• Under The Hood - Matt Pietrek

    More on SoftIce, from one of its parents

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    Frank Grossman, one of the original authors of SoftIce and owners of NuMega sent this around to some of us old-time NuMega folks. I figured some of my readers might get a kick out of it. It's filled with inside references which I won't try to describe...
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    x64 Article _is_ available online now

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    In a nice twist, I recently learned that my x64 article for MSDN magazine is online now. In a previous post , I said that the article was in print, but was still a month from being online. Stephen Toub, Technical Editor of MSDN wrote to tell me that...
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    R.I.P. SoftICE

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    A sad, sad day... As of April 3rd, 2006 the DriverStudio product family has retired. For customer support information please contact our FrontLine website. http://www.compuware.com/products/devpartner/default.htm Vast portions of my writing during...
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    My X64 Programming article for MSDN is finally out

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    You can see a pretty picture of what the MSDN cover looks like here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/05/default.aspx Unfortunately, it's not the "Preview" article, so you'll need to wait another month or so till it appears online. However...
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    HDTV Ate My Brain

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    Having been bitten by the media center bug a few months back, I "retired" my old machine to a closet under the stairwell where I thought it would live out its life as a Tivo on steroids. Sure, I spent maybe $100 upgrading the video/sound, but that would...
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    Now Officially Middle Aged

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    Among this weekend's highlights Missing dinner with my beloved because of a bomb threat Turning 40 Almost getting Media Center 2005 working On Friday, yours truly hit the big 4-0. Not so much trauma, but I did take encouragement from a...
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    Why can't I detach the debugger from an app?

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    An interesting internal thread on debugging went by, and it was news to me, so figured I'd share. In the VS2005 debugger, you can't detach from a running app (that is, stop debugging but leave the target process alive) if you're debugging in mixed...
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    Comcast 8Mbps cable service

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    So last night I endured the 15 minute phone conversation with a Comcast rep to sign up for "Game Invasion", which includes the 8Mbps download speed "upgrade". I didn't have the heart to tell the rep that I couldn't care less about all their games. I just...
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    Fun with SpyAxe

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    Normally I don’t hit by viruses. I’m very good with Windows Update and keeping the anti-virus signatures up to date on my machine. Thus, I was very surprised yesterday afternoon when I saw a blinking tray icon and a badly worded balloon message indicating...
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    One reason why I haven't been writing books

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    Charles Petzold's latest post on books as long format tutorials vs. reference material hits the nail on the head. In a nut shell, there are a lot of books out there, and people are relying on them less and less as search engines become the dominant...
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    VS debugger running slowly? Check your breakpoints!

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    If you're finding that the VS debugging seems to get slower and slower (especially when you first crank up a process), one thing to look for is unresolved breakpoints. That is, breakpoints that the debugger can't set just yet, as the module/assembly hasn...
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    Silence is Golden

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    Many (most?) of the Developer Division folks were given the last three days of this week off to rest and relax from shipping Whidbey (err... Visual Studio 2005). However, I took my three days off earlier this month to visit my son in NH and attend a friend...
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    PDC05 - Amazing C++ futures talk

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    Just went to Herb Sutter's talk on C++ futures. Really rocking stuff! Check out the slides for TLN309. (Sorry, no link yet. I hope to update it when I get it.) The first few minutes were on general improvements to the language including future ISO...
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    PDC05 - I finally meet Raymond Chen

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    Last night was the "Ask the experts" event. A huge buffet dinner for everyone, with several dozen large tables where the "experts" (meaning us MS folk) were grouped together by specialty areas. The attendees could wander between the tables, findings...
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    PDC05 - Windows Workflow Framework

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    Cool new technology I wasn't aware of. Imagine drawing out your workflow (both machine and human components) in a boxes & arrows designer. You can then easily create CLR classes that represent each of your boxes. After implementing the code in...
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    PDC05 - Rico Rocks on performance

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    Attended the lunchtime presentation by Rico Mariani on writing faster managed code. The cool thing I got out of it is that the CLR team has done most of it for you. A bunch of things including NGEN, iterating over generics and exceptions are just faster...
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    PDC05 - Come keep me busy - Ask debugging & Profiling questions

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    Just finished the keynote, followed by a quick spin around the exhibition hall. I'm in the Tools & Language track lounge. On the left side as you come in to the Big Room. Currently there's more MS people here than attendees, so feel free to come...
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    PDC05 - Wireless hell - A solution?

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    Been going batty trying to get my notebook to work DNS-wise with the wireless networks at the PDC. The network help desk people (scattered about in various booths) kindly showed me the "ipconfig /flushdns" command. It was able to get my network up...
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    PDC05 - Power's back

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    I had faint hopes for a few seconds of being one of the first to blog about the power failure that hit LA and our convention center. After pointing my wife (back in Seattle) to the CNN home page, she was able to fill me in on what was going on. Folks...
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    PDC05 - Arrival

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    The carpet in the "Tools and Languages" track lounge is unbelievably well padded. I think I could sleep on it. There's a scattered collection of tables in about a 20x20 area. Each table has a power strip and a couple of ethernet connetions for the...
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    Finding me at the PDC

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    Just attended a meeting for all the PDC staff. Since the schedules and names are still up in the air, it occurred to me that finding lil'ol me might be harder than it looks. Much as it would be cool, there's not a specific profiling/performance "Ask...
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    I'm going to the PDC!

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    I started my own personal campaign inside Microsoft to go to the PDC many months ago. It was close, but I finally got the OK to go at the last possible second before registration closed. Since I've only missed one PDC since the first in 1992, I'm psyched...
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    Follow on to Raymond's post on Dr. Watson

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    Raymond's post on the history of Dr. Watson is right on the money. Some additional info, since I have some somewhat close personal connection. When Dr. Watson first became available, I loved what it did. I was working at Borland at the time, and had...
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    "Source Server" - The best "Hidden" feature in Whidbey Debugging

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    On the drive to work today, Chris Sells asked me what was new & cool with Whidbey debugging. Somewhere on my list was "Source Server" support. Chris's ear's perked up at that. I told him to dig around for an article, as I was sure somebody like...
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    A utility that rocks!

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    Somehow I've been under a rock, and just discovered this now: http://www.sysinternals.com/utilities/autoruns.html If you're like me, you're constantly trying to keep your system "clean" by keeping the performance killing "craplets" at bay. I know...
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