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  • Blog Post: How to filter the eventlog in Vista manually (XML)

    So I ran into a situation last week where I wanted to filter the event log in Vista to only show events in the Application log that contained the string msnmsgr.exe. Alas, this was not as easy as alt-clicking and adding to the keywords. I thought it would have been, in any case this is how you would...
  • Blog Post: Making your app prompt for elevation in Windows Vista

    You find yourself in a situation where you may want your app to run with privileges. In this case you want the app the prompt for elevation when its started. You could have the user just alt-click and runas administrator or you can put it in the manifest. Short answer: <security> <requestedPrivileges>...
  • Blog Post: IE7 released! W00t!

    Nuff Said http://www.microsoft.com/ie IE blog for more details: IEBlog
  • Blog Post: XBOX 360 price drop

    Technorati tags: XBOX If you haven't got an XBOX 360 yet maybe now you'll reconsider, or have new ammo for the battle with your significant other. It looks like Microsoft just announced a significant price drop . Price changes which are up to $50 start on August 8th. Enjoy.
  • Blog Post: NLTEST returning RPC_S_UNKNOWN_IF

    Ran into a case today where NLTEST was returning RPC_S_UNKNOWN_IF. C:\Users\Administrator>nltest /sc_query:bradforest I_NetLogonControl failed: Status = 1717 0x6b5 RPC_S_UNKNOWN_IF C:\Users\Administrator>nltest /sc_reset:bradforest I_NetLogonControl failed: Status = 1717 0x6b5 RPC_S_UNKNOWN_IF...
  • Blog Post: Searching for Vista drivers?

    This is a nice consolidated location for a lot of Vista drivers. Of course I make no guarantees if you install them. This page just has links to the pages from the manufacturer so you don't need to run around the entire interweb. http://www.radarsync.com/vista/
  • Blog Post: Great Art

    If you haven't checked out https://www.zune-arts.net yet then you're missing out on some really cool art, music, videos that are free for the taking. I've put a sample here but there are quite a bit on the site that you should check out. Some of my favoirte artists have songs set to some really cool...
  • Blog Post: What do you say you DO here?

    Just noticed the AD jigsaw poster has been updated for 2k8. So next time your boss asks you "What do say you do here?", don't reply with I'm a people person! Do the following: 1) Download one of the jigsaw posters from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c2b9e44e-0bbd-47cb-bc09-b3d48be7f867&DisplayLang...
  • Blog Post: 16 things it takes most people 50 years to learn.

    Things It Takes Most Of Us 50 years to learn: 1. The badness of a movie is directly proportional to the number of helicopters in it. 2. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight-saving time. 3. You should never say anything to a woman that even...
  • Blog Post: Vista Reliability Monitor (video)

    You ever wonder what the new reliabilty monitor will do for you? Also testing out embedding some soapbox vid. Video: Views On Vista - Reliability Monitor Technorati tags: Vista , Vista Tips IceRocket tags: Vista , Vista Tips
  • Blog Post: Identity and Access in Windows Server 2008

    Want to know what is changing or what's new in the Active Directory space from Win2k8? Then follow this link . I have to say that I am quite pleased with the Beta3 build that we are running in production (6001.16510). There have been no "show-stoppers" to date since we've started deploying which is a...
  • Blog Post: Cool Windows Vista Feature

    Using the Windows key (WinKey) + a number will bring up items on your taskbar. For instance I have IE, Product Studio, Outlook, and Wmplayer on my taskbar. If I hit WinKey+1 it will bring up IE, if I hit Winkey+4 it will bring up Windows media player. I thought this was really cool as I have a lot of...
  • Blog Post: Caught the Powershell Bug.

    Over the past few months I have fallen in love with PowerShell.   I’ve taken on a new role (starting in mid-October) that will be more focused on automating out administrative tasks via powershell so the focus of this blog might change more towards that subject.  I think the crowd that...
  • Blog Post: Book of Vista (The definitive guide to Vista)

    I've lately been sending people to Wikipedia for information on what's new in Windows Vista, but with the release of the Product Guide on microsoft.com I'll be sending them to this download location now. A comprehensive feature-by-feature guide to Windows Vista. With contributions from people who actually...
  • Blog Post: Why is Vista such a memory hog?

    It's not. So I have been hearing this a lot lately and wanted to get a link out to a good article which explains superfetch and what it is doing. I will have to admit the first time that I opened task manager in Vista and saw my system running at ~1.6GBs I thought I had a memory leak of some sort, but...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Search for Mobile launched!

    So Windows Live search for Mobile launched and Gizmodo did a comparison between Google maps for mobile and Live search for mobile and said that the Live search wins hands down! Take the jump to read the comparison, but after reading it I have to say I was quite impressed. -B
  • Blog Post: Cool Vista Demos from thirteen23.com

    Just saw this on on10.net http://www.thirteen23.com/work.html It demonstrates what you can do with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). I'm using the netflix demo from that site right now and it is pretty slick looking. I can't wait for more products to start using this platform. I saw the BBC...
  • Blog Post: What variations of sleep does my computer support? And why did it wake up?

    POWERCFG has the answer to that question and many others, like -LASTWAKE will tell you why your machine resumed form sleep or hibernate. I used to run into an issue where I'd wake up in the morning and find my laptop was at perfect temperature to cook an egg, used -LASTWAKE to find out why... C:\Windows...
  • Blog Post: Vista Wallpapers...

    http://www.hamaddarwish.com/content/index.html If you like the cool filters used in some of the vista backgrounds there are others available for high-res download. Excerpt: Below, is a photo collection of the images taken during Microsoft's Windows Vista photo-shoot. Two of which are currently shipped...
  • Blog Post: How do I create an elevated cmd shortcut in Vista/LH?

    Are you tired of alt-clicking the cmd icon and choosing "Run as administrator" 70 times a day? Well I am. Create a copy of cmd.exe in C:\Windows; rename it Elevatecmd.exe (or whatever) and set the Run As Administrator checkbox in Properties – Compatibility tab. The icon should show a shield icon after...