Monday, January 16, 2006

Can't Install SQL Server Express 2005?

Maybe it's to do with the interesting system requirements it has, coupled with the not so helpfully error reporting on setup failure. Tonight I discovered that SQL Server Express won't install on a machine where the Protected Storage Service is set to manual. Interestingly though you can't easily find this relationship with the error message of "ParseBootstrapOptionsAction".

For more information see this post Error installing Express Edition with VS2005 Standard
Or the actual Knowledge Base Article

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Version Alpha 0.06 Release - Beta coming soon

OpenSebJ version 0.06 has been released, this means that an official beta is getting close and will be released soon. Only a few features are outstanding before OpenSebJ will take off the Alpha shackles and make a Beta.

In this release a new feature has been included which you (probably?) won't find any where else - a position record straight to the multi track sequencer has been included. All you need to do is assign the samples to a key - open the lay down window hit the Key Record button, play and then tap out your beat.

I haven't kept up with the commercial software but I think this feature has a chance to rival the their products positions.

Thursday, January 12, 2006


Bizarre, somehow when I run OpenSebJ through the C# Express 2005 IDE, I can click "Select File" on the record window and have no issue but once I run the program outside of the IDE (Either the Debug or the Release version) I can follow exactly the same operation and get a "System.NullReferenceException". I've found the offending part of the program but have only so far caught it - I would like to debug it further but it's rather difficult without the use of the debugger ;-)

Any ideas?