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Adi Oltean's Weblog - Flashbacks on technology, programming, and other interesting things

November, 2004

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    What would be image #5?

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    Enjoy :-) http://ianwhite.is-a-geek.net/PermaLink.aspx?guid=0ac66f08-5eac-4796-a881-83fc12d5061f
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    Launching a CMD window as Local System

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    What is your favorite method of launching CMD.EXE as Local System? I found the following method after a little experimentation. Just run the command below to create a generic service called TESTSVC. C:\>sc create testsvc binpath= "cmd /K start" type...
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    Running CMD.EXE as Local System

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    Many times in the past I had to run an interactive command-line shell under the Local SYSTEM account. That is, a CMD window on your desktop running under the system account. This technique is extremely useful in many cases, for example to debug ERROR_ACCESS_DENIED...
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    Downloads - Microsoft Research

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    Accidentally, I just discovered an interesting web page with all sorts of curious (downloadable) projects developed by various teams from Microsoft Research: http://www.research.microsoft.com/research/downloads/
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    Using RFID at home

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    An interesting article about various uses of the RFID technology: http://www.primidi.com/2004/11/20.html and its associated Slashdot link . But, I actually have a different wish from RFID. I always dreamed of some "smart" hand-held RFID scanner that could...
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    Another puzzle: Self-extracting EXE

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    The rules are the following: 1) Before starting the test, you choose the computer + OS you want, etc. 2) Then, I give you a certain file. 3) You need to create a self-extracting EXE for it, that is always smaller than the original file. You can use any...
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    Radio Feedback

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    This morning, while listening to some boring songs on C89.5, I was thinking that it would be great to have some sort of an "feedback" mechanism. Something extremely simple and dumb, that every radio should have - two buttons: a red and a green one. If...
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    White magic with Microsoft Exchange (Part I)

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    Here at Microsoft we have lots of discussion groups, probably in the order of thousands. And I am not sure about how many emails are going daily on these groups but you got the idea. Now, since I always liked to have a peek in everything, I ended up being...
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    Script Recipe of the week: Detecting a new disk inserted in the system

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    Calvin Hsia presented a method to detect a device arrival in Visual Fox Pro. The code looks pretty long, even for a C++ programmer like me :-) I am wondering if there is a shorter variant... Here is a similar code VBScript, which uses WMI events: ...
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    Unskilled and Unaware of It - the psychology of overconfidence

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    A funny read at the beginning of the week: http://www.apa.org/journals/psp/psp7761121.html
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    SBS, and a discussion about Shadow-copies and backups

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    One interesting things about NTBackup in XP and Windows Server/SBS 2003 is that is has two operating modes: with shadow copy and without shadow copy. First, NTBackup will try to create shadow copies of the involved volumes and try to copy stuff from these...
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    Little math problem

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    OK, probably you already had your latte this morning but here is nice puzzle: Let's say that a rectangle is "rational" if the ratio between the width and height is a rational number. Now, proof that a rectangle is rational if and only if the rectangle...
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    The new MSN Search rocks!

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    I was just looking this morning to beta.search.msn.com - the MSN guys did an amazing work. I thought we went to catch up google but now it looks like we are way ahead in terms of usability. But this is just my personal opinion - go ahead and take a look...
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    Best Practices for Event Logging...

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    I think this is a good topic for a debate. So what is the best way to use the event log? The classical thinking is that a well-designed event log entry should contain only very easy-to-read, easy-to-follow, pertinent observations such as "the disk space...
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