James Finnigan

Debugging, Shell Programming, Setup, Working at Microsoft, Virtualization

November, 2006

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    Photo Album Publishing - Why print photos when you can print a book?

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    Did you know that you can print custom books now? I can easily and cheaply create my own book with mypublisher . It's no quark (what most real publishers use), but it's cheap, easy and good enough. For what I want to do, it looks like the right level...
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    Christmas Camera Shopping Technique and Recommendation

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    I've been thinking about good point and click cameras lately, and I'm a big fan of the Ricoh Caplio R4 . I've played with it myself, and enjoyed some great pictures of flowers from it. But I was recently looking at a report of the most popular cameras...
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    Windows boot screens though time

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    Long Zheng shows off the progression in the screen that is both the first thing we see and the last thing we want to spend time looking at. ...
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    Windows Vista Keyboard Shortcuts

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    Just came across this good listing of keyboard shortcuts in Windows Vista and thought I'd share them around. Some people refuse to use the keyboard for much besides email, but I'm a huge fan of keyboard shortcuts (and love the ubiquitous search features...
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    Agile teams at Microsoft?

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    Well, I was just reading ex-MSFT guy Moishe Lettvin's entry about how the start menu put together. In brief, there was a lot of wasted time in meetings (my interpretation), waiting for code to arrive, thrashing due to dependencies, and not a lot of writing...
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    Locating the file that a function (not on the stack) was written in

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    This question came up in one of the internal aliases a couple days ago. While debugging, how do I find the source for a particular function that is not on the stack? There are a couple caveats to consider first: You must have symbols that include source...
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    Screencast: Video of a few Guided Help Topics running.

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    So Andrew , went through and put together a screencast of a few of the Guided Help topics in action. If you look carefully you can even see a few stupid ACW tricks - maybe I'll do a stupid ACW tricks screencast at some point. Anyway, I've included the...
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    Photosynth is LIVE!

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    I talked about this cool service a little while ago - it's really cool. From the videos , it's really exciting. But even more exciting is that it's now live ! Photosynth is a great way to do internet tourism, as well as ... well, it's hard to explain...
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    Google emails a worm

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    Hey, Apple gets to ship worms , it's only fitting that Google emails them . I only wish Microsoft hadn't done a similar thing a long time ago (but at least it was a long time ago). How often does this happen?!?
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    SysInternals TechCenter Launched

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    I've been curious to see what would happen with all the sysinternals stuff since coming to Microsoft - after only a brief stint in limbo the sysinternals techcenter has been launched. There are 3 sites and some updated (and one new) tools that are part...
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    Washington flood waters

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    There has been a lot of rain here lately. I gave a coworker a ride home tonight and found myself driving through a river on the road (more than 6 inches - it had waves), right about here (see map). There's a river nearby, so I imagine that it's going...
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    WMI Shell Folder GetDisplayNameOf - untangling the flags

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    So I have a bit of a beef with GetDisplayNameOf - I don't like the flags. I understand that when it was created, the flexibility of flags made a ton of sense. It wasn't well understood what potentially wildly different uses might be needed, and flags...
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    Blog relo underway

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    Well, I've decided to move my blog from spaces over to a new location. For the first bit I'm just going to cross-post most entries. I'm not sure why my blog got wanderlust, but it might be the over-active html-scrubbing on spaces, the lack of good statistics...
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