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    Debugging and the C++ Renaming Problem

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    (Today we have another installment of Jeff's Real Microsoft Debugging Stories.) Recently a minor piece of an IE feature I own stopped working in our latest internal builds, so I debugged it. Issues where something that has worked for a long time and...
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    audiovox 5600

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    A long time ago I got one of those fancy full-color, polyphonic, joystick controlled cell phones made by a company that shall remain nameless. I hated it. It was slow; it took too long to dial. The interface was clunky; entering contact data was difficult...
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    i continue

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    I have returned from my Holiday holiday. I am back, hard at work on Internet Explorer the Next. I will, hopefully, have more interesting things to post soon. In the meantime, for those of you who may care, I present a brief summary of my Midwestern Wanderings...
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    the windows style guide

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    I am a UI programmer. I work on the BrowserUI team. Of course, very little of my time is spent actually making UI--the buttons and toolbars and such. Adding a button takes a few minutes out of my week. Writing the code to implement whatever the button...
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    Index.dat Part IV - It's doing what on the UI thread?

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    Whenever someone kills an application because it is hung we get a little report with the stack and some other information (if the user chooses to send it). About 1% of the reports for IE are from users who have killed IE (or the Internet Control Panel...
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    Index.dat Part III - How do I delete index.dat?

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    These data files are used by Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer. You cannot delete a file that is in use by a running program. If you feel you need to delete the file, you will have to shutdown all instances of Explorer and IE. This includes applications...
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    Index.dat: Part II - What are they used for?

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    As I mentioned in Part I , index.dat files are used by various features of IE to keep track of URLs and associated information about URLs. The two primary consumers of these files are the Temporary Internet Files folder (TIF) and History. TIF uses an...
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    Index.dat: Part I - What is index.dat?

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    If you go poking around in [d]:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\History\, for example, you will find several index.dat files laying around. (Note: several of the directories that I listed in the path are hidden directories.) We (the...
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    chess

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    I am currently taking an AI class in the evenings. I am posting this link for my own reference. This is a chess program that draws its thinking for you. It is really pretty. Chess program .
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    more on why ie will only let you save as bmp

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    ...and why View->Source sometimes stops working. I had previously discussed this here . In that post I mentioned the reason for this was IE's cache was filling up. This brings up the question, "Why does the cache scavanger not kick in and do its job...
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    installation woes

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    After successfully getting Windows XP SP2 installed on my laptop, I started installing other software. This post has nothing to do with IE, but I need to vent. Nameless 3rd Party App : Where do you want to install me? How about c:\nameless? Jeffdav :...
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    computing too long

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    I think it is safe to say I have been around computers too long when I recognize the sound the harddrive makes during Windows setup as the "bad-sector" noise. In other news, I think I need a new laptop.
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    oppressive fork clarinet

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    Raymond's eagerly awaited spam-graph post went live today. Since he works downstairs I got a sneak peak at it earlier this week. Since then I have been thinking about spam a bit. Spam used to really annoy me. I have an old university account that does...
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    How do I change what CTRL+ENTER does in IE?

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    When using IE, CTRL + ENTER is a very useful shortcut. It puts 'http://www' before the text in the address bar and '.com' at the end. So if I want to visit 'http://www.microsoft.com' all I have to do is type ALT + D , microsoft, CTRL + ENTER . But what...
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    IE shortcuts

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    My roommate had a house guest over this weekend and I woke one morning to find her in the office attempting to use a computer currently busy showing football in full screen mode. She was grapling with the trackball, a device she was unfamiliar with. When...
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    mouseDown + mouseUp = click

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    Q: Why does IE6 + XP SP2 block new windows launched from my onMouseDown handler? A: We wanted Pop-up Blocker to allow new windows launched as a result of a user initiated action. We defined 'user initiated action' as a click (or keypress). A click is...
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    dean on IE

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    Channel 9 got my great-grand-manager on Video talking about IE . He even mentions "tabs." Go check it out.
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    more on explorer.exe

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    I just noticed that my recent post on how to start and shutdown Explorer got a lot of hits. I was looking at the referer logs and it seems a lot of people have more questions about Explorer. I will answer some of them: Q: What is explorer.exe? A: Most...
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    recently consumed culture

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    Wicked was a very clever take on The Wizard of Oz and a great vehicle for exploring the nature of evil. The new McSweeney's is something no comic lover should be without. Wonderland seemed to me to be a sentimental waste of time, but some people go in...
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    windows xp service pack 2 rtm

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    As just about everybody knows by now, SP2 has been released to manufacturing. For those of you who are IT professionals and developers, you can download the full SP2 install here . Or if you are one of those bleeding-edge types who just cannot wait for...
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    how to cleanly start and stop explorer.exe

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    If you are running Windows XP and want a cmd prompt with no strange environment variables set, do the following: CTRL + SHIFT + ESC ->File-> CTRL +New Task (Run...) This will open a cmd window with only the basics. This is useful if you have killed...
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    download.ject and adodb.stream

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    The security team has released an update to disable adodb.stream in Internet Explorer. It will be on windows update or you can download it here . For further reading, the technical details page has also been updated.
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    questions

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    Peter and I have both been doing a bit of travelling recently. Between STL and NYC, I got Peter to make me a cup of coffee using beans I brought back from Meshuggah . Over coffee we discussed the various reactions you get when someone finds out you work...
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    what have i been up to?

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    In May I was in STL, visiting my family and friends. This past week in of June, I was in NYC visiting friends, visiting museums , eating good food , drinking lots of Hoegaarden and Guinness . Between STL and NYC I went to the Van Gogh exhibit at the Seattle...
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    windows xp sp2 rc2

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    I have been slacking in the posting department during my recent travels. RC2 shipped last week, while I was in NYC. Others have spoken about it. I will describe briefly what changed wrt pop-up blocker. But first a warning: everyday we have an internal...
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