but Samsung does not seem to have any plans to port Honeycomb to the Galaxy Tab. I guess I should wait for someone to port Honeycomb to the tablet…

A screenshot of Honeycomb's homescreen

A screenshot of Honeycomb's homescreen

Wait? Wait no more! A Honeycomb port has been brewing over at XDA thanks to spacemoose1. The code is a port of the Honeycomb 3.0 SDK emulator as the Honeycomb source has not been released by Google yet.

The port is at version Alpha 2 at the time of writing. I’ve been keeping watch ever since I’ve heard about it and the new version adds wireless networking to the mix. It still is basically incomplete: only the CDMA version is available for download at the time of writing, 3G doesn’t work yet and there are a couple of bugs that need to be fixed but that’s to be expected of alpha software. If you’re interested head on to the Honeycomb Galaxy Tab XDA thread to watch its progress. A video review by chriskader is available after the break.
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Fixed – BSoD Alert: Connectify 2.2 Crashes when Connecting to the Net with 3G Modems

It’s been months since my last post. I’ve been really busy with some stuff but anyway, I’m here to talk about a problem with Connectify 2.2. Searching the net I found quite some having the same problem as I have but there’s a lack of information on how to fix it.

Connectify is a nifty program that can turn Windows 7 into a wifi access point. I use it… well, used to. Right now it causes my PC to go haywire!

I installed Connectify on my new PC with Windows 7 Professional 64-bit at work. We have a network at my workplace but it is exclusive for local services and email so I use my own ZTE 3G/HSPA modem to connect to the internet. After installing Connectify v2.2 I started getting BSoD (that’s BlueScreen of Death) whenever I try to connect the modem to the internet. Annoying? Yes! Totally!

So, being the technician that I am, I couldn’t help but search for the problem and try to fix it myself. My troubleshooting led to the Connectify network service which causes a really bad conflict and showing me that sad BSoD screen that I haven’t seen in a very long time. A temporary fix was to uninstall the Connectify network service driver. I’ll keep it this way until a new update gets released. Crossing my fingers that such an update would fix this annoyance!

If you’re getting the same problem here’s a rundown on how to stop the BSoD from happening. Take not that this will make Connectify unusable too:

  1. Open the Network Connections window. Simply type “network connections” in the start menu’s search box and hit enter.
  2. Right click on any local network adapter. They are normally labelled Local Area Connection or Wireless Network Connection unless you or someone else changed them. Click on the Properties option.
  3. In the list under “This connection uses the following items:” search for Connectify. Highlight it and click on the uninstall button. Follow the prompts, if any, and proceed with the uninstall. You should now be able to connect to the net for now.

Let’s hope that an update would fix this problem soon.

UPDATE:
Connectify 3.0 Beta fixes the problem. You may find the link to their Facebook note. I assume you may need a Facebook account and to like the Connectify page to access the note.