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  • Blog Post: Delegation, Delegation, Delegation, Delegation

    If I had a buck for every time someone came to me with a problem accessing their SQL Server from a website (in Windows authentication mode, not SQL authentication, naturally), I'd have about four bucks. That's good , because I'm not meant to be the go-to guy for SQL Server access from IIS instances....
  • Blog Post: Fat and PasteOff?

    Ah, the Sean Connery accent PasteOff jokes just keep on rolling. Matt noted that PasteOff is a "huge memory hog", using 12 MB from a cold start and 24 when noodling around after a while. It's working set bloat! It's not my fault! If it bugs you (and it's starting to bug me more now, as I'm constantly...
  • Blog Post: KB Highlight: WMICore update for Windows 2000 SP4

    If you like to live on the cutting edge of the previous version of Windows, there's a problem that seems to creep up that I've seen in a couple of environments before. VBScript not working in a hanging-kind-of-way (possibly including ASP, definitely logon scripts, and typically just about any general...
  • Blog Post: Generating a memory dump when a particular event log occurs

    Building from Paul Long's post on stopping a Netmon3 capture on a particular event , we're going to re-jig it so that we can run ADPLUS soon after a particular event is logged. This won't produce a dump at the exact moment of the event log (which more often is what would be most useful for debugging...
  • Blog Post: WshShell.Run and Long File Names

    I hit this the other day - when using the Wsh Shell object's Run method in VBScript, passing a long filename (LFN) tends to truncate, so: set oShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell") oShell.Run "C:\Documents and Settings\Tester\Desktop\TestFile.Doc" will fail with a message similar to "Cannot find...
  • Blog Post: Evil Features: I like 'em.

    I quite liked the idea of Smart Tags. Unlike "Smart Tags Are Evil" Scoble . I like the way Smart Tags work in Word documents, and I wish they'd been included in IE. Perhaps not in the "sponsored" format that was mooted (links to MSN/Google properties, etc), but in a more fundamental user-configurable...
  • Blog Post: Custom Password Filters

    Back from holiday now, and almost over the jetlag. Almost. A question came up today about Password Filter DLLs , and the documentation always seems to be hard to find, so I've popped up a quick summary of everything I know here. Back In The Day of NT4, there was an optional component that Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Dare Obasanjo: MetaWeblog API Now on MSN Spaces

    From Dare: MSN or Windows Live Spaces is now postable from blogging tools , cunningly using the "secret word" technique rather than trying to bolt Passport into the scheme. Our implementation of the MetaWeblog API for MSN Spaces is now publicly available. You can use the API to create, edit and...
  • Blog Post: Mesh Gush

    Hi Everybody! I've been laying low for a while, in read-only mode, sorting, filtering, evaluating and generally catching up on stuff! So, why break radio silence now? Well, I'm popping up to offer a quick endorsement for the Mesh platform, which was recently opened up to Australian testers. I'm excited...
  • Blog Post: PasteOff 0.8

    Mainly UI fixes in this PasteOff update, so your settings should be preserved if upgrading.
  • Blog Post: Fiddling: PasteOff Image Saving Thing

    As I mentioned in my post about MSN Spaces , I've got this weird habit of wanting to convert clipboard BMPs into JPGs directly, with a minimum of actual steps expended. So, I hacked together a little applet - let's call it version 0.1 - that converts any bitmap on the clipboard to a JPG in my My Pictures...
  • Blog Post: Thanks Chuckie P.

    It's a Saturday night, so naturally I'm catching up on thousands of unread blog posts while my girlfriend subjects herself to Return of the Jedi. Charles "Chuckie P"* Petzold (the famous XAML rapper) made a very interesting update on Microsoft's CSAML C-sharp programming innovations at some point...
  • Blog Post: PasteOff 0.7. Lots of tweaks.

