09 November 2005
09 November 2005

XP SP1/SP2 system DLL’s

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Last week I found out that sometimes XP SP1 dlls are labelled as xpsp2. A client had DLLs that were labelled xpsp2 for example comctl32.dll  6.0 (xpsp2.050831-1533) c:windowswinsxsx86_microsoft.windows .common-controls_6595b64144ccf1df_6.0.2600. 1740_x-ww_7cb8ab44comctl32.dll  However just because the DLLs are labelled xpsp2 this does not mean that they are Service Packl 2.Infact they are late XP Service Pack 1 DLLs!… Read more
04 November 2005
04 November 2005

Windows Keyboard short cuts

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Here is a list of some of the windows key board short cuts (thanks to Tilman): Keyboard Meaning Windows key Start menu Windows key + D       Minimize all windows to Desktop Windows key + D Restore minimized windows Windows key + E Windows Explorer Windows key + L Lock Desktop Windows key … Read more
01 November 2005
01 November 2005

World Usability Day

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Thursday 3rd November is World Usability Day. A day that is hugely anticipated.  Millions will take to the streets, trying to catch a glimpse of their favourite usability guru, sagely administering sermons on the woes of unusable products.  I can see it now – it’ll generate almost as much fervour as the results for the … Read more
28 October 2005
28 October 2005

.NET Combo Boxes

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It occasionally strikes me as hilarious that in the 21st millenium with Windows Vista near on the horizon with all kinds of spangly UI likely to result, we’re not only still using some of the oldest Windows UI primitives every day, but encountering problems using them. You’d think that we might have got it all … Read more
14 October 2005
14 October 2005

NEDS

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Ever heard of NEDS? It’s another handy acronym in a world full of HIMPERs (An acronym I just made up, but it looks pretty convincing if you ask me).  So NEDS stands for: New Economy Depression Syndrome and it’s something that is apparently increasing in the hectic lives we lead.  Gone are the days when … Read more
13 October 2005
13 October 2005

.NET Oddities #2

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I had a feeling I’d be writing quite a few entries like this, but I must confess that even I would have been surprised if you’d told me I’d be writing #2 a mere two days after #1. So what is it this time? Well, it’s StackOverflowException. Jeff Richter has this to say about StackOverflowException … Read more
11 October 2005
11 October 2005

Performance of structured storage files.

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We’ve been working on a new version of our DTS Compare tool for a couple of months now, and it’s starting to look quite good. I’ve been working on the snapshot functionality today, which allows a user to take a snapshot of the state of all the DTS packages on a given instance of SQL … Read more
11 October 2005
11 October 2005

.NET Oddities #1

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Every now and then I come across something slightly bizarre in .NET, so I’ve decided to write about it, as much as anything else because I’m aware of having come across quite a few things like this, but find myself unable to remember what half of them are, so it might prove to be a … Read more