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

April, 2005

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    NTFS Curiosities (part 2): Volumes, volume names and mount points

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    In the old days of MS-DOS and Windows 95 you could identify any volume by its drive letter. Things were so easy. But not anymore after we shipped Windows 2000. In W2K you could also have mount points - volumes mounted under certain directories. This feature...
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    Puzzle: geometry problem

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    Here is a fun one: The triangle ABC is isoseceles, with angle (ABC) = angle (ACB) = 80°. We draw now two segments inside the triangle. First, we choose the point D on segment AC such that angle (CBD) is 60°. Also, we choose the point E on AB, where angle...
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    Advanced C++ features and Kernel-mode programming don't mix

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    I was just reading recently a whitepaper from the Microsoft web site, describing how you you should use C++ features in the context of kernel-mode programming. The paper is quite interesting, and can be summarized in a few sentences: If you want to use...
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    First hybrid harddrive with NAND flash memory

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    Now this is wild - a hybrid harddrive that mixes both NAND flash and a spinning disk! The NAND drive is used as a buffer cache for write disk operations. First of all it is an extremely fast read cache (just compare the latencies for flash read with...
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    Puzzle: do you know chemistry?

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    Here is a very nice puzzle - But unfortunately you have to ressurect a little chemistry knowledge to fully appreciate it... You have two identical test tubes. Both tubes look identical - they both contain colourless, odoreless, aqueous solutions. But...
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    Psychology trick: See yourself as an outsider

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    An interesting study in PhysOrg.com presents a different approach to regular psychological roadblocks: view (and judge) yourself as an outsider. Here is the abstract: When people feel they’ve hit a roadblock in reaching a personal goal, such as losing...
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    Online demo: How to control a nuclear power plant.

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    If you have nothing to do right now, here is your opportunity to learn how to avoid an accident in a nuclear power plant :-) The control-room operators of the Kärnobyl nuclear power plant are telecommuting and are running the plant through the Web...
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    How to design an indestructible computer

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    It''s funny to see how people are dealing with computers... http://rinkworks.com/stupid/cs_abuse.shtml But on the other side, I think that it would be an interesting exercise to design an indestructible computer. One that would survive if its owner...
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    COM and .NET: what's wrong with this code?

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    Can you spot the mistake in this code? Here we implement a CCW-based .NET object. This COM class is exposed as from a certain process (say, a service) to other processes in the system. We implement a simple get/set accessor that receives an array of objects...
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    Subtle issues when using predefined accounts

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    The code below has a small problem - can you spot quickly? const MAX_TEXT_BUFFER = 1024; BYTE pbSid[SECURITY_MAX_SID_SIZE]; PSID pSid = (PSID)pbSid; WCHAR wszDomainName[MAX_TEXT_BUFFER]; SID_NAME_USE snUse; DWORD cbSid = SECURITY_MAX_SID_SIZE; DWORD...
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    Transactions for the masses - Transactional NTFS

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    There is a new blog on my radar - Malcom Smith started to write about Transactional NTFS here: http://blogs.msdn.com/because_we_can/default.aspx Transactional NTFS (or TxF as we call it here) is a very exciting technology. The idea is extremely simple...
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    Microsoft releases public beta of Data Protection Manager

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    Data Protection Manager is the first enterprise-level backup product released by Microsoft. It's architecture is quite interesting - it uses a combination of various technologies (Volume Shadow Copies, continuous disk-based backup for quick restore of...
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    How online/offline works in a cluster for Physical Disk resources

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    I was always fascinated about the concept of shared disks in a Microsoft cluster. Fortunately there is a KB article that explains this process in great detail: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;309186
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    New experimental pages from the MSN Search team

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    Someone just told me about two new pages from the MSN Search playground ( http://sandbox.msn.com ). The first page - http://www.start.com/1 - combines a very fast MSN search page with an online RSS reader. The original page is very small, almost 4K...
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    Mark Russinovich started a blog!

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    It is right here http://www.sysinternals.com/blog/ I can't wait to hear new interesting stories about Windows, now that Microsoft Windows Internals seems to take so much time between editions...
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    Is the Open Source community too religious?

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    Lately, I've seen more and more fanatical reactions from Linux advocates. "There's an extremist fringe of Linux loonies who hang out on forums and are disrespectful and threatening because you disagree with them," DiDio told ZDNet UK on Wednesday...
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    Remembering Chernobyl

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    It was exactly 19 years ago. Soviet Union was trying, at least in theory, to reach the perfect communist society. Since May 1 (Labor day in USSR) was close, the staff at Chernobyl nuclear plant was rushing to complete one more final test that would serve...
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    Reuven is here

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    Reuven Lax (another member of our VSS team) just started a blog no MSDN here . This is good - I'm sure we will see soon all sorts of interesting posts about algorithms and Windows in general...
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    Report: Many users don't understand security terminology

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    A study performed by AOL (apparently) proofs once again that the average computer user is unfamiliar with the security terminology. Many people don't really know what a trojan is, or what spyware means. Some quotes: A quarter said they knew what...
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    You can't say that engineers lack a sense of humour...

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    http://home.cwru.edu/~cdt3/Funstuff/qantas.htm
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    Actually there are posts in Brett Shirley's blog...

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    ... but the font is apparently too small. You need a really, really good magnifier to view them... http://blogs.msdn.com/brettsh P.S. Hey Bretty, there are people with thick glasses too :-) and with a burning desire to read your blog.
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