Monday, August 24, 2009

Experimenting with Windows Live Writer

I heard about Windows Live Writer in the context of Windows 7.  It proclaimed itself as able to help me do a better job posting to my blog.  Thus far I’ve struggled to post multiple pictures and to have the formatting I want.


The idea is that I should be able to easily embed multiple pictures, wrap text around the pictures, and generally manage the blog more directly with their editing tool rather than using the HTML editor provided by

We’ll see…


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Python WIN32 extensions on Windows 7

I started using Windows 7 a few days ago and needed the Python interpreter. I also needed the WIN32 extensions for Python.

The Python installation worked just fine, I downloaded Python 2.6.2 and it installed with the expected Microsoft UAC prompt confirming that I truly intended to install.

The WIN32 installation prompted for UAC as well, but then failed with an obscure error message. However, I was able to successfully install if I opened a command processor window with "Run as Administrator", and then ran the pywin32 installer from there. With that "magic", the installer succeeded and had the happy message "The pywin32 extensions were successfully installed".