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  • 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: 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: 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: DebugDiag 1.2 (64-bit capable, .Net 2.0+ compatible) released

    Great news, everybody! Wait, that was Farnsworth-y - no, really, it’s great news! DebugDiag 1.2 (or to give it its full title, the Debug Diagnostic Toolkit) has been released to the web and is available from the Microsoft Download Center . Notes from the email that described this release: Analysis: ...
  • Blog Post: Ooh! The Web Farm Framework for IIS 7.x!

    ScottGu has the detail of (and a walkthrough for) the Web Farm Framework, which looks to make high-uptime application publishing, deployment and maintentance a snap. Last month we released a beta of the Microsoft Web Farm Framework. The Microsoft Web Farm Framework is a free product we are shipping...
  • Blog Post: Bamboo-zled!

    From the Your Puns Are Without Peer (i.e. they have no friends) department, I noticed that since yesterday’s reboot (the first in a long, long time), the pen had stopped working on the Wacom Bamboo I use with my desktop PC. I’ve installed a fair wadge of malware recently, just before the last reboot...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Saved State to Memory Dump conversion

    I was wondering if something like this existed to help with a malware infestation I was looking at. And yes! It does! Via Doug : Take a virtual machine that you want to do some kernel level spelunking on. Rather than going into the guest and generating a kernel dump by one of the usual methods, take...
  • Blog Post: RemoteFX (with Hyper-V) is a serious business tool. For games.

    The Setup My downstairs PC (on the dining room table) is an HP Touchsmart all-in-one Core 2 Duo Intel Integrated Graphics 965-based box, which makes it absolutely abominable for games. Upstairs, my internet connection plugs into my Hyper-V host (actually, a TMG instance on it), and I’ve a...
  • Blog Post: Office Cheap, Windows 7 Cheaper

    Holy ger-burble, splatman! Windows 7 Professional Upgrade for $30 (at the bottom of the block). Office 2010 for $80. Academic editions, with student-friendly pricing. Qualifying student ID required. http://www.microsoft.com/student/office/en-us/default.aspx
  • Blog Post: Improve Hyper-V Performance With Standard VGA!

    Yes, kids, if you’re finding that the Hyper-V performance ain’t what it used to be since installing that whizbang graphics card driver on your shiny new seven core hyperthread-and-a-halved megaturboserver thing, you might be suffering from flushes . Read all about it here: Video performance may decrease...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 RC n-Trig multitouch drivers are out

    Some love for my lil’ Dell Latitude XT! Dell won’t sell me a battery slice for it, but I can still glide my fingers across it creepily! In this DuoSense Multi Touch RC Release: the pen should work as well as multitouch! No more having to pick one and stick with it! Yay! All linked from the Download page...
  • Blog Post: Slow IO?

    (aka IOlwayscallsmethat. OK, horrendous joke based on a bad Dad Joke. Geneva has been notified.) Exciting news over at the NTDebugging blog – a new Storport.sys update that enables ETW tracing of slow IO, for Windows 2008 and up. It’s more involved than a registry-key-and-go, but if you’re facing what...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: IUSR vs Application Pool Identity – Why use either?

    (pasted from my email clippings. I’m on holiday right now, catching up on paperwork!) The TLDR version is : using AppPoolIdentity as both the App Pool Account and Anonymous user account lets you have multiple isolated anonymous websites on one box. IIS 7.x (as of Win2008 R2 and Windows 2008...
  • Blog Post: Installing Windows from a USB Stick (and copying it to that stick from an ISO)

    (Quick public dump so I can find the tool link again easily)   Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool from here . (NB links to the page, not the EXE) Download ISO image from store or MSDN Run Win7 USB DVD Tool and point it to ISO and USB Stick Label stick Seriously Tristan, label the damn stick You...
  • Blog Post: Old MPSReports

    There’s a new MPS Reports version in town, with new features : new 64-bit friendliness, various forms of wizard-driven hotness for all the products the individual old tools used to support, etc, etc. Call me old school if you want, but I typically prefer the convenience of “run this and send me the CAB...
  • Blog Post: PSA: You really need to update your Kerberos setup documentation with SetSPN -S!

    Hi! You might remember me from such posts as Kerbie Goes Bananas , and SetSPN improvements for Windows 2008 . Or something. I'm here with a public service announcement! Excitement! It's been long enough since Windows 2008 (and the downlevel release of SetSPN ) that I feel comfortable respectfully...