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  • Setup Sense and Sensibility

    Troubleshooting: InstallValidate Nulled out my Request

    When Windows Installer logs the InstallValidate Action , the MSI engine reports the three states of a the componets and features in the product. For example, the following report says a component current state is absent, the user requested the component...
  • Richard Seroter - SoCal BizTalk Musings

    Registry Tweak for Using Event Log in Orchestration

    I often write to the Event Log in my orchestrations to provide simple progress statements or error messages. However, if you set up a BizTalk environment where you assign specific user accounts to the various BizTalk services and are NOT running under...
  • notes and rants


    I forgot to mention that I was accepted to speak at STAR (software testing analysis & review) in Anaheim this November. In a way, I was accepted twice - I had one talk accepted, but a few days later, I got a call asking me to speak on another subject...
  • VolkerW's WebLog

    Ferrari F4000 test drive (Part III)

    Just finished the x64 XP install on the second partition of the 100 MB hard drive. The disk is partioned into 3 sections, one small EISA partition for system restore I guess and 2 NTFS partitions, roughly 45GB each. Both are formatted FAT32 out of the...
  • Vittorio Bertocci


    Today, pretty much by accident, I discovered that an article of the Business Integration Journal define the inventor of the term "WS-Luggage" a pundit . I have to admit that I had to look out that one before deciding if I was happy of it, but after I...
  • Mike Swanson's Blog

    Transparent Window Sample

    There's been some internal discussion about transparent and/or non-rectangular windows recently, and Nick Kramer recently addressed the issue in a blog post . Although I haven't had time to build a new solution that works with Avalon, I do have some older...
  • Fabulous Adventures In Coding

    Scripting Type Library Constant Injection Performance Characteristics, Part Three

    We’ve got a system that meets all our needs for disambiguating hierarchical constants through partial or full qualification. (In the event of a collision between an enumerated type name and a value in a given library, the type name wins so that full qualification...
  • robgruen's WebLog

    I took some notes on some remoting questions I recently answered...

    Server activated objects (SAOs both singleton and singlecall) use threadpool magic to execute remoting calls on thread pool threads. See ThreadPool.QueueUserWorkItem in the docs. Also note that you can change the # of thread pool threads…the default is...
  • Rob Caron

    Redmond Magazine: Pre-announcing the Announcement

    From Doug Barney, Editor-in-Chief at Redmond Magazine : Microsoft this week told the world that later this week it will announce that in November it will launch new products that will probably ship sometimes afterward on dates that have yet to be...
  • The ShiSh List

    Setup for Developing Sharepoint Webparts

    I just setup my dev box for developing Sharepoint Webparts (after having to rebuild my box due to a hard disk crash) and documented the steps that I went through. The machine that I do development on does not have Sharepoint installed. I copied...
  • Tim Sneath

    Two Really Cool Avalon 3D Applets

    If you've got Avalon Beta 1 RC installed on your machine now (and if not, why not?!), you'll enjoy both of these two applets that have been written by colleagues of mine: Avalon 3D File System Visualizer by Steve White from the Premier Support group...
  • Getting the word out!

    SharePoint Tips #1 - Document Library folders

    When using document libraries in SharePoint try to avoid the temptation of creating nested folders. There are several reasons you do not want ot create folders more than one level deep if you need to create them at all. You are just recreating the...
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