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  • Blog Post: IE8 and IE9 Taskbar Icons

    I’ve been working on my tablet for the last week, and found myself really really missing IE9, even though I swore I wouldn’t install it on this, in the interests of production-readiness. So, with the work done, I’m installing it. Gimme my tearoff tabs back. It’s enough to make me consider reverting the...
  • 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: 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: IIS 7: But why do I get a 500.19–Cannot add duplicate collection entry- with 0x800700b7 !?

    (Because I'm sure that was your exact exclamation when you hit it!) The Background This week, I was out at a customer site performing an IIS Health Check, and got pulled into a side meeting to look at an app problem on a different box. The customer was migrating a bunch of apps from older servers...
  • Blog Post: Vista-Stylez File Management in Windows 7 Beta

    If you’re finding file management frustrating because the folder pane seems strangely inactive in the Windows 7 beta, it’s probably because it is. It’s perfect for light filing use, but not so good for folder-stuffing and navigational acrobatics. Which I seem to do. I filed a bug using Send Feedback...
  • Blog Post: Back With A Semblance

    It’s a new year, I have a new job, and I have new stories to tell*! I had a lovely Christmas break, thanks for asking, and now I’m back, I’ve moved into my new role as a Premier Field Engineer. PFEngineering is the part of the organization tasked with helping customers optimize and healthify their deployments...
  • Blog Post: MicroUSB – a quick “yay!”

    The Kindle 2 I bought recently used a new and strange USB cable – one I hadn’t seen before. Then, the HTC HD2 I bought turned out to use exactly the same plug, which I now know is MicroUSB! So now, I travel with one cable to charge the phone (nightly) and the Kindle (hardly ever). Yay MicroUSB. Let the...
  • Blog Post: My new roadmouse

    They wanted me to post about Windows phones. Well, I’m going to fight the power. Buck the trend. Talk about my new favourite travelling companion. It is the surprisingly-catchily-titled Microsoft Mobile Memory Mouse 8000. First cool feature : Magnets everywhere! The wireless transceiver doubles as a...
  • Blog Post: PL15W2SP.DLL vs Firewall Client

    As I possibly misspelled or misremembered it, the PL15ws2p.dll (possible sic) file was installed as a Winsock Layered Service Provider on a couple of boxes at a customer site. Coincidentally, these machines were Windows Server 2008 machines where we couldn’t get the Firewall Client to work properly...
  • Blog Post: Wanted: New Tablet. Thin, light, quickish, immortal battery.

    Requirements: Multitouch Active Digitizer (Pen support, preferably pressure-sensitive) Thin (Don’t need a DVD drive, and small bulk is important for travelling) Light (again, travelling) SSD-capable (for a later upgrade) 8ish hour battery life 4GB+ Integrated 3G TPM (this teeny little thing is really...