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  • Blog Post: Deskbar Shortcuts... an eventual convert.

    I've been a full-URL typist for a long, long time. As yesterday was Patch Tuesday, I've gotten a little annoyed at the number of times that I've had to type http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms05-xxx.mspx into the browser to check up on security bulletin related facts. I remembered...
  • Blog Post: Longhorn Beta 1: Sweet!

    As Beta 1 draws ever closer, it looks like excitement's building... Check this out .
  • 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: ATI Video Blurring on Media Center

    I upgraded the drivers for my ATI/AMD Radeon in the Media Centre after 1 year of old version-ness, and suddenly video smearing and odd fleshtones are back for standard def TV. (Why oh why oh why won’t ATI just leave my video (and historically, HDMI overscan/underscan) settings alone!?) The usual TRDenoise...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Ultimate, $AUD75!? Yes, That's Cheaper Than I Can Get It!

    Back in the day, software used to be quite cheap around here for employees. Then, due to a confluence of unfortunate factors, all involving complicated acronyms (like FBT), Aussie 'softies started paying what could be politely described as unspectacular rates for personal copies of Microsoft software...
  • Blog Post: New Feature: RDP over SSL with Windows Server 2003 SP1

    Release Candidate 2 for Windows Server 2003 SP1 is available to test from microsoft.com, which means RTM can't be that far away! A new feature in SP1 (at least, present in the RC2 build of SP1) that's been causing some confusion is RDP over SSL - a new option for Terminal Services that should provide...
  • Blog Post: x64 Compatibility

    The theme for this week is compatibility, brought to you by the letters W and O, and the number 64. In the PlanetAMD64 forums and on their Wiki , we've been thrashing out some terms for games that run or don't run under Windows x64 editions. My favourites so far are: x64 (native or enhanced...
  • Blog Post: New Nvidia Drivers for x64 (W00t)

    Nvidia released new drivers for x64 (and x86 ) today. The dodgy feeds worked! Smug? Yeah, a little.
  • Blog Post: I Make Things Happen*.

    I am a genius (and humble to boot). Quickie: The latest twist on the RSS Feeds Du Jour is that EvenBalance just released a new version of PunkBuster for Joint Operations (caught during the morning catchup via Newsgator ). Haven't had a chance to try it yet, but hopefully this one will support X64...
  • Blog Post: Quickly* pinging everything on a subnet

    For when you don't remember that you set your wireless gateway's static IP to .253, and it's not showing up in the list of leases on the DHCP server (predictably, but it's not helping your memory, and it's not in the arp cache either...), and you need to reboot it using the web interface, all through...
  • Blog Post: Working Late with Microsoft Office Communicator 2005

    It's probably been noted in a hundred other places by now, but the new corporate IM client (link to Trial Version, the Office website hasn't caught up yet) was just released. I'm using it against the Microsoft LCS2005 implementation while signed in from home for some late, late case work. I really...
  • Blog Post: IRL: I was an Angry Young Man, once...

    Triggered by http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011/2004/06/15.html#a7770 . I normally don't comment on Scoble's posts - I just sponge from them - but this one really struck a chord, and it's about time for a personal-ish blog (My content-to-personality quota feels about right). Try as I might, I just...
  • Blog Post: IE7 Beta 2 and Flickering Redrawing Desktop Stuff

    Beta 2's been absolutely stunning for me, but suddenly today my desktop icons were going nuts (er, flickering) whenever I changed tabs, or switched between an IE and a non-IE window. I couldn't work out what was different at first, so figured it was probably an addin... after disabling all the add...
  • Blog Post: Office 2003 SP2 Just Installed Itself!

    Along with Visio 2003 SP2, OneNote 2003 SP2 and an Outlook Junk Email filter update. I remember signing up for Microsoft Update, and I intellectually knew that programs other than Windows could be patched on my computer, but hadn't yet seen it happen via Automatic Updates. That's just cool. My parents...
  • Blog Post: Home Hyper-V Networking Gotchas

    Before the holidays, I bought myself an early present: a new quad-core box with 4GB RAM, which I was going to use for a home Hyper-V lab, so that I could run a bunch of 64-bit VMs as well as the 32-bit staples I’ve been using for years (SBS 2003, and a separate ISA Server box). I’d had Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: My Tech.Ed AU 2005 In Blurry Slightly Truncated Pictures

    Just running through my newly-broken phone (dropped from booth height to the hard, unforgiving floor below) to pull the interesting bits off it. It wasn't a good week for the phone, which now can send voice and play any type of noise you can imagine via the speaker, other than what the person at the...
  • Blog Post: I'm officially declaring Spring

    It's sunny. It's warm. There's a light breeze. Birds are chirping happily as the trees rustle softly. They've fertilized the gardens in the townhouse block where I live. As soon as I step out of the front door, I'm assailed by the odour ( Smells Like Excrement Because It IS Real Excrement™! Now With...
  • 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: 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: ISA Server 2006 TCP Retransmits

    Health Checks I perform ISA Server Health Checks for Premier Support (via Premier Field Engineering) as part of my role. I’ve seen something a few times recently that I thought it might be helpful to call out, while poking around in the Performance Monitor TCPv4 counter area. The Problem ...
  • Blog Post: Fujitsu Lifebook P1610 - The First Day (and a bit)

    On Wednesday, my care package from Tegatech arrived - a brand new P1610! I thought there must have been some sort of mistake when the Mail Guy handed me the package, as it was obviously far too light to be a laptop and included bumf. Plus, it was just one box, and it wasn't big enough! Well...
  • Blog Post: Battlefield 2 Demo First Impressions

    The BF2 demo did indeed make its way out on Friday . Thanks, Kids On The Street. Jeff commented that it was (among) the best game(s) he'd ever played, and wrote a nice big post on it, avec some handy tips, especially on how to pick a non-standard (*cough* 1680x1050 *cough*) resolution. I'm going...
  • Blog Post: ISA 2004: Publishing a RADIUS Server

    Newsgroup question: I don't want ISA to actually do the RADIUS stuff, but I want to publish a RADIUS server (in Microsoft land, that's called IAS - Internet Authentication Service - if you're running Windows Server) behind ISA so that we can authenticate remote RADIUS clients. Poking around through the...
  • Blog Post: 5 Dirty Secrets About Me*

    Thanks Andrew . No, no, really, thank you. Um, right. As this is my corporate blog, I feel an innate hesitation to tarnish the company sheen (actually, it's more like demarcation: as far as I'm concerned, the marketing department are responsible for it :) ), so here's the G-rated version: 1. Since the...
  • Blog Post: PAE and VMM... For Parky

    Well Parky, you asked , so I'm going to try to answer! The way I think about PAE is that it kinda works a bit like a stonking great in-memory pagefile might. It doesn't change the game for 32-bit applications, but it does give the OS more headroom to manage them. Without PAE, any memory over 4GB...