VST plug-in locations in Windows

Since I’m constantly confused with these, I’ll just jot these down for me to reference later on.

  • C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins – 64-bit VST2 plug-ins.
  • C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3 – 64-bit VST3 plug-ins. (Live 10.1 and later).
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\VSTPlugins – 32-bit plug-ins.

Note: Live 10 is 64-bit only, so 32-bit plug-ins won’t appear in Live 10. Likewise 64-bit plug-ins won’t appear in 32-bit versions of Live.

https://help.ableton.com/hc/en-us/articles/209071729-Using-VST-plug-ins-on-Windows

“Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI system, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks.”

Here’s the case: I’m installing Windows 10, but even when formatting a hard drive in the installer Windows still won’t install, but complains about MBR, EFI, GPT, whatever. The issue lies within the MBR that is on the target disk, and it needs to be converted to GPT:

  1. Hit shift + F10 to open the command prompt in the Win 10 installer
  2. diskpart to start the Disk Partitioner application
  3. list disk to show all disks
  4. select disk # where # is the target disk, as indexed by list disk
  5. clean Warning: This empties the target disk!
  6. convert gpt to finally convert MBR to GPT.

After this the target disk should be empty and ready for Win 10 installation.

The New Wilderness

Maciej Cegłowski of the Pinboard fame writes or speaks not too often, but when he does, it’s always solid gold:

No two companies have done more to drag private life into the algorithmic eye than Google and Facebook. Together, they operate the world’s most sophisticated dragnet surveillance operation, a duopoly that rakes in nearly two thirds of the money spent on online ads. You’ll find their tracking scripts on nearly every web page you visit. They can no more function without surveillance than Exxon Mobil could function without pumping oil from the ground.

So why have the gravediggers of online privacy suddenly grown so worried about the health of the patient?

Part of the answer is a defect in the language we use to talk about privacy. That language, especially as it is codified in law, is not adequate for the new reality of ubiquitous, mechanized surveillance.

Maciej Cegłowski

Be sure to read the whole essay about online privacy.

From Jekyll to WordPress

Yeah, so… as a geek I like to fiddle. Too long has gone since I last wrote anything to my public journal of sorts that this website attempts to be. For some reason a few days ago I got the itch again, the itch that can only be scratched by hacking away ssh’ing on a VPS, tuning things, installing and updating software. It feels like an incremental game to me for some reason, watching the updates fly by.

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