Data Source Names and 64-Bit Operating Systems

To build and run an application as a 32-bit application on a 64-bit operating system, you must create the ODBC data source with the ODBC Administrator in %windir%\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe.

A 64-bit Windows operating system has two odbcad32.exe files:

%SystemRoot%\system32\odbcad32.exe is used to create and maintain data source names for 64-bit applications.

%SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe is used to create and maintain data source names for 32-bit applications, including 32-bit applications that run on 64-bit operating systems.

Yes, you read that right: the 32-bit version of the ODBC administrator is in SysWOW64 and the 64-bit one is in system32.  The Control Panel gives no indication of a 32-bit version and most applications you are running on 64-bit are likely 32-bit.

Source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc645931.aspx

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Fun with Routers

Now that I had my cool Nexus 7 tablet, I noticed that streaming video from my Windows 7 HTPC was a bit slow. ¬†I had a Linksys¬†WRT54GL running DD-WRT that’s been working great for the past 4 years. ¬†Unfortunately, it only does B and G bands, so I decided to get a Asus RT-N66U with N band support. ¬†It was the big antennas¬†that sold me on it including a “Kickass Award” from Maximum PC. ¬†Unfortunately, upon receiving the router, I could not get anything to connect above 54 Mbps. ¬†The interface was miserable as well with broken English here and there and DDNS just wouldn’t work. ¬†Back to Amazon it went. ¬†After doing more researching, I decided on the Netgear¬†WNDR3700. ¬†It comes with 128MB of flash memory and it has very good DD-WRT support (the WNDR3400, however, does not). ¬†Flashing it to DD-WRT firmware was a breeze. ¬†After getting everything setup, I checked the Nexus 7 only to find it was connected at 65 Mbps. ¬†More research lead to me the fact that 65 Mbps is the top speed for this thing as it only has a single channel wireless card.

The PC in the spare bedroom with a USB Medalink wireless stick faired better at 135 Mbps and my laptop does 72 Mbps.  So much for the 300 Mpbs speed listed on the box :(.

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