KC Lemson

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  • Blog Post: IE add-in to display HTTP header traffic

    When I worked on OWA, I used NetMon a lot to do sniffs of the traffic between client and server. Although NetMon is powerful, it's a bit overkill for quick & dirty checks. A coworker just pointed me at IEHttpHeaders , which is a nifty addin that adds a pane to IE that shows you the headers of the...
  • Blog Post: How to transfer ratings on MP3s in Windows Media Player between machines

    I just got a new desktop machine and was faced with this problem: How to transfer the ratings when I move my music collection from the old machine to the new? I have over two years of metadata stored up on which songs I like, and I'd hate to lose it. Here are a couple of ways, thanks to pointers from...
  • Blog Post: Turn your event logs into in an RSS feed

    Greg did this over a year ago, but I just stumbled on it now. Pretty neat: You can specify in the URL how many entries to return, and which logs to use. For example, http://example.org/Rss.aspx?num=20&logs=Application,System would return the 20 most recent entries, looking in both the Application...
  • Blog Post: Rate the content on office.microsoft.com, and see how your voice is heard

    The crabby[1] office lady wrote another great article this month showing how the ratings customers give to articles on office.microsoft.com result in change. A s a Microsoft employee and a fan of content in general, I am extremely excited by the innovations that the Office team has driven across the...
  • Blog Post: It takes longer to write short things than to write long things.

    That is all.
  • Blog Post: Security bulletin search service launched

    TechNet has just launched a site that lets you search through existing security bulletins based on criteria such as patch severity, affected products, etc. One of the niftiest parts is that it lets you search on patches that haven't been superseded by a later patch. http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: How to stop the clicking sound when you click on a link in IE

    By default, IE makes a clickety sound when you follow a link. It can get annoying after a while. Here's how you turn it off: 1. Open the control panl 2. Open the “Sounds and audio devices properties” applet 3. On the Sounds tab, scroll down to Windows Explorer | Start Navigation 4. On...
  • Blog Post: Convert windows movie maker's DV Type-1 to Type-2

    I swap back and forth between Windows Movie Maker & Pinnacle Studio 8 for video editing depending on my editing needs and mood. Movie Maker is nice because it's on every machine I use, so I will often capture the video on one machine but edit it on another. One problem with this is that Movie Maker...
  • Blog Post: More on cleaning up Word's HTML

    Brian Alvey points to a Word HTML cleaner , as well as explains why Word puts all those extra tags into HTML when you save a word doc as HTML, or copy from Word into another HTML editor. Also see my previous post about reducing the size of the HTML that Word creates when used as an email editor. [via...
  • Blog Post: Least obvious yet terribly useful Outlook/OWA calendaring feature...

    While reviewing some custom OWA themes we're developing, one of the designers pointed out this odd orange mark halfway through one of the numbers on the calendar view, wondering if it was a bug in the CSS in the custom theme: Actually, it's one of these tiny little details that I think is so slick...
  • Blog Post: Generate an inventory of core Microsoft products installed on your local computer or throughout your network

    Using the Microsoft Software Inventory Analyzer .
  • Blog Post: Now them's some smart web services

    I just stumbled across AllConsuming.net , which looks like a pretty innovative site... it scans weblogs and looks for links to books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other book sites. I t then relates them all together - look up a favorite book to find other blogs that have linked to it (sorted by date...
  • Blog Post: How to get rid of that *@#$@#$ annoying language bar in XP

    It is a testament to the intransigence of the human spirit that for the last 6 years of my life I have right clicked on that little icon on my taskbar and chosen to remove the "Language Bar" from the taskbar, only to have it pop back up at some later point for some unknown reason. Lather, rinse, repeat...
  • Blog Post: Search my archives

    I set up a search box on the left, following David's instructions . I tried to use MSN, but MSN apparently doesn't support the 'inurl' keyword which I wanted to use in order to restrict the search results to my blog instead of including my comments on other people's blogs. If anyone knows how to force...
  • Blog Post: Publish a web part on your sharepoint site that can be dynamically consumed inline by other sites

    The Exchange team uses sharepoint portal server for a lot of things, such as storing & tracking documents & lists & whatnot. As the release manager, I own the site that has the master schedule on it. There are other teams that used to have a schedule listed separately on their own sites....
  • Blog Post: Windows Security Update CD available for free

    http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/cd/order.asp Tell all your non-geek friends and family to order it: The Windows Security Update CD will be shipped to you free of charge. This CD includes Microsoft critical updates released through October 2003 and information to help you protect your...
  • Blog Post: A theory as to why IE and explorer windows load sl...oo..w...ly...

    I've been suffering silently with this problem for a long time. It happens on all of my machines. Granted, they're all configured almost essentially the same. IE is my default browser. When I type a URL into the addressbar (which I have on my taskbar), my system sometimes takes an awfully long time to...
  • Blog Post: How to view HTTP Referrers on your sharepoint site

    Ewan just clued me in to something nifty: you can get HTTP referrer data in your sharepoint site, just go to http://server/sites/nameofsite/ _layouts/1033/usagedetails.aspx . To get there in the UI: Click on Site Settings (by default at the top of the page) “ Go to Site Administration“...
  • Blog Post: Convert DVD .VRO files to AVI

    The picture in the last post is a still from our ultrasound at 20 weeks. We also got a video (on this kind of oblong thing, they called it "VHS" but it wouldn't fit into our DVD player), which a coworker graciously converted into a DVD for me. The DVD has a .VRO file on it, and I ran across this handy...
  • Blog Post: How to filter out rows with duplicate content in Excel

    If you have data in Excel and you want to hide rows with duplicate entries, it's super easy: 1. Select the data you want to filter 2. Data | Filter | Advanced Filter 3. Click “Unique Records Only“ Excel will then hide rows that are duplicates of each other. I use this when putting together...
  • Blog Post: Words to live by: "Start with the little dragons"

    As I stepped off the elevator this morning, a coworker shared those words with me. "When you're slaying dragons, start with the little ones." He tells his kids every morning that he's off to slay some dragons. He likes to start with the little ones, because they don't put up near the same fight...
  • Blog Post: Something to try if your laptop screen regularly goes black and won't turn on

    I have been suffering with this problem on my Toshiba Tablet m200 for quite some time, and finally took the initiative to research the issue. At first I thought I was the only one dealing with this so I figured it was hardware specific, but when I asked around I found others with the same problem. ...
  • Blog Post: Another tool to strip formatting from text

    This is a common topic on the blogosphere for people pasting in content from other blogs, pieces of code, etc - how do you strip all the formatting? I've seen pointers to various tools to do this over the last few months, but I have a new favorite one I found out about today: PureText . It's quite handy...
  • Blog Post: What to do if IE's status bar keeps disappearing

    On a couple of the machines I use, I find myself continually turning on the status bar in IE (View | Status Bar). But then seemingly at random, if I later start iexplore.exe or launch a shortcut, the status bar would be missing. I finally stumbled across a solution to this, which seems to be working...
  • Blog Post: Configure the pop-up blocker in XP SP2 RC2

    Jeff Davis covers some valuable registry keys : PopupMgr - Whether the pop-up blocker feature is enabled or not. This is the checkbox on the privacy tab of the Internet Control Panel. ApplyToWebOC - Applications hosting the webbrowser control only get pop-up blocking if they opt in. This forces...