Hirlpoo West

Notes (technical and not so technical) from the Microsoft Field.

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    Cool Notepad Trick

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    This neat trick came across on an internal alias. I hadn't seen this before, but I'm guessing it isn't new. Pretty handy for notetaking (if you're a plain text sort of guy/gal). Open a blank Notepad file Write .LOG (in uppercase) in the first...
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    Windows Command Line Auto Completion

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    Having explained this to a number of people in as many days, I thought I'd share this tip for working with long paths on the command line. The easist way to expalin this is to jump in feet first: Open a command line ( <Windows Key> -R, CMD...
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    On being "super excited"

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    Dare posted on this last week , but I got my second email today where someone was "super excited" to be doing something and almost screamed. We really need to remove this from the venacular. It has gotten to the point that I honestly tune out after...
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    Toshiba AC adapter causes birth defects?

    I needed a new AC adaptor for my Toshiba M4 and it arrived today. For a simple AC adapter (Toshiba Part Number PA3283U-3ACA), it came in a huge box. Then when opening the box, the first sheet on top was: In case the text is hard to read off...
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    Playing with Writer

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    Though hardly breaking news at this point, I'll point folks to the new Windows Live Writer blog posting tool. I've been playing with it for a couple weeks no (we were under quarantine about talking about it) and like it pretty much so far (though I still...
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    On leave

    I'm currently on infant care leave and may or may not be posting stuff over the next month or so. At least now I have an excuse for a low post count.
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    Code Access Security and User Controls

    About a week ago I helped troubleshoot an issue where a customer wrote a WinForms User Control and she was trying to use it on a form she was developing. When she dragged it from the toolbox, she was getting the following error: An exception occurred...
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    Time Zones in Outlook 2007

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    I've been using Office 2007 since sometime between Beta1 TR and Beta 2. (I'm currently on a post Beta 2 build.) I'm slowly finding some cool stuff, and recently discovered Melissa MacBeth's blog on Task and Time Management. A guest post by Hank Leukart...
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    Floating Bed

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    I saw a lead photo for this article . A Dutch designer created a floating bed based on magnetic attraction/repulsion. It looks pretty nice. The article talks about folks with piercings not having issues, unless they go underneath it (say to dust or sweep...
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    Changes to authentication in XPSP2

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    One of my customers ran into an interesting issue when upgrading their developer workstations to Windows XP SP2 - they stopped being able to debug ASP.NET applications running on the local IIS5.1 webserver. They went through the standard steps of ensuring...
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    Cal Roach Signs on

    Cal Roach knows a ton about all kinds of music. Along with his girlfriend, Jennifer, they have exposed me to tons of great music over the past year or so - either by outright saying, "Here, check this out!" or slipping me a copy of the latest International...
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    Develop Without Borders Contest

    Having spent the past few weeks assiting a customer on some Word Addin issues, I've come to like the development platform that is Office. You can do some pretty cool stuff with it, even in just the Macro language. I'm in the process of trying to fully...
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    Doughnut to Sphere

    I can't remember who turned me on to Ze Frank, but it is a welcome break once in a while. Today's episode's discussion of the Field Medal is hilarious.
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    Comment Spam

    I just got my first rash of comment spam - now I feel like a real blogger.
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    Andrew Photoshoot

    Andrew Photoshoot , originally uploaded by ddysart . We decided against going the mall portrait route for Andrew's four year old picture this year in favor of making use of all the crap I've bought over the past few months. Here is a mosaic...
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    Leaving Microsoft

    After three and a half years of supporting production developers, I’ve come to realize how much I miss actually writing production code. To that end, I’m heading back to my roots as a developer. I’ve taken a position with Northwoods Software in Brown...
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    Last post

    I won't be updating this blog any longer. My new site should be live - http://www.hirlpoo.com . It needs a ton of work, but I should have some time to clean it up and get it running. I looked at migrating some content from here, but there really isn't...
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    Using a Samsung i600 as a modem with a Pocket PC

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    So I've been spending my free time hacking around my new Windows Powered Smartphone, a Samsung SCH-i600 from Verizon Wireless. I have to say I am slightly impressed, but after using a Windows Mobile 2003 device for 9 months, the Smartphone 2002 OS definitely...
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    Cool MS Money 2005 trick

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    I was an avid Quicken devotee going all the way back to the old DOS version, but in an effort to be a "company man" I switched to MS Money when I joined Microsoft (which is going on 4 1/2 years now). Say what you want about MS Money 2005, I haven't experienced...
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    Sadly, my town is on the map

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    I'm surprised to see my town in international news now, especially for such a sad reason.  My wife and I were actually watching the Big Ten tournament when the local CBS affiliate ran a scroller with the news during the game.  I remember us both uttering...
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    Repeater update

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    Oh yeah, I’m taking the plunge on a repeater. I ordered a Digital Antenna DA4000SBR dual-band repeater from Concord Marine Electronics . Turns out these things are popular on yachts (get a directional antenna and point it at shore and extend coverage...
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    Dealing with a WMP10 Hang when syncing

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    Since I'm busting hump to try get get all the work done that I need to before the extended weekend (which I super-sized by taking vacation Friday and Tuesday), I need to keep this short, but given about 30 minutes of scouring newgroups turned this up...
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    Disabling the animated CallerID on the Audiovox SMT5600

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    As I've mentioned earlier, I've traded my Samsung SPH-i600 Smartphone for the hot new Audiovox SMT5600 from AT&T Wireless Cingular. A co-worker of mine was determined to disable the animated caller-id application and finally determined how to take...
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    Winforms and threading

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    There has been a recent discussion internally amongst the ADC’s in my region* about threading and WinForms. I originally cut my teeth in Windows programming by writing a multi-threaded NT Service that ran on a Alpha based Windows NT 3.51 system...
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    Hold music

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    Color me easily amused - I was on the phone today handing off one of our customers to the support organization of one of our third party tool vendors and ran into something interest - you got to pick from six music options while you were on hold. “Press...
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