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  • 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: Netmon vs Chimney

    I recently encountered TCP Chimney for the first time in the wild. Short version: Chimney is an offload technology that allows the NIC to deal with up to X TCP connections, with any overflow being handled by Windows. All good: get the NIC dealing with more networky stuff, and reduce CPU use. Excellent...
  • 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: My PR is 4. What's Yours?

    Let down mainly by my cheap (but serviceable for games) video card, I rate a 4 in the Windows Vista Performance thingummy. Makes it nice and easy to plan for my next upgrades :) Whadayaget?
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Performance on P1610

    How does a half-size PC perform, you ask? Let's find out what Windows Vista thinks of the setup: Original score: 2.0 {2.7,2.9, 2.0,2.4 ,3.7} Re-test today: 2.4 {2.7,2.9, 3.8,2.4 ,3.7} I wonder what was behind the jump in perf between Setup and now... perhaps it was just busy, or there's been...
  • Blog Post: P1610 First Impressions

    I got my Fujitsu P1610 Lifebook care of Hugo on Wednesday, and I have a rather long post on it coming (I know, I could do a bunch of shorter posts, but that'd wreck my quality-is-not-quantity posting metrics for the month!). For now, I'd just like to say that it's the best laptop I've ever used for...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista FTW: Cleartype over RDP

    One of the little things I love about Windows Vista is that I'm able to use the RDP client without The Jaggies. I use Consolas in Visual Studio and elsewhere, and as Jeff pointed out a while back, it's just not built for non-Cleartype environments. I mostly use RDP on my home WLAN, but even across the...
  • Blog Post: Goings On...

    Quick catchups: While in Seattle, I talked with some folk about IAG and ISA 2006 - all I can say is *wow*. I'm downloading the demo VMs now to have a play. The other *wow* was SoftGrid. Architecturally, wow ! I'm eager to learn more about that. While on the *wow* subject, I upgraded my parents' PC to...
  • Blog Post: What's in IIS 7.0 for me?

    While having a seemingly-innocuous chat with a colleague, I was asked to "throw together a few points" on what IIS 7.0 would do for a web application I've worked with in the past. Serves me right for talking to people , really. In this application's case, authoring, publishing and content creation...
  • Blog Post: Tip o' the Week: WEVTUTIL for EVTX/EVT file conversion

    This week, a pointer to a solution to a problem I occasionally hit. Windows Vista (and by extension Windows Server 2008, I assume) utilizes a new EVTX log format for event log exports. It's XML-based, natch. Problem: Everyone's Favourite Log Digestion Tool Log Parser uses system APIs to read event log...
  • Blog Post: That Memory Leak Revisited

    While searching for memory leaking troubleshooting techniques that could be applied to 64-bit Windows (for the DHCP Server memory leak I found I had the other day ), I stumbled across the answer to my problem in an internal tool (weird that I missed it from a web search the first time, but c'est la vie...
  • Blog Post: .HDMP and .MDMP files

    Just a quickie – the rule is blog what you know, but I figure my speculation might be good enough here. A friend gave me an HDMP file and asked what I could make of it. After the usual “I could make a hat! Or a brooch! Or a dinosaur!” type stuff, I realized it wouldn’t open anyway. In my experience,...
  • 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: ISA Server Firewall Client for Windows Vista

    Over here . Works with all ISA Server versions to date, and with Windows Vista client, importantly! x64 and x86 versions included. Safe when taken as directed. via Josh and KB article 929556 .
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Diagnostics Off The Cuff

    A word of caution to those of you that like endings: this isn't over yet. I'm running a rather sad and noisy X64 desktop as a server at home. Once a proud warrior, actually, no, wait, it was never any good. It's just a Virtual Server host (it's not quite Hyper-V capable; next one will be). SBS 2003,...
  • Blog Post: Anthology Of Interest

    Okay, so there's no interest here, but perhaps an anthology anyway. Yes I've been gone a while; another computer packed it in (this time without my own personal brand of assistance ), I've been off to India (usually 5.5 hrs difference from Sydney, but we worked the night shift - 10pm to 4:30am in...
  • Blog Post: Taking A Dump (file!) With Windows Vista

    Note: Not sure if this is a feature that will make it into the final release, or if it's there for testing while the product's in beta; I personally would love to see it remain, especially in the Server version. Oftentimes, you don't know you need to take a (memory) dump until the moment is upon you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Desktop Edition

    WS08 Workstation, Anyone?   Apart from those pesky Live applications that won't install (why would anyone ever blog from a Server OS, as I'm doing now? Beats me...), I've had a relatively good run with Windows Server 2008 (x64, naturally) as my desktop OS. Key drawbacks: As mentioned, no official...
  • Blog Post: DebugDiag 1.1 Released!

    IIS Troubleshooters rejoice! If you've ever had an application on an IIS server do one of the following, this tool is for you: - hang (or respond slowly) - crash (W3WP.exe terminated unexpectedly) - chew memory in the lead-up to a crash or need a restart on a regular basis (memory climbs, until it falls...
  • Blog Post: Fear The Hand Of Non-Selection

    One of those "remember it for when you need it" posts: On Tiny, I've been unable to select text in the Outlook preview pane for about a month. When I tried to select things, I'd get a not-quite-looking-like-the-web-hand hand instead of a selection bar, and it would grab at the document rather than just...
  • Blog Post: IIS 7 - LH Beta 3 Launch Stuff

    Tons of cool new things in Longhorn Beta 3 on the IIS front , including: ... the first beta of our new FTP server . This isn't a part of Longhorn Server Beta 3, but it is available today and offers a lot of brand new features for you to experience today. The new IIS7 FTP server includes secure publishing...
  • 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: Why I Don't Win Awards For Intelligence Very Often*

    a) I always get the whole "sneaking" thing wrong in Splinter Cell: Double Agent (Ah tristank, you are so clever! A pun on Intelligence!) b) I just spent about, oh, two-and-a-bit hours on and off today working out how to get Outlook to look at the IE7 feed list. Let's concentrate on my failure at...
  • Blog Post: My First Tablet-ish PC

    Back in 1998, I bought a Cassiopea Windows CE 2.0 Handheld PC. It was just under half the size of my current infatuation (the P1610 ) used a fold-out form factor with a 640x200 screen (CGA hi-res!) had a small and fiddly QWERTY calculator-key-style keyboard, used an awkward serial port connection, was...
  • 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...