Hirlpoo West

Notes (technical and not so technical) from the Microsoft Field.

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    Repeater Redux

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    So it’s been a month or so since installing the repeater and the initial glow has worn off. I pretty much cannot get a Verizon signal through it – but it makes my brother-in-law’s T-Mobile phone rock solid – he never has less than...
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    Long running DDOS attack, or overzealous mail administrators?

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    In exchanging emails with friends and colleagues lately I’m getting more and more NDR’s that bounce back with some message that says “We do not accept spam”. I knew one such company was small enough that my friend would know the...
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    Looking back at computer history

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    Via Scoble , a humorous look at 2004 from 50 years ago: http://manalang.com/archives/2004/09/19/the-home-computer-of-2004/ I love the dual steering wheel thingie – I wonder if that is one of the technologies “not yet invented” That picture make me remember...
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    Cool trick for cleaning up your installed devices

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    I’m sure this isn’t new to everyone, but someone internally passed on these instructions for viewing all of the devices installed on your machine. Normally only connected devices show up in device manager, but this little trick will show every thing,...
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    Turning the corner

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    Finally, about a month after moving does life seem to be settling back into a groove. Some key projects around the house are making it much more livable from a technological sense – plus we got the house cleaned up a bit this weekend (which my two...
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    Repeater update

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    Oh yeah, I’m taking the plunge on a repeater. I ordered a Digital Antenna DA4000SBR dual-band repeater from Concord Marine Electronics . Turns out these things are popular on yachts (get a directional antenna and point it at shore and extend coverage...
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    Verizon i600 Update Available

    Via Smartphone thoughts , the WM2003 upgrade is now available for the SCH-i600 (get it from here – I’ve heard the site is pretty slow). Let me tell you first hand if you have this phone you need this upgrade. Truth be told, I’ve been...
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    PCS Repeaters

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    Has anyone looked into installing a cellular repeater before? Either in your house or building? I'm interested in what the experience was like and if there are amplifiers I should stay away from as there seems to be a huge void between the low end units...
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    Hardcore longhorn fan in the house

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    Dang, I wonder how many people are going to mistake Mike for a U of TX fan. http://open-node.net/archive/2004/07/06/490.aspx
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    I'm slowly coming back

    We are finally getting settled in the new house, the only frustrating thing is a major lack of internet access, which should be solved this afternoon. Turns out I'm too far from the CO for DSL, so I'm stuck supporting the local cable company. I realize...
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    Own your own Lamborghini!

    Current price when I posted this was just over $12k (Reserve Met!). Rock bottom prices! L@@K!
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    New article

    I added an article to the site to consolodate all of my findings and useful tidbits on Smartphone. It's over on the left, or you can use this handy link . If you have anything you want to add, drop me an email - ddysart at microsoft dot com.
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    Using a Samsung i600 as a modem with a Pocket PC

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    So I've been spending my free time hacking around my new Windows Powered Smartphone, a Samsung SCH-i600 from Verizon Wireless. I have to say I am slightly impressed, but after using a Windows Mobile 2003 device for 9 months, the Smartphone 2002 OS definitely...
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    A serious threat to the environment

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    I got a kick out of this call to ban one of the most prevalent chemicals on the planet. Obviously someone’s tongue is firmly in their cheek
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    Almost there...

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    I think I finally have my development VPC back up to snuff. Installing SW can be so tedious (not in the “painstaking” way, but in the “is this going to finish any time this week” sort of way). Having a USB2.0 drive that has a finicky...
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    My smartphone is on its way

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    Well, after talking with a few folks, my Verizon Smartphone is on its way to my house. I haven’t moved yet, but if I wanted to expense any of the phone cost, it had to be done this year. The main driver of my decision was that I’ve never...
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    Milwaukee area mobile carriers

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    I’m moving from Madison to Milwaukee later this month and will be taking the opportunity to switch mobile carriers. I currently have Sprint PCS, but when I was at the new house for the inspection I noticed I got no signal. I’m really leaning...
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    Why we are fat

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    A fascinating and intellectual take on why we (especially Americans) are fat in Harvard Magazine . I’ve been following a low carb regime for over a year now, and am 50lbs lighter because of it. I have several collogues who have had similar benefits...
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    Absence

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    During vacation last week, I was in the process of shutting down my main laptop when I got tired of waiting for Excel to save and killed it. Later I tried to reboot and got some funky error. Uh oh, me thinks. Excel taking so long to save was not a function...
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    Solitare - helping you waste time through technology

    I know a few people who shall remain nameless that start playing solitaire and fall into this trance where they are completely un-reachable. And not in the “oh, I wasn’t in cell phone coverage” kind of unreachable, but the “requires...
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    Outlook Autocomplete

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    I get at least one email a month where I know my name gets on the To or Cc line because of bad Outlook auto complete, so it is worth it for me to pass this on.
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    Links about COM Interop and threading

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    Here I am trying to wrap my head around threading models, and some blog goodness drops into my RSS inbox (thanks: The Old New Thing): What are these "Threading Models" and why do I care? (from Larry Osterman) SimpleScript Part Six: Threading Technicalities...
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    Behavior of HttpServerUtility::Transfer in v1.0 vs v1.1

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    A while back I had a customer complain that their web form application broke when they migrated from v1.0 to v1.1 of the .NET Framework. Turns out they utilized HttpServerUtility::Transfer (or more commonly in a Page class, Server.Transfer) and had some...
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    Drawing analogies between IT shops and the rise of the industrial nation

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    I’ve always enjoyed Pat Helland’s explanations of architectural concepts. He recently put out a new article on MSDN likening the rise in IT technology to the rise of commerce in the 19 th and 20 th centuries. A great read to put things in...
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    Milwaukee highway monkey "business"

    Looks like I’ll have to be more careful driving in my new home. Link
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