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

March, 2005

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    Windows Server 2003 SP1 available for download

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    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=22CFC239-337C-4D81-8354-72593B1C1F43&displaylang=en
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    Nostalgia: Turbo Pascal 5.5

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    I recently noticed that Borland made the famous Turbo Pascal 5.5 available for free download. I couldn't resist to give it a quick run: During my college years at University of Bucharest this was the development IDE that everyone used it. I liked it because...
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    Preliminary versions of Avalon and Indigo are available for download.

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    The Indigo & Avalon CTP (Community Technology Preview) is available for download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=85AB132B-F1AA-4422-B053-272D79863013&displaylang=en Maybe this announcement has a chance to be lost...
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    Puzzle: How many witches are there?

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    It is known that in a certain city there are a significant number of witches, even though this practice is forbidden. The problem is that nobody knows who these witches are, since a witch is very careful to appear to others as a perfectly normal person...
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    Why Java VMs do not have a Pre-JIT feature?

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    Both Java and .NET have several things in common - their runtimes are both able to execute code written in a machine-independent "assembly language". As we know, this code is represented in binary format: bytecode in the Java world, and IL in .NET. The...
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    What is your preffered deployment strategy: SxS/GAC or XCOPY?

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    There is an interesting article in the latest MSDN magazine about Reg-free COM and .NET components: http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/04/RegFreeCOM/default.aspx The technology was present for quite a while, but still not very well known. Part...
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    The Institute for Backup Trauma

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    John Cleese's play is pure genius... (altough some friends here seem to disagree, but who can dispute taste? :-) http://www.backuptrauma.com/video/default2.aspx
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    Implementing a COM component in... VBScript

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    Normally, a VBS scripts is used to invoke COM components (written in C++ or even C#). But did you know that it can be the other way around? That is, invoking VBScript code from, say, C#. Here is a simple exercise: 1) Write a text file with the WSC extension...
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    Too funny

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    Click on the Play button there: http://www.geoffellis.com/ebay.html No comment, no spoiler...
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    Puzzle: solve this equation!

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    You have the following false "equation", made with six toothpicks arranged on a table in the following way: XI = I You have to re-establish the equality by changing the position of a single toothpick. Common-sense rules apply: you are not allowed to bend...
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    Is AJAX something revolutionary?

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    AJAX seems to be the new "buzzword of the day". In short, AJAX stands for "Asynchronous JavaScript And XML", an acronym coined by Jesse Garrett recently. The basic idea is very nice - you can actually perform client-side programming directly in the DHTML...
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    Good bye DCOM

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    A friend of mine who works in the Indigo team sent me a link to the latest documentation on Indigo: http://winfx.msdn.microsoft.com/library/ The how-to section on self-hosted services caught my attention. Now, it is possible to expose a secure Web service...
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    Script recipe of the week: multitasking and syncronization in batch files

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    Multitasking is an easy call. All you have to do is to start a separate process using the start command. Unless you specify the /WAIT option (which would cause a syncrhonous execution) the START command will simply start the other process, and return...
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    Why do we buy books?

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    An intriguing comment on Slashdot: Why would I pay 8.00 for a paperback I know I'll probably only read once and then stick on a shelf or on a pile, when I can probably borrow the book for free from the Library? Psychology is fascinating... Schopenhauer...
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    Using Virtual machine technology to get better security

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    There is a growing general consensus that the virtual machine technology can help in making a system more secure. This is true both for consumer market and server market. Let's take Virtual PC for instance. First of all, you have the ability to run separate...
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