I started up Cubase for the first time in a few weeks, and I immediately got an error from my Waves plug-ins stating that its licenses couldn’t be found. This obviously freaked me out; I started the Wave License Center, and noticed that it couldn’t identify my machine anymore, and all my old licenses were listed under View All Licenses under the real name of the computer.
Long story short, I’d installed Visual Studio 2013 Pro Preview and along with that the Windows Phone dev kit (Don’t get me started how bad an idea it is to have everything on one machine…). Anyway, Waves didn’t recognize the machine because the network traffic was going through the Hyper-V vEthernet (External Switch) adapter with a different MAC address.
- Start Hyper-V Manager.
- Click Virtual Switch Manager under the Actions pane.
- Select External Switch under the Virtual Switches pane/group.
- Select Internal Network, and then click OK.
- Close the Hyper-V Manager control panel.
- Open up your Network Connections control panel, and then disable vEthernet (External Switch) and vEthernet (Internal … Windows Phone Emulator…).
- Reboot (to be safe).
After a restart (and writing this post), I was good to go (but where’d my musical inspiration run off to in the meantime?)
Since I missed the May Home Automation Month, I really need to make up for it somehow. So here’s a quick video of Remoat (http://remoat.com), a little utility I’ve been putting together in my spare time. It’s not really production-ready, but I’ll make the source available for the hackers out there.
Currently it needs/supports the following:
- Windows Media Player: Plays music from your library.
- MiCasaVerde Vera: Allows you to turn on binary devices, such as lights that you’ve got configured.
- mControl 2.X: There’s some old code in the package from when I was running mControl on my WHS box (which had sequential disk failures and in the end killed my RAID –> switched to a QNAP NAS). Unsupported.
- Windows Vista/7 speech recognition: This is required (part of the operating system anyway).
- Windows text-to-speech: You can specify which audio device is used for speech output. This lets you hook up a pair of speakers that are always on and have the PC hooked up to you’re a/V system for better quality playback. Part of the operating system.
I'm usually not a fan of Christmas albums, but I really like Sarah McLachlan's new album Wintersong. Check it out on YMU. Check it out below. Luckily it's not just another artist's pension check.