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Error | EventType clr20r3
As errors go I found this one is pretty horrific. I got the error deploying a windows service written in .net 3.5 from my Vista x86 dev rig, to a 2003 x86 server. Only having the .NET runtime installed on the server I wrapped the service up in a deployment project. The service installed fine, however when trying to start the service I got a "The service did not respond in a timely manner" error. Initially, like you would, I thought there was probably an error with my code in the OnStart method, but ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 30, 2008 4:57 PM

Swearing in the workplace
I would love to hear thoughts on this. At my new place of work they have a "swear pot" and in this pot goes 20p for every overheard swear words, now I'm not talking about only the good stuff, the rule is apparently if you wouldn't say it in front of an 8 year old, then it counts. This is going to cost me a fortune, its not that I am a potty mouth, but I am of the opinion that swear words, as they are branded, are a part of the much loved English language and at times, quite simply nothing else will ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 7:58 AM

Me, Google Analytics and US coverage...
I have been running Google Analytics on my site for while now, cant remember exactly how long! Its pretty good I guess, I haven't really looked at any others!! What I did find interesting was looking at the number of hits from the US - I get more from the US, which is obvious seeing the GWB is a US based concern and well, it's not exactly a small place!! The UK is second though! woot woot!! clearly the highest concentration of geeks, I haven't met either of them mind! :) I almost have a 100% of the ......

Posted On Monday, April 28, 2008 5:48 PM

Gotcha | Windows Service reinstall
System.ComponentModel.Win32... The specified service has been marked for deletion. This is the first time I have ever seen this error and it may well have been complete luck that I haven't as there seems to be a pretty solid reason why it occurs. It popped when I uninstalled a service using InstallUtil.exe, then tried to install again using the same utility. Because I had the Windows Services window open (apparently it can also happen when you run uninstall without stopping the service as ......

Posted On Sunday, April 27, 2008 7:09 PM

Live FolderShare
Recently I have been working on different machines in different locations I have been using foldershare more and more. It's nothing new, basically you configure a folder as shared on the foldershare web site, then install foldershare on another machine and configure a location on that machine you want to sync the files too. Then changes to either location are synced either automatically or on demand. Something to note is that the files are NOT stored online anywhere, so I have found it useful to ......

Posted On Friday, April 18, 2008 5:51 PM

LINQ to SQL: Property Changed / Changing Logging
I have recently came up against a perfect opportunity to get stuck into LINQ to SQL, its a small project where RAD is top priority. As often is the case I need to audit changes to properties, normally I would probably do some work in the getter and setter of the property, but of course with LINQ to SQL I don't have access to the properties in the same way. Looking through the intellisense of the LINQ generated class I can see a PropertyChanged and PropertyChanging event, perfect! Not exactly. Here ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 15, 2008 5:39 PM

MS: Would it really have been so difficult?
When working with asp.net and now XAML I lean towards code view over the designer, a preference of course, but considering this feature I guess I am not alone. When working with events in XAML you can simply type "Click=" and the nice little helper jumps up asking what event handler you'd like to wire it up to or even create a new one and the stub will be created. NICE! As an added little beauty, this doesn't automatically send you off into the code behind. Why-o-Why isn't it the same for asp.net ......

Posted On Thursday, April 10, 2008 8:49 AM

Fingerprint security
On my new Dell XPS M1330 there is a finger print reader, now I have had a load of problems getting it to work on x64 Vista, well the driver was there, but the associated software is not supplied by dell in an x64 version. I did however find the full retail version from the Upek website, that thankfully is 64 bit and considering it cost <£10, I didn't think twice about the investment. I am totally loving it, no more typing anything to login, I simply swipe my thumb across the reader and bingo! ......

Posted On Saturday, April 5, 2008 2:37 PM

Live Messenger error 81000306 with Netgear DG834G v2 Router
This is basically a note for myself as I have come up against this problem three times now and each time had to work it out! (which I put down the bodies natural reaction of forgetting pain!) If you experience the same as me you will find that wireless connections are fine and MSN connects no problem but with wired connections, wether direct or through another switch wont and throw the error 81000306, troubleshooting with Messenger all passes and specific connection tests (like TCP and HTTP from ......

Posted On Thursday, April 3, 2008 6:43 PM

First time overclocking
I have just built a new PC, nothing super special, but pretty nifty. I have gone for a core 2 duo E8200 2.66Ghz with the new Wolfdale 45nm architecture (w'eva!), 4GB corsair ram, Nvidia 8600GT Gfx, WD Raptor 150GB drive and a Gigabyte board. I have read bits here and there about overclocking, but have never really been bothered to take to much of a look into it. Seeing I had some time this week and I had been prompted by a mate to do so I though I would. I started taking a look around the web and ......

Posted On Thursday, April 3, 2008 10:06 AM

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