    Oops, it's 1:45 am. Still, new version is baked, and it's pretty much what I want from a utility thing. Coolest new feature: now leaves a user-defined string on the clipboard. Also, stuff that 0.6 broke should work better. Download on the PasteOff page . Google now shows another PastePal; to avoid confusion...
  • Blog Post: (Gasp)

    Oh noes ! They found out our secrets ! How!? Who would have thought that anyone would produce a converter between Office Open XML and any other format ? I mean, it's XML ! People can read XML themselves, right? Why would you ever want to translate an XML format into plaintext, or HTML, or RTF, or CSV...
  • Blog Post: Scripty Bits with Mark Yocom

    Mark Yocom's blog has bubbled up from the background buzz of the bloggers on MSDN: He's blogging about scripting. Lots of scripting. Many cool tips to make the lazy administrator's life easier (and I'm all for The Laze, which is what The Scripting is all about). One question, though: What was the...
  • Blog Post: More Fiddling: PasteOff 0.5

    PasteOff is back, bigger, stronger and with more error handling. OK, barely more error handling. It's a fun project, not a production one, mmkay? PasteOff is a quick'n'dirty utility that saves images from the clipboard to a pre-arranged location in JPEG format, with a randomly generated filename (or...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: How can I bundle IIS 6.0 (or IIS 7.0) with my application on an older OS?

    I've seen a few variations on this question come up recently, generally of the form: "We have Windows XP clients and require IIS 7.0 to be installed on them when our application is installed on them. Is there a redist?" In short, no. (Note that this question is distinct from "how can I install and configure...
  • Blog Post: ISA 2000: Web Publishing a .Net Web Service

    There's no real trick to it, apart from the good old Web Publishing authentication part. Short version: Treat the published website exactly as you would a real web server, don't try to treat it like a proxy (submitting proxy authentication credentials is not the right way to authenticate when you...
  • Blog Post: Expression this, WPF that...

    The Expression series of designers have been refreshed, with free trials available for all. Now available in Expression Blend (formerly Expression Interactive Designer), Expression Design (nee Expression Graphic Designer) and Web (FrontPage), flavours and introducing the new Expression Media . Also on...
  • Blog Post: Outlook Calendar Adapter 1.1 for Blogwave

    Working from the to do list at the original post , and desperately trying to avoid working on my terrible remote desktop switcher, I've updated the pseudo-terrible calendar adapter. Major New Features: Prettier icon, using the BlogWave Dynamic Wave Device *. Minor New Features : Ability to pick a specific...
  • Blog Post: Trixie Rocks!

    I hate to stir*, but when I caught the link to Trixie via Dare and Robert Scoble , I had to chuckle - I remember the Scobleizer on the AutoLink/Smart Tags debacle : I hate SmartTags or things that change your content (or mine) by default in the Web browser. Adding links to my content without my...
  • Blog Post: Setting an XML Namespace for an XmlDomDocument Element

    [Unpublished due to breaking "Blog What You Know" rule and ending up with a post that's not quite, but almost completely full of you-know-what. May publish again if I can correct the numerous factual errors.] Ran across this today as an adjunct to a customer issue, and thought it might help other...
  • Blog Post: Generic Troubleshooting: "Is it still a problem?"

    I've been doing this support thing for a while now. Frequently, the basics are what get overlooked when troubleshooting an issue, particularly an issue that seems complex on the surface. Often, though, you'll find that the detailed techniques lead you back to a fairly basic set of rules, the most basic...
  • Blog Post: 401.3, you say? Not 403?

    You're running an IIS 6.0 website, and you have a virtual directory configured for anonymous authentication only (that is, you've un ticked Integrated Windows Authentication). Using a web browser, you try to access a file in that virtual directory. http://example.com/vdir/something.txt What's a web browser...
  • Blog Post: More Avalon Album Sparklines

    The previous post in the series is here . Continuing with the quest for a quick'n'easy Sparkline... After reading Ian's post, I experimented with dumping the multiple-Transform-element approach, trying the LayoutTransform attribute instead. Results are good: <TextBlock>I like this album...