Monthly Archives: April 2008

TrackMania: Nadeo Launcher has stopped working

Downloaded TrackMania Nations Forever (free) via STEAM. When launching it on my Vista 32-bit computer tmforever.exe crashes with the error message:

Nadeo Launcher has stopped working

What solved my problem was to install the latest DirectX 9.0c drivers. Get them here.

Please note that you really need to download them manually. Using Windows Update will (currently) not give you the latest, there are many versions of DirectX 9.0c (the March 2008 update being the latest as of now).

Do also note that I had to do this despite running Vista which already got DirectX 10.

You milage may vary, but this fixed the problem for me.

Amazon Web Services lower costs

Amazon have started to do a lot things right lately. The 24×7 premium support, introducing the Service Health Dashboard, the latest improvements to EC2, and now lowering the data transfer costs:

Current data transfer price (through April 30, 2008)
$0.100 per GB – data transfer in
$0.180 per GB – first 10 TB / month data transfer out
$0.160 per GB – next 40 TB / month data transfer out
$0.130 per GB – data transfer out / month over 50 TB

New data transfer price (effective May 1, 2008)
$0.100 per GB – data transfer in
$0.170 per GB – first 10 TB / month data transfer out
$0.130 per GB – next 40 TB / month data transfer out
$0.110 per GB – next 100 TB / month data transfer out
$0.100 per GB – data transfer out / month over 150 TB