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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Unregistering Windows Services

Sorry, this isn’t the cool PowerShell version, just an ubiquitous one:

sc delete <windows_service_name>

Here a useful link to get more info.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Error connecting to undo manager of source file ‘<whatever>.designer.cs’

Arghh, here’s a recurring one I hadn’t posted yet. In my case, it happened after a hard checkout – I forced the checkout after offline changes, Visual Studio didn’t detect the changes – no Go Online…

Most of you suggest:

  1. exclude the file from the Web Application Project
  2. recompile
  3. re-include
  4. the recompiles

I just touched the ‘<whatever>.designer.cs’ file and recompiled it. Oh, I’ve finally undone the change :). It was suggested here.

Monday, December 29, 2008

5 Reasons for Software Developers to Do Code Reviews

Here’s a cool list of 5 Reasons for Software Developers to Do Code Reviews (Even If You Think They're a Waste of Time):

  1. Developers know their code will be evaluated, so they work harder.
  2. It improves a developer's own programming skills.
  3. It's an opportunity for mentoring, so the programmers you work with get smarter (and thus, more fun to hang around with).
  4. It creates consistency and a culture of quality across the project
  5. It encourages team bonding

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Now that the holiday season is on, here a great way to help us through the season family and friend’s parties: UltraStar.

Ultrastar is a PC conversion of famous karaoke game - SingStar. It allows a computer to evaluate how good you are when you sing by analyzing your voice pitch.

Great way to waist some drinking time over the new years’ eve :)

Digital signature policy error installing an msi

I got a digital signature policy error message when installing a large Microsoft Windows Installer (VMWare 2) on an old box.

The problem seems to be related to insufficient virtual memory to represent all the msi. Here’s the patch that saved me.

Merry Christmas everyone :)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Failing to connect to a document library WSS3.

Arghh, this one is recurring with me. If you can’t open a WebDav document library on WSS3, check if the “WebClient” service is running!…

If not, try this.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Windows Live Essentials beta

We can now grab the beta of the Windows Live Essentials beta from download.live.com. Besides the new features and upgraded versions, we get a new installer that finally runs on Windows Server 2008. It's about time!

Monday, December 15, 2008

26 Ways To Know Your Software Development Project Is Doomed

Yes, I know, not a new topic, but I just can help loving these cool lists :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Microsoft has released an open-source content management platform targeted to blogs or large Web sites. It's named Oxite, and it is available at CodePlex.

According to Microsoft:

Oxite is an open source, standards compliant, and highly extensible content management sample that can run anything from blogs to big web sites. We know this because it runs MIX Online.

Oh, did I mention that it is an ASP.NET MVC implementation? :)

Monday, December 08, 2008

Windows 7 - burning ISOs

Here's a new one: we can now burn ISO images on Windows 7. Unfortunately, we still can't open the ISO itself, for that you'll have to rely on Daemon Tools.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Windows 7

Uhmm, I'm giving Windows 7 another try for a day or two. It has accepted all my Vista x64 drivers, some configuration features are just great, and the video experience is just awesome! With the same driver as my Windows Server 2008. Cool...

Installing Windows 7 on my Dell Latitude D830

Ok, after trashing my Windows Server 2008 with Azure .NET Services (yes, WCF stopped working), I've finally got the excuse I needed to install Windows 7.

The installed version was the PDC one, build 6801, a x64 version. Installed like a charme, asked for a serial but continue working without it.

To be honest, I didn't found much differences from Vista. Even on memory usage, on my D830 it used 848MB of mem on startup, and 15,8GB of disk.

About the new features most of them have already been written by others. About the experience, most applications that failed to install on my Server 2008 (because they were desktop apps) did install on Windows 7. I'm posting from Windows Live, without need of any hacking to install on Windows 7.

After writting this post I'll install a Windows Server 2008, or maybe a Vista just to get a better experience. So why didn't I kept Windows 7?

  1. It's pre-beta material, and for much that I wanted to try it, I still have to work for a living :)
  2. I've found explorer too buggy <update>Directly over a UNC path. Locally it seems to work sjust fine</update>
  3. I couln'd get to sync my HTP 3300
  4. I have a couple of important documents to write until next tuesday...

Until we meet again, Windows 7 :)

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Apple Encourages Antivirus Software for Mac OS X

Apparently Apple started encouraging users to install Antivirus on Mac OS. Informed people did never believe on the virus-proof Mac OS theory, Mac users (me included, just using ClamAV on demand!) could afford not to use those just until the critical mass was reached. And it seem to have been reached now.

Is this a bad indicator to Mac OS? Hell, no! It's a natural consequence of Apple's growing market share. Good for them. Congratulations!

PS: if this info is confirmed Windows will receive an apology letter from Mr. Jobs, right?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Remote Desktop Manager

Here's a cool tiny utility: Remote Desktop Manager. It's the best to organize your remote connections, supporting Microsoft Remote Desktop, Terminal Services and RealVNC.

Here is the features list:

  • Free
  • Small size
  • Easy to install, easy to deploy, only one executable
  • Add name, image and description to your configuration
  • Run in tray icon
  • Quick access menu in the tray icon
  • Support import and export of remote desktop file (.rdp) [a must!]
  • Support Microsoft Remote Desktop and Microsoft Terminal Services
  • Support RealVNC
  • Search filter
  • Auto start on Windows startup
  • Auto update
  • Nice UI with theme support
  • Share settings between users
  • Compatible with Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows Vista (32 bits and 64 bits)

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