Category Archives: Browsers

Chromecast – a household hit

Ok; I was skeptical about the Google Chromecast. When it was released in the states I didn’t immediately bite (despite it being cheap enough to import). I’m mainly an iOS user (and fan) and so I wasn’t sure I’d get enough use out of a wifi HDMI dongle that presumably might see most support on Android.

But I was kinda wrong.

The device doesn’t really do anything I couldn’t already achieve through other means, be it wired connections or whatever. But there’s a certain cool factor to being able to control what’s on your television with your smart device and my kids have seemingly bought into it big time. I found it hard to wrestle my iPhone away from my youngest today once she got used to loading up various childrens content from BBC iPlayer and when she did give me my phone back it was to swap for the Google Nexus 7 that offered the same functionality of controlling her content from the sofa.

My eldest also found it very cool and it prompted her to download a few apps to her Moto G to take proper advantage of the device.

As for me? I tried casting some sports from Google Chrome via the BT Sport website last night (after installing the Google Cast extension) but found the sound cut out from the transmission. Maybe it’s a Microsoft Silverlight issue as I found various Adobe Flash content streamed just fine (BBC News, YouTube, etc). I read that when casting from the Chrome browser to use the lower bitrate 720p setting but I found the highest 720p setting worked just fine; there was no difference between the slightly jerky frame rate I was viewing on the television (but obviously the picture quality looked a little better).

Overall, I think the device is worth buying and I really hope developers adopt it wholeheartedly. I’m very tempted to go do some tinkering with it myself… :)

How to debug IE7 silent crashes

Experiencing a problem where a page randomly crashes in Internet Explorer 7 with no warning.

Work-in-progress blog posting, but found this so far: http://groups.google.com/group/IEToolbar-Group-Bugs/msg/fd808abaa72524ea?pli=1.

The crash report requires more Googling it seems:

Access violation – code c0000005 (first chance) eax=00000000 ebx=00000001 ecx=00000000 edx=00000007 esi=00219ec8 edi=00000000
eip=3cf6e923 esp=01e5ddf0 ebp=01e5ddf0 iopl=0         nv up ei pl nz ac pe cy
cs=001b  ss=0023  ds=0023  es=0023  fs=003b  gs=0000             efl=00210213
*** ERROR: Symbol file could not be found.  Defaulted to export symbols for C:\W INNT\system32\mshtml.dll -
mshtml!DllGetClassObject+bfa45:
3cf6e923 8b490c           mov     ecx,[ecx+0xc]     ds:0023:0000000c=????????
0:005>