Loosely coupled snippets

Occasional waffle from Tom Blackburn

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About Loosley coupled snippets

I'm a developer within Microsoft Consulting Services in the UK. Prior to that I was a freelance contractor for a number of years specializing in Microsoft technologies.

I don't expect to be a prolific blogger but I'll try and share the odd useful nugget of information for anyone who happens to be passing by.

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    Installing Windows 7 on an old machine (code 5 fun…)

    I recently had to install a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium on a relative’s six year old PC. Not anticipating any problems I booted from the 32-bit DVD and was expecting the installation process to start. This is when I saw the following BIOS error...
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    Multi-threaded robocopy in Windows 7

    Robocopy has been part of Windows for a little while now. It's an excellent command line tool for copying files around if you haven't seen it before. New to Windows 7 (and Windows Server 2008 R2) is the /MT option. This causes robocopy to operate in multi...
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    .NET Framework Source Code available

    Have you ever been writing some code and got to the point where you just can't figure out what the .NET Framework is doing? You know, one of those really gnarly bugs that you just can't decide where the problem lies. Most good devs will reach for Lutz...
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    Converting VS2005 solutions to VS2008 Beta 2 (Orcas)

    Visual Studio .NET 2008 (codename Orcas) is just around the corner. With the release of Beta2 a few weeks ago I decided to update some of our work to use VS.NET 2008 Beta 2 instead of VS.NET 2005. VS.NET 2008 Beta 2 introduces a host of productivity improvements...
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    Microsoft Health Common User Interface

    For the last couple of years I've been working in a team collaborating with the UK National Health Service (NHS). We've worked extensively with patient safety experts, clinicians, user interface designers, ISVs and representatives from the NHS' IT agency...
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