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You'll Never Guess
Ed Bott over on ZDNet was installing a new OS. Being an experienced techno-wonk he used the following steps to ensure a smooth installation: I made sure I had a CD containing the latest released version, placed that CD in the drive, and restarted. The system detected the CD, launched the boot files, and allowed me to create a new partition to install the OS files. I answered a few questions and then let the installation proceed automatically. After everything completed (well under an hour), I created ......

Posted On Friday, August 18, 2006 3:49 PM

You Will Give Me Your Username And Password
And these are not the droids you're looking for... Is it just me or is this really bad? Warning: main(http://ezpolls.superst... failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! XCÙ  in /hsphere/local/home/*******... on line 109 The asterisks are where I've removed identifying information but suffice to say that this was on a commercial website that is using the ezpolls stuff. And no, it's not credit ......

Posted On Friday, August 18, 2006 3:39 PM

SQL Query Performance And Data Types
Bruce Johnson of Object Sharp writes about a puzzling performance issue that took a little head-scratching to solve. In the end it came down to a data type mismatch between the parameter variable and the field definition. The parameter was nvarchar(40) and the field was defined as char(36). SQL was converting the field values to nvarchar(40) instead of converting the single parameter value to char(36). It makes sense that it would convert the char(36) to nvarchar(40) because converting the other ......

Posted On Thursday, August 17, 2006 11:44 AM

Microsoft Doesn't *Get* Security??
Oh come on! I haven't gone postal on anyone for a while and then this caught my eye. Look Don, just because some first level extranet help desk person suggests that maybe you use some kind of memonic for your complex passwords does not mean that they are advocating poor security practices. You gave an example of a password you wanted to use as “qKa5$KucX#lD”. Correct me if I am mistaken but I'm almost certain you don't memorize a password like that. And if you're even remotely similar ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 16, 2006 3:22 PM

Virtual PC Is Now Free
Virtual PC and Virtual Server “virtualize“ (who'd a thunk it?) your PC's hardware and the virtual hard disks simply become a file on the file system. I use Microsoft Virtual Server R2 extensively for development work. Right now I'm using it while learning about VS Team System and Team Foundation Server. I have a Windows 2003 R2 domain controller, a W2K3 Application Server, and a W2K3 database server all running in a virtual environment on my PC. (ok, so it's a server class machine but ......

Posted On Thursday, August 3, 2006 8:08 PM

A Sad Day For Open Source - NDoc is NDone
You may or may not have seen this: Kevin Downs, the creator and sole developer (I believe) of NDoc has thrown in the towel. Some of his reasons: The development and release of NDoc 1.3 was a huge amount of work, and by all accounts widely appreciated. Unfortunately, despite the almost ubiquitous use of NDoc, there has been no support for the project from the .Net developer community either financially or by development contributions. ......

Posted On Thursday, August 3, 2006 11:40 AM

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