Omar Shahine's WebLog

The content of this blog is a subset of the posts I make to my personal blog http://www.shahine.com/omar/.

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    How to replace notepad.exe with notepad2.exe

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    Thanks to some great comments and a specific one from James I have now replaced notepade.exe with the vastly superior notepad2.exe and prevented Windows File Protection from replacing the new notepad. Here are the steps (warning, process with care...
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    IMAP, Thunderbird, and mail clients

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    For much of my career at Microsoft I’ve owned mail related features. I pretty much designed all the IMAP support in Entourage with Mike Fullerton and Steve Friesen and I’m pretty happy with how it works. IMAP itself is a complex protocol to implement...
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    Rio Carbon vs iPod

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    The Rio Carbon was a device I didn't want to like. My main reason for not considering it was that it's only 5GB and I was looking for an iPod replacement. However, as I've used this device it's really grown on me. I was able to transcoded all my WMA lossless...
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    Technology Camps, iPod, and the End to End Experience

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    In life there are always at least two camps. When I was a kid it was Nike vs Reebok. For some people it's Audi vs BMW, for others it's iPod vs everything else. I feel that I am in many camps, but when it comes to Apple vs Microsoft, MCE vs TiVo, iPod...
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    Creative Zen Micro vs iPod

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    For the past few months I used the Rio Carbon . While it fared well, there were a couple of things I didn't like about the device. There was no hardware hold button, and the audio menu was not sticky and always dropped you back to the audio list, rather...
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    Laptop gripes

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    Dennis just wrote about some laptop frustrations . I have to agree. I can't tell you how many times I've closed my laptop lid, placed it in my bag and opened it back up on the train a 30 minutes later to find the battery half drained. Since I refuse to...
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    iRiver H320 vs iPod

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    I was really excited to see a device like the iRiver H320 . However, upon opening the device the experience turned out to be an extreme disappointment. I believe that iRiver built the Kitchen sink here. This device tries to be too many things to too many...
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    software is expensive

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    As a Microsoft Employee I am very spoiled. I have the luxury of being able to install most any piece of Microsoft software I want, or purchasing that software for about 10% of its retail cost. Over time I’ve come to realize that this is a pretty...
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    System.Drawing.Image Performance

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    As I mentioned earlier, I wrote an application called JPEG Hammer for manipulating and viewing EXIF data in digital photos . As a .NET Application the single biggest performance bottleneck has been: Image photo = Image.FromFile(fileName, true ); ...
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    Hotmail, now with less ads

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    If you have a paying relationship with MSN (you are an MSN subscriber or Hotmail Extra Storage user) you no longer see any banner ads when using Hotmail. Just one of many enhancements coming to a hotmail near you ;-). This also marks my first release...
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    How the Moleskine Rocked My World

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    It's so weird how a small black book and a nice pen can change things. Since graduating from college I have increasingly gone "all digital". No more paper, vacuum tubes, tapes etc etc. However, in this process I have tried to cram the needs of my life...
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    OneNote Powertoy: Rss2OneNote

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    Here is a sneak peek at my second OneNote PowerToy. This is a cool little application. Basically you can launch it, enter an RSS feed (all flavors supported) and click download feed, select the posts you want and send off to OneNote...
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    Send to OneNote from Outlook PowerToy

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    At long last, my PowerToy is live! Send to OneNote from Outlook lets you send Mail, Post items and Sticky Notes to OneNote (note, this was previously called Outlook2OneNote). While you are there I also recommend Send to OneNote from Internet Explorer...
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    Outlook Security Dialog and Palm

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    Now let me tell you, I loath this dialog as much as the next guy, however, I just discovered something appalling today. Palm (the makers of the PDA etc) ship this application called Pocket Mirror (I think its third party?) that synchronizes Outlook...
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    Etymotic ER6 vs. Bose QuietComfort II

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    I’m sitting on an Alaska Airlines flight up to Seattle right now and figure it’s a good time to put my two headphones to the test. I’ve owned both the QuietComfort I and II headphones for the past few years. Recently I purchased the Etymotic ER6’s and...
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    Favorite FireFox feature

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    This has to be my favorite feature (I don't really use FireFox, but just started to play around with it). I am always looking for specific text in a web page, and I hate doing the Control-F, rinse, repeat mechanism to find something. FireFox has this...
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    Programming Mac vs Windows

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    David Weller discusses what it's like to program on a Mac. Back when I was a Mac user, I desperately wanted to write some programs. The barrier to entry was huge. I didn't know C++, didn't know Java, and still don't know Objective C (and don't care to...
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    Even better notepad.exe

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    From Roy Osherove . Notepad is one of the apps I use most on Windows. It's especially handy for removing formatting from text, storing quick snippets and so on. However, it was probably written in 1995 and hasn't changed since. Notepad2 is a FANTASTIC...
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    So long MacBU, Hello Hotmail

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    Well, today was my last day in the Macintosh Business Unit. I've worked here ever since I joined over 5 years ago. I feel privileged to have worked with some of the folks who are still here or moved on before me. I had a truly amazing time working on...
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    Programming for Outlook using managed code is hard

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    Background Programming for Outlook using managed code is hard. I take that back. Programming for Outlook is relatively easy if you can figure out where to stick your code. Working out the problems you’ll encounter is hard (and I’m still...
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    Thunderbird 0.6

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    Thunderbird 0.6 is out . The best news is that they added support for IMAP IDLE. Sweet. I mentioned it on my blog a few months ago and the bug was voted high enough to get fixed. Thunderbird is my favorite mail client for non exchange mail as well as...
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    PDF SpeedUp

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    I have previously written about how darn slow Adobe Acrobat 6 is when launching. I don't understand why Acrobat is so darn annoying. Here are some things I don't care for: Don't create a “My eBooks“ folder in My Documents when I have...
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    Entourage: A journey to becoming an Office application

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    It’s not often that a new Office application is born. That’s especially true on the Mac. This is a story about Entourage , a product that was called Alpaca for the longest time. I joined Microsoft in January 1999. At the time, the team I joined...
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    SBC, ATT and Vonage

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    I just received my last SBC phone bill today. That's right, no more DSL, no more local and no more long distance. For some weird reason I felt compelled to switch once I ditched DSL for the cable modem (3.1 down/ ~ 700 up) just because I could. Well,...
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    Favorites Synchronization Software

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    For the longest time I wanted a program that would easily and seamlessly synchronize favorites across multiple machines. The fact that each machine has its own favorites store has made the feature rather useless to me, and I've started resorting to less...
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